Florida Adventures

Florida Adventures


The past weekend has been filled with exhilaration and adventure throughout the city of Orlando. The weekend started off by heading down to Lake Claire, where a friend and I go to beat the heat in this sunny Florida weather. Recently Florida heat has been back on its mojo, so what better way to spend the afternoon then going kayaking and paddle boarding on the gorgeous lake. Wildlife was swarming the banks of the lake ranging from birds flying around to raccoons searching for little fish in the water. I would stop paddling to lay down and tan, resting my blue Ranch Bucket hat on my face to block out the sun. This is the best way to meditate with nature to relieve all kinds of stress, especially for college students.

The day after that we decided to spend the day at Universal Studios. The weather was perfect to go on roller coasters, water rides, see simulators, and wander through the world of Harry Potter. For all the Harry Potter fans out there, nothing, and I mean nothing is better than the frozen Butter Beer with its sweet cream on top. I highly recommend people to go to Universal or Disney to have a theme park adventure filled with happiness.

What is the best way to end a terrific weekend? Beach day!

Cocoa Beach is only fifty minutes away from University of Central Florida and the temperature was a high of 82 degrees. The towels were laid out on the soft mounds of sand away from the shoreline, where the chilling water washes up new shells. I wore my orange Belize hat to match the bikini I was wearing that day, paired with bright blue ray bans to protect from uv-rays. The salt water and sand felt great between my toes as I watched the horizon across the Atlantic. It was the perfect ending to an adventurous weekend surrounding by great friends.

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Part 3 San Francisco

Part 3 San Francisco

Final day! Sorry for such a long wait, I have been a busy busy bee.

We started our day going to Home, a nice little coffee shop. For my non-coffee lovers, the coffee did not really resemble coffee to me it was sooo sweet, so it is worth a try. They do not have a hardy breakfast, but they have toast, but not normal toast… extraordinary toast! I do not think I can describe it properly, so I will include a picture and a link to the menu below, you have to check it out. They also have cute little signs everywhere that say no laptops, it is my favorite coffee shop I have been to so far.

Finally, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This was so exhilarating while also being nerve wracking. I am slightly afraid of heights, I found myself attempting to stay closer to the cars than the edge. This got me thinking and even inspired me to research the issues about the Golden Gate Bridge suicide rate. I was more than thrilled to hear that the city of San Francisco is currently working on installing a net to catch people attempting to end their life on this terrifyingly powerful bridge. There is still more progress to go, and I would love to hear your guys opinions on how we as people can help more with this prevention if you have any ideas for me.

We also went to this cool little park known as Billy Goat Hill. It had a beautiful view, one of the prettiest I have seen, but it was super cold and windy, so we could not stay too long. I want to go back there one day and have a nice little picnic.

To continue the park trend, we went to Mission Dolores park which was super fun for people watching and a great way to end the weekend getaway. After that it was sadly time to head home. I am still sad to be home honestly. I cannot wait to go back to San Francisco. Any tips for me and my next trip? Let me know!



Golden Gate Bridge Support

Home Cafe

San Francisco    Part 2 San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Hello my lovelies!

I am going to do a series on my recent trip to San Francisco, since we just did so many fun things! I always kind of like to space stuff out on the blog so anyone that is interested in one aspect of my trips can maybe get a more in-depth look at specific pieces instead of a big picture kind of post! So, keep an eye out for my other posts on San Francisco coming later this month!

Lucky me, I do not have school on Fridays so three of my close friends and I took off early Friday morning for this trip, so we would have an extra day to explore. We stayed at the Clift Hotel. If you are in need of hotel recommendations this is definitely a great place to stay if you want to be close to everything and in the heart of the city. The Clift is a short walk from Union Square, where all the shopping is, and it is also right around the corner from the famous San Francisco trolley. The trolley was a must do for me just because of the history behind it, and honestly, I am so glad I did ride it because it was so fun and enabled me to get a good look at the city! We took the trolley down to The Warf. This was an interesting environment on the water with tons of restaurants and random shops. There was even a magic shop at Pier 39! Pier 39 is the most populated portion of The Warf and you can see my favorite… Alcatraz from there. This was a life long dream of mine to see the infamous prison. The whole area reminded me a little bit of a carnival or SeaWorld, who knows why but those were the vibes I was collecting. We spent the afternoon at The Warf, got some lunch, and shopped around before making our way down to Ghirardelli (yes, the chocolate) Square. This was a nice day of sight seeing and shopping around. Although the majority of the day was spent in this area we also took a journey over to Lombard Street after visiting the Famous Buena Vista cafe!

