Ok seriously, there are some pretty places on this earth of ours.
And I'm pretty sure we went to one of the very prettiest on the last day of our road trip.
How in the world did I not know this place was right there next to Lake Powell all these years??
My brother Josh always knows where the cool places are when he goes on road trips. When I saw his pictures of this place I knew that was a top priority for our road trip.
It's called Antelope Canyon and it's right outside of Page, Arizona.
But she did great...
...thanks to her awesome Dad's help.
It's kind of cool because you would never know this place is there from the looks of it on the onset:
See those people up there? They are almost to the entrance under ground.
You just walk across this barren land...
And that's when the kids' eye rolls that I was making them go to another hot stop on our road trip turned into sheer awe and reverence.
This place came to be after years upon years of wind and flash floods.
There is only a little bit of light that can come in from the top because the walls curve up so close together:
And Grace took some of these too.
I just found this video she took...love, love, love how I can hear her quiet-beauty-awe while she's trying to capture it:
This is how we looked coming out:
You can bet we picked up some sand to take back for a souvenir for our travel display cubbies (back HERE).
Which made my heart happy.
We also stopped to see the Glen Canyon Dam which was pretty cool:
This was off of one side:
And this was the other:
By this time everyone was ready to veg out and watch a movie in the car.
But we couldn't leave when this spot was so close!
It was a little 3/4 mile hike off the road which seemed like it should be easy but it was hot.
And uphill (the part we could see from the parking lot).
And in deep sand.
So I had everyone stay in the car a/c and I went to check how far it really was.
I got to this point and figured it was right there, but it was still a ways away.
There was no cell reception and it was too hot to go back so I decided I'd just take one for the team and take pictures for everyone else.
...until Elle snuck up behind me.
Bless her sweet little heart.
We walked through kind of deep hot-as-blazes sand in our perfect hiking shoes:
(My flip flop broke at Bear Lake and I only brought one pair so I luckily found these cuties in an old bin...)
Almost to the edge:
We just had to bask in God's grandeur for a little bit.
Elle freaked me out a little bit doing this:
God put a masterpiece right there.
How grateful I am for this beautiful world.
How grateful we were to get back HOME.
And to bask in the memories of a wonderful summer.