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Zion National Park

Part 3 of Utah Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2)

The next day we went to Zion National Park with the intention of hiking through the Narrows. Here is the funny part: beforehand we stopped at Walmart for swim suits / shorts / shoes. The guys saw that the BOYS section had swimming shorts on sale for $7 so somehow they thought a BOYS large and extra large translated into MENS small and medium. So all of them purchased BOYS swimming trunks without trying them on. As it turns out… BOYS size large and extra large DO NOT translate into MENS small and medium.

But that was OK. It turned out that the Narrows had flooded and was closed to everyone. So what did we do? Put on our new Walmart swimming suits anyway! It worked out for a couple of the guys… but in the picture below, you can’t see the rips, holes and extremely tight in areas on the other guys it didn’t work out for.

Jumping in Zion National Park, Utah
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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Since our Narrows hike was canceled, we decided to hang out at the nearby resort that offered a few activities like zip lining.

After we headed back after for another night of BBQing then headed back home the next day.

There was a lot of this going on during the 10+ hours drive back:

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Off-Roading in St. George Sand Dunes

Part 2 of Utah Road Trip (View Part 1)

For our first full day in St. George, we did a guided ATV tour through sand dunes!

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

ATV tour through coral pink sand dunes, st george, utah

This was a blast! We had a few minor accidents but overall it was a lot of fun! 7 Asians –including myself, and 7 different vehicles.. hmmm what could go wrong?

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Arizona to Utah Road Trip

Part 1 of Utah Road Trip (View Part 2, Part 3)

I’m not entirely sure who came up with the brilliant idea of packing 12 people, none of whom are local to Arizona, into 2 rental cars & road tripping up to Southern Utah but that’s just what we did in 4 days. And by we, I mean: 6 from China, 1 from Saudi Arabia, 3 from rainy Washington State, 1 from Poland and myself (from all over).

What could go wrong?

Here is our trip from Southern Arizona to Sedona, to the Grand Canyon to Zion to St. George and back.

Leonids goofy poses in Grand Canyon, AZ

We woke up at the butt-crack of dawn (at least for us youngins anyway) & decided to start off the trip with breakfast at…. McDonalds! Hey, it was the only thing open other than the gas stations. McDonalds wins over gas station food every time!

McDonalds road trip break
See Tracy in the background? It’s too early for him. Michael (far right), on the other hand, I think he is praying that he won’t get the poops on the road from having McDonald’s for breakfast….

McDonalds road trip break
Option 1: Going Hungry. Option 2: Eating McDonalds and possibly getting the poops on the road.. in a car full of people. Shoot me now?

Leonids road trip drinking coffee
We ate on the road. And because it was so early (for us youngins anyway), the driver in car #1 was downing the coffee.

Abdul sleeping on road trip
Abdul on the other hand, just passed out. Whether from waking up so early or from eating McDonalds… I’m not sure.

Most people slept at different intervals until we got to Sedona. None of us had ever been there and hadn’t really planned out what we were going to do in Sedona so we just pulled off at the visitor center, used the rest rooms, browsed the visitor shop & stretched our legs on whatever path we found.

Sedona from the visitor center

Bunkhouse Trail sign at Sedona visitor center
I guess that path we found was Bunkhouse Trail…. This is Nate, keeled over at the trailhead from the McDonald’s he ate.

Sedona Bunkhouse Trail bridge

Sedona Bunkhouse Trail bridge
Brotherly love.


Or this may have been his way of saying that the McDonalds for breakfast left him too weak to walk on his own…

Sedona Bunkhouse Trail bridge
Toll gate troll?

Group photo near the Bunkhouse Trail bridge in Sedona

Hiking bunkhouse trail in Sedona, AZ
This is basically the blind leading the blind.

Leonids in front of large tree Hiking bunkhouse trail in Sedona, AZ

big yellow spotted lizard on bunkhouse trail, sedona, az

sedona rock view from bunkhouse trail, sedona, az

Honestly we weren’t sure where we were going so we just decided to head back to the car & continue on with our road trip.

windy roads on the gps through Sedona, AZ
After a couple extremely windy roads… 2 hours later…


We made it to the Grand Canyon!

These pictures do not do it justice at all! But to make up for that, here are some goofy poses:

goofy group pose in front of grand canyon, north rim, az
Take 1.

goofy group pose in front of grand canyon, north rim, az
Take 2.

goofy group pose in front of grand canyon, north rim, az
Take 3: We’re all finally in sync!

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az

grand canyon, north rim, az bathroom break
Bathroom break…


And we’re back on the road again!

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

It was about another 6 hours before we finally made it to our destination in the evening: Zion’s Edge Cabin This awesome cabin sleeps 14-18. Between the 12 of us I think it ended up being about $50 a piece for 3 days. It was a great find nestled in the woods with plenty of privacy but still within a cabin community.

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah

Zion's Edge Cabin, St George, Utah
We BBQ’d steaks to top off our day.

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Boating in Patagonia… Lake?

Before we came down to Arizona, we lived a good part of our lives in Washington. A state overflowing with lush trees & littered with lakes (not to mention right on the Pacific Coast)… the opposite of Arizona. I think out of sheer desperation to see some sort of body of water, we headed down to Sonoita to visit what they call Patagonia Lake. Compared to say… Lake Washington, which is 21,600 surface acres, at 250 surface acres, Patagonia Lake is on the small scale. But for southern Arizona, it seems to be the lake spot to visit.

Plains of Sonoita, AZ
The road to Patagonia is very scenic. Rolling hills after rolling hills.

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