After all of the wedding fun and madness, Nick and I left the Monday after to go to our honeymoon in Arizona!
Picking a honeymoon spot was so tough. It took weeks and weeks of looking through endless options of romantic honeymoon spots. We knew we didn’t want to spend a butt ton of money to lay on a beach. We wanted a honeymoon that still had a mild amount of adventure and exploring but also some relaxation.
Because after the wedding, I was completely exhausted.
So I was very happy when we boarded the plane and went to Sedona, Arizona!
We stayed at the Amara Resort right in the middle of town. It was built right on the creek that we were able to view right outside of our room. As soon as we got there we immediately jumped into our comfy clothes, popped open the bottle of champagne my family sent to us and relaxed on our porch.
The next day we woke up bright an early for our first adventure around Sedona – we took a jeep tour up to Chicken Rock.
The jeep was thrilling, terrifying and so much fun all at once. I think I was manically laughing the whole time we were going up and down the various rock formations to get to our spot.
And once we got up there it was so windy! Nick had to hold onto his hat. Well it actually flew off of his head and he had to go chase after it. Another dude on the tour had the same thing happen and it was waaaaay down in between two rocks. He actually climbed down to get it.
Now don’t get me wrong, if I packed like one hat for my whole trip I would probably be pretty bummed too if it flew off of my head and I was SOL when it came to hiking through the hot Sedona sun. However, I’m not about to climb down in between two giant colossal rocks just to go get a smelly old hat. That’s a higher being basically granting me permission to go on a shopping trip to find a new hat. Not to challenge my climbing skills.
We made sure to eat well while we were on our honeymoon. So many chips, guac, salsa and southwestern cuisine to be exact. I never grew tired of it.
I think by far the coolest part of our trip was finally getting the chance to see the Grand Canyon. We drove up early one morning and went down the South Kaibab trail to witness this great wonder.
I had a huge smile on my face while we were walking down all of the switchbacks. A guy even passed me and said, “heh I was smiling too when I was walking down” to remind me that I had quite the hike to get back up to the rim of the canyon. That’s one thing you pretty much forget as your hiking down into the canyon – you have to climb back up. Luckily there’s a ranger there to remind you not to be an idiot. He talked to every person that passed him to check if they had water or some kind of snack with them.
Um let’s be honest, I always hike with snacks. I don’t need a ranger to remind me that I needed to bring some sort of food with me.
We were so thankful for one of our wedding gifts – two camelbak backpacks! It was so considerate of our friends to get these for us before our honeymoon. And uhh yeah did we use them. Every morning we went to the front desk of our hotel and they loaded them up with ice and water – which was much needed as we were walking back up to the rim. One thing no one tells you about hiking the canyon is the amount of mule poo you are going to have to meander through. Wearing good shoes for this hike kind of goes without saying, but maybe wear shoes you wouldn’t mind getting soiled with some feces. I know, typically I don’t separate my shoes based off of whether or not I’m going to step in something gross, but maybe just a planning tip for all of you who are going down there for the first time.
Also, the temperature changes really fast when you’re hiking down. I was wearing a jean jacket and then peeled it off as we were hiking. I would definitely suggest dressing in layers in addition to wearing plenty of sun screen.
And packing your treasured power ranger cards from 1994.
After the long hike, drive home and a quick costume change, we made sure to enjoy the sunset outside of our hotel with some delicious adult beverages.
Our hotel had tons of lawn games like corn hole and ladder golf to play with – we dabbled a few times, but after long days we basically just wanted to sit back and enjoy the view.
For one of our last hikes, we decided to skip all of the more touristy spots like Bell Rock & Cathedral Rock and opted for the West Fork Trail.
After completing it – I hiiiiiiighly recommend this hike. It took us the morning for the out and back across the creek. You will have to cross over the creek – a nice 26 times – but there are plenty of stones and rocks to balance on as your make your way over the water.
Besides all of our hiking, we did take some time to just sit by the pool to relax with some drinks. As much fun as it is to hike through all of the gorgeous scenery in Sedona, we knew we needed to take advantage of the time off and relax.
And before we knew it was time to fly back to Philadelphia. I am pretty sure I cried the whole way home because I knew that it would be a while before Nick and I got to take a vacation together that I was looking forward to so much. But I was also really glad we could afford to have such a nice honeymoon after putting on a crazy fun wedding.
When we got home we ordered take-out, got into our jammies and basically snuggled off the jet lag until we both fell asleep. Ah marriage.