Things have abruptly changed for everyone in this world. We are thankful, that at this point, we have not been adversely affected by the virus. Our finances and health are in tact. So we have no complaints and we feel for the millions of people that are enduring hardship at this time.
The tail end of our first Running from Winter trip ended with disappointment. We had made arrangements before we left Montana to meet my parents in Las Vegas. This leg of the trip ended up being in the wake of the pandemic, but everything was refundable, so no big deal. And even better, we made a few unplanned stops on our way back to Montana. These stops were epic. So epic the we may have quickly changed our plans for our next Running from Winter trip.
Highlights from Northern Arizona and Southern Utah
The Grand Canyon is a must see. I wasn’t expecting much, you know a big hole. It’s much more than that! We even hiked into the canyon.
Lake Havasu rocked my core. I mean I love this place. Now, we were only there for a day so there is more to be known about this little paradise. But if there were a city or atmosphere along this trip that best describes me – it is Lake Havasu City. I need more and I need more with a surf boat.
The London Bridge crosses Lake Havasu. It was brought over from England.
Zion National Park wasn’t on our radar until we boondocked at a property in Mississippi. Our new friends showed us pictures of their travels to Zion and we knew we had to stop by.
The Narrows is an 8 mile walk within a canyon. There are no river beds, so you walk upstream in the river. I had read that winter was a great time to do this adventure. Yes, the water is cold, but fewer people and supposedly shallow water before the spring run-off.
I guess it was technically spring when we got there. The water was moving pretty fast and we got to the point that it was thigh high before turning around. We decided to be safe as we were the only ones out there – aside from our new friend Jacob. He was visiting the park too and saw us wading through the water. He was up for an adventure and came with us. Neither him or Zach had water shoes, so they both did this barefoot. I was prepared. I had my hot pink Jamaica water shoes on.
After attempting the Narrows we did another hike with Jacob up to the entrance of Angel’s Landing.
While we were in Southern Utah we boondocked at an OHV park with a friend of Zach’s. Not only was it fun getting to hear his stories and meet his girlfriend from Australia, they ended up needed to get rid of their washer/dryer combo in their fifth wheel and gave it to us. How nice is that?
We are currently in the truck on our way back to Helena. I hope we will have hiking weather when we get home. At least we will be locked up with family.