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Roadtrip to SW National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon in Utah and Arizona

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If you frequent this blog, you probably know I am obsessed with road trips. There’s just something about being stuck in a car with an infinite supply of music, snacks, and long stretches of roads that puts me in my happiest mood. Last week, Dillon and I were trying to stay in good spirits by finding a mid-week hike off mountain loop highway, before someone mentioned the weather forecast… Of a week straight of RAIN.

We weren’t having it.

So we flipped the car around and drove back to service to start planning the fastest route out of the PNW. We talked about wanting to visit the Grand Canyon soon so we decided, hey. Let’s just drive there!

A few hours later, we had my Mazda CX 5 packed up for her first big road trip, and for this trip we weren't leaving Meadow behind! (She stayed home back when we went to Idaho in February.)

We drove about 14 hours straight and decided on this Itinerary after finding The Mangagies blog. They helped us create the best trip ever and I am so thankful and inspired by them. Be sure to give them a follow!

  1. Canyonlands National Park

  2. Arches National Park

  3. Monument Valley

  4. Grand Canyon

  5. Page, Arizona

  6. Bryce Canyon

  7. Meadow, UT

  8. Goldbug Hot Springs

  9. Coeur D’Alene

Canyonlands National Park looks like it was a replica of an old western movie set. Deep canyons carved by the Colorado river are found throughout the park, and we had such a great time exploring places like Mesa Arch before heading to our first campsite. We used iOverlander to find some sweet free sites on BLM land.

Gilly suit or mossy shrub? you decide. Canyonlands national park Mesa Arch
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Campsite at Canyonlands National Park
Making a fire at our campsite at Canyonlands National Park

Dillon grilled us some steaks for dinner, set up camp, and we enjoyed a rainfly-free tent and watched the stars before falling asleep. We woke up to a few raindrops in the middle of the night— but it was worth it! We packed everything out, and continued on to Arches National Park!

This was one of my favorite days. Everything about Arches is so stunning! These nature-made sculptures seem like they can crumble at any moment!

I really loved the walk to Sand Dune Arch! Check out how insane this is!

When flipping through our park map, I marveled at the photos of Landscape Arch, but was concerned for Meadow at this point— because dogs aren’t allowed on most trails at the National Parks we were taking turns staying with her in the car or leaving it running with the A/C. So Dillon hung back while I did the 1.2 mile walk and saw this beauty for myself. It didn’t disappoint!

We wrapped up this part of Utah with a Navajo Taco and headed down to the Grand Canyon South Rim. We were debating which entrance we could go to but since we decided to skip camping at Monument Valley so we can get to Page, AZ we decided this was ultimately the easiest stop on our route. We heard from some bikers that the North Rim is much more interesting to visit— so keep that in mind if you are deciding North Rim vs. South Rim for the Grand Canyon.

Personally I thought this place didn’t compare to the beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park. But we had fun stopping at all the viewpoints and finally checking it off our Bucket Lists! This picture I took of Dillon and Meadow makes my heart melt. <3

Cute boy and cute dog at Bryce Canyon National Park

I loved all the hoodoos casting shadows in the early morning light. We did a part of the Queens Garden Trail and I highly recommend it.

On the drive back home, we stopped at two hot springs in Meadow, UT and in Elk Bend, ID. We had both of them to ourselves because I talked Dillon into driving while I entertained myself with taking countless photos of Meadow and growing our roadtrip playlist on Spotify.

The crazy amazing thing about Goldbug was that this was the hot spring we DIDN’T get to see on our Idaho road trip— and I’m so happy we decided to take this route so I could finally see this place. Everything was pure magic.

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One of our favorite parts about the road trip was finding this post about 101 things to ask your friends on a road trip. We we’re inspired to make up some of our own questions and post our favorites, which you can find below!

Questions to uncover on a roadtrip with friends

  1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  2. Favorite movie of all time? (Check out some of my favorite adventure movies here!)

  3. Which of your friends are you proudest of? Why?

  4. Have you ever been skinny dipping?

  5. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

  6. What’s your favorite snack to eat?

  7. If you were a cloud, what shape would you be?

  8. If you could live in any TV home, what would it be?

  9. If you were a tough guy/girl (opposite sex) what would your name be?

  10. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

  11. Who would you love to punch in the face?

  12. How different was your life one year ago?

  13. Auntie Annie’s or Cinnabon?

  14. What was the best toy of the 90s?

  15. What has been your most expensive Uber ride?

  16. What is your go-to dance move?

  17. What has been your favorite photo you’ve taken?

Read the full post here!

Huacachina, A Desert Oasis in Peru

Huacachina, A Desert Oasis in Peru

We had just spent a week trekking in Peru we were ready for some relaxation, so we decided to fly to Huacachina, a desert oasis! Once we arrived at the Lima Airport we used their free 30 minute airport wifi to figure out how to get to Cruz Del Sur Bus Terminal to Ica, and six hours later we made it to Huacachina!

Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Guide To Get YOU There and Pharmacy Must-Haves!

Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Guide To Get YOU There and Pharmacy Must-Haves!

We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.

Austrian Alps: Road Trip to Hallstatt from Prague

Austrian Alps: Road Trip to Hallstatt from Prague

Official Hello Adventure Co. Guide to Roadtriping in Austria! In February 2018, we rented a cute little Skoda and drove from Prague through Austria and Germany, visiting the beautiful towns of Halstatt and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

I'm Grumpy, Can We Go Camping Again Already?

