As a fourth general Southwesterner, my soul beats in the heart of the Grand Circle. I was born and raised in the small town of Page, Arizona which is smack dab in the middle of many surrounding National Parks including Zion, Bryce, Escalante, Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley.
I was a fortunate kid who had the best childhood recipe: freedom, endless roaming miles from Arizona to Utah, supportive and creative parents, bikes, boats, mud, and my sister.
Weekends were meant for the outdoors, to explore the beauty and nature around us. Little did I realize as a kid that all the love my parents had for the red sandstone and magical canyons really rubbed off on me. It was not uncommon to gather the camping gear and set out in any direction for a weekend experiencing the dirt trails under our feet with the vast canyons towering overhead. The Southwest is a place unlike any other; the incredible colors of layered rocks, blue water, and green desert shrubbery make for some of the most stunning views.
Page is a five minute drive from the Navajo Reservation, which is home to incredible beautiful places such as Antelope Canyon, not to mention full of history. For me, growing up so close to the reservation, experiencing pow wows during school assemblies, and hearing the Navajo stories really enhanced my appreciation for all of the Southwest. The dazzling land around me seemed like such a normal thing growing up that it wasn't until I ventured to the Pacific Northwest for college that I realized how absolutely extravagant the Southwest is.
Being able to show others the true raw beauty of nature is what I live for as a guide, and that is exactly what I'll get to do when I guide out first-ever Southwest Unbound tours this fall, and beyond. I can't wait to get down there, back to that red rock, those descending canyons, and the wide-open expanse of the Southwest.