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Horseshoe Bend

ROAD TRIPS ; One of my favorite ways to spend a day! When most of your time is spent in the sky, there’s nothin like cruisin on the open roads. Especially when snacks are involved. (My go to snack- c a n d y. All the candy. I want it all. I’ll usually eat sour patch and red vines until I’m sick) 

Side note; The perfect road trip is always far from perfect. One time Sar got mad at me for not wanting to spoon feed her while she was driving. We both threw fits in the moment but looking back, I laugh every time I think of it. This time around, we got into a tiff because I was a brat about my Starbucks coffee. Sassy? Yes. Funny stories to tell? Hell yes. Who you’re with is always the glue to a road trip and I’m so lucky my best friend is always up for hitting the road on a free day.

Side note; The perfect road trip is always far from perfect. One time Sar got mad at me for not wanting to spoon feed her while she was driving. We both threw fits in the moment but looking back, I laugh every time I think of it. This time around, we got into a tiff because I was a brat about my Starbucks coffee. Sassy? Yes. Funny stories to tell? Hell yes. Who you’re with is always the glue to a road trip and I’m so lucky my best friend is always up for hitting the road on a free day.

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For the past 5 years or so Sarah and I have managed to take day trips every few months or so just to clear our heads and catch up on all the things. She’s kinda the queen of having the best music playlist so I take full advantage of snagging her favorites during these long car rides.

Living in Vegas we’re only a couple hours away from a different scenery so whether it be the beach in California the mountains in Utah, or in this case the famous Horseshoe Bend were always up for a day trip. We just gotta stop and get our coffee first ;) 

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We’ve had this destination on our list for awhile now. I’ve seen the coolest photos all over Instagram and Pinterest for years and I knew it would be so fun to get exciting photos too. But not gonna lie, it was frickin scary. I would’ve never guessed to have been as freaked as I was [coming from someone who loves a good adrenaline rush and wouldn’t consider myself scared of heights]

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Getting to the parking lot and the little half mile walk over to the bend itself was easy as can be but once you’re there, it’s pretty much a free fall. Literally. Not that I excepted some sort of escort or fancy guard to be hanging out for some protection but this place had no barrier and there were people running around like maniacs with their selfie sticks. Sarah and I are pretty mindful of our surrounding and still used plenty of caution but honestly I felt far from safe. Might’ve had something to do with strong winds on the day we went but I think it’s important for people to know that no cool photo is worth putting yourself in danger. There were kids unattended and big groups rushing certain areas all at once just to take a million pictures when in reality, it’s just not worth it. 

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This is what most of our photos ended up like, half faced wind blown messes. FAR from what you’d see on instagrams tagged #horseshoebend page. But that’s okay because neither of us were looking to fall off a cliff that day. 

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• The money shot was still cool • And I still think the Horseshoe bend was absolutely beautiful (especially as the sun started to set over the rocks) but this place was a one and done type of experience for me. 

[My take on it may be different if it wasn’t such a crowded place to be. I could see myself sitting there enjoying sun down in some peace and quiet absolutely loving everything about the earths blessings but when you add lots of crazy tourists to the mix, things surely change]  

So guys, common sense goes a long way. If you’ve got some, this is a really cool spot and I’ll always recommend witnessing nature’s wicked beauty. Be sure to let me know how it goes for you if you go, I’m interested to see how other normal people view this daring photo op! 

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Now where should we be off to next?? Who has some favorite road trip destinations on the west coast? I wanna hear them all :) 

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