• First Time Rafting The Pacuare River

    Costa Rica Pacuare 3

    I’ve been to tropical places before, but spending time on the Pacuare River in the middle of a Costa Rican rainforest, was the most isolated I’ve been in the jungle. To give you an idea of my location, their disclaimer said it would take “help” about 3 hours to get to you, should you need emergency assistance. I guess that’s what happens when you drive 4 hours from a major city and begin to raft down 14 miles of river.

    Before I talk about my exciting, first time ever rafting experience.. let me get something out of the way. I did not like my tour guide :(. He was a little extreme in terms of “perfect rafting form” and it took away from my fun a little bit. I understand that rafting is dangerous and everyone needs to be putting in their best effort, but yelling at someone brand new and basically telling them they are terrible at rafting and they just need to move to the back isn’t really the most positive experience to have. HOWEVER. I try to be easy going and didn’t let it get to me too much. I omly mention it here so that others are aware that rafting can be seen as no joke by some people and to know that sometimes, tour guides suck. End of story. 🙂 Alright! Moving on!

    Pacuare River takes about 4 hours to arrive to, coming from San Jose. The drive is beautiful though! You pass some rad river flows from a near by volcano (when I went, the two rivers were actually two completely different colors!!!) and you drive through gorgeous hillsides that make you feel like time has momentarily gone back 40 years.

    Hillside on the way to rafting.

    Hillside on the way to rafting.

    Once you get allllllllll your gear on and actually begin the rafting itself you realize very quickly that rafting is one hell of a work out. It works your legs, arms, core, back and mind. Take that with a grain of salt when deciding if this is an activity for you. But trust me, no pain no gain because it was the experience of a lifetime!

    Riding the rapids felt like a roller coaster, then jumping off the raft in to the cool water felt like a scene out of the Jungle Book. There are usually many other rafts and tourists with you during these excursions, so you won’t feel alone with nature, but if you can tune them out and focus on yourself in that moment, you will remember it forever.

    I can’t wait for another rafting adventure and even though I have nothing to compare it to just  yet, I know Costa Rica has set the bar very high and I hope everyone gets a chance to experience the Pacuare River the way I did!

    View of twin rivers on the way back.

    View of twin rivers on the way back.

     

  • What To Know When Going To Manuel Antonio

    Walk through the Cloud Forest (cloudy rainforest) to get to the beach of Manuel Antonio.

    Walk through the Cloud Forest (cloudy rainforest) to get to the beach of Manuel Antonio.

    Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s National Parks. Word of mouth and a few helpful forums told me this was the place to go to experience the beach life of Costa Rica. I don’t want to say they were wrong, but I do want to say to take it with a grain of salt. By that I don’t mean it was terrible! All I mean is be prepared!

    The idea of going to the beach from San Jose is all too tempting. I didn’t realize that 2.5 hours per google maps actually meant 3.5 – 4 hours in Costa Rica. The laid back attitude and traffic will delay your journey. A day trip may not be in your best interest if you are on a time crunch. Be ready to leave early in the morning and arrive late at night if traveling from San Jose to Manuel Antonio.

    We made a stop to see some crocodiles.

    We made a stop to see some crocodiles.

    Closer image of the crocodiles. There were so many!

    Closer image of the crocodiles. There were so many!

    So when you finally arrive, let me talk about the humidity… again. I know. But of course the humidity is ampliphied by the proximity of the beach. Of course wear appropriate clothes, but mostly, be aware of the humidity because you may find it hard to breathe. The walk from the entrance to the beach is steep in both directions, and like me, you may have a difficulty breathing due to a heart problem or asthma, etc. Bring plenty of water to keep yourself cool.

    Walking through the rainforest of Manuel Antonio.

    Walking through the rainforest of Manuel Antonio.

    You are walking through an actual rainforest, or cloud forest as they are called in Costa Rica. That means there are animals everywhere! Monkeys, birds, deer, moths, sloths, and mosquitoes! These animals will want to come to you… I don’t just mean the cute monkeys. I also mean the mosquitoes. Wear bug spray, but put it on BEFORE you get in to the park. They are very protective of their wildlife and park rangers will frown upon you launching bug spray in to the air. I’m warning you. The beautiful rainforest demands blood for you to pass through it.

    So many monkeys! Almost as many as there are bugs.

    So many monkeys! Almost as many as there are bugs.

