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SW Road trip.. the Grand Canyon

Have you ever seen something so fantastic that it almost brought tears to your eyes? That was the Grand Canyon for me. We made the trek from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park and thank goodness, made our way towards lower elevation… I learned (the hard way) that I’m extremely sensitive to altitude. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon nor have I ever even seen it from the sky, so really, I didn’t know what to expect… I obviously knew how huge it was but on our way there I was wondering if we’d be able to see it from miles away. We entered the south entrance of the national park and still the canyon was no where to be seen. After we quickly check in to our campsite and pitch our tent, we hop back into the car to the view point. We drive towards it and oh my goodness, there it was.

You look at something like the Grand Canyon and it just makes you feel so tiny and at the same time so gracious to be able to witness such an amazing natural wonder. It’s crazy, I really did almost cry. We didn’t hike to the bottom this time around but we will definitely next time we visit, we really just walked up and down the trail along the edge of the canyon. My favorite part was eating an ice cream while looking at the Grand Canyon, now that’s something everybody needs to do at least once in life.

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Drinking beer, bird watching, walks, talks and hot dogs, it’s the good life! It was a nice break during our road trip to camp for a couple of days and prepare ourselves for the final shenanigans in Phoenix.

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SW Roatrip… Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM. The second destination of our southwestern road trip. Santa Fe is everything you think Santa Fe would look like. It’s pretty incredible, again with the super blue sky and the amazing old architecture.. everything was so picturesque. I really loved it here, except for the high altitude, that really kicked my butt to the max once we arrived… man, it was bad.

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Can you believe how blue the Santa Fe sky is?

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On top of the hill on Paseo de la Loma

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Santa Fe, you made me sick, but that won’t keep me away from you, you’re too gorgeous.

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SW Roadtrip… Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our first destination on our southwest road trip was Albuquerque, New Mexico. And yes, we’re obsessed with Breaking Bad. So here’s a fun fact, did you know that Breaking Bad was originally set in Riverside CA? Crazy right? They ended up in Albuquerque for tax purposes. This is what the creator Vince Gilligan said about the decision to relocate “California skies are usually blank, blue skies or a marine layer comes in and it’s gray,” he said, “but Albuquerque has these cumulus clouds that give you a scope of the distance out there. It’s amazing.” And what he says is so true, the skies are much more blue and the clouds are really something else. The southwestern landscape is really my favorite.

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This wasn’t part of our tour. This was our airbnb hostess’ car.. pretty awesome right?

So if you find yourself in the ABQ  this is the website that we referred to for the different spots: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/a-do-it-yourself-breaking-bad-tour-of-albuquerque

 

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Southwest Road Trip… SD to ABQ

I absolutely love road trips. Chris and I have been taking a road trip every year that we’ve been together. This last one was around the South West (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon the Phoenix) and now I’m having withdrawals and wish I could be back. You just drive around for hours, taking in the scenery, sometimes you see a small shack on the side of the road and wonder about the history of that place, like who used to live there, if you lived there where would you go to get groceries? Then you wonder about the other people on the road and where they’re headed and I like to imagine telling them what our plans are…. kinda weird. But that’s what I like to do. Here are a few photos of the first leg of our trek, from San Diego to Albuquerque.

cactus^^Typical Arizona and their sagueros. Tonto National Forrest^^

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It took us about 12 hours to get to Albuquerque, which was awesome to get over with on the first day of our 11 day expedition. Next up is Albuquerque and our DIY Breaking Bad tour with plenty of green chiles and altitude sickness to go with… yikes!

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Hi again!

Wow, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted, and I’ve thought about it for quite sometime, and STILL I didn’t update. I’m a terrible person, now I feel guilty… guilty with myself. Okay, now I’m over it. Anyway, let’s see, it’s been almost a whole year since my last post… my bad.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s happened since then…

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I ran my first full marathon! It was crazy. Training was intense and demanding.  The race was last year in May at Boise, Idaho and right before the finish line I totally puked, like a totally epic waterfall coming out of my face puke… (it was only water and gu that I threw up, so don’t get so grossed out.) Anyway, it was definitely a memorable race. Right after the race, I told myself that I would never sign up for another marathon, but I think I can do another one. It was a really great experience (besides the puking.)

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June 2013 – I started interning for Pow Wow!! This is a big deal for me. Finally, I’ve found a place where I can satisfy my crafting itches. It’s been so great working with these girls, they’re so creative and passionate, so inspiring. I’ve been having so much fun and it’s worked out so well that they want me to be their in-house wedding coordinator! Super excited!!

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The usual Saturday or Sunday morning with the SD Gooners… start the day at bluefoot and then end up at the nursery. It’s my ideal weekend…

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Embracing the auntie-ness. It’s awesome actually. These 3 stooges are so funny together. The younger sister is having a 2nd so I’m just here, collecting nieces and nephews and loving them to pieces! They’re so cute!

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September 2013 – Half-marathon in Philadelphia! This trip was amazing!!! The city was beautiful and the pretzels… THE PRETZELS!! You like the sign that my sister’s from another mother made me? They’re so awesome.

I’m glad to be back guys! See you next year. Hah!

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We went to: The Tide-pools

IMG_2228 IMG_2234 A few weeks ago, Chris’ brother and girlfriend (his brother, by the way I just met after more than 2 years of us being together!) visited from Southern Illinois. They’re both really kind and pleasant people, I was really glad to have finally met them. Chris and I were able to play the role of tour-guide while they were in town and one of the places we took them to were the tide-pools in Point Loma. IMG_2230 IMG_2231  IMG_2240

It was a gorgeous sunny day, and it was her very first time seeing the Pacific Ocean! It’s such a great feeling to see and experience new things, isn’t it? I was so happy for her.

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