Gathered a group of pals to spelunk in Coronado National Memorial. Here are a few photos of the many taken on our hike & cave exploration yesterday!
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.
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:
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!
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?
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.
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!
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….
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?
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 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.
I guess that path we found was Bunkhouse Trail…. This is Nate, keeled over at the trailhead from the McDonald’s he ate.
Or this may have been his way of saying that the McDonalds for breakfast left him too weak to walk on his own…
Toll gate troll?
This is basically the blind leading the blind.
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.
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:
Take 3: We’re all finally in sync!
And we’re back on the road again!
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.
We BBQ’d steaks to top off our day.
Success! We swam in Seven Falls!
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.
The road to Patagonia is very scenic. Rolling hills after rolling hills.
We took a 3 hour trip to get a last minute exploration in before we flew back to Washington for Christmas.
The Tonto National Monument is a well-preserved cliff dwelling once occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.
Reflection of Mount Shuksan in Picture Lake, in the Cascade Range, WA
Nooksak Creek in the Cascade Range