I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to update; wireless/internet connectivity has been scarce!
Last time we spoke, we were heading out to Taos NM for the day to explore. The pueblos in Taos closed at 3pm that day (which we were totally unaware of) so we just did some additional exploring around Santa Fe. Stephen was able to fish a little (which was fun!) but unfortunately we didn’t catch dinner 😦 Bummer. Still a fun time!
The next morning we got up super early and went over to the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert in Arizona. Hello, beautiful! Both spots were absolutely breathtaking, and we had the awesome luxury of hiking into the Painted Desert and camping at the bottom. The hike was well worth our amazing night in the desert underneath of the stars!
The next morning we headed to Grand Canyon. We knew that we would be spoiled, but when we got there it was like a total culture shock. The Petrified Forest/Painted Desert was SO quiet – the only people that seemed to be there were campers and people just sightseeing for the day. The Grand Canyon looked like New York City at during the Christmas Parade and New Year’s Eve COMBINED. There we SO many people, and they were EVERYWHERE. I remember my sister telling me that Grand Canyon was the “most accessible” National Park in the country, but I really didn’t understand what she meant until I saw it. I’m really blessed to have been able to share in the experience though – Stephen and I spent an amazing two nights there as well.
On our drive from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, we took a slight detour to see the Hoover Dam. At first, I was SO annoyed… All I wanted to do was get out of the car and take a nap in a hotel room. But Stephen – who knows me better than I know myself – knew that if I didn’t see the Hoover Damn then I would regret it. So we pulled over, paid the ridiculously overpriced parking fee, and explored the dam. It was awesome! I’m not super history-saavy, so I had to Google “Hoover Dam” and do the good ole Wikipedia research to refresh my memory. It was wonderful and actually really interesting!
In Las Vegas, we stayed at the MGM Grand hotel and had dinner at the Grand Wok. Breakfast was at the Bellagio (completely amazing buffet!) and then we headed out. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Las Vegas – but that was okay, we were Los Angeles bound!
(Sidenote: For those of you who are wondering… Las Vegas is exactly like Atlantic City, but bigger and sans beach… Desert instead. I wasn’t super impressed – I maxed out at 2 days. The only fun thing was that you can sports gamble in LV, so I put my money down for the World Series this year!)
Stephen’s good friend Rob was nice enough to let us crash at his place in Pasadena, CA for two days. You know what the best part about LA was? Getting to visit Brenda and Jess!!! Brenda and I met up and spend the day along Hollywood Blvd. She was nice enough to totally do the tourist route for me! We had lunch at an adorable little place – Locali – and then we met up with Jess for a wonderful dinner at Madeline Bistro. This was a great day – Brenda was able to tell me all about her trip and I got to hear about Jessica’s future endeavors. Please refer to their links for their Twitter pages to find out more, and be sure to check out www.loveinfinitely.org to hear all about Brenda’s upcoming plans – Fall Into Adventure! My best friend Noelle made plans to visit these lovely ladies soon as well, which made me super excited. We are changing the world, together!
Now we are in beautiful San Francisco. We were lucky enough to spend the entire day exploring the city and eating fantastic food! We went to Lombard Street, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, City Lights, Vesuvio, Boudin, and MORE! We had a totally rad day… tomorrow, Wine Country!