a GRAND adventure.

Okay okay I don’t want to drag out my spring break adventures but there’s also so many awesome moments to share….so cram them into one photo-packed post I will!

I haven’t done homework in 9 days. I haven’t so much as looked at a textbook. I don’t even think I’ve looked at what’s due. I have thoroughly enjoyed my spring break as an extended recharge moment.

The last time I traveled to the Grand Canyon was on a camping trip with my parents about 12 years ago. We were caught in the middle of a huge monsoon driving in and the hail and thunder stunned us. I don’t remember much of our hike or time in the Grand Canyon so I was stoked to go back this week with my friend Kerri. It was her first time to the most-visited Wonder of the World (and she’s an Arizona native!). Say no more. To the giant crater in the earth we go.

Grand Canyon Just Hanging Out *stronglikemycoffee.com

Just hangin’ out!

We took the shuttle to the Kaibab Trailhead. “Steep and Slippery” is an understatement.We were taking baby steps to keep from sliding. 4 month-old running shoes do NOT equal hiking shoes. ;)

Grand Canyon Ooh Aah Point

“What can I say about something that blows me away without sounding like another cliche?”

Grand Canyon Sitting b

The epicness of the grand canyon cannot be captured in a photograph. You just can’t see the depth and vastness of the thing in 2D! As much as I love taking pictures, it really is better just to enjoy this one with your eyes.

Kerri & I got a late start to our hike, and we were warned “It takes twice as long to get back up so give yourself plenty of time.” We turned around after 90 minutes,expecting to take about 3 hours to get back up. It is STEEP, like doing the stairmaster for 2 miles straight……but it didn’t take us any longer to get back up than it did to get down.

THEY UNDERESTIMATE US AND OUR RUNNER LEGS.

Grand Canyon fatigue

Just bear with me for a couple more pictures. I was totally digging the new environment. I like collecting my memories in photographic form.

Grand Canyon dead tree

Grand Canyon black and white

Feeling on top of the freakin’ world.

Grand Canyon lookout

Grand Canyon with Kerri Collage

That bottom picture was our view driving back to school. Kerri took probably 90 pictures while I drove. No one can accuse us of not appreciating our surroundings….we gush about that mountain like it’s our middle school crush.

**Hey we reached the halfway point of this recap post! (I told you it was going to be jam-packed.)**

My mom must have been inspired by my Sedona & Grand Canyon pictures because she wanted some of her own. She drove up and stayed with me for the end of Spring Break.

mom wknd grand canyon

My pass into the Grand Canyon was good for 7 days. Naturally I had to go back before it expired. So I made the journey again with my mom, this time with the goal of reaching Skeleton Point. Even though the distance is only 6 miles round-trip, coming back up 3 miles is so steep (and at 7,000 ft elevation).

mom wknd skelly point

We reached the turn around point, but it’s hardly “half way.” The trek down is nothing compared to the hike back up. So awesome! Being out on Skeleton Point really felt like being IN the Grand Canyon and I felt so small.

mom wknd and i grand canyon

Sedona was a little less dirty, a little more red, a lotta bit warmer. We spent another nature day climbing rock stairs to picnic on Devil’s Bridge.

The Devils Bridge Sedona AZ (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Crazy amounts of sunshine on this spring break and I tried to absorb it all! Can you store extra vitamin D for later?!

We were NOT ready to head home yet so we pulled up a table on the deck of a cafe and sat until we felt the start of a sunburn.

Mom wknd Iced Beverages in Sedona (stronglikemycoffee.com)

We also made a bunch of healthy recipes this week that I’m definitely going to have to share soon! But I think I’ve carried on with this post long enough :)

Spring Break had a thousand memories and now we’re back to reality. Time to make up for my lack of educational stimulation over the past week and half.

But, but….Sex & the City is on. To homework or not to homework? One episode won’t hurt…

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Posted on March 23, 2014, in Blogging, College, Fitness, Healthy Habits, Real Life Stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Amazing photos! I would love to go!

  2. The Grand Canyon looks gorgeous! I can’t wait til I get to experience it! And I totally skipped homework for Sex & the City this morning haha

  3. You can NEVER have too many pictures – especially in surroundings as breathtaking as Sedona and Grand Canyon! That was an AWESOME “mini vacation” for me and I thoroughly enjoyed our jam packed 2 1/2 days of outdoor adventures!! Now hit those books, tackle that mountain of homework and get yourself prepared for this week’s amazing opportunities. xoxoxo

  4. Every time I read your posts, I just think to myself, “Why are we not friends?!”
    I need to find friends that will go on adventures with me!
    I don’t know why, but college has seemed to brought me lots of friends who are fans of Netflix, but not so many that are fans of exploring, adventures, and spontaneity.

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