Cameron and I have been bitten by a bit of a different Wanderlust bug. We love seeing new places, going on road trips, and having new experiences together, but we don’t have the itch to hop on a plane and jet off to Europe. We wouldn’t mind AT ALL, but it’s not on our radar really. We know there’s a ton out there to see…so we’re starting off with what is around us. It is our thing to try to get to know an area in and out before we venture off on grand adventures. Start near, expand far. And we’ve yet to tap a place out with exploring! Mom and Pop shops, local diners, country roads, creeks, state parks, national parks, etc. That’s our jam!
One local site that’s been on our list since we moved to Northern Arizona has been Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls. It doesn’t run year round, and is only big a few times each year. This year when the spring melt and run off came downriver we knew it was time to get out there! We teamed up with our good friends (who happens to be one of my cousins…built in friends! It’s awesome!) and all piled in their suburban to head out to the falls.
As you drive out it seems crazy that there could be a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls nearby. The country doesn’t seem right for it. And then you drive up on a hill and see the river there below and it’s huge! (Remember, we live in a desert state…this is really really really huge for us) Where did all that water come from?!
The view there is neat, but it’s not until you drive down the hill a little ways that you see it. It seriously looks like Willy Wonka’s chocolate waterfall pouring over the cliff! It’s so surreal!
There are no railings, you walk up to the edge of the cliff and look across at the falls, and it’s mesmerizing. And terrifying with little kids (thank goodness ours are still small enough to go in backpack carriers)!
There is a hiking trail to get down to the bottom, but we didn’t have time to take the trail, and didn’t want to make that with the little guys in tow. So we looked on from the top, and it still was totally cool! Someday I want to hike to the bottom!