I cannot believe that I have been home for a month after my month long trip! There are still moments and places that I still think about that I have yet to share on the blog.
Okay, Jackson Hole is really cute. I loved all of the galleries and shops. I’m definitely an art gallery gal. However, the most important thing I want to talk about from Jackson Hole is this ice cream. It was lemon honey and probably the best ice cream I’ve had. It was both refreshing and sweet.
The drive from Jackson Hole to the Granite Hot Springs in Wyoming might have been some of the best miles down the road throughout my entire trip. I swear it was all so heavenly. Mountains, wildflowers and the bluest river water I have ever seen! I’ve never been to a hot spring before but I was definitely spoiled with Granite. I also saw a rubber snake…a real rubber snake! Rubber snakes look big worms and I wanted to take him home with me.
My friend Jason and I took a little trip to Brookings, Oregon which is apart of the coast I have never been to. What I love about the Oregon coast is you get the beauty of the ocean yet you can be cozy in a light jacket. It all reminds me of autumn without the leaves.
While we were having lunch in Brookings there were hundreds of seagulls…hundreds I’m telling you! These seagulls were flying around the marina and we overheard one of the waitresses say she has never seen that happen before.
I had my first nap during my trip at the coast house and that is definitely something to take note of because I seriously needed it and I believe there are no better naps than Oregon coast naps. That evening we headed to the beach to watch the sunset. I rarely watch sunsets but it was definitely one to remember. Not only was a it a great view on top of the rock we climbed but we also had some good belly laughs while people watching.
I for some reason have had the most difficult time writing this post. Mostly because I’m not sure what my goal or objective is post. Do I talk about my trials and tribulations of 2016? What I accomplished and what I wish worked out for me? Do cry over my presidential candidate not getting into office? Discuss the extreme violence we have seen this year? Getting through a broken heart and finding myself? Places I’ve traveled to? How do I even begin to wrap up 2016 without writing you an entire novel? There’s so many different ways I could approach this seemingly obligatory New Years post.
The beginning of 2016 I found myself with wild anxiety that was unfortunately turning into depression in Vermont. Although I was in a good relationship, had a steady job, and was living in a beautiful place I knew there was something that had to change and I had to find Mariah again…but to my surprise I never lost sight of who I was at all, I was just still trying to find who I was completely.
I packed up my car with my life in the backseat and moved across the country by myself back home to St. George, Utah. This alone was quite the adventure and helped me learn and gain a strong sense of independence. After working and running around the red rocks of Southern Utah for a few months I moved my way to Mexico where I am currently enjoying life of sunshine, tacos, and culture.
This year has been filled with travel which was my ultimate goal. I have traveled around to some incredible places and so grateful and blessed for all of the experiences. Aside from passing 7 new states on my move I have traveled and visited Providence, Rhoda Island…Portland, Oregon…Bryce Canyon and Moab, Utah…Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Disneyland, California…and of course San Felipe, Mexico.
In 2016 I stepped into the dating world which made me realize I’m completely okay being single and independent for a while. I have found some new favorite places and discovered some new passions which turned into beautiful new projects. I gained friendships and grew current relationships. I have learned so much about myself and what I’m really looking for in both my career and personal life.
You actually did really well, 2016, I am not disappointed.
Well, we made it to San Felipe! We drove in on Sunday early afternoon and everything went surprisingly smoothly. I was expecting delays getting into the boarder, multiple questions, troubles getting visas, etc. The greatest part was arriving in Calexico and the GPS said we were an HOUR away from Mexicali and the boarder but 5 minutes later we started crossing the boarder. I was a little frightened that maybe I wasn’t going the way I was supposed to and remember asking “Where are we?! Are we in Mexicali?!” The man at the boarder looked at me like I had lost my mind. My mind was blown. We pulled in, got our visas, and we were off! Easy breezy. The last time I was in Mexicali I felt like it was so busy and a little terrifying to drive through and I was only the passenger then so I was prepared to drive through it myself. Fortunately though it wasn’t that busy and I managed to get through it all without panicking. They didn’t even check my car at the military check point and just waved me on by to enter, hooray!
The drive from St. George to San Felipe drastically changed from Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening we stayed din Blythe California and the drive was just dry desert land. Blythe to Mexicali was actually pretty neat with more mountains. We even ran into Glamis Sand Dunes, I don’t think I’ve never been to sand dunes like that and it was so cool to see! Mexicali to San Felipe is very interesting of course because you are in an entire new country now and there’s actually quite a bit of mountains which I think is absolutely fantastic. It took awhile for us to figure out though if we could see the sea or a mirage.
This first week is full of socializing and tourist attractions while my Aunt is in town.
Monday we spent the morning at the pool where I played water volleyball. Water Volleyball is like a religion in San Felipe and people GET INTO IT. I actually wasn’t terrible either and even scored a point.
After getting a great sunburn we went back to the house where we had visitors drop in and visit. In Mexico when you say to someone “Stop by anytime” they totally mean it. When I mean drop in I mean someone actually knocks on your door to see if your home or literally walks in your door, it’s normal. There’s a great value of friends, family, and relationships in Mexico.
Yesterday we spent the early afternoon in downtown San Felipe where we went to The Taco Factory. It was also national We Love Tacos day, perfect day to have amazing authentic tacos. I had two pulpo tacos, which is octopus and oh my heavens is it the most amazing thing ever. Also, let’s admire the crema. mmmmmm crema.
There was also a stray kitten with no tail running around that I so badly wanted to put in my backpack and take home with me. After lunch we walked around and did some shopping and walked by the sea.
More adventures to come!
The Wonder Seeker