road trip

National Park Road Trip - Day Two

day two; petrified forest national park, walnut canyon national monument and the grand canyon.

the grand canyon is much like stepping into a painting. the contrast between the soft colors and the rugged terrain makes it feel almost unreal. the birds swooping down into the canyon and along the canyon walls prove that it is very much alive and changing all the time. 

this was our third visit to the grand canyon and still we take so much from the experience. what we love most about visiting this dreamy place is that you can easily find a quiet place away from other tourists and there is always a new trail to walk or canyon wall to climb; each offering a new perspective of the canyon more beautiful than the last. 

one of the most inspiring days of our lives was our first visit to the grand canyon, so not only do we take in the constant newness of the scenery (like an elk walking right past us in the woods - yes, this happened!), but it is also a place where we can reflect on the amazing journey we have been on thus far.

"a few things in this beautiful old world are too big to talk about, one can only weep before so supreme a spectacle of glory and of majesty." margaret gehrke, an early visitor to the grand canyon; 1915.

Salvation Mountain

With a rare three day weekend coming up, we decided we needed to take a super special trip somewhere. It wasnt until somewhat last minute that we decided to do the 1,200 mile drive to Niland, CA. Destination? Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is a an adobe-clay mountain created by Leonard Knight with splashes of bright color and positive messages proclaiming his faith. We've been wanting to visit for quite some time now so we needed to make it happen.

We packed up the pups and left right after work on a Friday around 6pm. About 20 hours later we made it to Salvation Mountain. We wandered around the mountain for a couple hours. It was even more breathtakingly beautiful than we had imagined.