exploring lower antelope canyon in page, arizona

Hey guys! Life has been extremely busy for me with all of the traveling I have been doing, but I am finally home for a while (until other adventures pop up)! I decided that I would write about my most recent trip to Arizona and break up all of the things that I saw there since we were alllllll over Arizona. It was pretty amazing. So to start, I figured we could take a look at Lower Antelope Canyon!

The slot canyon is located a little outside Page, Arizona. There is also an Upper Antelope Canyon, though the two are not connected. Both canyons are located on Navajo land so you must have a guide to go explore. I was kinda bummed about having to book a tour because I really don’t like touristy things, but for this it was worth it! Mitch booked an afternoon tour for us with a company called Dixie Ellis’ Lower Antelope Canyon Tours and it was a little over $38 per person to be down in the canyon for an hour. A little disclaimer: if you are driving to Page from Phoenix, you will go through an area that is in MDT instead of MST which will confuse your GPS and claim that you will be late for your tour. Have no fear! The time zone is in fact MST in Page and you will be just fine!

We arrived 30 minutes early for our tour and were separated into small groups and paired with a guide. Our guide’s name was Orin and he was great! He was friendly and helped change settings on phones and cameras to have the pictures turn out just right. We started our walk down to the stairs that take everyone to the entrance of the canyon and it was hard to imagine what we were going to see. The top of the canyon looked like this and if you weren’t paying attention, you would walk right past it!

 Pretty decieving, isn't it?
Pretty decieving, isn’t it?

We waited our turn at the top of the stairs as other groups went down to the canyon floor. Just looking around at the red rock that was surrounding us. Once we were told it was time to go, the stairs took us down about 115 feet and were steep! The bottom of the canyon was sandy and every corner we went around, provided beautiful views. Take a look!

The total distance for the tour was a little over a mile and every inch was wonderful. I am always so amazed by the art of nature and the way beautiful places like this are created. That water pouring through the canyon created all of the ridges and curves. So neat!

Since we were on the final tour of the day, we were able to spend about an hour and fifteen minutes exploring and taking awesome pictures. Everyone seemed to enjoy it! I know I did!

 We even managed to get a group picture!
We even managed to get a group picture!

This was a perfect start to our Arizona adventure. It was an easy, neat place to visit and set the tone for the entire trip! Have you been to Antelope Canyon? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

a mini review of lauterbrunnen, switzerland

Hi hi! I hope you fall in love with Lauterbrunnen as much as I did. The waterfalls and cute restaurants make the city so magical! Not to mention the gorgeous valley walk. I hope that I will be able to walk the entire valley someday!

I was only in Lauterbrunnen for an afternoon since I had spent the morning at Grindelwald. It was a Sunday and I did not want to get back to Sion too late since I had to work in the morning! Right when I arrived, this was my view:

 Look at that waterfall!
Look at that waterfall!

Staubbach Falls is just magical being that close to the city! I continued my walk towards the valley with a smile and figured I would happen upon a place to eat before I went exploring for a bit. Of course I found a very cute place that is called Airtime Cafe. They had all sorts of pastries, sandwiches, and coffee! I ordered a sandwich and a slice of nutella coffee cake (which was to die for!) and sat down at a table to hang out for a bit.

One of my most favorite things though, was the quote that was in the bathroom. It was so touching and a nice reminder to live your best life.

I left the cafe and continued on my walk towards the valley, still staring at Staubbach Falls and the cute houses.

The valley path was peaceful. I talked to Mitch on the phone for a bit, but other than that enjoyed the quiet time to myself. I really felt at ease. Being surrounded by nature is so soothing to me and I find that it reminds me to be myself. I passed several waterfalls and cute farms as I continued deeper into the valley.

About a mile into the valley, there was a path to cross over to the other side to see Trummelbach Falls. To visit the falls, you must pay a small fee (I think 4 CHF?). The waterfall carved out a path in the side of the mountain and you can either take an elevator to go part of the way up or follow stairs. I picked the stairs since it seemed like a challenge and would be fun!

