From LA to Vegas

You may not believe this but until this trip I hadn’t been to Vegas… it just isn’t my steeze and after going to Vegas I can safely say I don’t need to go back.  The drive from LA to Vegas is rather beautiful. Lots of snow capped mountains and even some cool art instillations. lasvegasthumb_img_1559_1024

We all love Food Network and thought it would be fun to check out Giada’s restaurant. Her menu looks great with lots of smaller dishes to try and share. My favorite was probably the side of broccolini… delish! I also enjoyed the Tangerine / Tequila drink. lasvegasthumb_img_1565_1024lasvegasthumb_img_1566_1024lasvegasthumb_img_1567_1024

Really amazing parmesan crackers. Can I get those to go?lasvegasthumb_img_1568_1024lasvegasthumb_img_1570_1024

I have been to NYC twice and still haven’t made it to Serendipity so when in Vegas we finally had a frozen hot chocolate! I reccomend sharing with friends as it is extremely rich and sweet. lasvegasthumb_img_1572_1024

I was beside myself when I saw this Dolly slot machine. If I was a gambling lady I think this machine would have brought me luck!lasvegasthumb_img_1573_1024

The Bellagio botanical garden was decked out for Christmas and while it was extremely crowded it was also really beautiful.lasvegasthumb_img_1574_1024lasvegasthumb_img_1576_1024lasvegasthumb_img_1577_1024

This Joker was a little creepsville. lasvegasthumb_img_1578_1024

We then hit the Chandelier Bar in The Cosmo. Ironically, my friend, Chelsea, had been telling me about a drink she tried with a flower that made her mouth numb…say what? Then, our waitress told us about a drink they have with this same flower. It was a really crazy feeling. I did a little research and the flower is called, Acmella oleracea. Super fascinating and I highly reccomend trying this flower if you get a chance. lasvegasthumb_img_1579_1024

Not your typical Christmas Day but it was fun to see the strip lit up (more than usual) and the fun Christmas decor. lasvegasthumb_img_1581_1024

Off to the outdoors bright and early.

A trip to close out 2016 and welcome 2017!

I love a good adventure so when two of my friends asked if I was interested in a road trip to Zion/Bryce for New Years I gave a whole hearted yes.  This is our second year doing a road/camping trip for NYE. Last year we went to Joshua Tree and it was amazing but this year we decided to do something a little more exploratory!

Check out our map below and feel free to add and use as you please! 

We began our trip on Christmas Day, December 25  and made it home January 2.

I can’t quite fathom the beauty that we were able to experience but I am excited to share with you what we did so that it might encourage and spur you on to take your own trip. These places are magical in the winter, still fairly crowded, but if you go far enough on a trail you will find that it is much more desolate than the rim or valley.

Here are a few pics to wet your appetite and get you ready for the posts to come. I plan on breaking down each day so you can get an idea of our road trip itinerary and how we made our trip awesome.

A little planning and lot of ‘be here now’ moments made for a trip that has impacted my life and also has encouraged me to live life outside more this year. My mind, body and soul crave the outdoors and I feel so fueled and ready to kick start my 2017.

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Trip Planning over beers at Historic Brewing in Williams, Az
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A view of the Canyon while hiking the Bright Angel Trail.
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Photo of Navajo Nation Flag by Chelsea Thomas
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Parking Lot Party
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Horseshoe Bend… more magical than all the insta posts!
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Off road slot canyon adventure
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Sunset at Bryce Canyon
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Zion National Park

Pretty special, right?!

Memorial Day Weekend

This last weekend was one for the books.  I had a great time outside with friends, drinking beer, hiking, smelling the ocean air and enjoying life!

It all started on Friday night with an amazing NEW meatball recipe that was so easy peezy and delicious, some wonderful fresh mojitos, chocolate fondue, early birthday celebration and girl time.

Saturday, we drove to San Luis Obispo for the California Festival of Beers! We tried amazing new beers and old favorites! For dinner, we went to Firestone – tri tip sandwich heaven!

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Sunday, Chelsea took us to her new favorite coffee spot in SLO, Scout! The story behind this cute and delish coffee shop is as adorable as the family who owns it! I wish I still lived in SLO so I could hang out at this lil gem all the time.

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IMG_7586 IMG_7587 IMG_7585To cap the long weekend off right we had one last adventure on Monday back in the Bay Area! We got up early and headed out to Bolinas for a hike at Alamere Falls! I have had a few friends recommend this hike so I thought it was time to try it! There is lots of poison oak on this trail – so make sure to know what it looks like before you head out! Also, I suggest wearing shoes with good tread as some parts getting to and from the beach can be very slippery.

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Last stop, one of my all time favorites, The Salsalito Taco Shop! Pictured above was a yummy Watermelon Marg!

It was a great weekend filled with fun times and friends.

I am very thankful to all of the Men and Women who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do. Thank you!

* Most photos taken by my beautiful friend C.T.