Wild & Free

Happy Holidays! The Christmas Season is in full swing. If you are like us even though you love the holidaysΒ it may also feel a little hectic and stressful. The desert has been calling our name, so our cure for the holiday stress was to take a break and hike the lonely red rock canyons. There is something about wandering these vast places that make you feel at peace and keeps us coming back again and again.

There is something mysterious about the desert and always something new to see and explore. This area is so untouched by time you can’t help but feel like you are an explorer and the first one to walk this path.

This really is the reason we keep coming back to feel completely free and feed our adventurous spirit!

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

– Walt Whitman


50 Comments on “Wild & Free

  1. Totally agree!!! Thanks for taking me back where I belong. Only six weeks left til we make our return to our beloved southwest. Oh, I can hardly wait! Love, love your photos, especially the view out from under the petroglyph drawing on the rock above:)

    • I’m so glad you’ll be in the area soon!! It’s the best and there is just so much to see and so much to visit! You can hardly find time to see it all! Thanks for reading!

  2. How beautiful! Love that little swirl on that red rock.. it does look mysterious! I have also felt more stressed this holiday than lately, but more stressed about the upcoming new year i think and how quickly time is going.

    • That’s my favorite picture too! We saw so many cool things this trip! Time sure does seem to go really fast doesn’t it?! Wish there was a way to slow things down! lol

  3. That desert air really clears the head and puts things in their rightful perspective. Here we go to the ocean in Maine for a similar reason. Thanks.

    • It definitely does! There is just something about being outside that makes you feel renewed! I love the ocean too! If we lived closer I would definitely go there often!!

  4. Gorgeous photos! I live in Tucson and love the desert. I grew up in Minnesota so I get it when you say that there’s something mysterious about the desert.

  5. Taking a hike in this beautiful place would lift my spirit and relax my soul. Photos are beautiful.

  6. Traveling does so much good for the soul. Looks like a wonderful destination, my kids would love climbing all over those rocks.

    • It really does do good for the soul! It’s so nice to just forget about everything and be outside for a bit! This area is so cool and there is so much to see! We loved it!!

  7. What a lovely thing to do during the Christmas season. I’ve never been to a desert, but it looks gorgeous. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy holidays to you both.

    • If you get a chance to go to the desert you need to take it! We love it and it’s our go to getaway! 😊 thanks for reading! Happy holidays to you too!

  8. Absolutely stunning, great pictures and words that make me relate to the fullest. I’m running out of time to read but already know I’m becoming quickly a fan of you two πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much! It’s always great to hear good feedback and that people enjoy following along on our travels! We have lots of fun out together!

      • It truly shows and that is what it is all about. A good balance and place to just be is key to when life gets hectic.

  9. Great post!!! The pictures are stunning and I LOVE the quote. Living in Canada, I haven’t spent too much time in the desert. However, we have done some cycling and a bit of hiking in the desert. Amazing. I remember cycling through vast nothingness, yet total beauty. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Thanks so much for reading! We love living so close to the desert and being able to escape there often! Something about being there (and outside in general) sure keeps us sane! Lol! Merry Christmas to you too! Hope you have a fantastic holiday season!

  10. Gorgeous!!! I’ve also wanted to visit canyons like that — it’s on my bucket list. Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ˜‰

  11. This is great! I needed the reminder as well. I love this time of year and celebrating, but I have found the intense need to create space in the midst of all the chaos. There is no better space to live into than being outside wild and free. So good.

  12. Gorgeous photos! So nice to meet you, Melanie and Todd πŸ™‚ That Walt Whitman quote is great.
    Thanks for following my blog…. your presence is so welcome. Many blessings, Debbie

  13. I absolutely love rock formations. Each is so different and unique. I haven’t been to this park. I need to put it on my to-visit list!

    • It is so pretty and there is so much to see! If you ever get the chance to visit you definitely need to take it! Thanks for reading!

  14. How very cool and historic. I hope to go there one day!

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