10th Anniversary Trip

It’s been 7 years since Andy and I went on an adventure together….kids came, and we entered the land of the “family vacation.”  For our 10 year anniversary, we decided it was time to make some memories as a couple instead of as a family.  We also knew that with 2 separate 10 day trips to Bulgaria in our future, we needed a trial run so our kiddos know they’ll be taken care of.  Hence, we spent the last week in Arizona.  I know most people could care less about the details of this trip, so this post is mostly for myself, but the adventure was too beautiful not to share!  So, the “shortened” version looked like this:

DAY 1:  Flew to Phoenix-Drove to Grand Canyon- Hiked part of the Rim Trail- Camped at Mather Campground at the South Rim


Site 285 was Home for 2 nights!


It was so hard to wrap my mind around the vastness of it!


Grand Canyon Panoramic



Sunset over the Canyon

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Full moon rising over the Canyon

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Ah haha! Brrr! 24 degrees!

DAY 2: Hiked 12 miles into and out of the Canyon


All smiles hiking down


Down and down and down. Switchback after switchback.


Seeing the Colorado River for the first time!


At the tip of Plateau Point


Panoramic Plateau Point


Agave in bloom!


We hiked to there….12 miles of the most physically challenging terrain we’ve ever known!


DAY 3: Hiked the South Rim Trail more- Drove the Desert View Road- Headed to Sedona to eat at the Barking Frog for our Anniversary


Saying our goodbyes to the Canyon



Inn on Oak Creek was the BEST!


DAY4: Hiked 11 miles around Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ- Drove to Phoenix and crashed at the Hotel


I’m sure cacti are unimpressive to people who live in the Southwest, but we were shocked to see them every time!



Making our way to Cathedral Rock


Panoramic Sedona

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Just when we thought we couldn’t go on, we ran across an ice cold stream to refresh in!


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Homemade ice cream made a pretty good trophy!


DAY 5: Came home refreshed to our babies!

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

President Teddy Roosevelt

We walked through the airport to head home, and I realized the next time Andy and I head off on an adventure alone, we’ll be flying halfway around the world to bring our child home. Wow.



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