Posts Tagged With: Nevada

Honeymoon Road trip – part 2!

Our honeymoon happened to overlap with Matts birthday so I wanted our next pitstop to be extra special. Utah or Nevada, hmmm. I searched for hidden jems and popular attractions and didn’t have to look any farther once landing on this beauty….

The Mystic Hot Springs of Monroe Utah!

👉🏽 CLICK HERE to see the video of our adventure at the Springs!

It’s a quaint little community many miles away from well, anything! Although the main attraction was the natural hot springs that bubble up on the property, the selling point for me was the accommodations. You had your choice between a van, covered wagon or old fashion school bus, all which had been converted into lovable spaces. We chose the bus!

The outside had a small patio which was the perfect space for Matt to cook us up some dinner on our camping stove while we sat and took in the ambiance. Inside there was a small dining area, full bed, couch and sink that took up most of the space with a bright tapestry separating the door from the room. The door, mind you, was the original swinging model with no lock or safe way of securing it completely closed. The bright side was being surrounded by people who generally gave off the hippie “one love” vibe with no concern of taking from you. A lot of bare feet, beards, braids and smiles greeted us as we walked the property.

The highlight of our stay was by far the music! We happen to hit the weekend when a female bluegrass brand was passing through. The Sweet Lilies had a magnetic way of drawing you in to their soulful sound and unique style. We were sitting front row and enjoyed every minute! To make it even more memorable, one of the girls had spoke with Matt prior and found out he was a musician as well. This led to them inviting him on stage to jam out for a few songs, what a rare opportunity!

If you’re ever driving through the dessert of Monroe Utah and need some entertainment or place to crash, I highly suggest you take a dip in the springs and walk the grounds barefoot!

The rest of our trip was through the dry desert of Nevada finally landing us in Northern California. Here’s a few more random photos to wrap up the road trip!

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What happens in Vegas…

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”….for about 18 seconds until it’s shared on Facebook.

This post took awhile for me to complete due to the mixed emotions I have in regards to the intensity of this place on our amazing planet called Earth.
If you’ve been following me for even a portion of the time, you’ve hopefully been able to feel my growth in areas like appreciating what I have, not wasting food, honoring my body and respecting others.

“Toot toot!” (That’s me blowing my own horn. Just thought I’d prepare you for it).

I believe in balance. I feel fabulous with healthy eating, but will rarely pass up a frozen yogurt or sweet potato french fry. Sleep is necesary for humans, but I’ve absolutly danced till the sun came up (ironically usually in Vegas). Although I choose water as my drink of choice, I can also enjoy a good beer or mojito (which I’m sure must have a vitamin or two in it, right?). If I choose to eat out, I’d rather split a meal so there’s no waste or over eating. I use electricity, but turn off unnecessary lights to save energy and I love creative fashion, but don’t feel the need to spend an abundunce of money “shopping”.

Well, Vegas doesn’t necessarily promote such things and this was a bigger challenge for me than I expected.

Other wise known as “Sin City”, this is a place where they say “anything goes”. As long as you’re 21 years of age or in some cases 19 with your cousins ID (which I am not condoning) you can arrive in this wild destination and play 24 hours a day. Gambling, pool parties, fancy drinks, dance clubs, entertainment with some of the top Dj’s in the world, famous chefs and many other almost unimaginable things.

This location will welcome you with high energy, remove your ability to sleep, take your voice, and politely kick you out while asking you to stay. That sentence only makes sense if you’ve been there… With me.

So why did I choose to go back this year? A different experience.

I am lucky enough to have incredible friends that live there. Yes, they actually have a real house with a front door, a dog and a back yard! They go to work and cook… In their own kitchen!
All jokes aside, this couple is one that I admire for their sincere care for one another. They respect themselves and appreciate what they have as a power duo. Inside and out they exude a beauty that should be described as welcoming, open minded and exceptional.
*Please see picture below to confirm the glow that radiats from Sabrina and Mark.
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Here are some shots from different pool parties on the strip:
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These are dear friends of mine from California that happened to be there on the same weekend. Fun!
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Yes, they even have gambling by the pool!
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This my buddy Rob, an all around gentleman. You can find him either working hard or playing hard… smiling, opening doors, and always making you feel like a queen for the day. Thank you again friend for another memorable day in Vegas!
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I believe there are bigger reasons for things to fall into place, especially when it wasn’t planned or expected. This happens to all of us, I just think some are more aware of it than others.
While sitting poolside with Rob, we start chatting with two friendly fellas that had complimented my tattoo. Before I knew it, traveling was brought up and viola… New friends!

