Weekend in Joshua Tree

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chasing Autumn

Monday, October 16, 2017

You know the saying "Early bird catches the worm"? Well, this weekend it proved to be true. 

Post Cards from Fiji

Thursday, October 12, 2017

After 12 hours of flying and watching a full marathon of Survivor on the plane, which left me sleepless, we arrived to paradise. We were greeted by our driver who was waiting with a big smile and a friendly "Bula!" (not hola, unbeknownst to Jer)

Are You Calling Me Fat-Fat Man's Loop and Elden Lookout

Monday, October 2, 2017

The initial plan for the weekend was to take a leisurely hike in Flagstaff on the Fat Man's Loop trail. That was before I started working out the week before. 

I started going to a Pilates studio on the megaformer. Now, I chose Pilates because I thought the majority of the workout would be on my back. Sign me up, right?!?! Jumping around and lifting weights just isn't my thing. 

Boy was I wrong. My first workout I walked in and took a spot next to a lady, who, I would say was in her 60's give or take. Her arms were so toned and I could tell this was my spot. Get me arms like that while lying on my back, yes please! Halfway through the workout I had yet to be on my back. Sweat was pouring down my face. Music was blaring. I was cursing under my breath, "Fu*k me." My legs were shaking like I never felt them shake before. I stop, thinking that I'm going to pass out. I look over at, let's call her Betty, and she was going strong with a huge smile on her face. I felt like an out of shape loser. It was then that I told myself that I would be back and that my goal was to keep up with Betty.     

The Cactus

Monday, August 28, 2017

I've been sitting here trying to figure out a clever way to describe this post. But, let's just be real. This is us in front of a giant cactus that I took way too many pictures of and needed a place to store them.


Cosanti Originals- Ring My Bell

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Driving through Paradise Valley, passing by many multi million dollar homes, you would not expect to find this hidden gem.

Taking the Steps-Broken Arrow Trail

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's mid morning, Jer's sister and her friend are in town. We are all sitting on the couch discussing plans for the day. When I say discussing, I mean everyone saying, "I don't care what we do. What do you want to do?"  Round and round we go. My option of kayaking Salt River was quickly shot down. I really, really want to see the wild horses that make their appearance at the river bed. Seems like it might have to be a solo trip I have to take. 

Since Jer's sister had not been to Sedona we all agreed to make the trip north. With strict instructions to be out the door by noon (from our driver, Jer), we sprang to our feet to get ready. 

Driving north the clouds were thick, skies grey, and you could see showers in the distance. I guess it would've been smart to check the weather before we left but, carpe diem.

Amelia Island

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's 2am and I am being cursed out by my husband (under his breath) wanting to know why I booked a flight so early. Well, because it was free (with miles) so wakey wakey. 

I am one of those annoying people (according to my husband) who actually get to the airport on time. Meaning, two hours prior to departure for domestic flights. He has a field day with this; I receive constant eye rolls and lectures of how he arrives to the airport with less time and has no problem. 

This particular morning, we arrived to the airport nice and early. We made our way to security. There was only one TSA line open due to the early morning hours. At first glance, the line looked manageable. But, after twenty minutes we had not moved. Twenty minutes became forty minutes and I proceeded to give the look. You know, when your head tilts down, your eyebrows are raised, and without having to say "I told you so", he knew. We ended up making the flight with no time to get food or drinks.

We were on our way to Amelia Island for a family vacation. Being so far from family, makes it all the more sweeter to see everyone when we get the chance.

Captured Wild

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My mind wonders without you
Distance becomes ignorance
Moments fleet and flash
Fearing that it's all too fast 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are blooming. Spring is here.

Desert Rain

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I woke to the sound of raindrops on our window. Grey, cloudy skies that make most people want to curl up in a cozy blanket and binge watch their favorite shows. For me, it had been a while since we had a heavy rain and I wanted to enjoy it.

Piestewa Peak

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's hard not to take full advantage of the great weather in Phoenix during the winter months. It's the perfect time to get outside and conquer the many hiking trails in the area. 

This past weekend we made our way to the second highest peak in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak. Our My plan was to hike the Summit Trail (#300). We made our way to the start of the trail and ignored the signs that stated it was extremely difficult and forged ahead. 

One thing to keep in mind...it does get crowded. It gave me a bit more motivation because there were all ages and all physical types on the trail. Giving me that extra boost of energy to keep pushing to the top. I mean, you feel kind of bad when your gasping for breath and an eighty year old passes you like it's just another walk around the old block. 

Watson Lake

Monday, January 23, 2017

After a full week of non stop rain, clouds, and being cooped up in the house I was eager to get outside. Thankfully, Arizona has unlimited options for outdoor adventures/hiking trails. 

We drove a little over an hour north to Watson Lake near Prescott. The temperature dropped about 30 degrees in that short amount of time. So, although, I received a few strange looks at our local gas station the parka and snow boots came in quite handy.  

Exploring Telluride

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There is nothing quite like the first sight of snow and the crunch beneath your shoes to get you excited to play in a winter wonderland.