Little life update

Hola from San Felipe!

It’s been nearly two months since the last time we spoke *inserts crying emoji face here*

When you go so long without writing it’s difficult to hop back on the blogging train. Where do I start? What do I say? What to catch you up on? To get the blogging ball rolling again I thought I would do a little photo dump for you about the past two months of my life and travels.

  1. Last time we spoke I just started my month working at the Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch in Fruita, Colorado. It was a great way to get kick off the season of fall with the yellow leaves and pumpkins all around. I also learned how to make the best pumpkin pie!
  2. Disneyland, oh glorious Disneyland. The smell of Pirates of the Caribbean, squealing and laughing down the Matterhorn, It’s a Small World for the holidays, Tigger tails and giant turkey legs.
  3. Salvation Mountain and non-photographed Slab City. So interesting! The people are totally cool and the colorful mountain just makes your heart sing.
  4. I’m currently in San Felipe, Mexico which means sunshine and tacos until mid-December. Did I mention I’m obsessed with octopus tacos?

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Stay sunny!

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Muir Woods National Monument, California

While I was in the Bay Area of California we took a little trip to Muir Woods and Muir Beach and it was beautiful! Although I love my red desertscapes I definitely loved the change of scenery with big and luscious green surrounding me. The air felt so clean and fresh. The walking trails and paths are very friendly to walk and explore around. However, the best hike is up the hill around the monument and although it’s a bit more of a work out it definitely led to some gorgeous sights of the redwood trees and a couple of little waterfalls.

Before our journey into the woods I something fat, bright, and slimy on a tree in the distance and I thought “Is that what I really think it is?” so I walked up closer and Jimmy Cricket…it was a giant slug! Although it was definitely a fun surprise to see it gave me some real chills and a bit of the heebie jeebies! We then discovered these big guys are called banana slugs and hang out in Muir Woods all over the place. We saw a couple more throughout the day and I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous to step on one!

After Muir Woods we took a little walk down to Muir Beach which is a smaller beach but very beautiful, indeed. I always love beaches with rocks and hills surrounding the water. Also, could you imagine how beautiful of a view it would be to live in one of those homes on the hill? I can see it now… sitting on the patio with coffee and a book with the perfect view.

If you ever have the chance to see these gems, I recommend it!

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A trip to the Bay Area of California.

It’s also very cold in San Francisco.

I have been away from my little creative outlet to the world for nearly a month and I am so excited to be back! What has happened since I’ve been gone? I’ve been crying over finals and once I finished them I took myself on a trip to San Francisco, California! I actually had to finish all of my finals a week early so I could go on this little journey so you can see where all of my time has been. I have never been to San Francisco but happen to know a few people who live there so I thought it would be a great chance to see some new sights, see some great friends, and let’s be honest…eat some really good food.

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Since I flew back last Tuesday I am now getting the time, motivation, and energy to edit all of my photos and share my journey with you! Although I am not finished with the process of editing my plethora of images I am dying to share some of my trip with you. Although each of the days deserve their own post, here’s a little sneak peak and insight of my trip for you.

During my time there I stayed with a couple of friends and also stayed in a hostel. The first night I stayed in Walnut Creek with my friend Ashley who I know from Vermont, the next couple of nights I stayed in Petaluma with my friend Kim who I know from Mexico, and then the last night I stayed in a hostel in the heart of San Fran.

Where did I go?

  • San Francisco
  • Walnut Creek
  • Petaluma
  • Meir Woods

What did I do?

  • Rode the BART for an hour from SFO to Walnut Creek.
  • Rode the side of a street trolley.
  • Visited the sea lions at Fisherman’s Warf
  • Saw Japantown during the Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Rode across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Explored Meir Woods and Meir Beach
  • Vintage browsing in downtown Petaluma
  • Visited the SFMOMA
  • People watched with hot tea in Town Square
  • Spent too much money from Victoria’s Secret in Town Square.

 

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There’s more to come! Stay Sunny!

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Disneyland Day in December

I still can’t believe that my family surprised me with a trip to Disneyland! Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a huge Disney fan and I’ve been talking about going back forever now. I dream about Disneyland often so as you can imagine I was totally thrilled. I have also never been there during the holidays so it was a new experience for me! Christmas AND Disneyland…did I really step into a dream? I loved the lights and decorations. Even Mickey was in a Christmas sweater and it was just way too adorable. My favorite part was that Jungle Cruise was turned into “Jingle Cruise” and all of the wild animals were causing mischief by getting into fruit cakes, tinsel, and other Christmas goods. The Haunted Mansion was also SO fantastic, especially if you are a Nightmare Before Christmas fan because they transformed the entire ride to Nightmare Before Christmas themed and it was a job well done. I also got to experience riding the Alice and Wonderland storybook ride which surprisingly enough I have never done before. Also, riding the teacups at night! My cousin said it was fun at night because of all of the lights. She was right! I almost forgot how incredibly fantastic Indiana Jones was too! I can’t help but always squeal with laughter.

Also, is it just me or does Pirates of the Caribbean have a certain smell to it? It’s almost like chlorine water but with a special touch?

