Our next morning started out at a newer SLO fav, Scout Coffee. They now have two locations in San Luis and we went to the shop on Foothill Foothill. The decor is on point and their homemade almond milk will make you sing.
I tried the scone with scallions and goat cheese which was delicious. The vibe was LOUD… I don’t know how someone could study there but maybe on a weekday it would be less rambunctious.
After our coffee and pastries, we headed to Avila to hike the Ridge Trail. This time we parked closer to Pirates Cove… off Cave Landing.
We started at the hill of doom, much better going up than down.
Once we caught our breaths… well once I caught my breath we selfied 🙂
SO amazingly beautiful and vast. Once we were leaving we noticed that it had gotten a lot more crowded. We were lucky that we had so much alone trail time.
Once in Avila, we stopped for lunch and brews and then headed back on the trail to finish our 5 mile round trip blade sesh.
Saturday Night, we had plans to camp at Montana de Oro State Park. This is probably one of the most beautiful places you will ever go in your life.
Is this real life??? Views and Brews?!! On this somewhat stormy Saturday Night Libertine Pub in Morro Bay was pretty empty but a live band came on at eight that brought in more of a crowd. We enjoyed dinner and a few brewskies.
I know … I am late to the party right? Essential Oils have been real popular for awhile now but I have recently started a love affair with them.
Essential Oils have been giving me life lately! and no I am not trying to sell you my essential oils. This post isn’t endorsed in any way but I am still here to tell you that essential oils are quite possibly the best thing I got into in 2016 and I have been wholeheartedly carrying that into 2017.
It started when my friend gifted my a diffuser ( thats a long story ) but it really changed my life… and I know it sounds silly but I get it. I fully understand why people are obsessed with these little bottles of goodness.
I think the hardest thing for me has been to make sure that I am purchasing good quality and sustainably sourced oils. If you have any go to companies or oils let me know. 🙂
Without further ado here are my fav essential oils that I use daily!
Peppermint – The BEST cure for headaches, stomaches and if you ever have a hangover its pretty amazing for that too ( not that I would know that never happens to me!…)
Lavender – I can go to bed without diffusing Lavender but really why would I want to? Love the relaxing vibe this diffuses around my room. I also mix this with caster oil and brush onto my eyebrows every night… amazingly calming and can also help with hair growth! I don’t put on lashes cause it burns my eyes if it happens to get in.. not ideal. I keep to eyebrows only.
Grapefruit – this is a great wake me up oil… love diffusing this when I am tidying up my house or hanging out in the morning.
Our first full day in Zion and we needed some fuel so we stopped at Cafe Soleil . I ordered the breakfast burrito and dirty soy chai latte ( chai latte with shot of espresso! ). Very filling and great.
Next we headed to Zion Outfitter to inquire about hiking the Narrows the following day. How much for gear rental, weather conditions etc. This place was recommended to us by our bartender the night before as having the best equipment for the Narrows. I don’t have anything to compare it to but I had a great experience with everyone who worked here. I highly suggest purchasing your crampons beforehand ( much cheaper!) but they also had the good crampons not just yak tracks.
Finally headed into the park, lines get longer the later it gets. Loved this ‘RL GOOD’ license plate! After stopping at the visitor center and getting information about trail closures etc… we decided to start hiking at Lower Emerald Pool Trail and see how we were feeling. We had NO.. I repeat NO intention of hiking to Angel’s Landing. The park ranger specified how dangerous it was and that if we were to fall there would be no rescue party – yowzaaaa so we decided we would just build our own hike and see where it would take us.
From Lower Emerald Pool Trail to The Grotto Trail and Kayenta Trail then finally towards Angel’s Landing Trail itself. Once we were there we decided to just see how far we could go.. we all had crampons and hiking poles which made ALL the difference. People were hiking without but I don’t know why you would.
MADE IT TO THE TOP! WOOHOO – Amazing feeling, can not begin to describe! Don’t think I would do it again but it was invigorating. I almost feel that in the winter it might be better… this is because with the crampon you really dig into the snow instead of just climbing on rock.
I would definelty reccomend Angel’s Landing in winter but you 100% should have crampons and hiking poles!
Someone even took the time to make a snowman!
Heading back down – on the way up this trail was full of people… now it is deserted.
SO many switchbacks! I don’t know how I would have survived this without my poles or crampons.. I will keep saying it.. they were lifesavers!!
