Travel Thursday- Red Rocks & Waterfalls

This is the first time I’ve written a post that isn’t scheduled ahead in a while! I’m off today and still woke up at 5:45 am. I decided to write my post but got distracted and now it’s 7:40 and I’m just getting to this. May I be quick so I can have this written by the time the girls wake up!

Before you read any further, can you take a look at the image below and guess where this is? When you look at it, what country do you think it’s in? Tall mountainsides, sparse but beautiful greenery, red rocks and dusty sand.

Photo credit for image below: Richard via Flickr
This is like a scene from a movie in my mind. Running through the trails and the clearing reveals this oasis.

Today my travel post takes us to a place in my home state. A place that I’ve never been but hope to one day go see for myself. I am terrified of heights and this fear has kept me from seeing many beautiful places and things with my own eyes. I hope to one day not let this continue hold me back from experiencing this landscape in all it’s beauty and splendor.

Photo credit for image below: Sean via Flickr
The beautiful reds of the rocks in Arizona have always captivated me.


Photo credit for image below: Alan via Flickr

I love the beautiful colors, the turquoise of the water and the deep colors in the background.
Photo credit for image below: Navin via Flickr


As beautiful as all of these photos are, I can’t help but wonder what it would look like to go to Havasu Falls. To see all of the colors in person- would they be brighter? More vibrant? I can’t help but think of how it would feel to look back on the memories that could be. Overcoming my fear, embarking on the hike to get there, tired, hot and thirsty. The reward of the effort revealing the beautiful gem often overshadowed by a more well known natural state attraction. Hearing the water flow, seeing a waterfall in person for the first time, living a fantasy that exceeds it’s reputation in my imagination. The more that I describe this as I write, the more I am talking myself into going for it!

Photo credit: Francisco via Flickr
One last image to leave you with.

Were you able to guess where this was? What were the telltale hints? Were you close? Surprised? Where did you think it was? Have you ever heard of Havasu Falls? Did you know that the Arizona desert had such a beautiful body of water in it? If you’d like to read more about Havasu Falls, this article has some great information about it. Have you ever been to Havasu Falls? Was it amazing? Do tell more! Would you want to visit now that this is on your radar? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Just a side note- I wanted to respect the images as they are not my own. I adjusted the exposure and saturation just enough to see the images more clearly, a couple were slightly softened but no filters or other effects were applied. Thank you to all of the photographers that allow for their images to be shared. If you’d like to see more, click on the photographer’s name as they all link back to where I found their photo.

PS- I started at 7:39 am and pressing the publish button at 9:20 am… you can see why linking back and giving credit is important (this is for all of my regular readers that know what I’m talking about, if you want to be in the know, read this).

31 Replies to “Travel Thursday- Red Rocks & Waterfalls”

      1. We weren’t there at the same time then. I moved there for the first time in 2000 and have been back and forth ever since. I was born on an air force base in Spain and moved around over the years never settling long enough to consider it home and by the time I did, I was too old to feel that way. Everyone had their childhood friends, and groups and routines and I was new.

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      2. Wow, you’ve had quite a mobile life. It’s always difficult having to start over as the new kid all the time – I imagine harder still when it’s a whole new country.

        I’ve not been to Spain. I travelled all over Western Europe but just never made it there. But it looks beautiful.

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      3. I think that’s where my love for travel comes from. I always enjoyed the travel but didn’t like the moving. My goal is to have a home base and travel so we always have a place to come back to but can experience all of the wonderful aspects of traveling to different places.

        I’m biased but Spain is beautiful. So much to offer in terms of climate, landscape, food and culture. I have only been to a handful of areas. Our family vacations in theory will start with Spain and expand from there. Easy to get across the country by train. Maybe stay in the outskirts of Madrid for a week or two and go on day trips. The next time do the same in Barcelona and so forth.

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      4. Your goal sounds spot on. Nice to have somewhere to call “home” but still spread your wings and explore. I think we all experience a little bias towards our homes too. I’m the same with Australia 🙂

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      5. You just let me know when, I’ll be ready. Happy to give itinerary suggestion for outside Sydney too. That would be wonderfully generous of you to do that for your mum! I’m sure she’d love a trip down memory lane 🙂

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  1. Lovely post and stunning pictures Niki. It looks like a beautiful place and I can understand your desire to visit it. If I was closer I’d be wishing the same. Hope you make it there one day.

