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Last weekend my friend and I took a trip from the Bay to the Central Coast. We lived together in SLO during college and were looking forward to a weekend of all our favorite SLO area things.

First stop Firestone, dinner and a flight were a must after nearly three hours in the car. Have really been loving the sours coming out of Firestone. firestoneflight

Next morning up and ready to go early, gotta get our Black Horse and SLO Donut Co. fix.  They even have gluten free donuts these days… so no excuses not to go!blackhorseandslodoco

Chels and I both had work to do in the morning but once the afternoon rolled around we were raring for a hike!  We found the Cuesta Ridge Botanical Hike and couldn’t believe we hadn’t done it before. Equal parts up and downhill but filled with epic views from start to finish!cuestabontanicalgardenimg_3387cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9152

Even waterfalls! cuestbotanicalgardentrail

A well deserved summit Brew! cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9155cuestabontanicalgardencuestridgetrail

Wooooweee does life getter better than these views! So amazing.cuestaridgetrail

What is my favorite thing to after a bunz busting hike? Drink a brew or two of course…

We headed to Bang the Drum Brewery. Great space, indoor and out. Really friendly staff and most importantly great beers!bangthedrumbbangthedrumbbrewingimg_3439

We went back to the hotel to freshen up before heading downtown for the night.

On our way DT we stopped at Central Coast Brewing for a couple baby beers.centralcoastbrewingimg_3444centralcoastbrewingimg_3443centralcoastbrewingimg_3445

Next stop, Barrelhouse Speakeasy. This is one of the coolest spaces I have ever been to. A fully functioning barbershop and then a full on taproom downstairs.

Super crowded on a Friday night but really fun.barrelhousespeakeasyimg_3446barrelhousespeakeasyimg_9202

Looking forward to sharing the rest of our weekend this week!

Tahoe : A Winter Wonderland

My Friends and I took a four-day weekend to head up to Tahoe for some snow play and R & R.  tahoeinthewinterimg_3079

Someone was really excited for her first snow of the year!tahoeinthewinterimg_3081-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3083tahoeinthewinterimg_3084

Mickey was intrigued. It was her first time in the snow and she loved it!tahoeinthewinterimg_3086-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3087

First things first, upon arrival we had to cool down the brewskis in the snow.tahoeinthewinterimg_3089

Our cute rental for the weekend! Allowed dogs and had beds for twelve people… and a hot tub!tahoeinthewinterimg_3107

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We rented boards from Sports Basement for the Weekend and had booked our lift tickets online for Homewood. Cheaper deals if you buy online. Saturday it was snowing a lot! We had to buy goggles since we hadn’t anticipated the conditions.

As this was my first time snowboarding EVER we hit the bunny slopes first… I fell A LOT but it was really fun!tahoeinthewinterimg_3097tahoeinthewinterimg_3099

Jer was an amazing teacher and was very patient with me!tahoeinthewinterimg_3108

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Finally, took the t-bar up to .. I guess you could say… second bunny slope, a little bit longer. ALL times I took the t-bar I fell off or let it drag me the rest of the way… what can I say I am not the most coordinated. Our first day we lasted about 4 hours and at that point my tailbone was sore and so was just about every other muscle. ALSO, I learned not to wear two pairs of socks with my boots … SO TIGHT and painful.tahoeinthewinterimg_3109-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3103-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3118-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3119

Next day, I awoke very sore but ready to try it again! I only had two days – I needed to get out there and shred to the fullest. We did a few bunny slope runs and then a few t-bar runs before we took the lift. tahoeinthewinterimg_3134-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3121-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3137-2tahoeinthewinterimg_3117-2

To be honest, I don’t think I was scared enough regarding taking the lift but let me say – it is really scary! Especially when you are mildly afraid of heights like I am. All three times I took the lift I face planted when getting off! I am just glad I wasn’t injured!

The views were definitely rewarding once we made it to the top! MY golly it was beautiful. I also loved how meandering the ‘green’ ( easy) trails were… it was pretty magical to glide through the trees until I fell… and fell again and again, despite all the falling I enjoyed myself. Once we reached the 4 hour mark I was done and ready to get into that hot tub back at our rental!

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Overall, I would snowboard again. I definitely want to try downhill skiing at some point… maybe this year?! But I think I will be more of a snowshoe(r) / cross country skier… speed kinda scares me… I am not ruling downhill out of the picture completely but don’t think I will ever be a black diamond snowboarder! tahoeinthewinterimg_3143

Tahoe was AMAZING in the Winter. My heart is so full! Can we go back?!

From Vegas to the Grand Canyon

We set out for the Grand Canyon a little after 6 am and chose not to stop at Hoover Dam, I hear its cool if you are into that sort of thing… There are a couple big towns between Vegas and GC that have a Safeway/Vons in them. If you must have Trader Joes or Whole Foods you will have to wait until they open in Vegas.

The Road from LV to GC is beautiful, you will go from the desert to snow and travel parts of historic Route 66.grandcanyonthumb_img_1596_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1607_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1606_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1603_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1602_1024

A stop in Williams, Arizona will drop you to two… that is right… two, Arizona based Breweries. Historic Brewing Co and Grand Canyon Brewing.

Unfortunately, GC Brewing wasn’t open since we were rolling through on Monday they opened at 2pm, but we weren’t too broken hearted because Chelsea spotted a little gem on the corner, Historic Brewing Co. Very thankful for keen eyesight and being flexible with our schedule!

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Side note: You can take the train from Williams, Az to the Grand Canyon… how cool would that be?!grandcanyonthumb_img_1617_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1616_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1621_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1618_1024

A little map planning and beer tasting.grandcanyonthumb_img_7210_1024

Oh wow! We have arrived! Since we were getting in around 2:30 we quickly geared up with Crampons, Trekking Poles, Headlamps ( just in case ), and layers. We took off down the Bright Angel Trail and each switch back produced more awe inspiring views.grandcanyonthumb_img_1643_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1652_1024

We encountered a few individuals who had camped at the bottom of the canyon and told us that they had a great time! No snow and warmer temps at the bottom… good to know for next year!grandcanyonthumb_img_1672_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1698_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1702_1024grandcanyonthumb_img_1714_1024

After this amazing, lung and bunz burning hike we headed to meet up with our friends, find a camp site and have dinner! We decided to eat inside at their cafeteria ( don’t let the name fool you… it is really nice! ) Chels and I split the tamale dinner and had a few more local brewskis while our friends got soup and salad, they were very pleased with the salad bar selection!

We stayed at Mather campground which was empty and covered in snow. The bathroom was luxurious and heated. Since we didn’t have a shovel we chose to car camp and decided to wake up to catch the sunrise the next morning before heading to Page, Arizona.

Really LOVING my new camo camp mattress ( Thanks JER! )

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Once we were settled into the back of Chelsea’s car we popped open the popcorn tin for a little dessert. Don’t worry, we did brush our teeth afterwards!

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