Sunrise in the Canyon! One of the most special sunrises I have ever experienced. Very few people out on the rim and for good reason… it was an icy tundra out there. Our phones kept turning off because they were so cold, we kept trying to warm them up so we could take some photos!
Don’t mind my sweatpants… we literally jumped out of our sleeping bags, packed up the car and bounced.
Photo Cred to the random foreigner smoking a cigarette. Thanks.
It is so hard to capture in a picture the shadows and shifts in light and color. It is such a unique and beautiful experience.
Naturalist John Muir described Grand Canyon: ” In the supreme flaming glory of sunset (Can I impose… sunrise?!) the whole canyon is transfigured as if the life and light of centuries of sunshine stored up in the rocks was now being poured forth as from one glorious fountain, flooding both earth and sky.”
I look very bundled and it was cold but probably not that cold!
Once you leave the Park at Desert View you enter into Navajo Land. You will see many road side stands and also paths for lookouts and paths. Get off the road and explore – another adventure awaits!
Stopped in Cameron. Basically, a couple buildings one of which was a massive gift shop with a fine dinning restaurant in the back… since that looked like the only place to get coffee we asked if we could sit at a table and write our post cards. They obliged and we spent a lovely time in their beautiful dinning room. Great view of the surrounding landscape.
We set our GPS for Antelope Canyon to check out and see what all the hype is about. From our online research it appeared that you had to pay a fee to take a tour to the slot canyons at Antelope both Upper and Lower.
We are not tour people so we knew we weren’t really interested in that but we were hopeful that we might be able to pay to go onto the Navajo land but make our own tour!
If you are a professional photographer OR fancy yourself one maybe it would be worth it for you to go, but for myself it just wasn’t worth it. There are a few different companies but a gentleman working at Kens Tours told us about ‘Waterholes Canyon’. Two miles south of Horseshoe Bend – if you have gone over the bridge you have gone too far. There is a fence with opening and it is likely you will see other cars parked to the side of the road.
There were maybe 5/6 other people milling about so we were able to see where to head down into the canyon. We spent about an hour walking through the canyon – SO awesome! Very few people around which made for a cool, meditative experience.
About thirty minutes before sunset we headed back over to Horseshoe Bend. Woah! What a difference – a ton of people were surrounding the famed bend. We guesstimated a couple hundred. The sign at the front specifies that no drones are allowed but of course a few people had them out buzzing around.
Despite the buzzing of the drones and women taking glamor shots on the edge it was still a must see and I would go back 100 times over. It is so amazing to see how water has shaped the landscape. I think if you tried to hit it at sunrise you would luck out with less people, just because people like sleeping in!
After sunset, we drove about 45 mins closer towards the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to a campground called White House Trailhead and Campground in Kanab, UT. We got there at dark, turned off the highway and drove two miles on a dirt road. Five dollars a night per spot – what a deal! We set up camp in the dark, with only the stars and headlamps as our guide. We decided to tent camp tonight because it was pretty nice out ( 39 degrees). Chelsea built an amazing fire and we enjoyed some time together looking at the stars and drinking a beer.
We planned to get up early in the morning to drive the rest of the way, another 45 minutes, to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to see about getting a wave permit for the following day.
Despite the cold temps overnight we were warm and toasty! Well rested for a day of adventures.
Working out daily helps me maintain endurance and strength that allows me to partake in my favorite outdoor activities. Going to fun classes or finding new workouts helps me keep my daily routine anything but stagnant.
Here are my favorite places to sweat and burn in Oakland :
Hipline – Want to get your groove on? Than this is the place for you! You don’t have to be good to dance here, and you will instantly feel comfortable. Also, the more you go to the same instructors the more you will get to know their routines and feel comfortable!
Ride Oakland – Soul Cycle who?! I love Ride Oakland! You really feel a sense of community among the riders and the music is always on point. They even have a real DJ sometimes… talk about fun!
Burn Oakland – I like Burn because you can really make the workout as hard or as easy as you want to. Although, I don’t know that the leg springs ever get easier!
Truve – At Truve they have basically any class you could want. Suspension, Barre, Spin, HIIT. They have great amenities and you can book a message, organic spray tan etc.
Sweat Strength + Cycling – Your class will either combine pure HIIT or a combo of HIIT and cycling. You will be dripping sweat and sore for days.
While you may only be able to find these studios in the Bay, use this as inspiration to find classes, you tube videos or a trainer that can help inspire you.