RVA to LA Road Trip Day 4: CO & AZ

Hi y’all! We’re back for Day 4 of our RVA to LA Road Trip!

Day 4 Progress: Durango, through the Colorado mountains, with a stop at Four Corners, into Arizona, with a stop in Flagstaff, and into Phoenix for the  night.

Colorado

We woke up to a drizzly day in Durango, but that didn’t stop us from taking a beautiful walk along the river- we were getting a little stir crazy and needed to exercise.

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We absolutely LOVED Colorado! It was such a beautiful state- especially at this time of year. The changing leaves were so pretty.  Here are the pictures from our stroll along the Animus River in Durango:

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The water was such a pretty color:

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And it was COLD!

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There was this pretty little bridge along the river:

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And while we were walking by, this happened:

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This pretty little passenger train crossed the river- how cool!

The rain ended up getting pretty hard during our walk and the temperatures seemed to be dropping so we headed back to town for coffee and lunch. While we were sipping on coffee, we looked out the window and noticed the rain had turned to snow! (what!?)

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When we started our walk it was in the 50’s and by lunchtime it was snowing!  We decided that this was just an opportunity for us to get one more taste of winter before we moved to the golden coast! (However unprepared we were for winter…these are the only shoes I had since my gym shoes were soaked from the walk that morning. Br!)

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We hit the road right after lunch; This part of the trip, from Durango to Flagstaff, was both of our favorite part of the drive. It was so spectacularly beautiful! And we took a TON of photos, so this post is pretty long (or pretty and long)

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The contrast of the snowy mountains against the beautiful fall leaves was stunning:

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We eventually drove out of the snow (Walter handled the roads like a champ) and the landscape slowly began to change:

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We started to see these really beautiful rock formations:

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Look at how vast the landscape was:

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More pretty yellow flowers!

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Four Corners

We stopped at Four Corners for a photo shoot. It was so incredibly cold and windy! We ran taking pictures for like 3 minutes before we decided it was just too cold and kept driving:

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Arizona

Another check for my list, bringing me to number 22!

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North-eastern Arizona was by far the most un-inhabited part of the trip. We went miles without seeing homes or exits or gas stations. But it was SO pretty:

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As we were driving we approached a pretty dark storm.

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The storm clouds made the mountains in the distance pop:

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After the rain, the hills looked like they were made of silver! It was such a cool effect:

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We had to stop to take photos of the storm clouds with our nice camera:

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The weather started to clear up as we approached the Grand Canyon. Stopping at the Grand Canyon was another one of my goals for the trip, but  since the government was still shut down, the Grand Canyon was unfortunately closed.  We though we’d be able to find a way to see the giant hole in the ground even if the park was closed (hard to hide a giant canyon, right?) but unfortunately there were giant flashing signs on the road to the canyon saying that the park was closed, no through traffic, etc, etc. Ah well, we’ll just have to plan another trip! (Ironically enough, it opened the next day- right after we had passed it!)

Here’s what we saw instead- it was still so beautiful:

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We spent the night in Phoenix where we got to visit with an old friend, Savannah, and her lovely family!

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This was our last night on the road! We stayed in the Phoenix Renaissance and it was quite possibly the best hotel experience we have ever had. The staff here was incredibly friendly and completely accommodating. If you’re ever in Phoenix, we highly recommend staying here.

Anyway, after a beautiful drive, we hit the hay for our last day on the road!

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