Trek America Day 1 - 3


trek america tour review

Believe it or not Im struggling to remember what the first few nights in America were like. It genuinely feels like so long ago but it was only two weeks ago I left for the states. It's kinda crazy. If you didn't know a couple of weeks ago I headed off on a Trek America Trip to visit some of the national parks in the states and soak of some American Culture. I'd never been to the US before until late last year and that was only New York so heading to the opposite coast was always going to be a bit different!

So I ended up staying out all night on the Saturday before I flew. I was hungover and a huge mess by the time I reached the airport on the Sunday morning but I was determined to make the best of my experience. No hangovers are going to be ruining this trip!

The flight over there was easy as anything. Me, Evan and Steve sat together and chatted our way through a 10 hour flight which included Evan getting tipsy within the first two hours and then spilling food everywhere. It’s nice to go away with people that just get what you do. I’ve been on a Contiki before with “regular” people (I know I sound like an asshole, but you know what I mean!) as well as on a Contiki with a bunch of other bloggers and to be honest both have their pros and cons. Having common ground makes it so much easier to make friends with people though. Luckily I knew a few people going on the trip already but it was awesome meeting a bunch of new people who did the same kinda stuff as you.

Vegas was a stereotypical blur. We stayed in the old strip near Fremont Street which was fun. Me, Hannah and Steve ended up staying out way too late and drinking way too much which was the cause of sore heads in the morning. Little did we know it was going to be nothing like our last night in Vegas… That was something else.

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From Vegas we headed over to Zion National Park where we would be thrown in the deep end and be camping for two nights solid. Now if you’ve seen my packing video then you’d be safe to assume we thought it was going to be warm. The agency had told us it’d be warm so we took their word for it. Boy did we goof here! It was absolutely freezing in the evenings and drizzled most days!

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trek america tour review

Our first Trek was to be the Emerald Pools Trail. This is one of Zion's most popular trails and certainly set us up for the trek's we'd be under taking over the rest of the trip. I found that this hike was pretty easy but found the whole trail itself a little underwhelming. It was pretty but there was no big pay off at the end like some of the other hike's we did during our time Stateside. It was a pretty short hike though but got our blood pumping and ready to go!

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trek america tour review
trek america tour review

The above photo is my favourite photo I think I took on the whole trip. I wish the sky wasnt so blown out but the only way I could have got it back was to Photoshop it in but then I felt like it would have lost some of it's authenticity.

After the hike we were tired, hot and a bit sweaty so headed back to our campsite to set up. Me and Corrie did a boss job of putting up our tent. For two "beauty guru's" we sure did good when it came to camp set ups! Our first Campsite was really nice and it even had two heated pools and a slide which we all joyfully played in like children. Camp life is fun but basic, the food was absolutely fine - we cooked ourselves and then had beers around the campfire. It was nice. But like I said this first night was SO cold. Unbelievably cold, none of us were really prepared for how cold it was going to get and we all awoke grumpy and craving sugary American Cereal.

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However within hours it started to warm up and we set ourselves up to hike Angels Landing. Now this was a bit of an epic Trek for us n00bs. A 5 mile steep climb including a 1/4 of a mile which was ropeways and chains attached to rocks with sheer drops either side. When you see my vlog from the trip you will totally get where Im coming from and see what I mean a little better. There was no chance I was trying to take photos with my SLR some of these tiny walkways! They were unbelievably hard to get across.

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trek america tour review

It was pretty terrifying actually but when I reached the top with Hannah and Emma we were all so proud of how far we'd come. We sat on what felt like the top of the world and reflected on life. It was really awesome. Pictures really don't do any of the places I visited here in America justice. I really hope I captured them the best I could! I have loads more to share over the next few days so keep checking back for more updates (:

71 comments

  1. This looks like an amazing experience already, I'm excited to read about the rest of your travels! Your photographs are stunning, what a beautiful part of the world!

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  2. Amazing! Wow.
    Your photographs are stunning. Well done, Lily!
    Take care x
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  3. What a brilliant experience, I did a US road trip last where we managed to squeeze in a messy trip to Vegas for New Year but didn't have enough time for Zion National Park but it is definitely on my to do list for my next trip state side. Also well done for making it all the way top, seeing those view much have been totally worth the effort.

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  4. Amazing photography! It looks like you're really enjoying this adventure : )

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  5. The photos are so lovely!
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  6. It looks absolute amazing! I would love to do it some day!

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  7. WOW what a view, the rocks and landscape looks beautiful! I would love to visit more of that area in America, definitely on the travel bucket list

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  8. Sounds awesome! A 10 day trip to Nevada, filled with hikes and nights out in Vegas? Where can I sign up?! Ha!


