By: Amanda Markoe
The best way to feel like you’re on another planet is to visit White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Plants or aliens, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Hiking underneath the clouds in Grand Canyon National Park.
The clouds lifted to bring out the best colors, Grand Canyon National Park.
I’m still convinced that Grand Canyon National Park is a green screen.
The sun goes down on the canyons, Grand Canyon National Park.
Sometimes Mother Nature is such a show off, Grand Canyon National Park.
The only reason I’ll get up early, sunrise at Grand Canyon National Park.
Early bird gets the worm, sunrise at Grand Canyon National Park.
I hate heights, but I love windows with beautiful, creepy views in Mary Cotler’s Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park.
Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation reservation, which is the biggest reservation in the United States.
Monument Valley has two large “mittens” that have beautiful rock formations.
All this photo needs is a photoshopped RV in the distance and it would be a perfect Breaking Bad still, Monument Valley.
Monument Valley is the quietest place I’ve ever been to, and the silence goes great with desert sunsets.
The sunrise brings peace and beauty in Monument Valley.
This Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to go on a road trip with two of my dearest friends from Austin. We ventured to the Grand Canyon, with various stops along the way. Having already traveled to the Grand Canyon, I thought I knew what to expect -and I did- for the most part. Yet, what I found was a new love and appreciation for the natural wonders of the desert. I always thought I belonged in the mountains, but this trip made me question that. I fell in love with the sand and the dirt, the strong winds, the hot sun, and the cold nights. Regardless, whether it’s mountains or desert, I will always love the feeling of being small in the vast and open landscape.