Travel

California Poppies | 2017 Superbloom

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Yesterday, my good friend Courtney text me and asked if I wanted to go have a picnic in the poppies with her.  If you haven't heard, there is a major "Superbloom" happening in California, due to all the rain we've had.  This means that the wildflowers, including the poppies, are basically exploding across hills and valleys like I've never seen before.  Appar[...]

Europe Winter Road Trip | Hallstatt, Austria

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This rainy day is motivating me to post about another stop on our Europe road trip that I haven't talked about yet: Hallstatt, Austria.  Hallstatt is one of the places that you see a photo of (probably on Pinterest) and think, "I have to go there someday."  I know this because that's exactly what happened to me ;).  Hallstatt is said to have the most beautif[...]

Hahnenkamm | Kitzbuhel, Austria

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One of the main reasons we decided to go to Europe was to watch my brother’s race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Steven is a downhiller on the US Ski Team.  Downhillers are the fastest guys on the team - they pretty much tuck straight down mountains as fast as they can (aka, they’re a little nuts). Steven spends every winter season in Europe racing on the World Cup [...]

Europe Winter Road Trip | Grindelwald, Switzerland

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Grindelwald Grindelwald is a magical little town located in the heart of the Swiss Alps/Berner Oberland.  (And yes, Grindelwald is also the name of a wizard in Harry Potter, which proves the name is special in itself!)  We ended up in Grindelwald because we have friends that live there, and I’m so so glad we did. I feel like Grindelwald is really underra[...]

Dressing for Snow | Proper Layering

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I’ve loved seeing messages from people in response to our Europe trip, it’s so fun to connect over travel! I’ve been cracking up because one of the questions I’ve been getting the most is, “Aren’t you cold?!” The answer is both yes and no, and the question inspired me to finally post about something I’ve been thinking about for a while: dressing properly for[...]

Hotel Mont Blanc | Chamonix

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We've been in Chamonix the last few days, and it's seriously felt like a dream.  From the drive in, to checking in to the most beautiful hotel, to eating amazing food, to finding ourselves on the top of Aguille du Midi, it's been an experience I will never forget.  Chamonix actually holds claim to the introduction of the "resort" concept, set in the French A[...]

Winter Travel Prep

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Hydration IV Therapy at The Hydration Room Hands down the best thing I've done in preparation for travel is go to The Hydration Room, especially in the winter.  Living in an easy climate like California makes visiting high altitude, cold, dry places tough, especially in the winter!  I get dry skin and lips, feel tired and dehydrated, usually have a scratc[...]

RiSE Festival 2016 | Mojave Desert

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We just had such a special weekend together, and I'm left with a feeling I get a lot.  It's a mixture of feeling so grateful for Blake and this ache of missing the rest of our family who are so far away.  Does that ever go away?  I don't think so. We were lucky to get to go to the RiSE Festival for the third time.  It's always hard to find the words to ex[...]

Flatiron Building | New York, New York

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We are staying in Midtown on Madison, super close to Madison Square Park and one of the most iconic buildings here - the Flatiron Building.  So of course, we had to stop and take some classic New York photos near it. The Flatiron Building is the triangle shaped building built in 1902 to fill a wedge-shaped lot between 5th Aveue and Broadway.  Over the yea[...]

The Resort Pelican Hill | A Wednesday Affair

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Last night we had the chance to attend an event at The Resort at Pelican Hill.  Blake and I were laughing at ourselves as we pulled in to the resort, because we'd always wondered about it but have never been.  It just seemed like a place only accessible to hotel guests, and we'd never looked in to staying there.  Well, we were so wrong!  It's actually SO acc[...]