Devil’s Bridge Hike, Sedona

Hi Everyone,

This week is going so fast, I can barely keep up with it. This past weekend, we visited Devil’s Bridge in Sedona. Before we leave Arizona we wanted to make sure to check it out because we have heard great things about Devil’s Bridge and the amazing view. It for sure did not disappoint!

The hike itself is pretty easy, not to mention that it is FREE. Make sure to take plenty water with you because it can get pretty warm in Sedona. Parking gets a little tricky. We got there at 8:30 am and got lucky enough to take the last available spot. (By the time we were leaving, people were parking on the side of the road it got so busy.) We had to park in the first parking lot which added another 2.1 miles to the hike. The total hike came out to be 5.8 miles. You can only drive up to the second parking lot if your car can take extreme off-road situations.

Devil’s Bridge Hike

Price: FREE! No parking fee, no permit.

Parking: Gets a little too busy as the day goes on. It paid off that we went early in the morning. And if you don’t have a high-clearance 4 wheel drive, you can only park in the first parking spot.

Hike level: easy to medium. Really not too bad at all, the last 400 feet gets a little steep with lots of stairs but you can always take a quick break when your legs feel like they are on fire 😀

View: Unbelievable

You can find details and more description about the area on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Website!

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Questions:

  1. What is/ Where is your favorite hike?
  2. Do you like hiking?
  3. If you could go on one road trip, where would you go?
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Knocking off two new places from the bucket list…

Welcome to the gorgeous Zion and Bryce Canyons!

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Echo, Ben and I left to visit Zion Friday morning. Originally we were going to leave on Thursday but I came down with a cold on Wednesday and had a fever so decided to take Thursday slow. I have been sick for almost two weeks, I lost my voice and was struggling with a pretty bad cough but Wednesday (of course, right before the planned trip) my body decided to have a fever too. I have never been to Zion and Bryce Canyon and they have been on my bucket list for a long time, so I was pretty dedicated to go. No fever was going to stop me. (maybe a little bit, but not really)

tom jouiceThursday morning I woke up pretty weak, but with no  fever so that was a great sign. I poured myself a large glass of tomato juice ‘cuz vitamins! Not a big fan of tomato juice but I have moments when it feels great to sip on a cold glass of it.

I took the day very easy, Ben was kind enough to make me breakfast, lunch and later dinner. I was just laying around, falling in and out of sleep, getting food served to me all day…just like a princess. 😀

That night we realized if we want to leave early enough in the morning, we have to start getting our thoughts together. We packed our suitcase and went to Sprouts to get some healthy snacks for the road. It is very easy to fall off the diet wagon when on a road trip. During long rides there is only so much to do and once you are done with playing games, reading, singing, the only things is left is snacking. Gas station snacks are delicious but not always the healthier choices so we wanted to be prepared for both the way there and back.

We got a bag of popcorn, plantain and apple chips, granola bars, kombucha, gummy squares and banana-coconut bites. I also prepared some veggies and fruits, looking at these now, I don’t know what were we thinking. Taking so much food for two haha, we brought back some of it 😀

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Friday morning we left around 7:15am. Driving through Arizona can get a little boring after a while but we ended up going through some high elevation areas where we ran into very nice forestry areas with lots of trees and green…as you can see on the pictures…

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Echo is like: Guys?! Halo? Where are all the trees?

 

But putting the joke to the side, there are areas like that in Arizona, they exist, but I kind of dropped the ball on taking pictures about them…sorry…I guess now it must stay just a myth :)

I was zoning out a little bit towards the end of the drive but as soon as we arrived to the “Zion National Park” sign my eyes popped open.

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At the entrance we got a year pass to all national parks in the United States. It is definitely worth it, visiting Zion and Bryce would have came out to the same price and we are planning to see Yosemite and the Grand Canyon too this year so baaamm….doing math just saved us money. Math is good. (No this statement was not sponsored by Ben. It was my own, which kind of scares me, I might be spending too much time around him)

After going through the main entrance there is a 12 mile gorgeous drive to the visitor center. I couldn’t stop taking pictures but there were also times when I just started out the window and forgot that I even had my camera in my hands. We were driving through tunnels while spiral-ing our way down to the bottom of the mountain.

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Finding parking at the visitor center was a failed attempt, apparently everyone wanted to see Zion that same exact day so we parked outside of the park, approximately 5 minutes walk away. It was a perfectly fine parking, and we didn’t have to fight people for a spot.

From the visitor center we headed to the only pet friendly trail. Pa’rus is about a 3 mile long trail along the Virgin river with wonderful scenery and very friendly people coming towards you. You cross the river back and forth many times along your walk which caused Echo some serious stress at the beginning.

