Camera in hand, feet on trail and heart full

PGA Jr League Championship

I found myself, yet again, in the amazing state of Arizona

to photograph the PGA Jr League Championship for Montana Pritchard Photography. Of course I decided to stay a few extra days!

 
The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.
— John Powell
Mules in the Grand Canyon

... and yes, I found myself at the Grand Canyon again!

Exactly one year after I found myself at this breath-taking place I went there again, this time with my partner. Typically I only use my camera for photo shoots while traveling. This time I brought it along everywhere for some awesome shots of our adventures. Don't worry, I will share more from shoots in future blog posts. This was the most wild life I have seen on one trip! We saw cow elk, coyotes, very friendly fat squirrels, bighorn ewe and many mule dear. I finally got a chance to hike Bright Angel Trail! Sadly, I underestimated the beast. This trail is for sure on my bucket list to complete. Who knew there are cabins in the bottom of the canyon!?? Next trip, for sure!

After the Grand Canyon we drove North to Page, Arizona. I highly recommend this drive because you get the chance to see so many different scenic views. Not to mention at the end of the drive you are led to the amazing Horseshoe Bend. After spending the night in Page and seeing Lake Powell we drove back down to Sedona to spend the day in Slide Rock and drive around. The fall leaves in Sedona are spectacular to say the least.

Below are some of the images from our hikes, camping and photo stops along the way. Some images were taken with a Nikon D3 and some with my Iphone. Please feel free to share or ask questions!

I am extremely thankful to be able to spend my second thanksgiving exploring the great outdoors in the beautiful state of Arizona. I can not wait to explore more trails and spots in the future.

Pssst...you should click on the images to scroll through them larger :)

Traci Edwards Photography

SHOUTOUTS!

 

Huge shout out to REI for providing us with free passes to Arizona State Parks in lieu of their #optoutside campaign. Also, for being our one stop shop for everything we need to hike and camp.

Our Hyundai Santa Fe car rented from National Car Rental for its great gas mileage. Let’s be honest, it makes a difference when you drive right at 2,000 miles in less than a week.

Mather Campground for a great experience in the openness of the Grand Canyon and getting up close and personal with its inhabitants.

The Mules that carry supplies down Bright Angel Trail three days every week for forcing us to give our legs a break coming back up the trail.

Lake Powell Campground for providing us with a toasty bathroom and a nice warm shower while camping in 34 degree weather.

Montana Pritchard for the opportunity to go to Arizona to photograph such a fun PGA event and vacation time to stay and see the great places we get to go work in.

All of the great eats we had a long the way: Roka Akor, Local Bistro, North, Lumberyard Brewing Co, Fiesta Mexicana, Yippee-Ei-O! Steakhouse and Sonic because we finally gave in to those tot cravings after two and half days of trails and driving.

Delta for taking the time on Thanksgiving Eve to change my upgraded first class ticket back to a regular ole seat in the back so I can sit with my partner on our flight back to West Palm Beach.

Most importantly, the Arizona State Parks and National Parks for “opening your doors” to us and teaching people about the amazing places in our country. For the long hours in all working conditions, for maintaining the trails and all of the other unimaginable things you do!

To Shane for putting up with my "Let's stop here and take a picture!" and for being the assistant road captain, its not easy folks. <3

…..and to my girl, Sally, for watching my two fluff muffins while we were away :)

Cactus on the Greyhawk Golf Course in Sedona, AZ