Lombard Street was beautiful, I love the curvy road, even if driving down them would make me nauseous, and for February everything was so green and in full bloom. There was the prettiest tree with little purple lilacs all over it. I honestly loved walking the streets of San Francisco, even though they are basically giant mountains!! One suggestion I have is to bring good walking shoes you 100% will need them but the walking is a good workout, and a killer workout (my legs are dead).

For dinner we went to this great place called El Techo. It is kind of family style, or at least my group made it that way. We got a couple of different courses form the menu and shared them all. The Carne Asada tacos were absolutely delicious and my personal favorite. Next door is another restaurant called Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, we did not eat there so I cannot really give you an opinion on it, but it looked super unique and I implore you all to eat there if you are in town and let me know how it is, because I really want to go my next time in town (there will be a next time). They have a movie playing during your nice dinner too which in my mind is a winning idea.

That is pretty much how our first night in the big city went! I will be writing more on this trip and let me know if you have any questions for me and or recommendations for my next trip!



El Techo (best tacos of your life)

Drafthouse Cinema

The Warf info

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Further Into Sedona

Further Into Sedona

Before our break was over and we would dive headfirst into another semester of school, my friends and I decided to escape for a daytrip up to Sedona.

We left as early as we could muster (granted we are college females so that was about 8:30am) and drove up to Sedona. Despite the fact that it was early January, it was in the upper sixties, so we decided to roll the windows down and listen to our music on full volume.

If you have never been to Sedona, you can liken it to the movie “Cars”. Sandstone spans the entire valley, vibrantly red against the cloudless blue sky. The town itself is small, with only about 11,000 inhabitants, but there are millions of tourists that come every year, hoping to enter the “vortex” (Read Gabi’s blog to get a better understanding of what that is) and align some chakras. Honestly, I don’t understand the “vortex” but we were asked to help locate it by some fellow tourist so evidently our camera bag totting bodies seemed to know what we were doing.

A friend of mine was meeting us along the main shopping strip (near the Pink Jeep Tours) for some lunch but since we were ahead of schedule, we stopped to hike Bell Rock. It was an awesome hike but very short from where we parked. You’re able to climb quite high in a short amount of time and once you get high enough, you have a beautiful view of Cathedral Rock and all of Sedona down below. It is definitely a hike you should do in some good shoes since some of the hills require you to use your hands to balance/pull yourself up, but the short exercise is definitely worth the view. Altogether it took us about thirty minutes to get from the parking lot to the upper third of Bell Rock and back. You could get higher than where we stopped on the mountain but I didn’t trust myself to not fall off the side, and I had food waiting for me 😉.

We ate a quick meal at the Canyon Breeze Restaurant which has a beautiful view of some of the red rocks and then we drove over to Devil’s Bridge.

The hike roundtrip is about 4 miles with a large part of it consisting of walking down a dirt road. Once you get to the actual trailhead, the hike gets much prettier and it only takes you about twenty minutes to get to the bridge itself. Although the Bell Rock hike was significantly shorter, I thought it was a little more vigorous than Devil’s Bridge. Keep in mind that our trip to Sedona was right after I came back from ten days in Wisconsin. Aka ten days of building up some insulation for the -30C weather that I had to brave myself against every time I walked outside.

Once you’re at the top, the view looks down on a beautiful valley. It faces east, so there are some problems with shadows depending on what time of the day you go. By the time we were there, it was about 3:30 and part of the valley was already in shadows. It was a bit overcast that day so the pictures didn’t turn out poorly but if you’re wanting to go for the prime photo opportunities, consider going in the morning or midday. There are plenty of millennials milling around at the top who will be more than qualified to take your picture. I got a few pictures looking over the cliff (reckless, yes; stupid, extremely) and sent them to my mother (who has a terrible fear of heights), and I can quite confidently say that she was not nearly as amused as myself. But hey, I’m still alive aren’t I?

Sedona houses some incredible shops showcasing incredible artwork, delicious food, and lots of goodies pertaining to spirituality and one’s connection with the “vortex”. It is an incredible place to visit and I don’t think you can ever fully describe the beauty of Sedona unless you visit it for yourself! If you enjoy hiking, swimming, meditation, or simply a good time Sedona is a place you must visit!





