Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Day 4 Out West

The next morning we woke up and began our drive towards Death Valley. 
The road is incredibly picturesque - it is so straight leading up into Death Valley. 

 Death Valley is operated by the Navajo - and when you arrive it is a dusty road with warning signs about going into the valley loop if you don't have 4 wheel drive. We took that as a challenge and took our Ford Edge in. We made it! But it was certainly nerve wracking in some of the areas with sand. The roads are not maintained very well - and the driving is just a free for all. Definitely one of the worst "roads" I've ever traveled on - but we saw a Camaro do it, so I guess anyone can make it work! 

The weather was not ideal while we were there - it was so cold! We packed for the desert - not 50 degree weather. 

 After that, we loaded up - hit up a McDonald's for some Big Macs, and then headed towards our next stop in Page, Arizona.

Day 3 Out West

Day 3- We woke up and hit the road to head to Blanding, UT
Right outside of Moab we stopped at a total tourist trap called Hole in the Rock
Next, we stopped at Hovenweep National Monument - where Ancestral Puebloan cultures built dwellings along a valley. The dwellings were several stories, and remarkable considering how long ago they were constructed.

Then we continued our drive to Natural Bridges National Monument. The natural bridges area was incredible, and very few people were in the park because the weather was beginning to get bad - but this made for some pretty cool cloud coverage.

The bridges were stream-carved, and it's truly amazing to see the height of the arches. The bridge pictured is the Sipapu bridge, and at its arch it is 220 feet high. 

After we saw the bridges we headed back to the hotel after a long day in the car, to prepare for our next day's drive into Death Valley.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day 2 out West

{ Day 2 - Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park - Moab, UT }
We stayed in Green River, UT which is about 45 minutes out of Moab, so the next day we woke up at 4:00am so we could drive in to hike and see the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park- the Island in the Sky district. It was an EARLY morning, but definitely worth it. The sunrise at Mesa Arch is stunning. It literally creates a glow beneath the arch as you look out over the canyon.

Above is a picture of the view through the arch.

Below, me and Mal as the sun began to rise overlooking the view beside Mesa Arch.

Above - the Sunrise view from the overlook by Mesa Arch. 
Below - Sunrise glow beneath Mesa Arch. 

Above - Daddy capturing his shot at Mesa Arch.
Afterwards, we went into Moab for some much needed coffee and a delicious breakfast at Jailhouse Cafe in downtown Moab. Then we headed back into Arches National Park to view more of the arches.

First up - Double Arch. 

The view was stunning. Every time we saw something new we thought, "nothing can top this," and then we would get to the next site. It's just amazing how beautiful our country is. 

Then we went to North and South Window Arch.

and we finished the day at Landscape Arch (pictured above) before heading back to Green River for the evening. Pictures don't even do these place justice, the size of these arches is insane.

All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone, so you can imagine how beautiful the ones my dad captured on his camera are going to be!

Also this day we visited within Arches National Park: Devils Garden, Turret Arch, and Skyline Arch. I just don't have them pictured within the post.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


It's been ages since I've blogged, and a lot has happened in the last few months. Finished up my first year of pharmacy school, enjoyed the pledging process as I joined Kappa Epsilon at school, and took our first family vacation in YEARS.

The day after school finished we all packed up and headed out West for 8 days, and it was an absolute blast. You may have seen a bunch of our pictures on my instagram, but I have to blog about it before I forget all of the stops we made. :)

We flew into SLC, then had a connecting flight in Grand Junction, CO. We got there late that night, so the next morning we woke up and drove into Utah. It's so crazy how different it looks as you drive out West compared to Georgia. We loved getting to see the change in geography as we drove between our destinations.

We spent the first day stopping in two ghost towns, seeing some Indian petroglyphs (cave paintings), and ending the day at Arches National Park hiking to the Delicate Arch for sunset. My dad is a photographer, so we spent time in both of the ghost towns we visited taking some fun portraits.

The first was taken in Cisco, UT, a tiny little ghost town on our way to Moab. The shot below was taken in Sego Canyon, in what used to be a general store. 

We still haven't had a chance to go through all of the shots we took, so I can't wait to post more after we do!

Above is a picture of some of the petroglyphs in Sego Canyon.
Next up, we headed into Arches National Park - probably one of my favorite places we went. Below is one of the first picturesque scenes you see as you enter the park -- Park Avenue. It takes your breath away. 

 Below is a shot looking back through Park Avenue shot from the Courthouse Towers viewing area.

Below is me and Mal at Balancing Rock. 

Next we hiked up to Delicate Arch, and WHAT a hike. It was definitely a lot more strenuous than we anticipated.. granted, I'm super out of shape. 

It's the coolest thing though, because just when you're starting to question how much further you have to go, you round the corner of this cliff and there it is. Absolutely breathtaking.

 It was just so cool up there. I could sit there for hours and take it all in.

After a while we headed back down so we could head back to the hotel to gear up for our next day. 

Can't wait to share more pictures of our next days of our trip.
Sorry it's kind of a picture overload, but really I'm not that sorry.  :)

I wish I was back there!

All the best,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quick Recap of Life

That whole "blogging more regularly" thing was short-lived. I had no idea how limited my free time would be this semester apparently. 

But since I've last blogged -- I've enjoyed quite a few snow/ice days, watched the Winter Olympics like it was my job, wined and dined at a few cool places in Atlanta, Netflixed it up with Dexter, and of course -- studied pharmacy.

The girls from my freshmen hall all got together to have an Opening Ceremonies party for the Olympics - it was so fun to catch up with everyone again. We even had our own little Russian (picture - middle with the hat on). We got really into the Winter Olympics our freshmen year of college, so of course we had to go all out for the Opening Ceremonies. :)

Then I went through the Rush Process in Pharmacy School, which was so laidback.. I love it. I'm currently a KE pledge and I'm loving getting to know all of these sweet girls.

Masquerade Rush Party 

And we enjoyed a fun night in Athens with our crazy crew of friends..

Basically, that's all I've been up to. I lead SUCH an exciting life... haha #sarcasm

BUT, today I'm going to the Roswell Beer Festival with one of BFFs from school, so I can't wait to blog about that. (goal: to ACTUALLY blog about it.)

Happy Weekend Friends!