Maybe you haven’t heard, but I totally definitely married my very best friend one month ago (!!!) Not to be cliche, but our wedding was beautiful and magical, and I honestly couldn’t have hoped for it to go better. I haven’t written a post about that yet, but I’m going to get around to it!
Update: Here's that post about Our Winter Wedding!
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a bit about our lovely honeymoon at the Grand Canyon!
We decided to make it a road trip, which made for a 16-hour drive stretched over two days, plus three nights at the Grand Canyon, and another two days back. We like to listen to a lot of different kinds of music, as well as podcasts, and we packed some good snacks, so we enjoyed the ride.
We started out in a little town in Texas where my parents live and where we had our wedding. It took us about 9 hours to get to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we stayed for the night and where we saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which was super rad!) We stayed at a very cheap hotel that night, which we admittedly decided not to do again (ha!), but it saved us some money for the rest of the trip.
On a friend’s recommendation, we also stopped in the little tourist town of Williams about an hour away from the canyon where we strolled around some shops and had a burger and milkshake at an old-school diner. It was very cute and worth the stop!
When we finally made it, we were pretty pleased with The Bright Angel Lodge, where we stayed for three nights. It was right on the South Rim of the canyon, so we woke up bright and early the next morning and walked just a few feet to the edge. It was absolutely breathtaking!
That day we enjoyed strolling around the top of the canyon where all of the touristy things were, like gift shops and museums. The views were incredible, the shops were cute, and we took a lot of pictures. We had lunch at the lodge, which was cozy. Later we caught up on Stranger Things then went into town to get some snacks for the week.
That night we walked just a little ways down a trail head to sit in a little nook and look at the stars. The sky was just so clear! Unforgettable. The next morning we went down to that same nook with hot coffee, lots of layers, and a blanket and watched the sunrise over the canyon. We also enjoyed seeing a buck saunter up the trail and stop right in front of us!
Since we were totally ‘wowed’ already by the views from the top, we had a seriously good time when we hiked down the Bright Angel Trail on our third day. We put on some layers, packed a backpack, and headed down. We stopped at a rest house on the trail and had lunch and a thermos of hot tea while chatting with a nice Australian guy we met, then we went back.
We only hiked three miles in all, but we are not experienced hikers whatsoever, so it was plenty for us. The hike back up was killer! Obviously it was uphill, the whole way. We laughed to ourselves as we passed cheery, gung-ho people on their way down the trail. "That was totally us an hour ago. Turn back now!"
Not going to lie, the thought of getting to see the Indian Gardens nine miles down sounded pretty tempting, buuuut, that wasn’t really happening for us. (Maybe someday?)
The morning we left, it was snowing, which was honestly the cherry on top of the whole trip. We got a few more Christmas gifts at the gift shop, snapped some pictures of the snow, and prepared for the long journey home. While we were really happy to be home and were so ready to start our new life together, it was bittersweet to leave the beautiful scenery and relaxing environment behind.
We hope to go back for an anniversary someday and/or take our future children there for a vacation. I wouldn’t mind going back in the winter again when there aren’t so many people and it’s not scorching hot. It was perfect!
Have you been to the Grand Canyon? I’d love to hear about your travels!
Recent graduate + Wife
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.