Grand Canyon: Sunrise at the South Rim

 Heading west to the Grand Canyon!

van life

Well, we are on the road again and man does that feel oh so terribly terribly wonderful! After swooping Ciarra up in Dallas we began the first leg of our trip to Alaska. Main focus for this leg was Cadillac Ranch and the Grand Canyon!And there is just something about heading west that just really tickles my fancy, ya feel me?

First stop, Cadillac Ranch.

Cadillac ranch

The line of spray painted cadillac’s right at sunrise.

Right outside of Amarillo, TX is a unique art installation that just makes me giggle. It’s literally a bunch of Cadillac’s half buried in the ground covered in spray paint. The art installation was a project of Ant Farm, an architecture group based out of San Francisco with a heavy influence from the free speech movement in the 1960s and 70s.

The stop off is worth it if you’re ever cruising I40. We even found some left over spray paint cans to add a little of our own love to the installation.

Cadillac ranch

Climbing on Cadillacs!

*if you do decide to bring your own spray paint (or anything else) be sure to pack it our when you leave. It seems like the trend is to bring paint and leave them for others to use as well but then no one takes the empties. As it’s an installation with no needed maintenance, there no clean up crew other then you and I. 

Second stop, Grand Canyon.

We fell in love with Flagstaff last year when we stopped by on our drive from Southern California to Moab. The town itself is adorable and uber trendy. Full of that love for local mentality and it’s the perfect stop off when a venture to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is due.

Grand canyon

A dinner at Flagstaff Brewing Company sent us into a very good place as we got our things ready to head towards the entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We didn’t plan this part out so well, but we can sleep in our van so we thought maybe we could just enter the park reallllllllly early and sleep for a couple hours to wake up at sunrise and walk out to the nearest viewpoint.

Wrong. We cruised in. A park range pulled us over real quick in regards to our broken taillight. Ugh. We had red tape covering it but I guess some of it had blown off exposing a bit of the light bulb. Whoops. The park ranger proceed to scope out our van (a bit aggressively) through the windows as he walked up to talk to us. We weren’t carrying anything illegal, but when someone sees a van with a bed laid out in the back, flow toys, costumes galore, and two ladies in their twenties, sometimes people like to assume things.

The only time we’ve ever been pulled over in Betsy the Van was that situation in the Grand Canyon. What even. All went well after some stern talking to and we slept outside the park to return a few hours later to hit sunrise dressed as a ram and a ninja turtle. Not an awful turnout, but a slightly obnoxious one.

grand canyon

I am a ram.

rafael at the grand canyon

My best friend is a ninja turtle.

Anyway, sunrise was gorgeous. The sky was incredibly clear and I can barely even remember the last time I visited the Grand Canyon with my parents about 15 years ago. So, it kind of felt like the very first time all over again. We wandered all cozy in our onesies during the very brisk morning, trying out the GoPro Hero 4 that I had just bought on a bit of a whim (no regrets so far). Lots of compliments on our outfits as well. And damn, what a way to start a day!

Grand canyon

A blissful way to start the day, covered in golden rays of sunshine.



  1. March 25, 2016 / 5:55 am

    What an awesome start to your trip! Are you going to post some of the GoPro footage? I bet the video of the Grand Canyon is amazing!

    • March 25, 2016 / 6:34 am

      Thanks for reading, Bryan 🙂 Not a whole lot of video action from the Grand Canyon actually. I was still figuring out the GoPro, but I’m definitely getting the hang of it now, so more to come!

      • March 25, 2016 / 2:48 pm

        Ah, okay. Looking forward to it!

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