The American Southwest Part 1: Driving to Sedona
A week ago, I had the opportunity to take an amazing trip across the Southwest with my friend Danielle, her boyfriend Dom, and two of his friends, Brett and Dave. I'll be forever grateful to Danielle for inviting me along, because it was easily one of the best adventures I've ever experienced.
We passed through so many different landscapes, packed in every incredible view we could, saw three National Parks, and did so without any conflicts or complaints. I was a little nervous about spending six days with a bunch of people I barely knew, but I couldn't have asked for a better "Crew" to travel with. Even when we had to pull ourselves out of bed at 5 AM after five hours of sleep, we got along. We shared camping tricks with one another, compared gear, and pretty much fit together perfectly.
We landed in Phoenix Wednesday afternoon, and after grabbing our rental (thanks Dave) and some In and Out burgers, our first real stop was Sedona, Arizona.
We were in awe of the landscape changes from Phoenix (desert and cacti) to Sedona (red rock and trees), yet the most amazing sights were still down the road. I definitely recommend doing this trip in the order we did -- every stop was even more beautiful than the last.
On our way out of Sedona, we caught the sunset at Grasshopper Point, a pretty little swimming hole. We would then drive through the dark to reach Flagstaff, where we stocked up on food and supplies at a Walmart. We then settled on an under-construction Econolodge for our first night in Arizona and our last night indoors.