    There are SO MANY PEOPLE. It is not only a popular tourist destination for foreigners, but for Costa Ricans alike. This is not the park to have a secluded moment on the beach… UNLESS… you are brave and willing to wonder off from the pack, like I was. I found a little cove at the far end of the beach where there was no one! Even though I was only a 10 minute walk from the masses, it was a welcomed break from the crowds.

    Found my little peace of quiet in Manuel Antonio

    Found my little peace of quiet in Manuel Antonio

    Speaking of the beaches, Manuel Antonio beach is beautiful and makes for some great photo ops, but it’s a rocky beach and difficult to get in the water if you have sensitive feet. I know Costa Rica is known to have some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!! But… I would say this one was only super nice. I know I can’t judge the whole country based off of one beach, but I’m just saying. Maybe it was also the cloudy weather? I guess I may never know… unless I go back of course.

    After your time spent in Manuel Antonio, prepare for the trek back to the entrance. It’s exhausting and you think you’re never going to make it, but just remember, there’s cold coconut water and beer at the end of the rainforest. Cheers.

    Imperial Beer after a day at the Manuel Antonio Beach

    Imperial Beer after a day at the Manuel Antonio Beach

  • Things To Know When Visiting Costa Rica

    Hanging out on the beach at Manuel Antonio! The humidit was intense.

    Hanging out on the beach at Manuel Antonio! The humidit was intense.


    It rains and it’s humid. Like REALLY humid.

    I know Costa Rica rains.. hence their rainforests. I did not know that it rained so much too the point where I don’t remember being completely dry. My hair… my skin… my clothes.. EVERYTHING was moist the whole week I was there. I’ve been in humidity, but sometimes I forget how sticky it can be. My recommendation is DO NOT where form fitting shorts, because you WILL have a terrible time trying to put them back on once the humidity has kicked in.

    They take USD

    No need to change your USD currency if you will be visitng popular tourist destinations. $1 was equal to $500 Colones when I was there. Fairly straight forward to buy items, your change will just come back to you in Colones. I personally still enjoy changing my currency. I like to think it makes me look more local.

    One of my favorite looking buildings in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    One of my favorite looking buildings in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    It’s not as cheap as you think it would be

    Speaking of money… be warned.. Costa Rica is not a budget traveker’s paradise. Sure you can buy a meal for about $5 – $8 bucks at a local Soda (small hole in the wall spot). The downside to Sodas is that they are not commonly located in the capital. In the capital, where I stayed, the prices were equivaletn to the United States. Sometimes I would catch a break and buy street empanadas or meat on a stick for a low cost, but that was only sometimes. The hotels, transportation and tours were all still relatively pricey. Not a bad thing, but just something to be aware of.

    The Capital (San Jose) is pretty centrally located. Centrally FAR.

    I wish I had time to bum around on a small beach town, but alas, I only had 1 week. Instead of being isolated on a beautiful beach, I opted to see as much of the country as I possibly could in a short amount of time. I chose to stay in San Jose which was centrally located to the sites I wanted to see. Now, if you want to follow in my foot steps, I must warn you that just because it was central, doesn’t mean it was close to anything. San Jose was roughly 2 hours away from anything of natural beauty. It’s a sweet location for some people, but I know all that travel time is not ideal for all. I personally enjoyed it.

    San Jose is the red dot. We went to North to Arenal, South West to Manuel Antonio and East to Pacuare.

    San Jose is the red dot. We went to North to Arenal, South West to Manuel Antonio and East to Pacuare.

    Bring Bug Spray and Sunblock

    I don’t get bug bites and sun burns are a foreign concept to me… but my best friend was with me and ended up with about 25 bug bites and some gorgeous looking sun burns. In fairness, I used sunblock too. But not because I burn, but because I don’t want cancer.

    You need to like animals

    Costa Rica is full of wild animals who have integrated their natural habitat to that of their surroundings. For the most part, they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. As a matter of fact, the locals don’t like you bothering them, so don’t. But if you’re calm and steady, you can see some real gems! You have more luck seeing animals when near the rainforest versus the city. For example, I saw the most animals when I was hiking through Manuel Antonio, their National Park and also Pacuare River when I was river rafting. Some animals I saw are pictured below! (But I definitely saw more than what is pictured.)

    It's a sloth in a tree!

    It’s a sloth in a tree!