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Fun Facts about Zion from nileguide.com:

  1. Zion is Hebrew and it means a place of peace and relaxation
  2. Zion has over 900 species of plant groupings
  3. Kolob Arch in Zion’s backcountry is one of the word’s largest freestanding natural arches
  4. Humans have been around Zion Canyon for at least 8,000 years
  5. The Olympic Torch passed through Zion on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Games

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The trail is not a loop, it kind of just ends after a while and turns into a road so we turned around and walked back. Once Echo realized we are headed back he decided to forget everything he learned about walking on a leash and tried to walk ahead of us while chocking himself. It was very warm and no matter how many times we stopped to give him water he just didn’t care about any of that at all. So I started jugging next to him and this way I could keep up with him without him chocking on the leash…

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This little crazy gave me a serious work out. When we got back to the visitor center and Ben caught up with us, we sat down to relax for a little bit. We both got a little sun burnt (we left the sun screen in the car) and our legs were a little tired so before we made our way over to Bryce Canyon we took a little break, had some snacks and waited till Echo had about 17 cups of water.

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Are we there yet?

Driving over to Bryce Canyon was pretty quick, only about an hour and a half which makes it even more amazing to think about how close these places are to each other yet they are so completely different.

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Looking over the canyon, just staring into the nothing it is very easy to space out. In fact, spacing out over gorgeous natural views has became my new favorite thing to do. Just get there, space out …done. Bryce canyon reminds me of a city made out stone…and this color…I didn’t even have to use filter. Perfection.

Again, with Echo there was only one trail we could go on, from Sunset point to Sunrise point…but we still saw everything we needed to. Hiking it would be amazing, maybe another day, but to be honest the people coming up from the hiking trail looked pretty exhausted so I was actually very happy with what we were doing 😀

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There were benches along the trail. We stopped by one of them to rest our feet a little bit and zone out :) And then I realized I can take panorama photos. YAY!!!! (Echo still has to learn how to zone out, he kept interrupting our zoning out process)

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Fun facts about Bryce Canyon from nileguide.com

  1. Water, ice, and gravity are the natural forces that formed the geological “hoodoos” that make Bryce Canyon unique
  2. This park is named after Ebenezer Bryce, who started ranching the area in 1875. Upon showing the canyons to visitors, he is said to have remarked, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow.” 😀 😀 😀
  3. On a clear day, visibility from Bryce Canyon can exceed 100 miles
  4. Lions and foxes and bears, oh my! Foxes, mountain lions, and black bears inhabit Bryce Canyon, although they are rarely seen
  5. Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon. It’s actually a natural amphitheater

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Around sunset it started to become very cold and windy so we said our goodbyes to the canyon and headed to the hotel. We got a hotel room a little bit further away because the next day we wanted to check out Dixie National Forest so we kind of drove through it to drive back the next day…kind of miscalculated the situation there. Oh well, the scenery was fantastic and made up for the extra miles. After settling into our hotel room, we went to eat dinner. Ben found a cute little place close to the university campus. It is called the Pastry Pub.

It was a little bit empty when we arrived but at ordering the guy said they were out of a bunch of things because it was so busy all day…also finding a hotel was not easy either, almost every place in the are was full for the weekend because of some kind of convention. Everyone was so nice at the place we ordered and then just got quiet for a couple minutes. We were tired from walking all over the place.

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Since they had pastries we decided to order a dessert, which was of course a carrot cake. We agreed that from now on anywhere new we go to, we will try that city’s or country’s carrot cake! This blog is going to turn out to be a carrot cake judging site.

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After dinner we went back to the hotel and passed out. I wanted to go to the pool and hot tub so so badly but I was too lazy to walk down there…haha

Well, hope you enjoyed my little report on these two amazing places and our Friday. Now I got to cross out two more things from my bucket list. Yay!

My Bucket List

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you have always wanted. Do them now.”

– Paulo Coelho

Well…that was a nice and depressing way to start this blog post. You are welcome!

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I guess what I am trying to say is that most people (I really don’t wanna put this on everyone, I am sure there are wonderful exceptions out there) are great at procrastination and putting things off. We dream about going to places, meeting new people, trying out news things but then end up on the couch with a bucket of popcorn (no pun intended) and make ourselves believe that we will do all the things tomorrow…but then a new season of Scandal starts up and now we have to wait until winter break so we don’t miss any episodes…but then winter break approaches and then that couch has never looked so friendly and welcoming before…so we decide to wait until summer time…and there goes the whole year.

