With the summer winding down I find myself trying to soak up as much time outside as possible. A couple months ago we discussed how to find patterns outdoors and how nature has inspired Rebecca in many of her designs. With that in mind, I traveled to the Southwest recently and found myself seeing patterns everywhere. I'm sharing my favorite places and other tips in this photo diary. See more travel diaries here.
Bryce Canyon: Stay in a Tipi at Ruby's Inn and hike the numerous Mars-like trails in the park - Fairyland Loop and Bristlecone Loop. Be sure to catch both the sunrise and sunset at the two aptly named Sunrise Point and Sunset Point in the park (be sure to bundle up!)
Page, AZ: Stop on your way to Page at The Rock Shop. See the Insta-famous Horseshoe Bend and Upper Antelope Canyon. Rent boats in Lake Powell - if you like kayaking you can kayak up Antelope Canyon on a beautiful little slot canyon river.
Grand Canyon: Stay in Flagstaff and hike Bright Angel all the way down to the river. Don't miss the sunrise at the Grand Canyon (but watch out for moose on the road when you drive in early)
Joshua Tree: JT was absolutely magical. It homes many AirBnbs that you can't go wrong staying in. Hike or go climbing in the park, stop by Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum and The Cactus Mart if you love plants. JT has really good thrifting as well.
Bryce Canyon: The Cowboy's Breakfast at Ruby's Inn
Page, AZ: Big John's BBQ - hands down the best BBQ I've ever had plus there's live music at night.
Sedona, AZ: Cafe Elote doesn't take reservations and sometimes the wait is long if you don't get there before they open but there's a nice deck where you can have drinks until your table is ready. Worth the wait.