the petrified forest (tbt)

It’s been a while since I posted, so here’s a Throwback Thursday from 2012! Located in Arizona, the Petrified Forest National Park is absolutely amazing because it’s wood … but it’s stone. Trippy. It was a great place to scamper around, and it was on the way as we were driving to the Grand Canyon anyway. Although, after a while it’s all kind of the same. What’s over there? Petrified wood. And there? Oh, more petrified wood. Here too. Hm, yep. Got it.

But still! It’s totally worth visiting. And I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I was there. Look at those blue skies, the open space! Ah, the things I miss while living in China!

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the grand canyon

As much as I am a city person, I do like spending time outside. Especially when that outside does not consist of 90-degree temperatures with high humidity. So when I went to the Grand Canyon, I actually enjoyed myself quite a bit. It was my first time being in that part of the country, so it was pretty cool – a very different scenery than I am used to. I was only there for a weekend, but it was long enough because after a while all the rock just started to look the same.

There was kayaking and mules involved, and some absolutely delicious cookies at Jacob Lake Inn. There’s just lots and lots of rock. And sand. And water. Oh alright, there are trees and squirrels too … but mostly rock. Regardless, it was fun, pretty, and a bit terrifying (fear of heights + rock cliffs = oh goodness). It was also pretty cool to actually see stars in the night sky … it’s been a while! Mostly it was just nice to get out and be out there. I think the Grand Canyon is definitely one of those places that you have to go and see, just because it’s one of those places you have to go and see. It’s like New York in that way.

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