    A deer! A female! Ray... a drop of golden sun...

    A deer! A female! Ray… a drop of golden sun…


    It's Marcel from Friends!

    It’s Marcel from Friends!

    Pura Vida

    Last but not least, be ready to learn the Pura Vida lifestyle! Pura Vida is a saying meaning Pure Life, but it really means anything positive. It means, have a nice day, thank you, you’re amazing, enjoy your stay, have a great life, best wishes, cheers, you’re a rock star… you get the deal? The Costa Rican people are happy and kind and you’ll have the best experience possible if you let their lifestyle find a place in your heart too.

    PURA VIDA!

    Pura Vida it up at Manuel Antonio

    Pura Vida it up at Manuel Antonio

  • Cathedral Gorge

    Isolated Photo Op in Cathedral Gorge

    Isolated Photo Op in Cathedral Gorge

    The sun is starting to shine again in Las Vegas, while I know most of the United States has some snow falling to the ground. However, just because Las Vegas is on the verge of a heat wave doesn’t mean all of Nevada is warming up. Just under 2 hours north is Cathedral Gorge State Park. Now, Cathedral Gorge is usually very dry and is colored red and pink from the ground to the top of the rocky peaks. It also usually features some slot canyons that are ideal for exploring and hiding from the sun. HOWEVER…. I didn’t know that in the winter there it snows… a lot. This wouldn’t sound like such a crazy idea… (snow.. in the winter?? Who would have thought?!) except for the fact that it only snows in southern Nevada maybe… once every two years if we are lucky. So I was shocked to think that a place like Cathedral Gorge, that didn’t feel much higher in elevation had their ground completely covered in the white stuff.

    The drive out of Las Vegas to Cathedral Gorge is easy enough. You drive north. Simple. I noticed on the drive there that there weren’t many people heading the same way. That was totally cool with me since I love an open road and less people in my photographs. Also fun perk, I can take all my middle of the road photos that I love so much! See below to know what I mean. 😉

    Photo of me taking a photo of snow. Middle of the Road, outside of Cathedral Gorge.

    Photo of me taking a photo of snow. Middle of the Road, outside of Cathedral Gorge.

    The drive takes you through so many small towns and I loved it!! And when I mean small towns.. I mean if you blinked or sneezed, you would miss it. However, the snow made it look lost in time and I love moments like that. My favorite part was the park… .no soul around to show you someone was there except for tiny foot prints.

    Somewhere in Northern Nevada.

    Somewhere in Northern Nevada.

    After you soak in the small town liife, you will finally find a small sign that directs you to Cathedral Gorge State Park.

    So… I mentioned snow earlier… well at the park there was so much snow we couldn’t get much further than a mile within the entrance because we lacked snow chains and wanted to err on the side of caution since it’s been over an hour since we located another human.

    Cathedral Gorge 3

    It was of course a bummer we could not explore further in to the park… it was another bummer that the snow was so deep I couldn’t get to the slot canyons!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 I was highly disappointed that I came all that way and couldn’t even snap a good instagram pic. BUT that was all left at the wayside when I stopped to apprciate the beauty of the snow and the quiet of my surroundings. The white snow looked exceptionally white against the pink rocks and the snow was undisturbed with the exception of bunny snowprints. <3 … oh and my phone marks in the snow as I tried to set up my camera phone for a photo… and then I failed. But I think it still turned ok…

    Accidental Photo when trying to have my phone stand up in the snow!

    Accidental Photo when trying to have my phone stand up in the snow!

    After some time of trying to walk through the snow and taking tons of fun photos, it was time to move on. I didn’t want to get caught in the snow in the dark… the drive home was just as lovely and allowed the opportunity to stop next to some lakes for a snack.

    The Road Leading out of Cathedral Gorge.

    The Road Leading out of Cathedral Gorge.

    Overall, even though I did not have a chance to hike the area as much as I would like to, I think seeing it in such a way that can only be described as rare made the day completely worth it. Sometimes magical things happen when nothing goes as planned.

  • Canyon Dreaming at the Grand Canyon

    Aerial view of the Grand Canyon

    Aerial view of the Grand Canyon

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon many times but I have decided that Maverick Airline’s Canyon Dream is the BEST way to see one of the natural wonders of the world. What is it? Why is it awesome? Three words. Airplanes and helicopters!

