Vermilion Cliffs National Monument via Hwy 89A

I would say this is the place that I realized this earth can be so beautiful, so peaceful. Growing up mostly in cities, I have gotten used to the noise of traffic and people getting by their busy daily lives. This place, for a short moment, made me feel I was the only living soul in the world. I mean that in a good way.

marble canyon

marble canyon

Hwy 89A, as the letter “A” suggests, is an alternate route to the main Hwy 89. It is a longer route, so the GPS would not usually guide anyone on here. Since our GPS was broken, we sought the opportunity to try something different. It stretches around the southern edge of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and it’s the closest you can get to the Cliffs by car.

marble canyon

marble canyon

Situated in northern  Arizona, this place receives little precipitation. We were there in December. It’s sunny and dry. From a high point looking down, there were no movements, no artificial sounds. It almost felt like a whole different planet.

marble canyon

Did I mention we were the only souls there? What could be better to enjoy all this than to stop the car, get out, and walk on the road! There was not a car passing by either direction for hours. Here is my wife standing on the road. Does this picture look like a advertisement for Canada Goose? Yes, it was a little bit chilly, since it was December, but with the sun out, I could go by with just a shirt. Hey Canada Goose, if you see this, want to sponsor us? Haha.

We spent most of the time driving around the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. There were not much going on during this season, which was good. It kept the place quiet, peaceful, and beautiful.

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