I am so excited to finally be sharing some of the photos from my trip out west. I can’t even begin to explain how much fun I had exploring Utah and Arizona with these three amazing women, but I guess I will try. Here is a little behind the scenes peek at our trip. More photos of styled sessions will be coming to the blog soon.
We started our trip in Salt Lake City, UT. We drove straight from the airport out to the Bonneville Salt Flats. We spent the afternoon exploring and taking in the wonder of this great, flat expanse of salt. Pictures don’t even do this place justice!
The first evening we stayed in a little town in Utah called Provo. We took things slow the next morning. We slept in, found a cute coffee shop for breakfast, and spent the rest of the morning exploring all the fun shops that Provo had to offer.
After a relaxing morning in Provo we drove 4 hours south to Leeds, UT. We stayed in a quaint little airstream camper in a campground at the entrance of Zion National Park. For dinner that night we hit a local barbeque joint called Papa Gus. The food was AMAZING and Gus turned out to be an excellent tour guide. He told us about a little off roading we could do if we wanted some evening adventure. We of course agreed and spent the rest of our evening exploring some remote parts of Utah.
The next morning we woke up before the sun and were off to Zion National Park for a day of exploring. The first hike we did was the Narrows. We hiked a few miles in a river through a slot canyon. We were so proud of ourselves for making it through the 45 degree, waist deep water. It wasn’t until after we finished this hike that we learned that most people rent waterproof wet suits for this excursion. Oh well, live and learn right? Our second and final hike of the day was Observation Point. This was an 8 mile, roundtrip, hike up into a mountain. I don’t think I have ever done so many switch backs in my life. We ended up hiking over 13 miles that day, the equivalent of climbing almost 200 flights of stairs. We were absolutely exhausted but the views were totally worth it!
After a day of hiking in Zion National Park we made our way to Page, AZ. This night we had made arrangements to stay on a working Navajo sheep farm, cool right?!? We slept in a traditional Navajo Hogan. As you can see below it is a small octagon shaped wood home. There was no running water and no electricity. We had 4 beds on the outside walls and one wood burning stove in the middle of the room, which kept us warm during the night. The experience was definitely a memorable one. We woke up early the next morning to explore the different sights Page had to offer.
After yet another day of hiking and exploring we made the trek to our final destination, Phoenix, AZ. We checked into our hotel that evening and we had to laugh. We had been hiking for two days straight, without showers (remember no running water) and we must have looked a sight! We pulled up the hotel and immediately our car was surround by 4 different valets, one to open each of our doors. The hotel was definitely too nice for our Subaru and muddy hiking boots. We scurried into the lobby to get checked in, up to our room, and out of sight as quickly as possible. After checking in we hurried out to the car to grab our bags and get to our room. To our dismay the valets had unloaded our entire car, even our Walmart bags full of dirty socks onto a gold baggage cart and a bellhop was patiently waiting to escort us up to our room. We felt so silly walking through the marble halls of the hotel to the elevators our shoes were muddy and I am pretty sure I had leaves in my hair. We seriously could not get to our room fast enough. Once inside we shut the door and fell onto our beds dying laughing over all the funny looks we got.
We proceeded to clean ourselves up and spent the rest of the vacation laughing about how our hotel was way to classy for us! Of all the places we went on this trip Phoenix definitely has my heart. We got to meet some of the most amazing couples and capture their love in some of the most beautiful desert locations that I have ever seen. We ate at some of the best restaurants and even got to spend an afternoon lounging by our rooftop pool, sipping cocktails, chatting about all the adventures we had been on that week, and dreaming about where we should go next. This week away was definitely one for the books.