This weekend was pretty uneventful. I defaulted to looking at photos and playing computer games while staying in. In the midst of tidying up my Photos Library I realized I didn't share our first camping trip of the season with our friends Kayla and Matt. I want NOTHING more than to be back in this sunshine and be dirty and scraped up from tripping over rocks, watching the sun set over Lake Wenatchee. The campground was at the state park, and although I usually prefer solitude of backpacking camping I was pleasantly surprised with how empty it was. I have my eye on a campsite at Glacier View next time were up that way. Check out the end of this post for some more camping tips :) I can't even recall the details of how it became decided to go to Lake Wenatchee, but we got the car packed up and headed east Friday after work. Got camp set up and busted out a board game. Mya joined us for a bit before she passed out in Kayla's arms.

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We had talked my dad into coming over to Leavenworth to visit, so after some oatmeal in my Jetboil we drove around a bit and then went into town. This is where we stopped at the campsite on the other end of the lake, Glacier View Campground. Apparently this end sits in a little cove with little to no wind and attracts LOTS of mosquitos, we were in love with the views that a lot of the campsites had. We will be back to stay for sure after June when the bugs aren't so bad.

My dad rode over on his Indian and got his usual KOA campsite so we went to go hammock for a bit after our lunch at Fresh Burger Cafe– Not your typical german food but these guys know how to put together an amazing burger.

We decided to check out Hidden Lake, a small hike near Lake Wenatchee. We had a great time stumbling through the woods. It really ended our trip with a bang.

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Some of my other favorite shots from this weekend were when we got back from our hike and went for a walk.

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What a nice weekend. Can't wait to be back outdoors next weekend. If anyone is a late planner and wants to join us for Memorial Day Weekend get in touch :)

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I'm excited to start compiling my favorite campsites this summer, and i'll be sure to share them all here and link to posts in the future!

Lake Diablo, Colonial Creek Campground

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Lake Wenatchee - Glacier View Campground

(Don't forget bugspray!)

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Verlot/Mt Index

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Lake Chelan - Can anyone PLEASE help me get to the "boat in" campgrounds here??

Photo to come! ;)

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

we found a lot of reasons to fall in love this weekend. Four days wasn't enough time to try everything and we will definitely be back. If you're looking for cool restaurants to eat, fun bars to dance, or places to explore around Denver this is the post for you.

Interior decorating + Ordering In with Grubhub

Was the greatest. (My posts seem to always have that opening statement, but I swear something about this night...) It was such a reward to be done with school today and just RELAX. I feel like it was the first night since we got back from Montana that we actually got a break.

We decided to take a little date night to target where we got some cute new bathroom essentials men never seem to think they need. While he cleaned up his apartment I set up the new shower bar, towels, and shower curtain. I wish we took before photos but just picture this:

atrocity. WITHOUT A SHOWER CURTAIN.

ha ha. Anyways here are the after pictures of the new setup!

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Once the bathroom was done, I got to experience GrubHub. Basically, any metro area has people that will deliver food to you. So lets say you were craving thai and italian, they will go to each restaurant pick it up and deliver it right to you. THE BEST. Sorry for the kinda of blurry iPhone photos– I was in a rush to eat : ) Going to finish this evening off with fleece blankets and Dexter. It's crazy that January is already basically over. It's making summer seem like it's in the distant future. I can't wait.

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Montana Road trip: Olloclip adventures

This weekend was purely brilliant and I am still in a daze from it. I packed completely wrong and slept most of the car ride, while the boys jammed to heavy metal and rock music. (I'm a very heavy sleeper.) Nevertheless here are some great photos on the drive up there. We stopped quite a few times to take some photos. (Okay, maybe more than a few) I also got to try out my new Olloclip, which is so neat! It's a lens you attach to your iphone to take fisheye, macro, and wide angle shots. Really highlights the beautiful camera power that Apple has designed. Here is a photo of me using it:

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And here are some shots I liked:

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Our next stop was near spokane area, right off the highway the sun was going down and we found brilliant shadows created by the trees. These are some of my favorite shots, ever.

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This is my glamorous friend, Nick.

I'll post our adventures that we had when we got to Montana later on. In the meantime I am still trying to locate all my essentials that got lost in Pete (the rabbit) on the car ride back home. This was after as we were leaving. Pretty huh?

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Reminscing the Past: Crescent Bar

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One of those memories that was purely awesome primarily because of the people you were with. This was last summer, when all of my best friends went on a roadtrip to Crescent Bar to see John Mayer at the Gorge.

We stayed at Wild Horse Campground in George, Wa. I was pretty impressed with how our campsite turned out (Photo below). A tip for you all: DON'T FORGET LIGHT. We spent every night in the dark because someone forgot the lantern. (Not pointing fingers though!)

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The drive down was amazing. We took the scenic route, stopping at Snoqualmie Falls. Also drove passed these awesome wind towers. Live it.

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Overall was an awesome trip. With awesome friends!

Being Blonde in the Lake Stevens Summers

Maybe blondes do really have more fun? As I am looking back on my iPhoto library, I am really missing summer. People seem happier, weather is nicer, etc. But I know this summer will be amazing. It's going to top them all. Graduation. 21. and then hopefully a whole shift change of adventures in Australia by 2015. In the meantime, here is me reminiscing on my blonde days. Including but not limited:

  • Dancing in my front yard, trying to do cartwheels, tanning and drawing with chalk

  • Heading to Debuke River to have a campfire and fall asleep under the stars

  • Tradition: Ixtapa dates with friends visiting

  • Eating pizza. Enough said.

  • Index Mountain (Secret) Hike

  • Three Lakes in Snohomish, Wa

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Being a Tourist in Seaside, OR

Being a Tourist in Seaside, OR

Seaside OR is a beautiful little tourist trap that you have to experience just for the swing sets on the beaches. I haven't found a better place. (but i'm all ears!) Probably the funniest memories ever captured was when we went on this ride that is on the main road in town with his niece and we were trying to make funny pictures at his mom. I think it's important to do play the tourist at least once in your life. Who wants to be that person who finds the worst in things?