Anxious to get back on the road, Chris and I started out early Tuesday morning. Picking out what to wear is one of my favorite things to do each day. I always over pack, so it was difficult to do so for a three week adventure in one suitcase, without exceeding the weight limit for checked bags. Luckily I knew I had to pack for warm weather and my summer clothes were light and small. Comfort was key for day two. The outfit I chose to wear the day before happened to be extremely comfortable and cool so I decided on something similar. With over 100 degree temperatures and at least 8 hours in the car ahead of me, I threw on a pair of light weight comfortable shorts and an open back crop top. I knew we’d be hiking so I decided on my pair of white high top converse.
Our plan for the day was to see Monument Valley, a Navajo Reservation on the border of Utah and Arizona. Only a 2.5 hour drive that took us over 4, with so much to see we couldn’t pass up the pit stops to take photos. Leaving Moab we found even more arches, which of course we stopped to hike. A gem on our trip that day was the an expresso drive through in Utah called Wicked Brew. Neither of us had ever seen a drive through coffee stop so we had to check it out. The espresso was served with a chocolate covered espresso bean, it gave us the pep we needed for the day. The fact that it was located on the side of the road, in the middle of no where was awesome. Tiny little towns, and lots of red rock, this drive was one of the most beautiful of our whole journey.
We had read about and seen photos of Monument Valley before we left for the South West, but nothing prepared us for the actual sights we would see. Approaching the valley we stopped every few miles to photograph the views. Chris and I felt like we were taken back in time to the old west, no cars on the road, huge open spaces and beautiful red rock formations. We were in awe of the beauty of the nature that surrounded us, it was like nothing we had ever seen before. Out of all the sights on our trip, Monument Valley is on the very top of my list as a favorite.
After leaving Utah we decided that we would drive through Arizona and spend the night in Las Vegas, so we began the next leg of our journey. We took a pit stop in Flagstaff, AZ to walk around, shop, and have a late lunch before the 4 hour trip to Nevada. Flagstaff was a mix between college town, with it chic coffee shops and foodie inspired restaurants, and old world route 66 with its neon signs and once famed diners. We decided on a Latin inspired fusion restaurant known for it’s locally sourced ingredients, canned local beers, and speciality margaritas. We checked out Fire Creek Coffee Company for some awesome local coffee.
After we spent a few hours exploring we got back into the car hopped up on espresso, to finish the drive west to Vegas. We ended up staying for a few days there, to rest and enjoy before beginning the extremely long, incredible drive through Death Valley, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and up to Yosemite.