09 May Soul Fed: Traveling to Happiness
Finding happiness in the simple things… even when the simple things involve a beauty so complex, that your eyes can’t get enough. I have traveled all over the world, but my favorite places are the canyons of Arizona and Utah. I was lucky enough to visit these majestic sites at a young age. Have you been? If so, then you can stop reading this BLOG because you know exactly what I’m about to describe.
The speechlessness, the stillness, the mystery, the absolute awe for nature’s wonders. How can nature be so perfect? After over a year, my friends and I went on an adventure. My best friend hadn’t seen the canyons. It was a renewed sense of excitement to see her reaction to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce. Every landscape has its own character. It’s not only about seeing the astounding beauty of these sites but also about learning about Native American culture. Alongside the roads are trading posts and bazaars where Native Americans sell jewelry, décor, and pottery. Each piece tells a story and most are inspired by their spirituality and connection to elements of nature.
Traveling feeds the soul. Throughout my twenties, I never really had a chance to explore the world. Since my first international trip in 2009, I swore to plan a one every year, and so I have. I’ve seen so many wondrous lands but still, at the top of my list are the canyons. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve realized just 6 hours away are sacred lands dating as far back as 6 million years. Whatever it is, I keep going back and every time, noticing new intricacies. If you haven’t been, please visit. My suggestions in Arizona and Utah are:
- Grand Canyon
- Zion National Park
- Bryce National Park
- Horseshoe Bend
- Antelope Canyon
- Painted Desert
- Petrified Forrest
- The Arches
Oh, and yes, a new place I discovered on this trip: Valley of Fire. Just 14 miles away from Las Vegas is a magical place with red, purple, blue, yellow, and white streaks. The rock formations change as you drive through the area. Truly a sight to behold. Remember that we are so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things and choosing to visit a national park is a chance to realize that. Your problems seem to go away and your soul is fed.