He ended up selecting the University of Cincinnati, but Zach didn’t make that choice until after we fit in a week of hiking throughout the state of his second choice, Arizona State University. Smart man. We spent seven days hiking and, at times, crawling up and down the sides of canyons and mountains and are undoubtedly better for the whole experience. Who needed fingernails, anyway? There’s nothing like an 1800 foot ascent to open up a conversation or two. And there’s nothing like singing along to “80′s, 90′s and NOW” radio to make 8 or 900 miles or so fly by in no time at all.
We wore our sunscreen, although it didn’t help so much when we encountered a massive hail storm at the Grand Canyon. We drank gallons of water when the sun blazed hot. Hail and “hot” even happened within the same day once!
Highlights included hikes at the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Scottsdale, a river float around Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon, ancient cliff dwellings in Walnut Creek near Flagstaff and the mysterious Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
And, of course, a visit to Arizona State University which bears the distinction of having an outdoor pool which must be cooled in the summer months!