So get up from your couch, grab a pen and write down what you would like to see, learn, do in the next couple of months and no matter what…DO IT! Don’t push it to the side, don’t forget about it, just go out there and do it!!!! It will be such a great feeling, you will feel accomplished, you will feel happy and satisfied!

Today is a rainy day, looking out the window it would be hard to go anywhere really so I decided to make coffee, sit down and update my bucket list! 🙂 OH so many places to go to and so many things to do!

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PLACES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE (and/or go back to…)

North America:

  1. Havasu Falls, AZ
  2. Paddle board/kayak Horseshoe Bend, AZ
  3. Times Square, NY
  4. Niagara Falls, NY
  5. Horseshoe Bend, AZ
  6. Lake Powell AZ
  7. Antelope Canyon, AZ
  8. Grand Canyon, AZ
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. Hawaii
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. Miami, FL
  13. Orlando, FL
  14. Flathead Lake, MT
  15. Space Needle, Seattle, WA
  16. Nashville, TN
  17. Chicago, IL
  18. Acadia National Park, Maine
  19. Mount Rushmore, SD
  20. Hollywood Walk of Fame, LA, CA
  21. Golden Gate Bridge, SF,CA
  22. San Diego Zoo and Sea World, CA
  23. New Orleans, LA
  24. Arches National Park, UT
  25. Bryce Canyon, UT
  26. Congaree, South Carolina
  27. Everglades, FL
  28. Great Sand Dunes, CO
  29. Mammoth Cave, KT
  30. Petrified Forest, AZ
  31. Sequoia, CA
  32. U.S. Virgin Islands
  33. Yellowstone National Park
  34. Glacier National Park, MT
  35. Yosemite, CA
  36. Zion, UT
  37. Glacier Bay, AK
  38. Toronto, Canada
Havasu Falls, AZ
Havasu Falls, AZ

South America:

  1. Angel Falls, Venezuela
  2. Laguna de Guatavita, Colombia
  3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  4. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
  5. Rio Carnival, Brazil
  6. Penguin watching in Chile
  7. Track the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu, Peru

    Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
    Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Europe:

  1. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  2. Attend the Carneval in Venice, Italy
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Cave Restaurant, Italy
  5. Whale watching at São Miguel Island
  6. Sintra National Palace, Portugal
  7. Algarve, Portugal
  8. Octoberfest, Germany
  9. Salzburg, Germany
  10. Lugano, Switzerland
  11. Stockholm, Sveden
  12. Northern lights, Iceland
  13. Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

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    Algarve, Portugal

Africa:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
  3. Cairo, Egypt
  4. Alexandria, Egypt
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Great Pyramid of Giza

Asia:

  1. Tiger Temple Tour, Thailand
  2. Singapore
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Great Wall of China
  5. Philippines
  6. Ancient City of Petra, Jordan
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Great Wall of China

Australia and New Zealand:

  1. Sydney Opera House
  2. WWOOF-ing
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Sydney Opera House

SPORTING EVENTS I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND

  1. US Open
  2. Wimbledon
  3. Australian Open
  4. Roland Garros
  5. US Open of Surfing
  6. Chicago Bulls Game
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Wimbledon

THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE

  1. Swim with dolphins
  2. Surf
  3. Water-ski
  4. Paddle Board
  5. Snowboard
  6. Sand-board
  7. Do archery
  8. Cliff jump
  9. Play tennis on grass…well grass tennis court, not just on front yard grass
  10. Grab a surf-board, put on a wetsuit only up to my hips with a bikini-top and walk around, looking like a pro surfer 😀 (We kind of did this last time, but our boards were very heavy and it was a little windy so we struggled carrying them and it was very very obvious for everyone around us that we didn’t belong there :D)
  11. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  12. Skydiving (yes but no)
  13. Learn a couple tango dance moves in Buenos Aires (la la la la)
  14. Skinny dipping
  15. Float the Dead Sea (I won’t put skinny dipping and floating on one day)

THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN

  1. Karate
  2. Snowboard
  3. Hot to make a REAL GOOD darn carrot cake
  4. Knitting and sewing
  5. Bake a bread from scratch
  6. How to do archery
  7. Play the guitar
  8. Right Brain Drawing (not sure this is what it is called in English)
  9. Be comfortable with public speaking
  10. Learn CPR and first aid for real. Not just the “I need to get my license” CPR.

 

So this would be my little list for now. I will update when it changes but I think I have A WHOLE LOT to see and do before I need to add something new 🙂

Questions for you:

  1. Do you have a bucket list?
  2. If yes, what are the 3 places you would like to visit? If you don’t, why not?
  3. What stops you from checking things off on your bucket list, if there is anything?