ALL-AMERICAN ROAD TRIP: GRAND CANYON, HORSESHOE BEND, & MESA VERDE

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I’m posting things a bit out of order here. But I just want to fit everything in so that it doesn’t drag out for too long. So lets first head back to the Grand Canyon. Our second day there, we put on our hiking shoes and headed down into the canyon. Because of our schedule, we were only able to get a few hours in before we had to turn around and head back out. But even though we only made a dent into the canyon, it was still pretty crazy to look up and realize just where we were. I mentioned before that the photos just don’t  do it justice. Well, neither do words. I will say one thing though - going down is so deceiving. It seems sooooo easy heading down in, it feels like you could easily go further. Until you remember you have to turn around and head back up. Yeah. 

But onto the next…

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We didn’t take very many photos at Horseshoe Bend, but we did spend a lot of time here. And it was quite mesmerizing. We planted ourselves right on the edge, ate our snack/lunch, and watched the boats and kayakers on the river below. 

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If you have never heard of Mesa Verde (I hadn’t until Boo mentioned it), it is a National Park in Colorado with all of these preserved ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings. It’s pretty flipping’ cool. So after getting up close and personal with one of the cliff dwellings (Spruce Tree House), we headed out on a hike to discover some petroglyphs and to see some of the the other houses from afar. 

I think Mesa Verde was my favorite hike on the entire trip. Just because it was pretty different from the others. We walked a couple of miles along the cliff edge, squeezing through tiny spaces in between large rocks and climbing over tree roots to make our way to the Petroglyphs. There were a lot of oohs and aahs along the hike itself, before even getting to the main attraction. 

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Stay tuned tomorrow (and next week) for even more road trip adventures. 

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