One of the last things we did in Guatemala was a beach trip!! We didn’t spend that much time at my grandmas because we were always out doing things.. We also planned it that way because nothing scares me more than my grandmas. I will add pictures of her kitchen and the town, my parents both come from Nueva Santa Rosa (they’re not related i’ve asked and they asked their parents before they started dating…)
So here is the thing about my grandmas… her home is very open and there are HUGE spiders and what not, i love the silence and cold showers don’t get me wrong i can rough it out. But there are so many ghost stories that don’t sit well with me and terrify me. With that said the first night I did not sleep and almost caused myself a massive anxiety attack because that’s how my mind rolls.
We spent the last full day at the beach HAWAII in Guatemala WHAT? Seriously it was called Hawaii. We left my grams at like 5am and got to the beach around 9. Not before taking a fucking tiny little canoe with our van on it..we live life on the edge because that shit did not seem safe. Half way my dad was like oh there are piranhas here, so that happened.
We made it to the beach safely and I spent the whole day in the water (minus lunch time) the water was just so warm and clear, the waves weren’t knocking me down for a change. This was by far the best way to start 2016, there was something about that day that made the whole trip extra magical. Sometimes we get so caught up with life and take the little simplest moments for granted.
Without further ado.. here are the images!
(This is my grams stove from like the 1950s which is still being used)
Canal de Chiquimulilla
Can you tell I become obsessive? Also hey distraction
From the beginning now! We left Los Angeles at 3-4am to do good time…adrenaline that’s what kept us going and tons of coffee. We arrived to Zion at around 1pm we had to figure out how everything worked and shuttles all that lovely stuff, also a HUGE rock had fallen and was blocking one of the hikes I wanted to do so that was a bummer but whatever still want to go back and do Angels landing. Rambling I ramble.. Anyways zion was extremely hot that day 90s hot which we knew and we knew that Bryce would be much cooler so we were well prepared. We hiked to the emerald pools (see pictures below) which was a 3.5 mile hike or so, that was a nice hike to get our feet wet it had its share of good shade which was much appreciated. We weren’t sure where we were going exactly we just went and thankfully didn’t get lost, always a plus. When we arrived to the upper pools it felt like a little oasis we were surrounded by trees, rocks and grand cliffs. After this we had lunch then headed to weeping rock which I will get to on the next post 😁.
I’m going to say we got really lucky with the weather the day we went to Yosemite, the morning and afternoon it was sunny and nice.. By the time we got to Tuolumme Grove of Giant Sequoias we started hearing the thunder from afar and by the time we arrived to Glacier Point we saw the lighting, and it was such an amazing experience couldn’t get a picture but you can only imagine. The hike to the Sequoias was magical as fuck, so peaceful and quiet it was one of those moments that you’ll never forget; huge pine cones everywhere birds chirping.
Glacier Point, the view from Glacier Point is breathtaking, winding road to the max on the way back I did have slight car sickness so I napped until it was over. This was our last spot of the day and it was the perfect way to end it.
Vernal falls!! Ok so looking back the hike wasn’t bad plenty of people yes, but in the moment it felt like we would never get there. I will say it was enchanting, hearing the stream as you hike is by far the best part of that experience. I hike with my dog a lot and do wish I had her there, she’s my sidekick.
Yosemite..where do I begin? This was all Nadia’s idea is where. I follow some amazing travelers/hikers on Instagram that up my craving for national parks, so I googled, fell in love and had to see it for myself. Yosemite is beautiful all around every direction you take you will be amazed at least thats how it was for me. We were only there for a day so we tried to hit up all the must sees. Hiked to the vernal falls which are the photographs below, well the start of the hike. We made a couple of stops along the way..enjoy the adventures through some magical shit.
After Sedona we headed up to the Grand Canyon, lots of driving was involve that weekend went from not appreciating it to loving it. Anyways, Grand Canyon didn’t know what to expect the whole drive there I was so curious as to how it looked, where we would start on and on.. Nadia and I came to the conclusion that it was built by aliens. Even when we got there it felt so untouchable and surreal.
one thing I’ve been making sure to do in every place is to just sit there and take it all in if you see my Instagram and you see that picture I am doing just that taking it in an savoring the moment.
ANTELOPE MOTHAFUCKING CANYON!!! I can’t begin to explain this place and all the emotions I felt being there. It was a beautiful day, the whole weekend we saw everything from snow to hot and windy weather so we weren’t sure what we’d get. To get to antelope you have to go with a tour company, which we did and it reminded me of Guatemala sitting in the back of a 4×4. Our guide was beyond amazing very knowledgeable and helped me out a lot when it came to taking the best shots. Overall such an amazing experience loved that I got to see it in so many lights, as the day goes by the light changes the colors and it’s so magical.
After antelope we headed to horseshoe bend, quite the little hike that one. Horseshoe bend was amazing and terrifying hello fear of heights I didn’t even know I had.
Wasn’t going to post this till after Grand Canyon but meh…please enjoy 1/4 of the pictures that I took.