Vegas, Baby.

Let me start by saying that I am not a Vegas person. This will be the third time to Vegas and it’s always fun, but…a little overrated…in my humble opinion anyway.

That being said, we had an amazing time for my birthday. We met some of our very good friends from back home, Lisa and TJ. These girls are so incredible and so much fun. They were already planning a trip for their 25th anni and since we were close AND it was my bday we decided to make a weekend out of it. It was a nice 3.5-ish hour drive from Orange County through the desert. God, I love the desert.

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Friday night, we met them at Joe’s. We didn’t realize it at the time but Josh and I had actually eaten at a Joe’s in Miami. They have the best stone crab. I got the sea bass and holy crap it was so good. Melt in your damn mouth. ๐Ÿคค

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After dinner, what else would you do in Vegas? Gamble, obvi! Actually, I don’t gamble. Not because of any moral issue…i’m just poor ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I did find out that you aren’t supposed to take pictures on the gamble floor. That’s how much of a rookie I am! Oops. I actually got in trouble for this one….

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Saturday, we spent the day at Caesar’s pool. It was hot AF. Literally like 110 degrees. Thank God for the pool. And the buckets ๐Ÿค—ย ๐Ÿป

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Somehow, we survived the heat and made it to dinner and our show. Lisa and TJ got tickets for Circ du Soleil’s Micheal Jackson One. OMG so good. I wish I would have been able to get more pics, but they were pretty strict about the no photography thing, and I mean…I’ve already been in trouble!!
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We really have to thank Lisa and TJ for making my birthday so incredible. The best thing about Vegas is, there is so much to do besides gamble. The restaurants, shows, shopping…so much fun. And even better with friends!

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xoxo

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Day 5 on the road // 6.7.17

Early wake up call from Mr. P this morning at 4:30am! It is 6:30 his time after all. Seems he’s back to his old self. He will never let you sleep in. It’s all ,”mow mow mow it’s time to get up!”. I was planning on getting up at 5am anyway to make it to a 6:15 yoga class at The Yoga Experience. OMG. It was just what I needed. It’s amazing how tight you can get from sitting in the car for 5 days. The instructor, Erin, was amazing. I seriously could not have asked for a better class. After class, I popped around the corner and got an almond milk latte at Firecreek coffee. Holy shit, I love experiencing a city in terms of yoga, coffee, and food. I know, so basic. But I seriously don’t give AF!

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After this incredible morning, we showered up to head to the Grand Canyon! The Grand Canyon is one of those places you have to visit at some point in your life, right? I had been there with my mom and brother about 15 years ago, but sadly, I didn’t really remember much. It’s about an hour-ish drive from Flagstaff. We left Mr. P in the hotel. We planned to stay the night here again and I’m sure he was happy to have a day off from traveling.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath taking things I’ve seen. It’s insane how large this thing is. There is really only one draw back that I can think of…I’ll explain below.

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I mean, look at that thing!!!!!

We got to the park about mid-day and parked at the visitor center. There was a 3 mile “easy” trail we decided to do. It really was just a side walk that hugged the south rim. In hindsight, I would have rather done one of the more adventure trails…which brings me to that one draw back…people. There was people everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!! If you are planning a trip, trust me…go in the off season…if there is an off season. Or if you have the means (which we don’t ๐Ÿ˜†,) take the helicopter service.

Next time we go, we plan to raft the Colorado River. You can do a several day trip, and from what I understand, it’s not for…wimps (for lack of a better word).

Overall, we did have a great time!!

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We are currently getting ready for dinner. After lots of Googlizing, we’ve decided to go to Shift Kitchen. It looks like just the right mix of casual atmosphere and interesting food. I’ll report back on how is was.

