Things don’t always go as planned

Sometimes your best memories come from moments you decide to simply say yes, and go with the flow, without too much thought. That is exactly how we ended up going to Arizona this past Labor Day weekend to see the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and everything else along the way. It was such a beautiful trip filled with good energy, good people, and lifelong memories. A lot of you asked for our itinerary so I will be sharing that with you, and a little story about our trip that reminded us that things don’t always go perfectly as planned.

We rented a mustang, and left LA last Friday around 7pm. It was my sister, one of my best friends, and I on a girl’s trip jamming out to good music, eating snacks, and just enjoying the ride. Maps said we would arrive to our first hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona around 3am to sleep a couple of hours before our first tour. As mentioned, things do not always go as planned, and well, this trip wasn’t an exception. It was 2:00am as I was driving down the highway, only about an hour away from our hotel, when the gas light went on in the car and a sign started flashing letting us know that we had just 3 miles left to empty.

We managed to exit the highway and turn off the car with 1 mile to spare. We were all doing our best to stay calm, but our reality was that we were 3 girls in a mustang, at 2:00am, in the middle of the dessert with ZERO gas, and the next gas station was 25 miles away. Neither my sister or friend had service on their phone, but luckily, I did, and was able to call AAA, which showed up 2 HOURS LATER! We got back on the road and did not end up arriving to our hotel until 6am, giving us just enough time to shower and get ready for our first tour.

I am not going to lie, that is probably one of the scariest moments of my entire life. I remember feeling like I was in a horror movie, my heart pounding at what felt like a million miles per hour, and just thinking the absolute worst whenever a car would drive by us. It definitely wasn’t a fun situation to be in, nor was it ideal, but that was our reality, and it is part of life. We could either sit there and be angry with ourselves and upset with how things turned out, or we could just find a solution and not let it define our trip. Things will not always go as planned, you will encounter difficulties, and challenges, but it’s up to you how you face your circumstances and how much you let them affect you.

As cheesy as this sounds, I love that we didn’t let this affect our trip at all. We definitely learned our lesson the hard way to be more responsible and cautious with our gas, but we also just decided to laugh about it at the end!

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A veces nuestros mejores recuerdos vienen de esos momentos en los que decidimos decir que si, sin pensar mucho las cosas. Eso es exactamente como decidimos ir a Arizona este fin de semana pasado a ver el Gran Cañón, Horseshoe Bend y todos los paisajes en el camino. Fue un viaje increíble lleno de buena gente, buena energía y recuerdos para toda la vida. Muchos de ustedes me pidieron el itinerario del viaje, así que lo estaré compartiendo, y también les contare una pequeña anécdota de lo que nos sucedió que simplemente nos recordó que las cosas no siempre suceden como uno lo planea.

Rentamos un Mustang y nos fuimos de LA el viernes alrededor de las 7pm. Íbamos mi hermana, una de mis mejores amigas, y yo, escuchando buena música, comiendo chucherías y disfrutando el viaje. El mapa del teléfono indicaba que llegaríamos al hotel como a las 3am solo para dormir un par de horas e irnos a nuestro primer tour. Como mencione, las cosas no siempre suceden como uno lo planea, y pues este viaje no fue la excepción. Eran alrededor de las 2am cuando iba manejando por la carretera, estábamos a tan solo una hora de llegar a nuestro hotel cuando se prendió el foquito de la gasolina indicando que el tanque estaría vacío en tan solo 3 millas.

Logramos salirnos de la carretera con tan solo una milla de gasolina.  Hacíamos todo lo posible por mantenernos calmadas, pero nuestra realidad era que éramos 3 chicas en un Mustang, a las 2am, en el medio del desierto sin una gota de gasolina, y la gasolinera más cercana estaba a 25 millas. Ni mi hermana ni mi amiga tenían señal en su celular, pero por obra de Dios, yo si tenía lo suficiente para marcarle a AAA, quienes llegaron con gasolina 2 HORAS DESPUES! No llegamos al hotel hasta las 6am, que solo nos daba suficiente tiempo para bañarnos y alistarnos para nuestro tour.

No les voy a mentir, este ha sido uno de los momentos en los que más miedo he tenido en toda mi vida. Recuerdo que sentía que estaba en una película de terror, mi corazón latiendo a mil por hora, y solo pensaba lo peor cada que nos pasaba un carro por un lado. Definitivamente no era la situación más divertida ni la más ideal, pero esa fue nuestra realidad, y eso es parte de la vida. Podíamos haber lamentado nuestra situación, nos pudimos haber frustrado por cómo sucedieron las cosas, y dejar que ese momento definiera nuestro viaje, pero nada de eso tiene caso. Las cosas no siempre van a suceder como uno las planea, vamos a enfrentar dificultades, retos, pero está en las manos de uno mismo cómo enfrentamos las circunstancias y que tanto dejamos que nos afecten.

Por más cursi que esto suene, me encanta que no dejamos que esto afectara nuestro viaje en los mas mínimo. Definitivamente aprendimos nuestra lección de ser más responsable y precavidas, pero también decidimos simplemente reírnos sobre el tema al final de cuentas!

 

Itinerary / Itinerario 

FRIDAY

Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona (2.5 hours away from Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon)

  • Hilton Garden Inn, great location to depart to Antelope Canyon or Grand Canyon

 

SATURDAY

Antelope Canyon Tour (1.5-hour tour)

  • All tours need to be booked in advance
  • Here is a link with the tour we did

Horseshoe Bend

  • Horseshoe Bend is only about a 20-minute drive from Antelope Canyon, which makes it easy to do both tours in one day
  • This is free, and non-guided
  • You park, and do a small hike of about 20 minutes to see the view

Drove to Grand Canyon Hotel

  • Upon entering the Grand Canyon area, you will need to pay for a car pass which is $35, and good for 7 days
  • If you decide to stay outside of the Grand Canyon Park you will most likely be driving about 2.5 hours to get to the Canyon

SUNDAY

Explore the Grand Canyon

  • Since our hotel was inside the Grand Canyon Park, we were only a 10-minute drive from the actual Canyon, which was convenient.
  • You do not need to book a tour in advance, it is great to just explore the Canyon on your own. Everything on site is very well organized and easy to move around.
  • There is a central visitor’s center point which provides free shuttles to various viewpoints. We just stopped at different viewpoints within the Canyon, and enjoyed great scenery and took amazing pictures.
  • You can also plan accordingly and do some hiking while you’re there.
  • If it is your first time, you will need at least 5-6 hours there to fully enjoy and explore the different viewpoints

MONDAY

Drove back home from the Grand Canyon, took us about 9 hours, including stops for gas and food.

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