Climbing up alongside the waterfall was so neat! I was pretty scared once the path turned into a tunnel but the experience was exhilarating! The falls echoed in the caverns and were so loud. I couldn’t believe how alive I felt standing next to something so powerful. I was the only one in the tunnel at the time so I was trying to soak in the moment and remember the feeling.

After I spent some time wandering around, I walked back down the path to head back to the valley. I was pretty tired from being up early and exploring but my heart felt full. I made my way back to the train station, simply reflecting on the opportunities that life has given me.

Thank you for reading about my mini adventure in Lauterbrunnen!

a morning in grindelwald, switzerland

I am so excited to share the first portion of my Switzerland trip with you! It has taken a while to recover from the jetlag and a mini vacation that I went on to Texas (a post will come up about that too!) but I have finally found time to write about one of the places I visited during my stay. So let’s go!

All of my travel took place over the weekends. I would wake up early, grab an espresso, and hop on a train to my destination! I had decided to go to Grindelwald because it looked like a beautiful mountain town. I am completely enamored with mountains and Grindelwald did not disappoint! Once getting off of the train, I was greeted by mountains.

The town was stunning! As I continued to walk past the train station, I could not believe that places like this exist. I had only been to a couple other mountain towns like this in my life and it was so picturesque. Eiger towered beautifully over the houses and shops. In a matter of minutes, I was so pleased with my decision to come!

I had decided that I would ride a cable car up to First to get a better view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Super touristy, I know, but I had to take every chance I could to be in the mountains. I miss them dearly in Ohio! I arrived at the cable car station to find that it was closed so I decided to find a place to sit down and have breakfast.

I found a little restaurant called Alte Post that was cute and cozy so I decided to give it a try. I ordered a salad and espresso for breakfast and just chilled. I enjoyed how quiet the restaurant was. It was Sunday after all and barely anyone was out. This probably added to why I liked Grindelwald so much!

I finished breakfast and head back to the station. I bought my round trip ticket and I was on my way! The ride was probably 15 minutes in total and was so worth it, even though I was a little scared in the beginning. The view was so nice. I loved being able to relax and just soak it all in.

Once I made it up to First, I couldn’t stop smiling! Just look at the view!

Even though it was cloudy, I didn’t mind. I was just happy to be outside. Since I was up early, the cliff walk and terrace were not crowded. Such a huge bonus!

The cliff walk was also a tad scary! I wasn’t a huge fan of being able to see through the metal grating on the walkway but reminded myself that my mantra for this year is to get out of my comfort zone. I think this fit the bill!

The pictures really don’t serve justice to the beauty of First. I wanted to sit there all day! I even made some friends and we shared some travel stories. I love meeting people while adventuring! After taking some pictures and wandering around a bit more, I decided to head down. I had plans to go to another town the same day and I didn’t want to get there too late!

When riding the cable car down, I reminded myself to live fully in the moment and take in everything. Even though I was alone, it is still easy to get caught up in rushing to the next thing. I think this really made my trip to First very memorable. The last thing on my list for Grindelwald was to visit a gorge that was right outside the town. It is called Gletscherschlucht and a walkway was built into the side of the gorge, allowing people to pass through. It looked incredibly neat! However, when I arrived it was closed for the season due to repairs and would re-open in May. Oh well! It was still pretty from the little bit that I could see!

I had a small snack at the entrance of the gorge and then meandered back to the train station. I laughed a lot as I walked back because I was still in awe of the beauty of Grindelwald. I just could not believe that places like this exist, let alone that I get to see them. I reflected on my life and how lucky I felt (and still feel) and thanked my adventurous spirit for driving me to explore.

If you have any questions about my trip, feel free to reach out! I would be happy to answer any questions! Also, look out for a new post about Lauterbrunnen coming soon!