Starting off the trip, we were stoked. Megan and I’s correspondence was minimal which I’m sure on both sides, we thought was fitting to our loosely sculpted tour over the following 2 weeks. As the temps hit into the 100’s easily, we hit the road into the desert beyond Las Vegas bound for Zion National Park, however, only a short time into the drive Megan saw the sign for Valley of Fire State Park. “Wanna check it out?”, “Sure.” And off we went to stop 1, at 1 PM, on day 1, in 110 degrees. It was a pretty brutal awakening to the climate of dry heat, but the park is a site to see, well worth visiting at all times of year, but I would recommend the winter months for sure! We hit up the White Domes Trail loop, which was a great little 1.25 mile trail with a slot canyon, open rock formations, and even an old movie set. After that we went down to the Fire Wave Trail, a super short, but intense in the sun, trail that sweeps out onto amazing swirling formations in the rock, or as we renamed it – Bacon Rock.