Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Our Trip Exploring the Southwest

We left two weeks ago for a tour of the Southwest.  We had two goals:  to visit John's Aunt Alice, whom we had not seen for more than fifteen years, and to see the Grand Canyon.  While we did accomplish both goals, we also saw so much more.  

Our trip started with a stop at Saguaro Cactus National Park where we enjoyed learning about these slow-growing cacti.  

Then we drove to Joshua Tree National Park where we saw lots of Joshua Trees and...

our children enjoyed doing some rock climbing.

Our next stop was to visit Aunt Alice who lives an hour east of Los Angeles.  Even though I didn't get any pictures of our time there, we enjoyed spending time with her and John's cousin's family.  Also, we did some hiking on Mount Baldy along with a few other activities.  

Oh!  The Grand Canyon!  Words and pictures cannot describe how incredibly massive and beautiful this wonderful work of God's hand is!  All I can say is that, if you haven't had a chance to see it, you need to!

We toured the Canyon for two and a half days which was plenty of time.  We rented a house which was lovely after being in a hotel for so long.  John even took Sarah Beth and Daniel a short ways (two miles) down a trail into the Canyon.  They said that it wasn't too bad going down, but coming back up was tough!

We stopped at the Meteor Crater in Arizona which is a private enterprise and has a great museum.  It was very windy so we didn't spend too much time outside.  While it is over 500 feet deep, after being at the Grand Canyon, it didn't look very deep.  :)

The Painted Desert was our next stop, and it was beautiful in a different way.  Honestly, I was amazed at how lovely it was, all the different colors of the rock.  Pictures do not do justice to this desert, either.

 Inside the Painted Desert is the Petrified Forest.  I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the petrified trees although I don't really know why.  But we enjoyed seeing them.

We had a wonderful trip touring the Southwest for a week and a half.  There are places we weren't able to visit on this trip and places we would like to visit again.  While we haven't started planning our next trip yet and it won't be any time soon, we are already looking forward to it!

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