Escaping to the Grand Canyon

I had been scrolling through my photo album on my phone and found a few photos from my escape to the Grand Canyon and realized I never filled you all in on my adventure! Shame on me! So with today being a Friday, flash back Friday to be exact, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all the where, the when, and the why…

Several months ago, I was beginning to feel a bit lost. I felt as though I needed some sort of spiritual adventure; I needed a trip to help me find myself. I remember earlier in the year having promised myself that I would visit either Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. My trip to New York City didn’t allow me enough time to visit the great falls and as the year was coming closer to ending, I knew it was either now or never. Okay, maybe “never” is me just being a little dramatic, but you get the idea. So one insomniatic night, after several hours of self torturous scrolling through social media, at around 3:22am, I impulsively purchased a flight to Arizona with the highest hopes of finally visit the Grand Canyon. At first, I didn’t want to tell anyone about my trip. I thought that I would just go on a secret solo trip and enjoy the heck out of it. But then I thought of how incredibly expensive my last minute booking was beginning to cost me and reached out to my good friends at Kia to see if they could spot me for a ride. And well, that’s sort of how this “road trip” started.

I still didn’t tell anyone else about my trip for a good while, but then I kept getting visions of myself in the movie 127 Hours with James Franco… only I was James Franco, and it was my arm that I had to cut off, and I just couldn’t deal with that thought so I just wound up telling my family. There’s that. 

So this solo trip literally lasted me a solid two days, and by two days I mean I flew in on a Tuesday afternoon and flew out on a Thursday morning. The sole purpose of my trip was to visit the Grand Canyon. I would HIGHLY recommend a get away trip to ANYONE looking for an adventure. While my adventure wasn’t long, I’m sure my memory of this particular trip will last with me for a lifetime.

I flew into Phoenix and picked up my bestie for the trip, the new 2017 Kia Sportage SX. She was BEAUTIFUL. More on the deets of the ride later. Destination: FLAGSTAFF! A friend of mine recommended staying in Flagstaff since I had planned on visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. On my three hour ride to Flagstaff though, coincidentally I came across a sign that read “Sunset Point” about 20 minutes before the sun was scheduled to set. I use the word coincidentally ever so lightly though – nothing in this life is a coincidence. Made my pit stop and right away, I felt that this trip was going to teach me something.

Sunset Point, Black Canyon City, AZ

I finally got to Flagstaff and arrived at my Airbnb. Let me tell YOU! I was so scared at first. I had never done Airbnb before. I had all these ideas in my mind on what Airbnb would be like. Oh but Dan and Patti, my Airbnb hosts, made me feel RIGHT AT HOME. Seriously, I felt like I was staying at my aunt’s house. They were so welcoming and wanted to make sure I enjoyed my stay in Flagstaff and even suggested a few places to visit. Their home was absolutely charming and my private room and bathroom were clean and spacious, but honestly what made my experience memorable was their hospitality. If you happen to be wanting to take a trip to the Grand Canyon, I’d recommend staying in Flagstaff. Want to give Airbnb a shot? Stay at Dan and Patti’s house!

If you’ve never tried Airbnb before, PLEASE GIVE IT A CHANCE. You can actually click here to book through my shared code and you’ll get $35 in travel credit!

The next day, it was off to the Grand Canyon. It was just about an hour drive from my airbnb in Flagstaff but I enjoyed the view every step of the way.

I’m convinced that I’m made to live somewhere with mountains surrounding me. It brought me so much peace. Since I sort of “winged” my trip, I literally had no idea how to get to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff. SO thankful for the 2017 Kia Sportage SX. With the built in navigation, I felt comfortable knowing that I was driving in the right direction, even if I had no idea where I was going. My “scenic route” was filled with beautiful backdrops. So beautiful that I found myself stopping more often than I had planned to take a few photos.

Oh but the Grand Canyon itself…. I could show you a million photos of the Grand Canyon, but until you see it in person you might never understand the beauty in what I witnessed. God is so very good and he creates beauty all over this world and I’m glad I was able to see the Grand Canyon for myself.

Since I’m confident that you will try to make the trip yourself, here are 5 Grand Canyon tips I have for you:

  1. Visitor’s Center First: Seriously, they give awesome advice on where to go and what points along the rim to visit at certain times for epic sights. I mean, everywhere you go will give amazing views but some are just a bit more glorious than others. You could also tell the Park Rangers at the Visitors Center how much time you have and they can help you plan your day for you!
  2. Park Ranger Programs: If you want more than just a picture of rocks, why not listen in on one of the programs where a Park Ranger can teach you the history of how the Grand Canyon was formed. You’ll gain a much greater appreciation for your visit that way!
  3. Put The Phone Down: The first 15 minutes I was there, I spent it trying to “get the shot” instead of just taking the moment in. Breathe, take a look around, meditate, pray, give thanks. Besides, service isn’t the best so instead of refreshing your phone every two seconds to upload your selfie onto Insta, take a photo or two, put the phone down and live in the moment.
  4. Take the National Park Shuttle Bus: It’ll pick you up and drop you off at different view points. Plus, the drivers seem to be pretty knowledgeable and might even give you interesting history lessons during the ride!
  5. Plan To Stay for Sunset: It’s absolutely breathtaking. I sat along the rim just left of Lookout Studio and got the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen.

 

I am insanely grateful to Kia for allowing me a chance to take the road trip of my dreams and finally visit the Grand Canyon for the first time. It was LIFE changing to say the least. I learned so much from this trip alone about myself, my faith, and my fears. Want to know more about what this trip has taught me? Check out my vlog!

 

Xoxo Un Besito,

Rocío

 


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