You guys, going to Arizona, the last thing I would ever expect is COLD!
When we left California for the East Coast, in April, I really didn’t expect to see any cold weather until we started heading north. But when we got to just outside of The Grand Canyon in Tusayan, Arizona (where we stayed the night before seeing the Grand Canyon), I was in shock.
This Wisconsin gal hasn’t really felt cold in a long time. Haven’t seen snow in years. Central California barely got cold.
Moral of the story: I was cold. How many times can I say cold? Probably about 15 more times in this post. You’ve been warned.
We traveled through Arizona from Vegas and let me tell you, it’s so pretty out there. Red, everywhere. Things to see! I mean, it got pretty boring after awhile but like I said, I’m from Wisconsin and it’s all pretty flat land up there.
In the morning, we headed out to the Grand Canyon. It wasn’t far from the hotel and we planned it that way so that we could get there, hang out a bit, and then get to Colorado. Actually, the hotel itself was technically part of the Grand Canyon. It was just a couple miles from the park entrance and we figured we would spend majority of our time there.
We were both so stoked to see the Grand Canyon. The kids? Not so much. We got there, parked, added on a few layers…it was cold, and walked to the restrooms and of course the kids were already over it. I couldn’t blame them. They’re probably wondering what this cold wind is! Not only that, J wasn’t even quite 1.5 yet so I needed to cut her some slack on the whole walking around thing!
We ended up going back to the car and grabbing a couple of baby carriers and strapped the kids to our backs. We figured that if we were going to enjoy this then we are probably going to need to keep them from running off or slowing us down. Good thing too because that Grand Canyon is HUGE, in case you didn’t know. 😉
Anyway, we walked up and took a few photos.
We were in awe.
It’s literally, “something else.” You’ve heard that saying before, right? It’s just crazy to think that something like this exists. It makes me think of how amazing and creative our God is to leave beauty like this for us to enjoy!
So, that’s what we did! We enjoyed it. Just taking it all in. And then? We left. I’m sorry. We went there, enjoyed looking, took some photos, but we were not prepared for that weather. It was so cold and so windy that we were ready to just hit the road afterwards! Plus, J was ready for a nap and it’s not like we could do all of the adventurous things we looked into doing, with two toddlers and a dog.
Maybe someday, we will head back and do some hiking, ride a donkey down, or rafting or something.
Then we traveled to Kayenta, (a small town with one grocery store, 2 hotels, a couple diners, and a gas station all within a 4 block radius) we stayed in one of the local hotels. Apparently, we were traveling in the “off” season so we were one of the only families that were staying there.
After we checked in, we walked around a bit and found a gym. Jonathan and I were determined to get a few workouts in awhile we were taking this 3-week trek across the country. So, we were pretty excited to see that there.
And honestly, there’s not much else to talk about for this portion. We had dinner at a diner across from the hotel, went “home” and rested up for another day of travel.