It’s 5:30pm Friday September 23rd and I have a plate full of business that I need to get done before my big move to Mexico in a week. It’s so nice outside though, the temperature has dropped from our scorching 100 degrees to 75. My perfect temperature, just enough for a light long sleeve shirt. I decided last minute to grab my hiking shoes, camera, and just go. You can procrastinate if it frees your mind and opens your spirit.
My favorite thing to do is to JUST GO. Many times when I’m stressing out but thinking about how much I would love to go on a hike I will often times just tell myself to go anyway. Think of it as dieting (this very much applies to me anyway) you have been eating raw food for so long but you just have a great hankering for that donut from your local bakery. You’re just going to sit there and think about that donut. Free yourself and just have it. Think of the world as your donut. 🙂
Hiking Chuckwalla Trail in St. George Utah || Photo lens: Lensbaby Spark.
Last weekend my little cousin and her friend from California came to Utah on a road trip and I was able to be their tour guide! I was luckily able to go places though that I have never been myself!
The first idea was to head to Zion and Springdale but unfortunately Zion was flooded and a boulder the size of a house fell onto the road block the passage way to get there. So I made a quick plan to head to Bryce Canyon and boy am I glad that I did, what a treat that was! I think I almost enjoy Bryce Canyon better then Zion.
When we went to Bryce we arrived at about 10am and were told that taking the bus into the park would be the best idea which is what I would suggest as well, you are able to look at all of the great scenery around you and not have to worry about parking.
Our first stop was inspiration point which is the famous view of Bryce Canyon. It was so much better then I had ever imagined it to be from what I have seen from postcards. The rock formations are so fascinating. The very top of the point took a little bit of work walking up the very steed slope. It works your legs and breath, that’s for sure, but it was worth it!
As we were walking back to the bus stop there were some very interesting little things to see, such as this tree. Doesn’t it look like a spider?! I love it. There was also a very friendly little chipmunk who enjoyed the spotlight of many cameras in his face. I of course had to test my limits to see how close I could get to get. The lens I had on doesn’t zoom so I did indeed get extremely close until I scared him away, which the tourists didn’t like so much.
The hike that we decided to take was Navajo Trail which is about a 2 mile loop which begins at Sunset Point and you take a troll down Wall Street and you can send your way up to see Thor’s Hammer. This little hike was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone of any level of hiking. Wall Street is a fun little path that you take down the canyon. You don’t realize how high those mountains are until you’re down there looking up. Plus the temperatures going down into the canyon are so nice, the perfect temperature.
As we walked on the flat land down the mountain we found the tallest tree that I ever did see and some pretty amazing rocks that had quartz in them! What a great surprise that was to see our in nature and not just in a rock shop.
When we hiked back up the canyon it was a hard work! We had to take a few stops to “admire the view” 😉 but in all seriousness the views were incredible and we were able to see Thor’s Hammer! My cousin Val loves Thor so she was pretty pumped about this. Although the ranger didn’t know why it was called Thor’s Hammer, we’ll take it!
After hard work we headed out of the park to grab some lunch, luckily there was a buffet close by because my stomach needed it. The best part was the giant salad I got, anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with a salad buffet. After we filled our stomachs we took my car back into the park to see view points that the bus didn’t take you. My favorite was the little arch at the very end, how precious is that arch?
To top off our Bryce trip we went into their cute little town to get ice cream! Because what’s a hiking trip without ice cream? It’s not the best one, I promise. Get ice cream after your hikes! There was also a great little rock shop (which we love!) however I saved my pennies for an even greater rock shop in Moab….stay tuned for that greatness!
Stay tuned for my Utah Adventures to MOAB!
The Wonder Seeker.
I’ve officially been in Utah for a solid week now. One of my biggest goals when I moved home to Utah and started to travel was to really work on my personal growth and be the best person I can be physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Now that I am settled in I can start to focus on myself and for myself. Don’t let anybody ever make you think you need to improve yourself for them. Now that I am single and the first time flying solo as an actual adult I realized just how important personal growth is for yourself.
Here is a long quote which made me really think about my personal growth. I’ve never been a competitive individual. This I believe, made me the humble person that I am today. I always aspire to be a better person then I was the day before.
“I am an amazing human being, living an incredibly blessed life. I am worthy of all things wonderful. I grow and learn each day. I let go of regrets from the past and they hold me there and prevent me from experiencing the now. I may have experience true heartache in my lifetime but through that time I have discovered deep compassion. I do not feel the need to compete against anyone or be better than anybody else. I aspire only to be a better person than I was yesterday. I am grateful that I am given each new day to grow, learn and love.” — Carlymarie
Since there is so much to say about physical, mental, and spiritual growth I will be blogging about these on separate blogs. One thing that I feel has helped my personal growth in all areas is hiking and exploring. Which I have done quite a bit of this week and know I will be doing so much more weekly! I just went on my first “big” hike, a 6 mile hike to Zen Wall and Mo’s Valley which is in Green Valley Utah, it’s completely hidden and such a gem! You would have never known all of this was there just looking at the hills. I love all of the cairns everywhere, I’d love to go up there to make my own cairn, I think it would be a really great experience to work with your mind and balance. I’m completely in love with the variety of rocks I saw as well. Here are some photographs from my adventure!
I’m very excited to share my goals and progress. I hope I can inspire others to always grow themselves as a better person as well!
The Wonder Seeker.