The “responsible one” holding the folders, actually working on this gorgeous day while enjoying a cold drink (my kind of pal) is Kit. He has the vibe of the “coolest dude” ever… Old enough to have done it and young enough to do it again.
The happy guy directly to my left (third one in) is Marshall. Turns out neither one of us could of predicted the friendship that this poolside meeting would entail. Our new connection should be described as extremely entertaining, awkward, and the most comfortable that a “Vegas” introduction could bring. High five to you Marshall!
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Here we are walking the strip.
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… an 1/8 of the strip during the day.
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I’m not much of a gambler, so I only have one shot of the inside of a casino. If you desire more pics, it’s very easy to find on the Internet. Just search “pics of people emotionally confused at the site of their wallet magically decreasing in size”.
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One of the hundreds of fountains:
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I respect the technology… This thing must have the power to from go zero to 100mph in a few seconds.
My ride? If I pedal quick enough I can get from zero to 9mph just as fast!
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The sun goes down, the vibe gets louder and we walk the strip again.
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This was one of our unexpected stops. It started out as a cover band performing to an empty dance floor surrounded by tables of people starring into space as if they didn’t know what to do… Then enters Erika and Marshall! We start the dance party and before we knew it, it was a crowded floor and a lively band! The first pic is me shaking it with a man that used to be a professional dancer until he was paralyzed. They said he’d never walk again… They didn’t say anything about not dancing again!
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This tunnel that had a moving walk-way with rotating colors! Let’s pause for a minute… It’s a power belt that carries you for several hundred feet so that you don’t have to walk yourself… Hmmm, this is one of those things that makes me wonder about our future.
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This guy actually busted out a moonwalk while cleaning.
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Vegas is well known for look a likes wandering the city and many shows duplicating famous stars from the past. I ran into Elvis.
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Perfect for a Vegas handstand!
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As you can see, it’s a very entertaining destination that can easily draw you into a world that almost hypnotizes the brain and body. It would be silly for me to say that I don’t enjoy my time here, because I do. However, when I step back and look at the reality of the energy and money spent to keep Vegas going, makes me wonder where else we could put that kind of force… And if we did, what a difference it would make.

*please note some of these pictures were taken from a phone so please ignore the blur. Also, if you really want to see the magnitude of Las Vegas, I highly suggest searching photos online!

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Water fun In NorCal

As I travel abroad people always ask “Do you ever get home sick?” or “What do you miss the most?”. Although the lakes are beautiful, the rivers are fun and the sushi is top notch… it’s the faces and laughter of my incredible friends that tug at my hometown strings.
A HUGE thanks to all of the super heroes that have always provided unconditional encouragement. The support I was shown when deciding to depart was felt beyond words. This includes but is not limited to friends, family, clients, gymnasts, staff at 24 hour, my dentist, the local grocery store clerks and the beautifully energized woman from Elliot’s Natural Foods!

I plan on posting a bit more about California before I go, but for now here are some quick pics showing some fun in the sun. We’re so lucky to have this all in our backyard!

Lake Tahoe is a well known city that has it all. Biking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, gambling, shopping, ice-skating, swimming, golfing, disc golfing, gondola rides, snow mobiling, boating (pause here for another breath) live music, festivals, famous events, scrumptious restaurants, themed hotels, traditional cabins and… oh ya there’s a lake… A big one! If you want a scenic drive, take the 72 mile road that circles this beautiful body of water.

I snagged a couple of pictures off of the Internet to give you an idea of this breath taking place. If there was a way I could get you to smell the air here, you would experience the perfect combination of crisp pine and fresh water over rocks.
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Fall time colors
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Winter on the mountain
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I love the snow cap mountains with the crystal clear water, gorgeous!
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Night shot of the city.
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We decided to head to the Nevada side and park our towels at Zephyr Cove. A beach providing sand volleyball, a bar/restaurant, vibrant views and an abundance of happy people.
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…but of course!
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A little pyramid to start the afternoon off. This group was so entertaining to watch!
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We met new friends that were here from Michigan… Check out these smiles.
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A little fun with strangers (who ended up being an extremely nice group of quality gentlemen).
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These are the magical girls that sang (blasting Jack Johnson) their way up to Tahoe with me… Road trip! The glowing one in the middle is Michelle, a high energy ball of fun that has a natural ability to spread that huge smile to those around her. The other stunning girl is Stephani, the total package of confidence, strength, beauty and grace. These two fine females are excellent examples for girls everywhere.
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Here are some shots from the drive. Pretend you can hear three girls singing in the first pic… Classic!
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City of Folsom. Yes, where the prison is located that Johnny Cash sang about in the ever so famous song “Folsom Prison”.

Folsom Lake boat launch. (I’ll have to post more later)
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At Riverbank Marina on the Sacramento River, there is a floating restaurant. Take a look!   http://www.crawdadsrivercantina.com . This bright Saturday was accompanied by a Dj and two live percussionist.
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My friend Kimmy went all out and ordered a bucket or crawdads! This is served with a hand towel and bib.
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Floating down the American River! You usually have to clarify when discussing the invite, “Want to go rafting?”. This can range from fighting the white water rapids to laying out on a floating device with music, food, drinks with a solid number of other people.

This sign made me smile.
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The docking point where you load in and depart.
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The peace before the crowd.
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Mid River float there’s a small island which is a perfect breaking point to hop off the raft and stretch out. This also tends to be where several people feel the need to launch rockets of water at every passing group.
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Not the best photo, but I wanted to share the action shot that I accidentally captured.
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This was an incredible show of team work and determination to deflate the tube. I personally like the look on his face in the first picture.
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…and the calm during sunset.
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