Here’s the first sunset in Yosemite. The most beautiful valley with beautiful purple flowers surrounded by granite cliffs. The best part was the campfire smell that started after we were in area for a bit. It was incredible. And Steve set right where those flowers were, then suddenly a dear came out of no where and just stood around and ate while we watched sunset. 
I think Yosemite is the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. 

Here’s the first sunset in Yosemite. The most beautiful valley with beautiful purple flowers surrounded by granite cliffs. The best part was the campfire smell that started after we were in area for a bit. It was incredible. And Steve set right where those flowers were, then suddenly a dear came out of no where and just stood around and ate while we watched sunset. 

I think Yosemite is the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. 

we drove through Yosemite and got to see some of the coolest giant granite cliffs. I was exhausted but somehow we stopped a bunch of times just to see everything. There is soooo much to see in Yosemite. What a beautiful park. 

Steve drove all night and we switched when we got to Las Vegas on our way to Yosemite! It was my first time in Las Vegas ever, and it was oddly quiet at 5am. What a strange place though. Very odd (and warm). Sunrise was great and just driving through was probably enough Vegas for me for awhile. 

I LOVE CLOUDS SO THIS WAS THE COOLEST. We were driving from Arches to Canyonlands National Park for sunset and as we were driving it went from zero clouds to THESE BEAUTIES. So we had to stop and take SO many photos. We laid on that big rock and took pictures and laughed about silly derped panoramas and literally spent a good several minutes saying “OH MY GOSH THESE CLOUDS CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE CLOUDS I CANT EVEN WITH THESE CLOUDS THIS IS INCREDIBLE WOW WOW OH MAN WOW” (don’t remember what was actually said but i promise it was something close to that.) we did a few little dances around then headed back into the car and continued on to watch sunset! We actually decided to go to a little state park instead of Canyonlands and let me tell ya (in the next post) it was the best decision ever. :D  

AND HERE IS THE INCREDIBLE SUNSET WE SAW!!! the little state park was called Dead Horse State Park, which is incredibly morbid and strange, but probably the most beautiful sunset Ive ever experienced (which is saying something because I try to see as many sunsets as possible). AUGH. It was this GIANT canyon with the Colorado river visible at the bottom of it! I’d never really been around a big canyon like that before so it KIND OF blew my mind. I was in awe the entire experience. Steve was running around taking photos and recording a time-lapse! We met up every so often and would wave to each other. the overlook area that we were at was pretty small considering how big the canyon was. but wow. so many cool places to watch the best sunset ever.

After just driving through Arches for sunset the night before, we went back to explore and climb on some rocks the next day! SO we headed out and got breakfast at the Pancake Haus and then headed into Arches with lots of sunscreen. :P It was SO hot and climbing a lot made it even more tiring but we got to see some really neat arches and rock formations including Balancing Rock!

And Double Arch (the one above with two arches in one) and Park Avenue, which is the bottom two photos. :) It was SO HOT outside and we felt like we were melting all day long but it was one of the most rad experiences. Even just driving through, there were so many cool rock formations! :D 

After the Colorado National Monument, we went to Arches National Park just in time for sunset. Also that photo of my car with the sunset and the Window Arches behind it is one of my favorites. I need to start a series of photos of my car in scenic places. there have  been too many. :P Sunset was wonderful and gave us a good taste of what we were going to see tomorrow, spending all day in the park. 

After hiking Hanging Lake, we headed towards Arches National Park in Utah. On the way I saw that the Colorado National Monument wasn’t far and I figured since neither of us really knew what it was, we should check it out. Turns out Colorado has the coolest National Monument. It’s a TON of rock formations and canyons and stuff. We drove through the whole place, and stopped several times to check out overlooks and stuff. At one of the overlooks, you could shout and hear the echo a few seconds later on the other side of the canyon! It was so cool and I ended up shouting for almost several minutes. That picture of me on that rock formation was super fun to take. (it’s not as scary as it looks, and i didn’t die!) :D 

HANGING LAKE IS GORGEOUS.

yeah so getting to see this after hiking a pretty steep hike, was incredible. I mean, I saw photos and stuff when I googled it after Steve and I’s friend Trevor told us to go here. But i didn’t think it would be BETTER than the photos. I mean, really? Anyways, we wandered around on that little tourist-y walkway part of it for a bit, and I got to make friends with a little chipmunk. I went off exploring to try to find the way on top of the waterfall and i found the little path but didn’t realize there was an easier way across to this little place that I wanted to sit.. So i ended up balancing walking across a fallen tree, and jumping over all sorts of rocks and stuff. It was super fun and I probably looked so silly. but it was perfect. I waved to Steve below and he took some pictures of me and then came up to meet me! We sat and Steve sat down by a tree (that panorama! :D) and read a couple pages and I sat and daydreamed on top of a waterfall. It was perfect. I could’ve spent forever on top of that waterfall.