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A Snowy Sunrise in Monument Valley

*Sponsored by Columbia x Zappos.com

Before our journey to the Southwest, I knew very little about Utah. One of the highlight destinations of our trip was Monument Valley. We woke up before sunrise and drove into the park. We only realized when we got up to John Ford's Point that we had been driving through a desert winter wonderland. I mean, snow in the desert?! Color me shocked!

The moment we stepped out of the car, I wanted to step right back in. It was freezing outside! But luckily I had my Columbia Lay D Down II Jacket with me. With it's Omni-Heat reflective lining, I was cozy as we snapped photos and enjoyed the sun rise above the horizon.

The star of the show were my boots. I've always been weary about hiking in snow boots as the treads aren't usually made for hiking and I tend to slide around in them. But my Columbia Ice Maiden II changed my outlook on that entirely.

With their waterproof woven synthetic textile upper, waterproof membrane, combined with being rated -25F/-32C, my feet were kept warm and dry during many of our snowy adventures. The boots were incredibly lightweight and easy to travel with with the Techlite™ midsole for long lasting superior cushioning and perfect for hiking with the Omni-Grip™ nonmarking rubber outsole for excellent traction. I honestly felt like these babies were made for me.

Having the proper gear for these outdoor adventures are essential for enjoying trips to the fullest. All of my items were purchased from Zappos.com.

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After John Ford's point, we made our way up to the beginning of the Tribal Loop to have one last look at this epic view. It was an experience to remember!

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