Grand Canyon

This is what the Grand Canyon in a couple hours looks like. We flew into Phoenix, got a hotel in Phoenix, stayed one night in Phoenix then drove up to the Canyon early the next morning and back to Phoenix the same day. 

Dennis and I have started a tradition of taking a trip each year for our birthdays and our anniversary. This year he did not have a passport on my birthday so we stayed in the U.S. and decided to check off one of our bucket list items.... The Grand Canyon.

I'll jump ahead a little and let you know, The Grand Canyon is the only majestic thing I have ever seen in my entire life. It looks like real life right in front of you, but then it looks like a painting in the distance. It is incredibly inspiring.

Day 1 in Phoenix:

Food:

I have recently discovered the genius of bringing Kodiak Cakes on morning flights. If I have to get on a flight before 10am there is a 100% chance I will not eat breakfast at home. One trip I decided to pop two Kodiak Cakes in the microwave and grab 2 bananas and the rest is history. It's now a Sierra tradition.

We ended up flying through Salt Lake City. This is a pretty good airport for finding healthy foods and a really easy airport to navigate. I would just go looking until you find something healthy to eat. It will not take that long.

We didn't eat much good food in Phoenix because we were always moving, but we did eat a good brunch at Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale. I had a hash sort of thing with a chorizo like breakfast sausage. It was really good and sitting outside was great. We got there legitimately at brunch time and they were open for breakfast and we were the only ones there. There were a couple graduation groups that came through later. 

We also got iced mochas at Lola Coffee and it was in that area that we discovered all of the street art below. 

Foliage: 

Street Art: 

Hiking (Hole in the rock in papago park0:

Day 2 El Canyon:

Cliffs: 

The Hotel | The Clarendon

The Clarendon Hotel is a really great mid century modern hotel that has been revitalized. They have great service and amenities. Their pool is great, with lots of cabanas to lounge in. They have free bikes to rent and they give you a map of the area so you can easily find shopping and food. I loved the look and feel and attention to detail in the design.

The Clarendon Hotel is a really great mid century modern hotel that has been revitalized. They have great service and amenities. Their pool is great, with lots of cabanas to lounge in. They have free bikes to rent and they give you a map of the area so you can easily find shopping and food. I loved the look and feel and attention to detail in the design.

Tips for a 4 hour trip to the Grand Canyon:

-If you at all get vertigo by ledges you will probably struggle...a lot. I spent a lot of time trying to use my force to pull Dennis further from the ledge. You will notice a lot of pictures of Dennis standing by a ledge and me across the trail taking the picture. This brings me to my next tip.

-It's a canyon, it has amazing views every 6 inches for miles. Please stay safe. When you pay for your entrance to the park, the ranger stand has a sign that says over 200 people a year fall into the canyon. I'll repeat that, they fall into the Grand Canyon! Don't let that be you, it looks like a long fall.

-Pack like a mom. Make sure you bring water and snacks. You wouldn't want to turn around sooner than you intended or add any hangry moments to your trip, just because you left your water bottles and food in the car. Bring a back pack, stuff it full of good stuff and head on out. I cannot express to you the amount of times we have been on a trip and I have been 30 seconds from asking a mom if she brought extra goldfish crackers that her kids weren't going to eat. Luckily for us there were $7 PB&Js available for purchase when we got back to the hub of the South Rim. I kid you not, $7.

-Wear sun block or you could very easily burn on your exposed skin. 

-Wear a hat, it'll just make your life easier. Although, make sure to wear a tight fitting hat. The day we went it was pretty windy and could easily take a loose fitting hat off your head.

-Bring...a...selfie... stick. We have been through a lot of trips and this was our first one with the famous selfie stick. It always seemed like more of a trendy item and not really a useful item, but after wishing we had a selfie stick after watching millions of tourists over the last 2 years we finally broke down and bought one. It is a game changer and I definitely recommend one. They are super easy to use and will get you better pictures.

-Be conscious of all the pictures you are taking. Yeah, it's nice to be able to look back on your trip and really remember what you saw, but wouldn't it also be nice to enjoy the moment? I recommend finding yourself a couple stops along the way to just sit and enjoy. Put your phone away, put your camera down and just take in the ridiculous views.