Just two days after Christmas (and, not to mention, 3 days after getting back from my Portland trip), I soon found myself back on an airplane - this time with my good friends Xavier, Jon, and Steph - headed to Las Vegas, NV. This wasn't any "regular" trip to Vegas, however. Rather, we merely used Vegas as our landing (and car rental) point before taking off for Utah. The point of interest this time around was none other than Zion National Park, and thinking about it now, I'm very grateful to have been able to visit this beautiful place two separate times this past year. Before going to Zion, we took the long way to drive through the Valley of Fire, which definitely did not disappoint. I can't wait for the next time I'll have the chance to visit that awesome state park, hopefully for more than just a couple of hours! On top of spending most of our time in the Springdale area, we also took one sunset out of our trip to make the drive out to Bryce Canyon National Park, which was also quite an experience - and I'm not necessarily talking about the 32 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. The hoodoos there were definitely unlike any I've ever seen (even after driving through a good chunk of Utah back in April), and it was totally worth the four hour round trip drive from Zion to watch the sun go down over Bryce. Seeing all of these beautiful places covered in snow was simply the icing on the cake, not to mention all of the laughs and good vibes that radiated throughout the entirety of this trip. With this, I bid farewell to 2016, and welcome 2017 with open arms.