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  2. I’m saving this to savor, but I didn’t need to guess. This terrified of heights woman made it all the way to the base of Mooney Falls – and was engaged there! I’ll tell you more after I read, but this is going to be my end of the day reward. Thanks in advance for all the memories making me smile right now! =D

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    1. I hope you don’t mind that I reblogged you, or that I’m offering you a couple of links to explain my own adventures in Supai lands. I also thought you might find it interesting that my April CampNaNoWriMo novel has a Supai man, long since transplanted, as a main character. And that our daughter’s middle name is Sedona. She hasn’t been to Arizona yet, but she’s seen pictures and videos of the red rocks, and wears her name with pride, knowing that’s where Mommy and Daddy had their first date. =D

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      1. Mind? Not at all! I’d turn off the reblog button if I didn’t want my post shared but that would make me crazy 😉 I’m flattered! I just got done reading your reblog and left a comment there. That is so amazing! I can tell the love that was put into picking her name with what you’ve revealed. What a beautiful story for her to treasure. Can’t wait for her to see Sedona for herself! I’ll be checking out those links shortly! Thank you for sharing your story with me, I love to see where that post took you 🙂

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      2. We really did put effort into her name. Her oldest brother has my maiden name as his middle. Our second son, who died in infancy before she was born, had his father’s name, which was also his paternal grandmother’s maiden name. So, for our one and only daughter, we wanted a name that had family histoty, but every one we thought of was masuline sounding, and her first name, Annalise, isn’t. When we thought of Sedona, we had a winner. And since she’s a sparkling, expansive, intense person, it fits, too. =)

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      3. If Elijah had lived, we wouldn’t have Annalise, who was born just under a year later. We never would have wished for him the life he had – profoundly brain injured at birth, in a coma most of his life, seizures, and death without ever leaving the NICU. But his heart valves gave a toddler girl a chance at a more normal life. I have a dear friend whose 2 year old was born with a heart defect that could have been fatal; seeing him a robust and happy growing boy with a huge grin makes me feel that Elijah gave a gift too huge for words, and not just to us. His kind of brain injury couldn’t be fixed; what made him HIM had gone before his body followed. That’s so hard to accept with a newborn who is physically big and strong, but it was true for him. That little girl with the sick heart still had her personhood. I don’t know who she is, but I hope she has joy in every opening and closing of our boy’s heart valves in her chest. I hope her life is rich and full and sweet.

        I miss our little boy who never grew up every day, but every day there is Annalise – our bright shiny girl who fills up the house with herself.

        Talk about paradoxes…

        And, as for her name, even the first one has a story . My Accomplice wanted Annalee. I wanted Elise. We compromised, and it fits her perfectly. =D

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      4. I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine the kind of pain you went through. I’m happy for the reflection, understanding and acceptance that has come from it. I’m glad that he was able to give such a gift to someone else even though his days on earth were so few.

        What a beautiful compromise that was! I can only imagine what a vibrant and loving person she must be. I wish her many wonderful adventures and great things in her life.

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      5. I wouldn’t wish the pain of losing a child on anyone. I’d wish less losing the joy that can be had in life, because a baby died. I make it a point to fill up on joy, because he couldn’t. Anything else seems like a waste.

        It brings a kind of peace to share about him, because that’s about all I can do for him, now.

        Annalise is – well, Annalise. She’s passionate and intense. She’s loving, confident, adventurous, creative, daring, sometimes not especially sweet, bold and capable of incredible acts of kindness. She’s easily hurt, sometimes, and has dancing eyes and a big wide grin. You’ll see her all over my blog, because she likes to be “blog-famous”. She’s got a very well-developed fashion sense that absolutely did not come from either of her parents. She loves nature and wildlife (particularly cheetahs, at the moment), and Littlest Pet Shops. She spends lots of time Skyping with her two best friends, and often creating complex storylines for the LPS that deal with many adult issues. She loves Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s, Steven Universe, and, most recently, Undertale. She likes to read fan fiction, but not so much mine (I spawned no Trekkies, apparently.) She will walk up to complete strangers and compliment their outfits or hair or accessories. She’s unexpectedly thoughtful in many ways, and sometimes, she’s thoughtless, because she’s still learning.

        It’s incomprehensible to imagine the last 11 years without her in them. I call her my TARDIS girl – bigger on the inside!

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      6. I was going to say hire beautiful it was for you to keep his memory alive by taking about him but then deleted it. I like your attitude about filling up on joy, he’s still in your heart, on your mind and makes an impact on your life. Love is a beautiful thing.

        I love what you wrote about your daughter, so heartfelt 🙂


  3. Reblogged this on shanjeniah's Lovely Chaos and commented:
    If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my Accomplice and I were engaged in a fern-draped grotto somewhere below Mooney Falls, and that I’ve always thought he picked that spot because he knew I needed his help to get back up the cliff!

    Here’s a bit of what made the place so stupendously magical….


  4. I’ve been to Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls in Havasu Canyon. Of all the amazing scenic places I’ve travelled to it is quite possibly my favorite. It is actually atop my list of places to return to (
    I’m also afraid of heights, but the only difficult part I remember is descending to the bottom of Mooney Falls, but I would definitely do that again. You should go there, especially if it isn’t too far away.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that! My fear of heights has kept me from seeing some amazing things in person. Having previously lived so many years in Arizona this is something I really feel like my fear has made me miss out on. Each time I think about it, I have a bit more courage to go. I just have to wait until my 1 year old is a little bigger but I will see it one day 🙂 Thank you for commenting 🙂


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