Happy Monday (which is actually a Tuesday...)!
John and I spent this Labor Day weekend exploring the Southwest. We crammed a lot into the weekend, and got home late last night feeling tired... but a good tired - a fresh, outdoorsy tired (John's favorite kind of tired!).
We started with a day trip to Las Vegas on Saturday. It was our first time in Las Vegas, and honestly, although we only spent a day there, I really can't see us going back. Everything we liked about it (i.e. pool, dining and shopping) is already available in Scottsdale. I don't want to be too hard on it since we were only there for a day (and some of the hotels really were beautiful!), but I just don't think it is John's and my kind of thing (which is totally okay!).
If you haven't been to Las Vegas, you might not realize that this picture was taken indoors! I swear, I knew I was inside, but the ceiling kept me thinking I was outside!
And of course, we couldn't drive to Las Vegas without an educational trip to the Hoover Dam - is it bad that we enjoyed the Hoover Dam more than Las Vegas? ;)
No-go for selfies at the windy Hoover Dam!
Lake Mead (the lake created from the damming of the Colorado River by the Hoover Dam)
Bright and early on Sunday we headed to Zion National Park (along with 42,000 of our closest friends!)... the park was slammed!! I guess that's what you get on a holiday weekend.
We started the day with a hike to Angel's Landing (which someone once said was so high that only an angel could land there). The hike is a series of switchbacks carved into the rock, with a precarious "climb" to the top. Chains are available in certain areas, and you best believe I took full advantage of them, considering the 1,000 foot drop offs on either side.
The views were incredible and definitely worth the effort. After our hike, we went for the obligatory beer at Zion Canyon Brewery!
On Monday we hiked the Narrows which is on many lists for top hikes in the world, and it 100% did not disappoint - in fact, I'm still obsessing over it - it was amazing! Basically, the Narrows are at the bottom of Zion Canyon (which was formed by the Virgin River), and the hike is basically through the canyon in the river itself.
We had to wear boots designed for hiking in water with neoprene socks. The water was super clean and at some points, we were up to our waists wading through the river - it was a ton of fun!
It was sad to leave Zion, but on our way back to Arizona we stopped at Horseshoe Bend, which is just north of the Grand Canyon.
All in all, it was a pretty successful weekend and we were able to see a little bit of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona!