We started by exploring Scottsdale...in crazy heat! However, the blood orange margarita I had at dinner was perfectly refreshing!
The next morning, we headed up the long drive to the Grand Canyon, stopping to hike around a volcano...
...and some ruins...
...before we reached our final destination.
We imitated some Native American drawings...
...and forged our own path away from the crowds.
We did some more walking and exploring...
...before driving back to our hotel about an hour a way (so much cheaper than the hotels right near the canyon!).
Bryan set his alarm for 3:30 am the next morning, and I reluctantly made the drive back to the canyon to see the sun rise. It was completely worth it.
On our way back to the car, we made some new deer friends.
I also embarked on my first ever real hike--about a mile and a half down into the canyon, then back up! It was crazy, and I'm so proud of myself for doing it. (Although my back wasn't too pleased with me!)
It was truly breathtaking to see the Grand Canyon from a different perspective. I couldn't believe that we could look up and see the walls of the canyon!
We then got on a shuttle bus to take us to some of the other sights along the way.
Wiped out, we headed back to the hotel to relax and grab some dinner. And by dinner, I mean pie. We had pie for dinner.
The next morning, we headed to Sedona, one of the most beautiful places I have ever, ever visited. We started our morning with a hike up Bell Rock.
We then had a super lazy rest of the day--napping, hanging out around the hotel, swimming in the pool, driving around downtown and grabbing some prickly pear ice cream...
We then headed to our actual anniversary-night dinner at one of the fanciest resorts, where we took this picture in the perfect light. You probably can't tell because it's so small, but we're holding one of our wedding photos!
The next day, on our way back to the airport, we stopped by Montezuma Castle to see some more ruins.
And now we're back, settling back into our summer routine.
I can't believe it's already been a year since we walked down the aisle. One of the things that we said in our vows was that we promised each other to make "I love you" mean a little more every day. It's one year later, and I can honestly say that those three words mean way more now than they did last July 3.
We've had some amazing times and some rough times, but overall, it's been a fantastic first year of marriage.
We have the words "Let's keep it up" engraved on the inside of our wedding bands. And that's absolutely the best phrase I can use to describe how I feel thinking about our first year of marriage and heading forward into the future.
Let's keep it up!