It’s been a little over a week since I took my trip to Arizona, so it’s definitely time for a little recap.
I pretty much fell IN LOVE with Arizona on this trip. If it wasn’t for the insanely hot temperatures in the summer, I would move there in a hot second. There’s so much to love!
So the idea for this mini weekend trip all started when I went to Phoenix with my family for my uncle’s wedding. We arrived a few days early to do a little family bonding and I was already hooked. The trip went by so fast and I wished I could have stayed longer to do some more exploring.
I just HAD to go back. So I texted my photographer & friend, Maya, saying I wanted to do some shoots in Phoenix and coincidentally she was on her computer at that very moment trying to plan an AZ trip of her own. Total FATE, am I right?!
Ultimately, I decided to take this trip because I wanted some inspiration & a change of scenery. I find myself becoming so stagnant in my everyday life, especially when I get into a overly repetitive routine. I didn’t realize it until I got back, but I was feeling SO unstimulated before I left for this trip. My mind was NOT open and wasn’t even aware.
For people like me and Maya whose job constantly requires creativity and an overwhelming LOVE for your job (because TRUST me, I am literally infatuated with my job!) taking a “mental break trip” is sometimes necessary.
Just to reprioritize AND get inspired!
First stop in Arizona: Camelback Mountain
This hike is HARD, y’all. Like no joke.
The entire thing, start to finish, took about 4 hours. Maya snapped some gorgeous pics along the way too!
I love challenging hikes because I really get in the zone and focus on myself. Obviously, I turn on my hiking playlist and just let my mind wander. Hiking is a perfect time to reevaluate & reprioritize your goals. For example, I really focused in on my own personal fitness goals while hiking.
I realized that being outside truly makes me happiest so I want to train for another triathlon! Also, I want to pick back up my weekly hikes in LA. I’m so lucky since I live in a city full of gorgeous hikes, so I definitely need to take more advantage of them.
Anyways, Camelback is located in the middle of Phoenix, so you get a 360 degree view of the city from the top! Seriously the best view. It’s a little shocking at first, because you’re at such a high elevation and the peak is a straight drop off on both sides. Definitely worth the climb though!
Stop #2: Sedona
So I had to talk Maya into going to Camelback with me, but she pretty much has to shove me in the car to drive to Sedona.
But I am so glad she did!
For those of you who have never been to Sedona, it’s about a 2 hour drive north of Phoenix and the views are spectacular. I’ve never seen such RED rock in my life. I mean, even the drive to Sedona was gorgeous.
Can I stress enough how much a LOVE Arizona?!?!
You get my point. HA.
We hiked in Sedona as well. No surprise there. The trail we went on was called Devil’s Bridge Trail, which is a short hike that leads to this natural rock formation that’s in the shape of a bridge. It’s actually REALLy cool when you’re there in person.
And when you walk out on to it, it’s even more amazing and terrifying at the same time. And the scenery on Devil’s Bridge was much different than Camelback. In Phoenix, you get this aerial view of a huge city. It’s loud and really busy, plus the trail itself is pretty populated. But in Sedona, there’s not a building in site from the trail. It’s blissful silence. Untouched nature. Kind of the polar opposite from Camelback so it was nice to get the best of both worlds.
This hike only took about an hour to do, but when you have a blogger & photographer together, it takes like an extra hour on account of all the pictures we took. LOL.
To me, traveling is so important in my life, even weekend trips to Arizona. I think getting out of your comfort zone and a regular routine FORCES you to appreciate your life as it is but also reprioritize. Not only that, but you get to experience this huge world we live in. Honestly, I’m blown away at all the natural beauty there is here. So cheesy/sappy, I KNOW, but so true.
For Maya and I, we treated this trip almost like a mini professional retreat. We bounced ideas off each other and created new goals for our own jobs because of the encouragement we got from one another.
This brings me to my second point: travel with people you LOVE. It brings you closer, it gives you memories to hold on to, it makes you trust one another. And I think it overall makes traveling more fun. If it wasn’t for Maya, I wouldn’t have been able to experience Sedona, but since she convinced me, I got to experience so much more of the world.
I swear if it were up to me, I’d be a full blown nomad.
Maybe one day!
But for now, I’m going to keep enjoying my trips around the globe. Because trust me, there will be MANY more.