Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
This post is like the return trip of my New Mexico road trip, or the second half of my weekend (and more specifically, the times not spent sitting in the back seat of a car). We spent our afternoon after balloons walking around Old Albuquerque, taking in everything it had to offer — including the bright turquoise doors that seemed to be on every corner, the classic Pueblo architecture, the most incredible quesadilla I have ever had, and good ‘ole souvenirs. I came home with lots of Polaroids, some Balloon Festival socks for my sister to add to her collection, and an awesome blanket that I got at a gas station on route 66.
After spending the night in Albuquerque after balloons, we hit the road at 6am to head back to Los Angeles. We got to drive through the southern rim of the Grand Canyon six hours into our trip back, which was a real treat. Even though I went to the Grand Canyon last year and had the seemingly perfect trip (taking a helicopter ride above the canyon and landing in the canyon for some lunch), it was cool to get a classic tourist taste of the Grand Canyon. We stopped at a view of the Colorado river/flea market on our way in and stopped at a number of lookout points in the national park itself. Even though I had seen the Grand Canyon before, I still was in awe when we visited. Like the balloon fiesta, it’s one of those things that just doesn’t feel real when you see it.
Mom and Dad and general readers concerned for my safety in some of these photos: I’m close to the opposite of a daredevil, so rest assured that all of the photos that appear to be super dangerous are most definitely not. General readers who thought I was crazy cool for taking these awesome death-defying photos: I’m the biggest daredevil out there and I wasn’t even scared jumping on that rock or climbing over that fence.
Since I don’t have any more crazy road trips on my horizon, I’ll be back to normal T&T posts next week. And because this whole weekend was full of time in the car, I put together some of the songs we blasted through the wee hours of the morning and other songs that just scream road trip.