    Getting ready for the Canyon Dream Tour!

    Getting ready for the Canyon Dream Tour!

    Leaving from Las Vegas, you board a Beechcraft 1900D. It’s a small 18 seat plane that will get you to the Grand Canyon National Park in a mere 50 minutes. That means it just saved you 3 hours of your life. If that doesn’t sound like arriving in style to you… then I don’t want to be your travel buddy! All that extra time you save can be put to excellent use by exploring the park upon arrival. Now, the Canyon Dream isn’t ideal for hiking since you are scheduled to ride in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon!!!

    South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The airplane is nice and pretty fun but the helicopter is the peak of the tour. You fly for about 30 minutes over both the South and North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Honestly, you of course see the canyon at the edge of the viewing stations and you can experience the depth by hiking in to it through trails… but you get to see parts of the canyon that are only visible by air. Nothing beats the views of the canyon from a helicopter.

    Canyon Dream 7

    The Colorado River looking muddy after heavy rain fall.

    The ride gives you a true appreciation for how large the canyon is and how much character it has. You see the winding rivers, changing colors in the rock (you even see the second oldest piece of exposed earth!!!) and the difference between the South Rim and the North Rim of the canyon.

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The North Rim in itself is a big deal to see. It’s much more difficult to drive too and is only open during part of the year. The higher elevation of the North Rim creates more vegetation and a truly beautiful view to see from above. Not only is the scenery during the ride breathtaking but it’s just fun. If you like roller coasters and thrills or a general fan of trying something new, the helicopter ride is so for you!

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    After all the excitement of the bird’s eye view of Grand Canyon, you hop back into the trusty Beechcraft and jet back home. Be sure to look out the window so you can see the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas as you fly in. That is, if you are not exhausted. Otherwise, the seats are at least comfortable enough to sneak in a good nap.

    Canyon Dream 5

    Views of Lake Mead from the Beechraft Plane

    Have I convinced you to jump on the next open seat for Canyon Dream yet? I hope so! Because it truly is an awesome experience. If you are NOT in the Las Vegas area but I have sparked your interest, at the Grand Canyon you can book a helicopter ride separately with Maverick Helicopters right next to the National Park. It can’t get more simple!

    So tell me, have you ever been on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or any other remarkable views? How did you like it? Leave me a comment and maybe you will inspire my next flight!

  • Mesa Verde Colorado

    Mesa Verde 6

    On my road trip to the Four Corners and Monument Valley, my friend and I thought it would be fun to stay the night in Colorado. We chose the small town of Cortez, Colorado. Upon check in, we were informed almost the whole town was sold out! It was shocking and asked why, to which I was told “Mesa Verde.” What is that, I wondered? Well! It’s another National Park! If you have been reading my blog, you know me and my National Parks.

    Mesa Verde 3

    Mesa Verde is home to some of the best Ancestral Pueblos in the United States. Now, to be honest, I did not get a chance to spend much time at all in Mesa Verde. Just about an hour and a half to ball park it. It was enough time to see the pueblo known as Step House. The pueblos are located by access of a downhill trail, that will take about 10 minutes to walk down and 15 minutes to walk up. The pueblos were interesting to see. I don’t think I have ever been as close to an actual archaeological site. Pretty neat to see. I wish I could have spent more time there! Maybe next time.

    Mesa Verde 5

    Since Mesa Verde is up high in the mountain and hills of Cortez, it did offer some beautiful view points that were just a quick hike from the parking areas. The height of the park serves as an excellent vantage point.

    Mesa Verde

    The views were so lovely and the fresh air made it that much more enjoyable. On my way out of the park, I also had to stop and take some pictures near their field of burned trees. It was too beautiful not to! The contrast of the sky and earth were perfect. It was a delightful ending to a quick visit.

    Mesa Verde 2

    If you have been to Mesa Verde, let me know what else I missed out on and if I should go back. 🙂 I’m just happy I spent SOME time in Colorado.

    Mesa Verde 4

  • Monument Valley

    Forrest Gump sign at Monument Valley

    Forrest Gump sign at Monument Valley

    I enjoy visiting cities and places that I’ve seen in movies and television. Monument Valley is the location for one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies… Forrest Gump. If you’ve seen the movie, the pictures should all make sense to you! If you haven’t, I suggest you watch it ASAP. There is a part in the movie where Forrest runs across the country and then comes to a sudden stop, right here. He looks at the crowd and says “I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now.” Simple, funny and powerful. I adore that part in the movie and I was willing to make the 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas to see it.

