We had planned to go to my brother's house near Phoenix the day before Thanksgiving, but it was super windy. So we took the MDX for more sightseeing (Sunset Crater and Wupatki) and ended up leaving Williams Thanksgiving morning. We were happy we got to spend the holiday with family!
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
It was fu-reezing and windy, but since we had driven an hour to get here, we all rallied to get out of the car and try a hike (yes, candy was involved at every turn). The ground here was so different - black volcanic rock that crunched under foot.
Wupatki National Monument
From Sunset Crater to Wupatki, it's only an eighteen mile drive north. But ahhhhhh, I was so much happier stepping out into the sunshine here. Wupatki sits at just under 5000 feet elevation, about 2000 feet lower than Sunset Crater.
The Narrows Hike
This hike has been on my bucket list since I've seen pictures of my friends and their kids hiking through the slot canyon. Our first day in Zion National Park, we hiked to the trailhead for The Narrows to scope it out. Snow was on its way, so we'd have to think about it. The hike involves walking back and forth through the Virgin River (which is all snow melt). BRRRR!
Where we stayed: Sand Hollow State Park
We stayed one night in an rv park in Hurricane that got great reviews - it had the cleanest and newest bathrooms of any place we have stayed. It had a sparkly clean laundry room. It had flat pull-through sites with full hookups. There were even mature trees and a new clubhouse. It was a block away from McDonalds and the grocery store. We stayed there one night then decided to try something different. And we were all so glad we did.
We decided staying in a state park was worth the extra ten minutes we added to our drives in to Zion and Walmart. We pulled right in to the new campground at Sand Hollow State Park, enjoyed the water/electric hook ups and awesome desert view. We were steps away from a clean bathroom and a colorful lake (don't get the two confused). Note: There was a warning that some bug/bacteria in the water (thankfull only during the warmer month) can cause severe itching.
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!