I was planning our spring break trip to the Southwest National Parks at the same time as researching our fall in SE Asia. There was something about the color and vibrancy of Thailand that made Arizona and Utah seem barren, dry, and, frankly…bland.
The southwestern U.S. is akin to going to Mars (except you wear shorts instead of a space suit). The landscape is other worldly…pillars of space age rust rock jutting up from mile after mile of dusty, rocky barren land. The vibrant orange hue of sandstone monuments and arches against the ever reaching blue sky.
The kids and I shared hot Navajo fry bread dipped in honey after a strenuous hike through the vast Grand Canyon…peering down at the deep green Colorado River carving its way as we munched.
It’s all a reminder of the geographic and cultural diversity in my own country. Our rtw trip is about an overseas experience but our spring break trip was a good reminder that there’s so much to explore in my own backyard.