Monthly challenge 4.1: Arizona Road Trip

Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Mine worked out really well for my adventure challenge, because we ended up planning a last minute road trip to visit my sister at school in Phoenix! I was able to do not one, but two fun adventures there, with lots of other fun memories in between.

After driving for about 6 hours, we spent the evening touring her school and going out to eat at this cute little ice cream place called Melt. They serve ice cream in Chinese takeout boxes with a fortune cookie, how cute is that? It was also fun to walk around downtown, since it’s famous for its graffiti art.

After visiting her church the next morning, we headed out to Sedona to visit Devil’s Bridge. We walked about a mile to get to the trailhead, and another mile to get to the top. The end had some pretty steep rocks to climb, but thankfully they were flat and stair-like. I thought I had put in my hiking time for the year this last month, but apparently not. I can’t complain too much, because it really wasn’t that bad of a hike and the views were totally worth it! Around every corner there were amazing canyon views that reminded me of how creative God is.

When we finally reached the bridge, it felt like a little piece of heaven. My sister Meleah and I scrambled out and sat down on the edge immediately (which was only slightly terrifying) and then Matt came and joined, too. It was so beautiful! We went right around sunset so the lighting was perfect. The trek back, however, was pretty dark and I was just a little nervous about coyotes and unseen scorpions that might be in the trail. But like true adventurers we didn’t turn on our flashlight the whole time and somehow none of tripped on a huge rock. #win


After a good night’s sleep, we woke up the next morning to go to Paniq, a place with three different escape rooms! We did the Wild West room and had an hour to get out. It was so fun! We first started out in a jail cell and had to get two keys to get into the next room, which was the sheriff’s office. After getting more keys we entered the saloon, which involved a jenga puzzle with loose pieces, a maze puzzle, clues with overlaying pieces to complete words, and putting bottles in the right order to get a code to open a hole in the wall. Our last room contained a poker table with a magnetic poker piece to drag a key through a maze to find our key to get out! We finished the whole thing in 37 minutes, so we felt pretty proud of ourselves. I definitely recommend trying it out if you have one in your city!

Our time in Arizona was super fun, and worth all the traffic on the drive back to LA. Partially because I slept for most of it while my sweet husband drove :). Stay tuned to see what adventure I do next week!


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