• Home Improvement,  Home Improvement Rambles,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    Top Moments of 2018

    Well, it’s that time again, where bloggers across the world highlight their top moments of the year. Given this was our first year of home ownership, 2018 was both rewarding and challenging. There was a lot of crying in Home Depot parking lots. An amazing road trip. A ton of new projects created (and some left on the back burner). A huge learning curve thrown at me. A new country visited. And an influx of new friendships made along the way. Ultimately, I fulfilled most of the goals on my 2018 list and am excited to share my favorite moments! Click here to see my goals for 2019! Travel Related:…

  • North America,  Travel

    GART: Denver

    Wow! Thank you for taking the time to read through my very long, very thorough recount of The Great American Road Trip. I am always striving to be a better writer, and this series has given me the opportunity to practice. I appreciate so much that you took the time to read it! In case you missed it, here are the past blog posts I wrote: St. Louis, Albuquerque, Tucson, The Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Sequoia National Park, and Moab. Our vacation is soon coming to a close, but luckily we planned to end it on a positive note: Denver. Once upon a time, years ago, my parents tried to entice…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Las Vegas to Moab

    After consuming more donuts from Kettle Glazed, we are off to our next stop: Moab. Moab is almost 11 hours away from LA, so we decide to break the trip into two. I choose a random little town to stop and sleep in as a halfway called Mesquite. In my obsessive google searching prior to the trip, I found a motel hybrid that also plays the role of a casino/buffet/swimming pool/put put golf/movie theater. It’s only $29.00, which is cheaper than our Super 8 stay in Albuquerque, and it looks significantly cleaner. Our departure first takes us through the Mojave Desert. This is the first and only National Park that we…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Sequoia

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out Albuquerque, Tucson, The Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles! We choose to not spend our last Los Angeles day in Los Angeles. We’ve still gotta use this ATBP like an unlimited credit card, and up next is Sequoia National Park. I figure, who knows when I will be back in LA and have this opportunity again? For years I’ve been envious of friend’s photos hugging redwoods or camping along mountain lakes. Plus, it’s not really a secret that I am obsessed with PCT and JMT hikers and…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Tucson to The Grand Canyon

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out Albuquerque and Tucson! After awaking mildly groggy from my prickly-pear margarita, it is time to leave our fancy Airbnb. As we walk out the door, the Airbnb host is nowhere to be found but her dog Tugboat is wagging his tail and demanding we pet him. Awww, 10/10 good boi doggo. Then we go to throw something into her trash can and he changes his mind about us. Bark bark! Get away from my mom’s trash can! It’s already almost 100 degrees at…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Tucson

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out the first leg of the trip here! And read about Albuquerque here! After two nights in the most disgusting motel I’ve ever set foot in, it’s time to depart for Tucson. We eat a mismatched breakfast from Starbucks. For some reason, as I rummaged and organized my purse before the trip, I found 4 half-used Starbucks gift cards hiding in my wallet. FOUR. I am admittedly and depressingly addicted to coffee, so I’m shocked. I must have hid them from myself on different occasions.…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Albuquerque

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out the first leg of the trip here! We arrive in Albuquerque with mushy stomachs, filled half-way with freeze dried peas, popcorn, and pretzels. Despite it being a Saturday, it was late and we open Google to discover that our vegetarian options are limited at this hour. We settle on a fast-food-esque restaurant that has seemingly good ratings and guacamole. I was a little delirious – still cold from my dip into the Blue Hole, tired from our early morning start time, and hexed by…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    9 Stellar Day Hikes Near Denver

    When I hear that someone is headed to travel to Colorado, the majority are staying in Denver – and with good reason. The city is a great, central hub for entrance to the Rockies and is surrounded by fantastic hiking choices. (Oh, and not to mention, is overflowing with delicious restaurants.) The high quantity and quality of trails offered can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers, however. Should you go to Roxborough, which is around an hour south? Or should you commit to the two hours and head north to Estes? Well with a bit of tedious planning, paired with an extended weekend, you can likely squish in the great majority…

  • North America,  Self Love,  Travel

    Hiking My Way Into 25 – In Denver

    “How does it feel to be a quarter of the way to 100?” I asked my friend Shipley, who is a mere 4 days older than me. “I feel just like a quarter does whenever sitting next to the other change – large and in charge.” A lot of hullabaloo has surrounded my birthday in my latest blog posts – obviously, given that I am a huge celebrator. Originally I had intended on going to New Orleans. Warm weather, Hand Grenades, and vegan po’boys were all calling my name. But as the month approached, I became weirdly introspective. Did I want to drive 10 hours to hammer boozy slushies, just…