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Back to reality...

Thursday, June 18, 2015


It's back to real life for me today after a week of travels with Jeff. Last Tuesday we woke up early 2:30am! Eeep! and flew to Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix we drove down to Tucson, through Los Angeles to the coast, up to San Fransisco, over to Yosemite down through Death Valley, stopped in San Bernardino then back to Phoenix. Whew. We hit three national parks, took thousands of photos, and saw all kinds of interesting things. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday we arrived back home. I've got sun bleached hair, a slight tan I tried so hard to avoid, a renewed love of the desert, and a permanent souvenir on my leg. It was an INSANE week. It doesn't even seem real. It's hard to believe we saw so much in such a short amount of time.


Some highlights shown in this post include seeing the Pacific Ocean, staying at the final Wigwam Village, finding sand dollars and velella littering the beach, seeing my favorite giant dinosaurs yet again, and having a squirrel hop up in my lap! But there really was so much more to this trip. Despite using my travel log I still didn't even begin to document all the awesomeness that the week included.


I haven't started to sort through the tons of photos I took. I'm super excited to begin going through them all though. It's actually taking all my might to wait to do it after I get caught up on other things first. My inbox is a terrifying place right now. The week was so jammed packed with adventure that I'm sure when I go through the photos I'll discover all sorts of fun things I've already forgotten about. Ahh! I'm so excited to share more about my incredible week. There will be lots of travel posts to come in the next few weeks.


In the meantime you can find a few more photos from the week over on my instagram if you hadn't already been following along.
xoxo

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  1. It sounds like your travels were wonderful. I can't wait for more posts on it. Were you able to go to Sabino Canyon while you were in Tucson? Part of my childhood I lived in AZ and I have many fond memories of Sabino Canyon.

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    1. Ughhh. No! But oh my gosh, that looks amazing! Sad we missed it, but there's always next time! :)

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  2. those first impressions already look like it was an amazing trip! can't wait to see more ;)

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  3. Some how I wasn't following your IG but now I am!

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  4. I went on a really similar trip and it was easily one of the most awesome things I've ever done. So. Many. Pictures. (And I think I have one of the same coastline as you do!) And my fiance proposed to me in a meadow in Yosemite. :'-)

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  5. Chunky squirrel<333
    I used to love finding sand dollars at the beaches in Mexico when I was little.<33

    Vegetarian Courtesy

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    1. There were some seriously obese squirrels. They were SO cute.

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  6. I think you mean Pacific Ocean 😉 I'm glad you enjoy my home state of California. I'd like to explore your neck of the woods some day.

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    1. Hahaha. Clearly I am still very tired! :P

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  7. That's gorgeous! I love your pictures.

    herelectricocean.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I can't wait to hear more about your amazing week! I found sand dollars for the first time when I went to the beach last year, it was so neat. And oh my gosh I can't believe that squirrel, that's like a dream come true!

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    1. Right!? I literally burst into tears as soon as he hopped down because I was SO EXCITED.

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  9. I always love seeing people get excited about visiting my neck of the woods (Southern California for life!) I can't wait to see your photos and posts of the great Mojave Desert and San Bernardino (hey, that's where I live!)

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    1. Yoooooo! We LOVE California. It's just so much different than Ohio. I already can't wait to come back.

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  10. WOW. that first photograph of the coast with that perfect misty sky - so moody but peaceful and perfect.
    What a road trip! You lucky thing! I wish I could get to the states and do that kind of trip >.<
    I'm dying to see Yosemite, a few years back dad and I went to Southern California but we didn't catch the northern end. One day, I'll manage to hop over the pond again! :D

    Greetings from Cornwall, England

    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hope you get a chance to do it one day, it's the most fun ever!!

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  11. Permanent souvenir, ey? New tattoo, perhaps? I'd love to see :D

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  12. I am so so so excited for your travel photos! The ones on instagram were amazing so I'm pretty sure the rest will be too :)

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  13. Oh, the first photo in the post is absolutely stunning!
    Can't wait to see more posts related to the trip!

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  14. Love seeing my part of the world through your lens. :) So glad you had fun! Isn't sorting through all the photos afterwards the hardest part? I just did a week in Norway and am trying to break it all down into digestible posts. ;)

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