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  9. Amazing photos!

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  10. It sounds like the start of your trip was amazing, if not a bit chilly! Can't wait to see more pictures from your adventure! x

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  11. Your photographs are stunning. Well done, Lily! I have been to Zion National Park just 2 weeks a go and it is truly amazing.



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  12. I'd imagine that this is quite the different scenery from New York!

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  13. Oh my gosh, those photos are so incredible! What a stunning location, I'm totally adding this to my bucket list!

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  14. Such beautiful photos! I would love to visit America one day : ) xx

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  16. It looks so amazing, and your photos are beautiful. I am insanely jealous right now!

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  17. It looks incredible Lily! The sights look absolutely breathtaking - another thing to my looong, long bucket list!
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  18. sounds like such an amazing couple of days and the photos are absolutely incredible! i'm desperately wishing to go on a similar trip x

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  19. The photos look amazing! Hope you had a fab time x

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  20. Wow, that looks beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. your photos all look absolutely beautiful Lily and it sounds so much fun..the natural beauty is just stunning that I wouldn't have thought it to be America if I didn't know <3

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  22. This looks like an incredible trip. I am hoping to do the same next week -- heading to Vegas and wanting to drive to Zion National Park. It looks beautiful there. I think I'll take your word for that trail though. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. These photos are incredible and it sounds like you are having an amazing time!

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  24. These pictures are so gorgeous! I am so jealous. Zion National Park is top of my bucket list.

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  26. great post love these they are my favorite

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  27. I am so jealous. I hope you'll have a wonderful time! X
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  28. Some absolutely brilliant pictures here! You've inspired me to visit this part of America!

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  29. Some absolutely brilliant pictures here! You've inspired me to visit this part of America!

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  30. Looks like such an amazing experience! I've been talking about taking chances and travel on my blog too!

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  31. Such beautiful photos Lily! Looks like it was an amazing trip! x

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  32. This scenery is stunning! I've just watched your packing vlog as I'm hitting Vegas in a couple of months and wanted some inspo. Feel free to get in touch with any good tips xx

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  33. these photos look amazing! so so lucky xx

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  34. I lose these photos! They are stunning! It sounds like you had a great time and I'm not surprised some parts seem like a blur, haha x

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  35. The photograph's are beautiful, I am hoping to travel next year and you inspire me even more to do so!

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  37. You look like you had lots of fun! I love the pictures you took, and hangovers are not the most fun tehe!
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  38. The photos are amazing looks like you had a great time
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  39. This looks awesome, can't wait to watch the vlog! I've always wanted to do a Trek America trip! x

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  40. Looking forward to upcoming videos looks like you had the most amazing time. Making me excited about a similar trip I'm doing eeek!

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  41. Such beautiful photo's and such a beautiful place
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  42. This sounds amazing, the narrow walkways sound seriously scary though!!

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  43. These photos are all so incredible, it's hard to believe these places are actually real!! It sounds like such a wonderful trip, really looking forward to your vlogs and reading more about it :) my brother lives in Arizona and I so desperately want to go out to visit him and experience America, hopefully I'll be able to save up enough one day!
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  44. Oh wow your photos are stunning! I'm from California and am low key ashamed to say how little I have seen of my country. This has got to change, and your photos are seriously inspiring me to do so :D

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  45. AMAZING photos! I wish my camera had been better quality for my trek!

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  46. This is certainly one of those experiences that you will never forget your whole life! The pictures are absolutely stunning ☺

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  47. What awesome trip, I love this shots too!

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  48. Your photos are amazing, they make the most perfect memories! This is the kind of travel that changes a life, I hope you got the best out of it :)

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  49. Looks like a great trip. I've lived in the US my whole life and still have not made it out West. I'd love to do some of these activities one day.
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  50. Lovely pictures! Makes me wanna go on another holiday!!

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  51. This look absolutely incredible I am so jealous! Your photos are so beautiful

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  52. This post has really made me wanna go on this trip! So jealous, you're so lucky!

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  53. Lily your photos have reached another level lately. I could just eat 'em up!

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  55. these photos are absolutely amazing, i also follow hannah's blog (i think that's her name i'm sorry if i've got that wrong) and saw her post and her photos and it seems like such an amazing experience, i honestly think i will be looking at Trek America and having a browse for a trip when i finish education, i'm glad you've enjoyed yourself x
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  56. This looks amazing! Hope you had a lovely time! xx

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  60. Ohh my these photos are absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like your having an incredible time xxx

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  61. The photographs are truly beautiful. I've never hiked before but it looks like the hard work definitely pays off. I hope you enjoyed the experience. I look forward to seeing the vlog!

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