    View of Monument Valley from the Navajo Park

    View of Monument Valley from the Navajo Park

    Located near the border of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is on Navajo land. There is a Navajo park close by where you can see some of the rock formations up close. I accidentally ended up inside of one, thinking that’s where the Forrest Gump spot was. I was wrong. However, the $10 was still worth it to see some of the sights. If you have more time than I did, they also offer tours (for an additional fee I’m sure.)

    I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now. - Forrest Gump (Monument Valley)

    I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now. – Forrest Gump (Monument Valley)

    My priority was Forrest Gump. I learned it is located near markers 13 and 14 on Highway 163. If you are driving AWAY from the monuments, you will miss it. I did. The easiest way to find the exact location is to drive towards them and get a feel for the view you are looking for. There is a pull out near 14 and if you look to your left… you will know you are in the right spot. The view will look perfect but this cute sign will let you know you are right!

    Me and the coolest roadside sign.

    Me and the coolest roadside sign.

    Finding this sign made it all worthwhile. I almost gave up when I was first driving and missed the marker. I am so happy I turned around and tried to look for it one more time. If you blink, you will miss it on the road. There were no other tourists there when my friend and I found it, but as soon as we pulled over and began to take pictures, I think they knew what we were doing. If you can’t find the sign on your own, keep driving in the general area until you see cars pulled over. Just don’t give up! The sign is there! Just be careful when recreating your Forrest Gump pictures. Cars drive about 90MPH on the road. Stay safe and have fun! I know I did.

  • 17 Mile Drive

    17 Mile Drive 3

    17 Mile Drive

    Many people know about Big Sur in California. Not as many know about the 17 Mile Drive. It’s an area just north of the famous Big Sur drive, located after Carmel but before Monterey. It’s 17 miles (big shocker!) of coastal driving and picture taking. Super straight forward, but still worth the moments it will take to experience it.

    Stopping to enjoy the beaches of the 17 Mile Drive

    Stopping to enjoy the beaches of the 17 Mile Drive

    The 17 Mile Drive passes through the extravagant gated community of Pebble Beach. The road serves as the main access road for the area, so non-residents have to pay a $10 entrance fee per vehicle to drive the 17 Mile loop. At the entrance, tourists receive a map to help guide them and point out some noteworthy stops. The drive passes from inland towards the coast. The beaches along the way are gorgeous and it almost seems like the water becomes a darker shade of blue! It’s all very California. There are rocky beaches and white sand beaches that are accented with fabulous golf courses and multi-million dollar homes.  (Sorry, I didn’t have pictures of the homes… they were too beautiful for my camera to capture. 😛 But we’re here to focus on the drive anyways, right?!)

    Lone Cypress in the 17 Mile Drive

    Lone Cypress in the 17 Mile Drive

    This drive won’t make you feel at one with nature… There are many of tourists and residents alike on the road. The hills are also alive with gorgeous homes and the trails are well paved. However, it’s still gorgeous. How gorgeous? One of the most popular attractions is the “Lone Cypress” which is referred to as the most photographed tree in North America. Even though it’s being held up with cables, it’s still iconic and beautiful to behold. It’s a wonderful combination of man and nature that’s truly worth seeing.

    17 Mile Drive

    17 Mile Drive

    The 17 Mile Drive can be completed in about 25 minutes without stopping or it can be an average of 1 hour if you stop at all the special spots. I recommend that you take even more time if you can spare it. The rocks make a great location to sit and listen to the crashing waves. I have yet to go to Big Sur, but it has a lot to live up to!

  • Yosemite Falls

    Yosemite 3

    A few weeks ago, I asked all of you to take a poll on which National Park on that list I should visit next. Of the excellent choices, Yosemite National Park was the overwhelming winner. (Let me take a second to say how fun of an experiment it was to let YOU choose!)

    I spent many years living in California’s Bay Area, but I do not recall having a chance to visit Yosemite. In the realm of National Parks, Yosemite is usually in the top three of the “Best” parks to visit. Having already visited Yellowstone the year prior, my expectations were high yet I was still unsure what to expect.

    Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite is beautiful in it’s own way. Massive granite cliffs and giant sequoias can be found all over the Yosemite Valley. Yosemite, although very popular, was not as touristy as I thought it was going to be. Maybe I was jaded with how touristy Yellowstone and Grand Canyon can be. Either way, Yosemite was low on the tourist scale. If anything, it had a touch of that wild and free that most people look for in a National Park.

    Walking through the woods

    Walking through the woods in Yosemite National Park

    I didn’t have much time to explore the whole area. (The transportation system in the park is rather terrible. Be prepared to drive yourself or walk to each destination. I do NOT recommend their shuttles!) I could see the famous Half Dome looming in the background, but considering it is a 16 hour hike, it was a hard pass on this trip. Instead we opted to hike around the Yosemite Valley near Mirror Lake and up to Lower Yosemite Falls.

    Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

    Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

    Mirror Lake, although great for a picture or two, was no where near as awesome as Lower Yosemite Falls. The highlight of my day in Yosemite was the end of this trail. At the base of the waterfall, the water collects into neck high pools where you can go swimming! I don’t know about you, but swimming in fresh, cold waterfall water after a hot hike is a great idea! The water was cold, but you are having way too much fun to care. There are usually other tourists around who are sharing in the good times. Although you don’t have the place to yourself, it’s nice to have a helping hand around when you need assistance. I wouldn’t recommend swimming during any other time of year, but it was ideal for the summer.

    Swimming in a cool, waterfall pool formed by Yosemite Falls.

    Swimming in a cool, waterfall pool formed by Yosemite Falls.

    Yosemite was a nice experience and I can see myself going back to give Half Dome a shot. I just need to get in to better shape, but the thought of those pictures I could take and the bragging rights I could have seem worth it. Wouldn’t you agree?

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    Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

     

  • Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon is located in Page, Arizona even though it looks like it’s from another world! This slot canyon is located on Navajo land, so you can not just freely hike the area. I opted to go with Ken’s Tour. Conveniently located right next to Lower Antelope Canyon, the guide’s from Ken’s Tour were all very helpful and informative about the canyon trail. The tours leave every 20 minutes with groups of about 15 people and takes roughly 2 hours to complete. I would recommend calling a few days in advance to see if a reservation is needed. For a low cost of only $28 per person, the tours tend to fill up fast!! And it’s easy enough to see why! It is a photographer and travel junkie’s dream come true.

    Lower Antelope Canyon ... Even the rocks have a reason to smile!

    Lower Antelope Canyon … Even the rocks have a reason to smile!

    The canyon walls are very high and you have to take a series of ladders down to get to the bottom. During flash floods it can fill with water all the way to the top, so I suggest checking the weather before embarking. 🙂 Once finally in the heart of the canyon, you will be blown away. (And if you are not, I don’t know what’s wrong with you!) Antelope Canyon is simply stunning. Formed by sand, water and wind, it’s spectacular to see what nature can accomplish all on it’s own.

    Lower Antelope Canyon, Twin Peaks

    Lower Antelope Canyon, Twin Peaks

    Antelope Canyon is beautiful from all angles. The guides are great at pointing out particularly beautiful view points, such as the one above, called Twin Peaks. I had to get down on the ground and look up to capture it. The uncomfortable angle was worth the shot.

    Antelope Canyon ColorsEven though it was mostly sandstone, the colors in some areas are truly mind blowing. It’s like a desert Alice in Wonderland. You can’t help yourself, you want to keep going!

    Clearing in Antelope Canyon

    Clearing in Antelope Canyon

    In some areas it is easy to believe that it fills up with water during flash floods, especially since it looks like something under the sea. The clearings are eerily beautiful.

    Light in Lower  Antelope Canyon

    Light in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Even though Upper Antelope Canyon is known for the light beams, Lower Antelope Canyon has it’s areas where the light hits just right. I can’t say it enough that you feel like you are in another world. It truly is magical.

    Candid of myself getting lost in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Candid of myself getting lost in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Most tour guides want you to stay close to the group. I was fortunate enough that my guide let me wander off a bit with Ashley. Who doesn’t want solo pictures in this beautiful place?

    The sky from below in Lower Antelope Canyon

    The sky from below in Lower Antelope Canyon

    I know I say this often but you HAVE TO GO HERE. I can not stress this enough. If you love nature, if you love beauty, if you love life… you owe it to yourself to see this place at least once. I am already planning a return. It’s a little life changing.