I’m also a sucker for the cute shops down Main Street and of course Disney goodies! We ended up getting out sweet treats from Pooh’s Corner. I had the marshmallow stick covered with caramel and chocolate, what a dream. Val had a Christmas themed mickey mouse cupcake, so cute! It was so difficult not to purchase all of the Disney merchandise. My list was a hat and a coffee mug. Although I was in search of a unique Disneyland mug that was dated I’m such a sucker for Stitch that when my cousin pointed out a stitch head mug I was sold…it even has an adorable Scrump spoon! It was also very fitting to get a Monster’s University hat too since I found out I’m going back to school the day I went to Disney.

We unfortunately could not see the fireworks because they were canceled due to winds! Luckily we caught a little bit of the Christmas parade as we were in line for Alice and Wonderland. We even had a little fat snowman chase us, it was adorable!

Dreaming of going back to Disney already! What’s your favorite thing to do at Disneyland?!

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Art in Palm Springs, California

Thursday evening The Palm Springs Art Museum is open to the public for free, can you get any better then that? I was very impressed with the museum and thought their contemporary work was very interesting, unique, and fun! I was completely in love with their photo exhibits and of course the massive Chihuly piece. It was the perfect evening to go as well because on Thursdays they have Villagefest downtown which is full of vendors, art, and good food!

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The Palm Springs Art Museum has a smaller museum located in Palm Desert and it’s free everyday! Right now they have an exhibit of glass which is a private collection of a couple of gentleman who live between Australia and Palm Springs…and all of these pieces are kept in their home when not being displayed…that’s a lot of glass in one home! There’s also a little sculpture garden outside to enjoy as well.

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The security guard was very friendly and showed me a few gems in some of the pieces that I would have never noticed before. This glass statue by Oben Abright has a fun gem. The back of his head you can find a face etched in peeking through the hood of his jacket.

Also, this gorgeous vase by Toots Zynsky is made of very small strains of glass, yikes! The incredible patience this artist must have. We also looked up the name of the piece which is Giubilante and it means Joyful or Jubilant!

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Hollywood images.

Since I have dedicated myself to Blogmas that means I am blogging everyday in December…I’m not going to lie, it’s only been 5 days and I’m already feeling a little defeated by it because I want to give you all wonderful content to enjoy. However, today I have been traveling back to Mexico from my California adventures and a bit exhausted so I thought I would just share some photos from last night’s little adventure down Hollywood Blvd where we shopped for souvenirs, found our favorite stars, and I even held a giant snake for what reason I’m still not quite sure yet.

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Griffith Observatory || Los Angeles, California.

If you don’t know, The Griffith Observatory is a FREE attraction in LA! You can’t beat free. It’s also really great if you’re into science and the great space beyond our planet earth. I think the building is beautiful and the exhibits were very interesting! You also get a great view of the city and the Hollywood sign. My favorite part was actually the camera obscura since I’ve made a couple before in college…I was totally geeking out. Also, the collection of pins and jewelry that a lady had donated to the Observatory which was displayed as a timeline. All of the pieces were stars, moons, and anything astrological themed. It was really incredible and all I could think of was their organization process to install the beast.

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Palm Springs, California || Moorten botanical garden and cactarium

I wandered into a desert rat’s dream. The garden is an inexpensive place to tour around! It’s a garden full of cacti, plants, and it also has the world’s first cactarium which contains rare cactus! There is also a little section where you can buy your own cactus and succulents. The most adorable tiny succulents are only $1 each and if you purchase a pot they will plant it for you as well…for free! They also have a cage of sweet doves and a few snoozing desert tortoises!

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Palm Springs, California || Camera happy at hotels.

It’s December! I’m happy to announce that that I will introducing blogmas on The Seeking Wondrous blog. This means a blog everyday this month full of adventure and holiday cheer! Oh my how exciting the holiday season is. To begin blogmas I am in Palm Springs, California visiting Dustin! Since he has to work during the day I have been exploring Palm Springs during the day. Yesterday I grabbed a coffee treat from Koffi and headed out to get lost on a photo adventure.

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When I was looking around online for places to see and do in Palm Springs I kept seeing images of this beautiful and retro hotel that is filled with color! I didn’t know the name of it or where to find it. I was just driving down the street and I saw it! I literally squealed “oh my god the rainbow hotel!” I flew in there and asked them if I could be a silly tourist and go around to take photos. Luckily, they were super cool with it. What a DREAM of a place! Can you get over the colors, the adorable flower hot tub, the hammocks, and those neon lights?! If there was a time I would say “I can’t even” it would be that time.

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Another hotel I knew I wanted to check out was ACE Hotel. It’s very rustic with a little bit of retro. It is gorgeous! I loved the wood doors and cute cactus everywhere. My favorite part of course was the famous ACE sign. Also, there’s a little guy hiding out in the ACE sign, can you find him?

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That evening when Dustin got home we went out for some Thai food. I was in need of some pad thai. Yum! More Palm Springs adventures are headed your way!

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