I love the chance to explore some place new, especially when it's in our own back yard. We decided to take the kids to Colorado for a little snowboarding during spring break. Our 7 1/2 hour drive turned into a 10+ hour road trip as we stopped to explore along the way. I won't lie, the kids weren't too excited about it, they much preferred to just get there and swim in the hotel pool, but hopefully they'll look back fondly on these adventures. Our first stop was the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest in a corner of Arizona that we've never touched. The colors were remarkable and hiking through the Blue Mesa felt like we were taking a step on another planet.
A quick stop at the Newspaper Rock, a rock covered with over 600 petroglyphs. The boys were much more impressed with the binoculars.
And here is the Blue Mesa badlands dotted with petrified wood millions of years old, so so cool.
The next stop was Canyon de Chelly, which was absolutely breathtaking. I wish we had time to hike down to the White House ruins, but now we have an excuse to come back.
Spider Rock was the last and final awe inspiring stop. I have had this exact shot pinned to my Arizona pinterest board for years, so glad I can check it off my bucket list. Nature is full of such incredible beauty, I'm always so grateful and humbled every chance I get to soak it in, especially with the people I love the most.
The rest of the drive was speckled with beautiful views and a lot of vast emptiness. The kids watched Moana, played a few rousing games of Plants vs Zombies, sang along energetically to Bruno Mars and ate DQ. Ryder asked every 5 minutes how much longer even though he has zero concept of time. It's so much easier traveling as the kids get older, I used to dread the road trips, but just like a fine cheese it gets better with time.