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West Coast, Best Coast

January 12, 2017

Road Tripping the West Coast

 

Hope everyone has had a beautiful start to 2017 :) 

 

We're only 12 days into the new year, peeps - but are you already thinking of your next getaway? Tsk tsk.

 

Don't worry - I am too! So this post is on quick, short trips that you can enjoy without taking (too) much time off of work.

 


Living in California is especially amazing for this reason -

you can take advantage of going so many places in just a short couple of days,

preferably a long weekend.

 

Did somebody say roadtrip?
 

"Life is a highwaaay, I wanna ride it all night long.

If you're going my way, I wanna drive it all night long."

 

I drove on the historic Route 66 in Arizona & Utah!
 

 

I just went on a whirlwind adventure myself! Have a week to spare? Or if you're like me and working with limited PTO days -

I recommend a 4-5 day road trip. 

 

Day Dreamer, Wishful Thinker

 

The next long weekend coming up (for some anyway) is Martin Luther King Day - Monday, Jan 16th,

followed by President's Day - Monday, Feb 20th. YAY for long weekends! 
 

I recently went on a road trip to somewhere I've always dreamed of going to

(even back when I was living in Singapore).

It is 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World - can you guess it?

 

Here's a clue: 

It's 277 miles/446 km long! The rock that's found on its upper rim is limestone, and it's about 230 million years old, and even parts of it is as old as 2 billion years old. 

 

Yup, you guessed it - the Grand Canyon!

 

Horseshoe Bend

 

 

I kid you not - it really does look like that in real life! I know - I didn't believe it myself before I went.

I saw pictures of Antelope Canyon where I thought surely that's gotta be photoshopped. But nope, check out these pics & see for yourself

 

 Entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon lot 

Forever kind of Footage 

They had some professional photographers down in the canyon on a photo tour with massive DSLRs, tripods and everything! Which is another really cool thing. People looked - or rather, scrutinized if you will - at my little digital camera, and was pretty skeptical about the quality of the images I'd capture that day.
 

I won't keep going on about how much I love my little Sony A5000, but I think the quality of all the photos came out spectacular :)
A bigger camera isn't always necessarily better - who's with me?!

 

 Also got some GoPro footage :) 

 Pictured below is an equally cheeky monkey I spotted in the wild

 

Four for the Win 
 

What do I mean by that? Well, in 4 days, I was in 4 states!

California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. 

Which is a pretty amazing thing! 
 

From San Diego, we drove to Las Vegas to break up the trip. From Vegas to Sedona/Flagstaff and Page, AZ.

And we didn't stop there.


Thought to squeeze in Utah, as well, and headed to Zion National Park! And on the way back to California, threw in another national park - because why not? So the last stop/dot/spot on this trip was Death Valley National Park :) 

 

San Diego → Las Vegas → Dolan Springs (Mohave county) → Flagstaff → Page → Antelope Canyon → Grand Canyon → Horseshoe Bend → Springdale → Zion → Pahrump → Death Valley → San Diego 

 

So, as you can see, not having a road map is surprisingly a wonderful thing - and not to mention, spontaneous & fun, unlike having set schedules (in my opinion). 

 

Some of the highlights were visiting the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion National Park (some extraordinary hikes - but that's a whole 'nother post in itself), Death Valley National Park, and the Mesquite flat sand dunes! Best part - we had a DRONE for our trip. The DJI Phantom (pictured below)! Yes, we took some ridiculous footage from the trip, which can be seen here:

 

 

 

Adventure with us

 

 

 

Frolicking among the dunes

 

Cheekily cartwheeling in the dunes

 

I don't know about you guys, but I had no idea these were the 7 wonders of the world:

(I bolded the ones I've been to). Which one's at the top of your list?

 

My pick would be the Northern Lights!    

  • Mount Everest in Nepal

  • Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe

  • Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA

  • Great Barrier Reef in Australia

  • Northern Lights

  • Paricutin volcano in Mexico

  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     

Anyway, back to AZ! It's been said that the best time to visit the Grand Canyon is during the summer months; however, I did go in the winter and I didn't regret it one bit. It was arguably one of the most breathtaking and beautiful spots I've ever seen. 

 

 

Where is your dream road trip destination/favorite road trip you've done?
Share in the comments below! 

 

Until next time - stay tuned for more travels :)
 

xoxo

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