My boyfriend Joseph loves to travel. Most of the time, he travels out of the country by himself. But when he travels in the States, I usually come along, hehe. Last summer, he announced our plans for the upcoming holiday to be in Zion National Park, in Utah, and ever since then, I had been counting the days till we would arrive there.
After a six hour car ride, we finally made it!
The Zion Canyons were amazing. The weather was nice and chilly (which is how I like it around Christmas-time, especially after having so many Christmases in LA where the weather is basically the same all year round!), with the air cool and crisp. We wandered most of the time, while stopping here and there to take advantage of the viewpoints set by the park itself.
At night, the Utah skies were the clearest I’ve ever seen. This made for great stargazing photography! It was, sadly, way too cold to stay out for very long, hah, so I was only able to experiment for a short period. But wow, was it amazing.
For my birthday (I turned 23 during the holidays, woot!) Joseph surprised me with horseback riding! I have been DYING to ride a horse for ages and would ramble on about this nonstop to him. Turns out, he’s been listening, haha. The horseback riding company that we went to was quite unique, I believe. We were told to ‘woo’ the horse that we wanted in order to make sure they wanted us as well. Then we went through Cowboy Bootcamp, and finally, after 5 hours of that, we were off on the ride of our lives!
My horse’s name is Jesse, also known as the Mayor of the herd. It was sometimes hard to control her as she would veer off to odd locations but she was supposed to be a protective horse. Since this would be my first time riding a horse, I definitely wanted a horse that would protect me, hah, and I think she did just that. We rode for another five hours, from the afternoon till the stars shone brightly above us. During that time, we were taught how to run with the horse, jump a log (I failed at this one), run up steep canyon hillside, and go through a trail that’s known as ‘The Gauntlet’. It. Was. Amazing.
The next day, after our horseback riding adventure, our bodies were COMPLETELY sore. Who knew that horseback riding was so physically demanding?! Haha. But it was SO worth it.
Anyway, we headed to Bryce Canyon National Park – a 3 hour car ride away from Zion. Bryce was completely different than Zion. The canyons were in the form of incredible looking spires and the rocks were so vibrantly red. Sprinkle that with white snow, and you have yourself a wonderful view.
Finally on our way back to LA.we stopped by Death Valley National Park. I was honestly not looking forward to visiting this park because it has a reputation for being a heat-induced place and I am a wimp when it comes to heat. As luck would have it, it’s winter (unbeknownst by the calendar and everyone else) and so the weather was MUCH nicer.
Holy crow was this Valley beautiful. You could see for miles. I wish we could have had more daylight when we were there. We didn’t get to go to the ‘best’ viewpoint due to lack of time, but the views that we were given were spectacular and I highly recommend going for a visit during the winter time!