Oh, and as for Mr. P. He’s doing just fine. ๐Ÿ˜ธ

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xoxo

 

Day 3 on the road // 6.5.17

We started the day yesterday with a hike at Palo Duro State Park. We decided on the Sunflower trail because it was relatively short (about 3 miles total). It felt really nice to get some actual exercise! We really needed it after being cooped up in the car for the past couple days.

The Sunflower Trail was beautiful with lots of wild flowers and cacti. We spotted a wild turkey, rabbits, and a roadrunner (not sure i’ve ever actually seen one of those)!

There were these really cool rock formations that were left after the prehistoric oceans receded (or something like that). Those white veins are mineral deposits. So cool!

After the hike, we headed back to the hotel to get packed up and back on the road. Mr. P seemed pretty pissed and didn’t really talk to us the entire day! He’s so moody ๐Ÿ™„

Our last stop in Amarillo was the Cadillac Ranch. It’s an art instillation on the side of the road created in 1974. Visitors spay paint their marking.

On to New Mexico. The old Route 66 was a jumpin’ spot back in the day, but after the I-40 was built, it pretty much took all the business away. A lot of the businesses have closed over the years and the ones still there are really struggling. I found the TeePee Curios online and decided we had to visit. It’s in Tucumcari, NM and used to be a gas station (I think) but now it’s a really cute souvenir shop. We got lots of junk for our nieces and nephews back home!

We also stopped along the Route for some lunch at the Pow Wow Restaurant and Lizard Lounge ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜† ย The food was just ok but we met some really cool bikers that were going from Detroit to California and back. AND we learned that a bear was stuck in a tree down the block and it was all anyone in the town was talking about. AND we found this local beer, Alien Ale, that made us question if we should divert our journey and head down to Roswell.

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We decided to stay on track. ๐Ÿ˜„

I had heard of the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa where the water is crystal clear and you can jump off the rocks into this fresh spring water. What better way to get a little refresher from the drive? The Blue Hole was not far from the I-40. When we got there, a storm was rolling in and they close it down if there is lightening. We had to be quick! We both were able to get in a quick jump right before they blew the whistle. FYI fresh spring water is F-ing freezing! That was my cryotherapy right there.

Because it was overcast/rainy, you really can’t tell how beautiful the water was. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ

On to Albuquerque. Along the drive, we noticed these mountain ranges to our right and left. We both were unsure what mountains those were. Mountains in New Mexico? My geography is not the best…what mountains are those?

After Googlizing, we learned there are like 87 mountain ranges in NM. Oops. Now we feel smart and worldly. These that you see above are the Sandia-Manzano Mountains. According to Wikipedia, they define the eastern edge of the Rio Grande Valley. They get some pretty good snow for winter skiing. Are we the only ones who didn’t know this? Seriously, comment and let us know!

xoxo

 

Why we decided to move to California

We got a lot of mixed reactions when we told people we were going to move. I’d say most of the responses were not positive. Why would we move across the country when we have almost all of our friends and family in Alabama? Why would we go when we both have good jobs and a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house in a nice neighborhood? Why aren’t you staying put and having a truck load of kids and following God’s plan??? WHY!?!?!

As Liz Phair said, “in some ways it’s just something to do”. We don’t really want to have kids. And if we don’t have kids, then why are we living 2 miles from where we were born “grinding it out in suburbia”? There’s a great big world out there. Why aren’t we going out and seeing it? I know, I know. You can always travel. But it just not the same! Working all year long so you can take a week vacay isn’t really seeing the world. It’s just not. So, while we are still (relatively) young, we decided to do it.

We had been talking about this off and on for awhile. I was actually starting to think it was never going happen. But things started falling into place in April of this year. We put our house on the market and it sold within a month. I got a job right in the area we were thinking about going. ย We found an amazing (but tiny!) apartment with an ocean view. My friend, Vanessa, once referred to Josh as my ‘adventure buddy’. I’m fairly sure this will be our biggest adventure yet!

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I will say, saying goodbye to my family and my lady tribe was the hardest. These peopleย are the absolute best.

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