Disclaimer: American Latino Heritage Fund provided me with a trip to Lake Powell/Glen Canyon free of charge. I was not compensated by them for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I never thought in a million years that I would be part of such an amazing expedition. A month ago I received an email from the American Latino Heritage Fund informing me that my team and I had won a trip to Glen Canyon/Lake Powell. It’s not like this opportunity fell completely from the sky, we had to apply for it, and out of all the applicants that entered we were 1 of 3 chosen for an expedition. Three of my dearest friends (Kathy of Crafty Chica, Monique of Curves and Chaos & Babble, and Denise of PearMama) and I applied under the moniker the “Latina BlogStars.” Much to our surprise we won, and when we won panic officially set in since we are not really outdoor type of gals.
Monique’s job was to cover the fashion fraction of the trip. REI and Columbia Sportswear sent us tons of clothes that were technically designed and engineered for our days in the sun. Kathy covered crafts. She made us each a cool silk screened tee-shirt with our Latina BlogStars logo on it before the trip so we could eventually rock it on one of our tours (pictured below). Denise’s coverage would span over parenting, and how the Lake Powell destination is one heck of a wonderful place that would be an ideal family trip! My job was to supply little snacks for my team to load up our REI backpacks with. In the days leading up to my trip I bought a few store-bought snacks, but then I then I realized it would be more special if I made a special homemade snack for my friends. I baked a batch of potato chip bacon chocolate chip cookies. I surprised them at the airport with the snacks. All the treats could be enjoyed on any adventure you may have planned.
What I witnessed once I arrived to Lake Powell was unbelievable. Its presence is majestic, its beauty is breathtaking, its enormity is so incredible it makes you realize you’re just a speck in relation to mother nature. It certainly changed my mind about the dessert region that lies between Arizona and Utah. I would never in a million years have imagined taking a 3-hour boat ride along the terracotta-clay-colored canyons, floating on clear water, and hiking up to a scared Navajo Indian religious ground better known as Rainbow Bridge. Or kayaking in the hidden canyons of Lake Powell for hours with fossilized canyons surrounding me everywhere. Aramark was extremely generous with the activities they provided us with. We also visited Antelope canyons, which reminded me of a wild cave that could have been designed by Antoni Gaudi, but instead water erosion has created every curve of the soft sand rock. This is not a place you should skip if you are visiting the Grand Canyon (which is 138 miles away), or just make it your destination of choice. What I found super surprising while visiting Lake Powell was the lack of the English language. Everyone visiting there besides us (The Latina BlogStars), spoke either French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, German, Romanian, or Spanish. It was clear to me that someone across the ocean is telling people to come visit this gorgeous landmark, but no one here in the U.S. is telling us this is the place to be.
Find the snacks we ate on our trip in the slideshow below, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of the photos from our trip as well so you could see the beauty for yourself!
Packing Up My Backpack 1 of 7
We had bananas, chocolate hazelnut butter, kettle corn, energy bars, and potato chip bacon chocolate chip cookies. That was all we could carry, because we had to be sure to pack plenty of water.
Wrapped And Ready To Eat 2 of 7
These were the cookies all packed up for the girls. I tried to make them as special as possible by adding a name tag to each stack. Crafty Chica was kind enough to share my recipe with her readers.... find the recipe by clicking here!
Latina BlogStars 3 of 7
Here are a few pictures of The Latina BlogStars! Monique, Kathy, Denise, and I!
Rainbow Bridge 4 of 7
The arch is so big that the Statue of Liberty could easily fit under it. This picture does it no justice.
Lake Powell 5 of 7
The white ring around the canyons are called "bathrings" that is where the water line used to be.
Antelope Canyon 6 of 7
Every curve and crease was created by water erosion and wind. It is absolutely stunning!
Glen Canyon Dam 7 of 7
Glen Canyon Dam bookends the Grand Canyon, the other being Hoover Dam.
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