COME BACK FITTER

Hello from The Fit RV Headquarters! James and I just got home from a whirlwind RV trip in the fantastic stat of Arizona.

The trip went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. We finally got to bust out our bikes OUTSIDE! It’s been a long snowy winter in Utah, which meant the only biking we were getting was on the spin bike in our basement. Not nearly as fun as the real thing. So, the warm Arizona sun was a welcomed break. It felt great to temporarily shed my parka and pull on a pair of shorts.

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VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT — RV ACROSS 290,000 ACRES OF BREATHTAKING SOUTHWESTERN BEAUTY

Image via Flickr/Bureau of Land Management

 

Arizona has more natural wonders than you can shake a stick at (think Grand Canyon), but here’s one more to add to your bucket list. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a stunning and vibrant vista that you can enjoy from the RV or by foot.

 

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ONE RV ADVENTURE TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS IN EVERY STATE BEFORE THEY GROW UP

Image via Flickr/H. Micheal Miley

 

Alabama

Go to Space Camp. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted a place to inspire kids about space travel, and the result was Space Camp, where kids participate in simulated missions, experience what gravity feels like on the moon, and spin themselves silly on the multi-axis trainer.

 

Alaska

Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow…there’s nothing else like it. Mush!

 

Arizona

Camp out in the Grand Canyon. But don’t stare at it for five minutes and then wonder, “Now what?” There are plenty of wonders waiting to be discovered inside the canyon. Climb down and explore, then spend the night under the stars at Mather Campground.

 

Arkansas

Dig for diamonds. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park to find your own gemstones. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, so start digging!

 

California

 

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HERE’S WHY ANTELOPE CANYON IS ONE OF THE MOST AWE-INSPIRING PLACES IN AMERICA

Antelope Canyon is a part of Navajo Nation in Arizona, and has been described as one of the most photogenic places on earth. Although it’s not nearly on the scale of the Grand Canyon, it’s arguably just as beautiful and impressive in its own way. It’s a slot canyon, with walls as high as 4,000 feet, notable for the beautiful “flowing” appearance of the Navajo Sandstone, an impression created by the running rainwater that floods it annually during monsoon season. Many slot canyons are too narrow for the light to really reveal the vibrant colors of the stone, but Antelope Canyon is a very fortunate exception to the rule. The shapes and colors of the canyon, as well as the light, can create some truly stunning photographs. Antelope once roamed freely there, eliciting its name. There are really two canyons, the Upper and the Lower.

 

Image Courtesy of Mark Byzewski

 

Upper Antelope Canyon is also known by its Navajo name, Tsé bighánílíní, meaning “the place where water runs through rocks.” It’s such a photographer’s dream that photography tours are available for professionals and serious amateurs. There are camera requirements for the tour, so don’t think you can just show up with your iPhone. Guides will show you the best angles and how to capture the best light. The play of light, shadow, shape and color all come together here, so be sure to follow guide recommendations on the best time of day to visit.

 

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OUR SOUTHWEST UTAH BUCKET LIST TRIP

There are some places in this country that will take your breath away. I call them my RV Bucket List Locations. We decided to take a trip to magnificent Southwest Utah and knock two of these off our list.

We wanted to add some extra adventure to this trip by boondocking on BLM Land at the Grand Staircase-Escalante just outside of Kanab, UT to break up the drive from Cottonwood, AZ. We looked online and found what seemed to be the perfect spot on the Paria River. When we arrived, we were blown away!

 

 

We were the only humans as far as we could see. There was unlimited hiking along the river or into the buttes. We made sure to go on a new hike each day and would often bring our dog.

 

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