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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.

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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!

Snow in the PNW: Hiking to Lake Serene and Mount Storm King with Instagram Friends

Snow in the PNW: Hiking to Lake Serene and Mount Storm King with Instagram Friends

Snow always seems to grace us here in the PNW in February. Last week I was a busy girl hiking to Lake 22, Lake Serene, and Mount Storm King. So here’s a quick little post catching up on all my adventures around here in Washington since I moved back from Portland. Have a day without rain in the forecast? These hikes are great to dayhike, even in the winter!

Adventure Movies to Get You Outside and Inspired

Adventure Movies to Get You Outside and Inspired

Looking for a perfect date night adventure movie? When I am not able to get outdoors, or stuck inside with a cold, I try to find something to watch that will keep my wanderlust and inspiration alive. Here are some of my favorite movies to watch cuddled up at home while you are waiting for your next adventure!

Bend Roadtrip: Broken Top Crater and Smith Rock State Park

Bend Roadtrip: Broken Top Crater and Smith Rock State Park

We took a road trip from Portland to Bend to explore, brunch, climb some mountains, and finally explore Smith Rock State Park. We hiked Broken Top Crater to No Name Lake, be warned this road is definitely an adventure of it’s own. 4x4 vehicle is RECOMMENDED!

Shooting Sunrise on Camano Island

Just because it's December does not mean one must stay inside– unless you still have been procrastinating putting up a Christmas tree. (*raised hand emojii) Thursday night I reached out to a fellow loyal instagrammer and we decided we'd go shoot sunrise up north. It was my first experience meeting up with a stranger at dark, as well as walking through the woods, but i'm happy to report I am still alive! ;) IMG_6106 (1)IMG_6115 (1)

This is Calvin Blond! Check out his instagram for moody, epic landscape photography and coffee! He took the shot of the baby doe who didn't want to eat the apple I tried to give him/her.

We drove around Camano Island and decided to head east–I was craving mountains after Wednesday's adventure up at Index Wall (blog post to come). We found a family of deer, fog, and some great views up by Pilchuck.

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and because you made it till the end, take away my one phrase to live by:

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7 Photos that will get you ready for winter in the PNW.

Baby it's cold outside... and I am loving every second of it! Last week I drove up with Mio and Dexter (The adorable miniature Australian Shepard mix with an Instagram) to Lake Diablo, only this time we actually found the lookout! (Stay tuned for a reflections post on our first time up there.) The sun had already set behind the mountains, making for some beautiful tones on the water. lake diablo perspective north cascades

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The north cascades in all their grandeur.

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Now for those of you who don't know me, don't know this little plum of mine either. Stella and I have grown up taking photos together, whether it's adventuring around in a golf cart in Kalama, WA or jumping in and out of the car for roadside attractions. These were taken on Mountain Loop Highway, where we found this freezing lake that we had to trekk through.

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Now that snow has fallen in town I am expecting my instagram feed to turn white, and I have to say I am beyond ready for this holiday season. Be sure to follow me for updated adventures! @hellofrankenbery

Cheers!

October is the most wonderful time of the year

October is the most wonderful time of the year

If you don't know, october is my favorite month. I can't imagine living in a world without October. I love stepping on crunchy leaves and wearing dark purple lipstick. I love the cheesy halloween decorations that I put up with my dad and carving pumpkins. This adventure last Sunday was at the Farm at Swans Trail.  Petting zoos, hand dipped corn dogs, and a little chilly sunshine made for the perfect day.

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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Not Your Average Adventures: Fun Date Ideas for the Couples That Have Done It All

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This blog was created for both myself and YOU.

I love adventure. Excitement. (Who doesn't?!) I think it's so easy to get comfortable in your life, whether it be regarding work, education, and in turn– relationships. But there is so much adventure in love. This is my attempt to share ideas with anyone who is stuck, complacent, or just lost and to prove that there is MORE to dating than dinner and a movie.

I hope that you feel inspired by my ideablog and photo journey.

Happy life!