Southwest Family Road Trip Day 4: Grand Canyon Sunset

There are so many places that I can’t wait to take my kids. Grand Canyon was definitely at the top of the list. We managed to arrive less than 2 hours before sunset. It was a mad dash to get to the Yavapai Point about 2 miles out from where we were staying but it was so worth it! This trip was important for me to find time to connect with my family and be able to share different wonders around the country.

If you missed the other days:

Day 1: Santa Fe, NM here


Day 2: Tent Rocks here


Day 3: Petrified Forest  here


I don’t know why it is so difficult to focus on the positive. Well, I guess it might have something to do with the rollercoaster ride of the last 6 months. {Quick recap: Husband switched jobs after 10 years. Now dealing with husband traveling, buying first home, and dad diagnosed with cancer.} I know that not all that is bad but when you are overwhelmed it’s really easier to focus on the bad. My brain starts to go to that pessimistic place as we were waiting in the traffic, with absolutely no cell service, and driving into smoke. Anyways my goal this summer was to reconnect with family and find my happy place before chaos resumed in the fall.


Once we start walking out to Yavapai Point, though, I knew a little smoke wasn’t going to really ruin this moment with my family. While I have talked about unplugging and reconnecting, we bought the boys phones for taking pictures. This week I have been going through the boys’ pictures on their phone. We were in the same places. Seeing the same signs. However, I loved really seeing how they saw the trip. It made it that much better seeing how they added my husband & I  in some of them when we weren’t paying attention. How they captured moments between the 3 of them that seemed like nothing but was just an example of their relationship.

swroadtripgrandcanyon3We just stopped and stared at the glorious view. Listening to my boys talk about how amazing the Grand Canyon made it realize that we could unconnect, get outside, and focus on the positive.





  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    I drove out to the Grand Canyon years ago while I was on a trip to Vegas. It was a long drive, but well worth it.

  2. Pam says

    It can be so hard to focus on the positive, especially when bad things are happening. I’m glad you were all able to enjoy The Grand Canyon.

  3. says

    We have yet to travel there – we are doing family road trip in the summers and this year was east coast – next year – we are going west and will finally get to see this area! So excited. Love your images.

  4. Jeanine says

    I would love to experience the Grand Canyon. it’s gorgeous and something thats for sure on my bucket list. Your photos are gorgeous and looks like a grand time.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says

    This sounds like a great trip to the Grand Canyon for your family. We have always talked about going to see the Grand Canyon but have not gotten the chance to yet. Hopefully some day we will be able to see these gorgeous sights. Thanks for sharing your experience and the gorgeous photos.

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