Towards the end of our Southern Sun tour we made a stop at Lake Powell on our way towards Los Angeles. After a few chilly nights across the country this early in the camping season, the scorching desert heat felt great. We hit the enormous lake in the afternoon for a swim and a lounge in the sand at Lone Rock Beach. Even in the sun the cool water took a little getting used to, but everyone knows the easiest way to handle cold water is to take it at a full run!
After our swim we crossed from Arizona up into Utah to our overnight destination, Paria Canyon Guest Ranch. This time though my group had the place all to ourselves and took advantage of all the space for an arts and crafts night. Getting towards the end of the Southern Sun we decided to design t-shirts for everyone in the appropriately dubbed “Team Selfie.” After we finished up our dinner of Mexican fajitas we got out the tie dye and spray paint and got creative. Once everyone had a shirt drying in the wind the group headed into the barn for a night of games and billiards. Being the only group at the ranch quiet hours weren’t an issue, so it was a good night to get a little rowdy with the camp games!
The next morning we had a bit of a lie in while it was still nice and cool, and then headed south back into Page to check out Horseshoe Bend. A short hike down to the edge of sandstone cliffs brought us to the bend in the Colorado River, where we stopped for a photo op and of course a few more selfies. The trail ends abruptly at a long drop off to the river below, and a few people were already carefully lying down to peer over the edge when we got there. After a short climb back up to the van we were back on the road again, on our way to our next destination, that big old hole in the ground—Grand Canyon National Park.
This has been an amazing trip with ‘Team Selfie’ and I will be sad to say goodbye. If you want more information on where we have been so far, check out the Southern Sun tour on the TrekAmerica website!
Being one of the “crown jewels” of our National Parks system, Yosemite
Vicki Tour Leader
My name is Vicki, and I am from Minnesota. I grew up in a family that loved the outdoors, and spent my summers camping, fishing, biking, and hiking around the Midwest. I studied history at the University of Minnesota, and spent two semesters studying abroad in France and New Zealand. After graduation I spent a year travelling the world. When I returned to the USA I spent two seasons working with conservation and biology in Nevada. After that I started as a trek leader, and haven’t looked back. I’m currently in my fourth year leading tours. My favorite destinations on our tours are Moab, UT and Telluride, CO.