We had been planning this trip for months, and we were finally at the airport waiting to hear "now boarding for Utah". The night before the only thing I was thinking about was that I hoped I packed enough clothing and that I lost a few pound, ya know, Utah is kinda hot, very hot. Aaron, David, Duhvid, Davina, and Marky found ourselves meeting up at the airport and found ourselves trying to get some food, but more importantly some Pokemon, even though the servers were crashing all the time. We heard our plane being called out,as I saw the plane it was the smallest plane I had ever been on, and boy, I just hoped I fell asleep on the way there as the plane boarded. I heard the engines roar, the plane moving, and taking us to a beautiful destination, Utah. If I know one thing is that flying never gets old; I'm so baffled at this view no matter how many times I go on an airplane, to see how small we truly are. When we finally arrived the first thing that happened was, well it was hot, then Duhvid dropped his Hydro Flask, giving it a huge dent; great way to start off the trip. We found our way to a shuttle and to a car rental, which if you ever been to it, was really something we found ourselves being there longer than we wanted, but after a long wait, and nearly getting duped for insurance money, we finally had a large enough car ! Of course the first thing that we found ourselves doing is getting some food. Lucky, we saw that there was Red Iguanas close to Salt Lake, one of the best decisions of the trip; 10/10 would suggest the burritos and nachos, with the Sauce, which Marky got lost in, as he put all the Mole on his burritos, getting lost in the sauce for the first time, the start of the joke. We then busted a mission to the very famous to the famous Arches National Park, it only took 4 hours to get there, and it was not so bad when you knock out in the car and listen to some good music, because before I knew it, we were at Arches and it was astonishing to seeing the formation and what nature could create. The roads were, well, rocky (pun intended) and I wanted to photograph everything. We stopped along the way, and it was something else knowing where we stood, there was something in the air, aside from the humidity; yet, we knew there was no time to waste and found parking along near the famous Arches. As we headed to find the Arch, we saw an amazing sunset that involved the red and blue, a perfect balancing act. The hike up was not as bad as expected, only 45 minutes, and it was so worth seeing that beautiful rock, just standing there mocking us, as we took our first L of the trip. The L was a huge dust storm that basically blinded David and didn't let him take his shots, in addition, we learned that you definitely gotta take sun glasses to this, even when its the middle of the night, the little Utah things. We found ourselves being there for a good 3 and a half hours, which is amazing that we could stare at this rock for so long, and for a while I imagined how amazing the Milky Way would look like if it had shown that night. We finally left and found a couple taking a road trip around the state; honestly, I don't know how the conversation moved on, but we found ourselves talking about Pokemon for quite a long time, until the very end were the parking lot, we said our good bye to them, then headed to our Airbnb, which was only 3 hours away.
Our Airbnb was actually more of a charging station and shower place because we constantly had to be on the move. After we plugged everything to charge everyone knocked out for an hour and a half, we packed up, and were gone before the crack of dawn. We headed to the road where a legendary movie was filmed, Forest Gump. We got out, and of course, the first thing we do is run through the road. I started a time lapse of the sun peaking through, that was honestly me through the trip, taking time lapses every dang second. Dang, the beautiful sunrise was amazing though, hitting the road,as Marky ran through it; Duhvid and Aaron caught some amazing footage. I think my biggest thought while there was that it was something amazing to be standing where one of the most epic movies was shot. We shot some more, then headed to Antelope Canyon, only a few minutes away this time. Antelope Canyon is where the famous billion dollar picture, the Phantom, was taken at. We originally wanted to get the photo tour, however, there was some miscommunication and we ended up being on the normal tour, if you end up going to the tour then you should know that they accept cash, which was kinda funny to us because there is a huge sign that says "CASH ONLY". We got our stuff, the limited amount of stuff we were able to get, which was only a camera and water bottled; then, we found ourselves getting into a vehicle designed for war. The road to getting there was a very bumpy ride, basically flying out our seats, and as we got to our destination we noticed that the temperature was not as bad during the walk in the Canyons; the tour guide there was very well educated on where to take pictures, which saved us a lot time and made sure we did not wonder off, only taking the best pictures (maybe even getting that million dollar picture). During the tour there was a man with a camera the size of a canon and it just looked extremely unnecessary, but I mean, to each their own I guess. We found ourselves going through the whole tour in just about an hour and saw what so many people had come to see before me. The flew by, we were going back to the parking station before we knew it, then headed off to a local restaurant, with a very sassy server; we chowed down. During this time we were following our original plan, which was to go to our motel, 2 hours away, but Horse Shoes was very near us, and I guess after we had eaten such a big lunch we did not want to do much driving, but we did anyways. At this part we found a small bridge and decided to take pictures there, but we also headed down the high way and made a random U-turn; then, we found ourselves entering one of Arizona's National park, which was apparently a beach, but honestly it felt like a small lake, maybe because I'm use to California weather. we didn't stay there for too long, took a few shots, then off to find somewhere where we could get some food. We found a Safeway, which then led to buying food, and to our surprise it was National Ice Cream Day, because that's a thing. Man, we were just trying to find ways to be productive, so we found more food near the bend, which is basically this whole trip -- eating and driving-- and we stopped by a McDonald's, and the reason is because the sign caught my attention, with its 2 for 5$ Big mac special, so much for losing 10 pounds right? I got that, plus Mcflurry, which I apparently finished, according to Aaron "He [Isaac] finished before I even got my edit in". I honestly was really hungry, and that food coma came in, and I fell asleep for a good 15 minutes on the table, and 30 in the car. Then after that nap we went to Horse Shoes, I entered it first, because I was tired of sitting down. WOW, I was astonished as to the size of Horse Shoe, which looked so small in person. The cite was one of those things that you could stare at for hours, which we actually did. This cite had so many people there from all around the globe, I heard a good 7-8 languages within the crows and emphasized the beauty of traveling, which only adds to my dream of traveling the world out of a backpack one day. Everyone joined later, and we saw the sunset; flew drone, which apparently was illegal there, because anything beyond the parking lot is considered a national treasure, yet we had seen a ton of videos from the location. The park rangers handled it very professionally though, no screaming or shouting, just a calm "Bring the Drones down", all of which resulted in having to show that we had our drones registered. We watched, yet another amazing sunset, and this time no sandstorm; just kidding, the sand storm hit us when we were going back. We stopped by Walmart for these boat shoes, I guess? You can basically wear them underwater, which is niece, we were not trying to pay 35$ for rental shoes. Walmart did not meet our needs because they did not have the water proof socks, then off to more food, this time Sonics. If you're wondering, no, I did not order two Big Macs, but I kept on getting roasted for that. Driving to our motel was a very long drive and more KOing, and we found ourselves being glad that we did not drive back and fourth from there. I wished we had seen the Milky Way in Utah it would have been amazing. Getting to our place, we showered charged up, and I fell asleep; however, I woke up thinking we were leaving and I got played because I waited for 5 minutes with the car ready to go, but there was no where to go it was all a joke. We fell asleep for the next day.
This day was something else. We woke up, this time we ate uncooked and over cooked ramen noodles, drove to Zion to see the narrows. The drive was not as bad as expected, everyone was knocked out, after getting lost for a few minutes we made it to the very entrance of the narrows. The Narrow is located near a small town, which doesn't look to have much, but the treasure was hidden right under our noses. We parked got out, found the guy that we validating our parking, and damn, major sass again: we were having a regular conversation and the sass went from 0-100, and the most memorable line from this guy was "I MEAN, u could pay later". But right after that we slipped on our water shoes, went and sought out the Narrows, which was not that bad, the only bad part was that the blazing hot ground was killing our feet, but the moment you feet touch that water, there's that "ahhh" coming from everyone. We followed through for about 45 minutes, leading us to them, and man, it looked just like it did in the pictures in all its glory, making me wish California had a little something like this. we stood and took pictures soaking everything in, even water, people coming in and out of the narrows. We couldn't believe it when we dove in deeper, and found the famous waterfall, which I didn't even know about, yet we stood, time-lapsing and taking pictures of the famous dog right there. I went through the water fall for the IG and got it all on camera. We originally planned to be there for an hour, but time flies, as we stood there for a good 3 hours. On the way back, a women told us that she had found a fossil ? The Narrows man. The Narrow. We basically found a really good place to eat after wards, with some of the best American BBQ of my life, the mac and cheese and potatoes were on another level, and that sauce it was something else; plus, free ice cream. The place had a map of the world, and I was amazed at how many people come from everywhere to the place and how food brings fourth people from all colors and creed. Man, by the time we were eating all we knew is that we had to book it to Zion because we had little time, the timing was just right, as we headed there the clouds were dancing around the sun and you could see the light beams peaking out. We got to the very entrance of Zion, and got through without paying, as we had the ticket from Arizona, David flashed it and we were in. Aaron tried taking a picture of the place as we were looking for a specific area, and Duhvid's hat, which Aaron had been borrowing, flew away; we pooped a u-turn, only to have the car in front of us take it, because people in Utah like to take hats of the streets? We drove around and found the amazing spot (panorama) and man that sky was something else, as the colors seem to be perfect to contradict the soft red that the mountains had. We chased down some more light only getting to see the sunset just in the nick of time, and man it was amazing to see that last sunset. We headed on our way to our last Airbnb, before that, however, we stopped by the shop to get matching shirts. A lot of driving later, we had made it to Salt Lake, where we found Lexi, our host, who was awesome! The place was a total dream, a dream setup, it was a place I dream of having one day., with flashing lights and a located in a basement This night was not like the others though, as we decided to instead of sleep, we went to see the Salt Flats.
The Flats is where we saw one more sunrise. This place is where one of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, shot one of his famous videos so going there out of nowhere was a testament to this trip, that it's all or nothing. We found ourselves in the salts fooling around and taking pictures as much as possible before going home. We printed out some pictures on the way home for Lexi, since she had been a great host, cleaned the car, then headed back to the airport. The car was a huge mess to be honest and when we got the station there was basically 4 miles left on the tank. We went to the airport, got in, had Popeyes, which is awful, and saw those planes take off one more time. If I could desribe this trip, it would be, crazy how one day your idols can turn into your brethren