There are a ton of photos here, but it was really tough to narrow them down. Photographs truly cannot capture the grandeur of this place. It was absolutely breathtaking. I am so glad we hiked down below the rim even though it was a grueling hike. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We began our hike at the South Kaibab Trail and hiked a little past Ooh Aah Point. The boys continued hiking almost to Cedar Ridge. What an incredible experience!
As we drove from Albuquerque to Flagstaff we passed the small town of Grants, New Mexico and spotted El Malpais National Park . We decided to check out on a whim- which is kind our specialty. First we stopped at the Sandstone Bluffs and hiked on the huge boulders. The drop-offs were a bit much for Elle and I so we let the boys hike all the way out while we explored on our own. Next we stumbled upon La Ventana Natural Arch. It was a blazing 100+ degrees that day so only Isaac, Owen and Joe hiked up to the arch. They took my GoPro and got some incredible shots!! So glad we decided to check out El Malpais!!
For those of you who keep up with me on Instagram and Facebook, you know that we recently returned from a pretty epic road trip. As I sift through my photos I’m going to try to do a blog post about each of our stops. I’m starting with Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. This stop isn’t quite as incredible as the Grand Canyon, but I was still psyched to check it out. Cadillac Ranch literally sits right beside I-40 in Amarillo. I intended to pick up some cheap spray paint before we arrived, but totally forgot. Luckily, people are happy to share their half full cans when they leave so we all had a chance to make our mark- however, nothing lasts long on these cars. You can see how thick the layers of paint are on the close up photos. The kids loved climbing all over the cars and of course adding to the layers of spray paint. We were probably only here about 25-30 minutes, but it was definitely worth the stop!
Isaac attended his second Prom with his long time friend from St. Vincent Ferrer, Anne. They have gone to school together since kindergarten. The weather was pretty awful, but we managed to grab a few decent snaps before they were off to dinner.