Petrified Wood National Park

Petrified Wood National Park

Part 3: The Petrified Wood Forest is located smack dab in the middle of the Painted Desert in Northern Arizona. For those of you who do not know what Petrified Wood is I will link everything you need to know about it below!

The forest is located on Navajo and Apache land and the space is covered in fossilized trees. This is cooler than it sounds I promise. Honestly, for the longest time I did not even know trees could fossilize like this. They look a lot like really intricate rocks, I like to think a lot like granite, but it is not even close to actual rock. They are trees that are just millions of years old. The pieces range from pebble size to the sizes of trees like you would find in the mountains of Colorado. They are smooth to the touch and feel nothing like a living tree. All of the wood in the forest is untouched and has not been moved from its original resting place by any park officials.

There is a lot more within the Petrified Wood National Park than just fossilized trees, but also a large number of other fossils from prehistoric creatures that have all been discovered in the area. The history behind the whole area is mind boggling and I highly suggest going into the parks information locations to learn more about it, it is not boring like some of the other information centers I have wandered into.

The pieces within this desert that have remained untouched range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars, and none of the wood in the national park is ever sold or moved from the location but protected by the park.

To find the forest you head on the same track as the Painted Desert seeing that one route turns into the next. This is not an activity to take up a whole day, but if you are in the area and have some time use your day doing both the Painted Desert and the Petrified Wood Forest, it is well worth learning about and seeing.

This was an awesome road trip, and I just wish I had more time to explore even more places, northern Arizona has not seen the last of me.



What is Petrified Wood?

The Petrified Forest

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The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

Part 2: I visited the Painted Desert on my way back from the Grand Canyon. This is one of the coolest natural things I have yet to see in my twenty-one years of life. The colors range from pink to black, the pink rocks having bands of lavender and beige running through them, and the black weaving through reds and blues that take on an almost volcanic look to them.

This is something you can drive through and it stretches for miles in Northern Arizona. There are a variety of stops to get out of the car and look at the different hill ranges that have so magically formed within the desert. To drive the whole length of The Painted Desert I would say was about one or two hours depending on how much time you spend getting out of the car.

This is a rarity, since it is national park but is viable for anyone since you can be in the car the whole time or hike around. There are a couple of legitimate hikes ranging from less than a mile to four miles I believe, so it still can appeal to my avid hikers that read the blog. To this day I do not believe I have seen anything like it. It is not comparable to any other of my blog locations we have discussed thus far, but I will let y’all know if that changes. I am going to include pictures below but just a sneak peak to inspire you to go check it out on your own!



The Painted Desert

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Part One of the Arizona Road trip

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

I am going to do a three-part series this week. This was all one giant road trip that I took through Arizona in December, but I want to split it up so you can really read up on the places I talk about, if case you are interested in seeing them for yourself!

Part one: I had my first trip to the Grand Canyon! I know that seems wild since I have lived in Arizona for three years now, but sometimes I seem to find life scurrying away from me. I do want to go back again when it is warmer, but this was a super fun experience even though I froze my booty off.

We camped in the park campgrounds. Surprisingly there were more people there than I thought there would be for winter, but it was not nearly as crowded as it can normally get. The campgrounds were generic with a firepit provided. During the winter season when we were in attendance, the site only cost fifteen for the one night that we were there.

The wildlife was awesome! We saw elk, and even got up close and personal with them (safely). They were not even frightened in the slightest. Also, you could hear coyotes at night… and they were close. The cackling of a clan of coyotes celebrating a kill could be heard in the middle of the night, which I am not going to lie made me a little sad but also was a unique thing to hear.

It was cold, cold, cold, during the night, but the stars made all the layers worth it. I have never seen a night sky like that one before. Star gazing is one of my favorite things, so this was a treat for me to be able to see more of the galaxy then I could ever see in the city. I highly suggest anyone who has studied astronomy to go out to The Grand Canyon for some perfect viewing opportunities. It was an incredible first time of exploration, but this definitely was only a scratch on the surface. I cannot wait to come back and explore more and go into The Grand Canyon.

Which leads me to my announcement… I will be returning to The Grand Canyon in May to do Havasu Falls! I am so excited and if any of you have been would love your tips and expertise. Drop me a comment or send me an email to trade tips or if you have any or questions about my first trip to The Grand Canyon. Later this week I will post about my trip to The Painted Desert and The Petrified Forest.




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