My jaw-dropped, almost literally to the bottom of the canyon floor, thankful I was quick enough at stepping back. In fact, It’s incredibly easy to miss a step and tumble over the edge some 300 feet to your death at Bryce Canyon. I didn’t expect to encounter such natural beauty, especially right here in the US. My lack of knowledge of each state in the US makes me ignorant to that fact, that there’s untold beauty to be found in every state.
Explore your own backyard
As a matter of fact, two years ago, I wrote down a list of summer goals and one was to explore my own backyard meaning the Unite States on a whole. Of course, that never came to fruition. I live here in the United States, it’s always accessible and I have time was always my excuse. It’s also within my comfort zone which makes it less appealing. My stance is now shifting, all due to saying yes to an impromptu road trip taking us from north Vegas thru Arizona and Utah. This decision was made a day before our flight to Las Vegas. As a result, now, I can’t stop researching hiking trails, camping areas, National Parks, every waterfall in every state, just seeking any adventure that I can get right here.
Make America Great Again Adventure
Funny enough in the car we kept tagging this trip as the “Make America Great Again Adventure”. This is nothing political just using that line as tie into our personal lack of knowledge on adventures here. We never opened ourselves up to the beauty and possibilities of traveling locally, from state to state. So, in essence, we were reshaping our image of vacation, along with our image of America –we were making it great again for ourselves as a place to do and experience it all.
Funny enough this trip to Bryce canyon was meant as a surprise for me. A surprise how? Well, I was fully aware where we were headed by name only, but choose to not look it up. I will you let you in on why this was a wise move for me. How can I put this, let’s see: Have you ever pull up google maps with a full view of the land masses, better yet, Kayak explore, in hopes of looking for a country to visit. Only to come to the realization that, the world is actually a small place?
Have no idea why I bought a sling shot. Spotted it on the snack rack at a gas station for $2. It was just one of those things that instantly zapped me back to my childhood days, hunting sea birds in the Caribbean bushes.
Although temporary, it’s a trapped feeling when it hits you, especially for someone like myself who like’s exploring. Therefore, I want more earth with more people, more worlds, more cultures more things to explore! Technology, more so the internet has made the world smaller.
Hoodoos of Bryce canyon
Paiute Tradition holds that the Hoodoos of Bryce canyon are an ancient “Legend People” turned into stone as punishment for “Living too heavily upon the land.” Now, they’re the beautiful and cautionary setting for the Best three-mile hike in the world.
The internet is incredible when you think about how accessible it has made the places that were once so far away. Furthermore, technology such as the dominance of the social media and smartphones making cameras omnipresent. You can’t avoid the sense of having been somewhere before — even countries and places that you’ve never set foot on — you can vicariously travel to anywhere through google maps, Youtube vlogs, Facebook, Instagram along with whatever comes next. Consequently, I can walk down your street to your front door without lifting my feet from my coffee table.
Navajo Loop Trail
The most unique and enjoyable three-mile day hike EVER!
What weekend afternoons should be made of
With one click of a finger on Instagram, you can conjure thousands of beautiful photo’s with many angles instantly of anywhere, no beach, cave, or landmark was left untouched, nothing is without a hashtag. I challenge you to think of a random place, any place from childhood which you thought was your little secret spot, I’m pretty sure it has a hashtag.
Presently, there are no more surprises in Traveling, at least not for me, even in planning and doing the research prior to going anywhere you will be fire-hosed with too much information about your desired location. With Bryce Canyon, all I knew was the name, nothing else and Jesus…. My MIND WAS BLOWN!
Extra, more awesome snaps!