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On the fourth day of our trip, I was Determined to watch the sunrise from Yaki Point. So we woke up even earlier and made sure that we caught the first shuttle bus that would take us there. Oh man. We had no regrets. We saw the most beautiful sunrise. It was so visually delectable, I can barely describe it. In reaction to what I saw, my heart started beating faster and faster because the visual stimuli was just too much - it was THAT beautiful. At that point, I thought to myself, "Trip made". Haha, I had no idea just what was ahead of us. We spent the rest of the day exploring the rest of the South Rim Trail (close to the lodges) before leaving for Flagstaff, AZ, where we spent the night. It was pretty and gave us a different view of the Grand Canyon. Honestly, though, I preferred the views of the East Canyons, plus after what I saw that morning, nothing else that day could really top that.
Just so you know, you're about to be bombarded by a series of sunrise pictures (from dawn, to sunrise, to daybreak) with the same canyons in the fore and background. I'm not sorry, and I don't think you will be either ; )
Continuing with the stories of our summer adventure out west.. The third day of our trip was our first full day at the Grand Canyon. We woke up at 4.30AM fully intending to catch the sunrise at Yaki Point, where I read was one of the best places to watch the sun rise over the canyon. However, as you all may well know, traveling with a group of 7 takes time than one might expect, and we ended up missing the shuttle (that only comes every 30 minutes) that would have taken us there. To be fair though, the shuttle actually came and left earlier, so if you're ever planning to do an early morning thing at the Grand Canyon, plan on being there early! That being said, after bumbling around in the dark "playing Marco Polo" (it really is a funny story - talk to me and I'll tell you all about it), we ended up watching the sunrise at Mather Point, which was still as beautiful as ever. Later that morning, we ventured on our first big hike of the trip - down and back up the South Kaibab Trail. The hike started with some pretty steep switchbacks, which levels out a tiny bit as you approach Ooh-Aah Point, which has an amazing view of the eastern canyon, and is also the first stopping/turnaround point of the hike. Some people who want a shorter hike would turn around at this point, but I highly recommend going a little further, as the views become even more phenomenal (one of our favorites at the Grand Canyon)! We stopped for a break to enjoy the breathtaking views at Cedar Ridge, which is also where we eventually turned around.
After hiking, we did some sunrise-photo-location-scouting at Yaki Point (which is worth stopping at, as it has some of the Best views on the South Rim, no matter what time of the day), and enjoyed a well-deserved campfire lunch. That evening, we did an easy drive along Desert View Drive (notable stopping point: Moran Point), where we eventually stopped at Lipan Point to watch the sunset.
This past May, my family and I ventured out into the deserts of the West, starting from Las Vegas, to the Grand Canyon, to the Antelope Slot Canyons, to Bryce Canyon National Park and finally to Zion National Park. Being in the midst of such vast beauty was so incredibly inspiring and you have no idea how stoked I am to share these pictures with you! I've decided to do this in parts, so my posts/pictures will be sectioned off by days. The first part of our journey began with our drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. On the way there, we detoured through a little town called Seligman on Historic Route 66. Seligman is a tiny little town with a whole lot of charm, of which the Pixar film "Cars" was loosely based upon. The town is relatively quiet (perhaps because of the time of the year we visited), but was livened up by the its quirky stores and colorful building facades.
We arrived at Grand Canyon National Park just in time for sunset, and what a welcome it was. That very first glimpse of the big, Big canyon in the glow setting sun was breathtaking. I can't describe it with words. See for yourselves.
This year, I learned how to bake bread, and that kicked the year off to a great start.
I got to spend a lot more time with two little Rhoades kids as their babysitter. I loved those two funny kids to bits!
In March, two of our best friends finally got married! Joel was his best man, I was her matron of honor; I was also one of their photographers, as well as the hair and makeup person. It was one crazy, busy, as well as beautiful and Epic day : )
Before we knew it, summer came along, and Joel and I embarked on our first huge trip together - to Yellowstone National Park. Its beauty was beyond breathtaking, and we both wished we could stay there the entire summer.
On the 25th of June, 2012, we celebrated our first year of marriage in Yellowstone/Teton National Park. I can't think of a better place to celebrate that milestone : )
In August, I went on a solo trip to NYC to help a friend out with a wedding photoshoot; I also got to spend time with one of my best friends from college who just moved to the big city (I'm excited that she only lives 7 hours away from me now!)
My youngest sister started her first year in college this Fall. My parents came along with her, and that was the first time my entire family has been in the USA together!
My parents also got to come to Pittsburgh to see and experience me and Joel's life in a place we both call home now - that was very special to the both of us.
We had an incredibly beautiful Fall season this year! The Fall season also marked my first semester in Graduate School. Getting into Graduate School itself is quite a story, you should ask me about it sometime ; )
Time flew and flew, and December came along. On 12.12.12, Joel and I bought a home in Swissvale!
As the year came close to its end, I turned 24 on a beautiful Christmas day : )
And now, 2012 is ending with a beautiful snowfall ; )