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Final 2016 Road Trip

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I think we can all agree that 2016 was one mean year. 2016 was horrible to me with a nice little twist at the end. After battling colon cancer most of the year, I was ready to put an end to this chapter with one epic road trip.  And I did exactly that.

I’ve been wanting to see Monument Valley in Utah for a while now and this was the perfect opportunity to get away. I wanted to end the year by seeing beautiful places out of cell and internet range. I wanted to take it all in.  I packed up my car in what ended up being the coldest week of the year since winter began and hit the road without any concrete plans.  I drove all day from California to Utah and parked overnight at the visitor center like a good little nomad. First time I ever slept in my car on a road trip. I wanted to be there for the sunrise, even if it was 25 degrees that night. Thankfully I didn’t freeze to death and waking up to the amazing view was worth it.

After spending most of the day at Monument Valley I really wanted to catch the sunset at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ.  I was there earlier this year but it was so hot that I cut that experience short. Being only two hours away, it was the perfect time to revisit. I got there just in time to find a spot on the edge and watch the sun go down. What a wonderful experience. Majestic!  I sat there and watched until the sun was completely gone. Then I sat there and watched everyone else sharing in this experience.

Once the sun went down I decided to drive down to Sedona, AZ. I found a campsite just south of town and camped for the night. In the morning I headed into Sedona looking for the Chapel of the Holy Cross. I found this place on Instagram and have been wanting to see it every since. Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe it. I decided to finish my time in Sedona with a hike at Red Rock State Park and eventually began making my way home.  This trip exceeded my expectations. It was the culmination of so many things I’ve learned about myself this year. I am strong, I am a fighter and I am not done packing up my car and driving towards pretty places.  My hope is that 2017 will be kinder and full of new adventures. Happy New Year!

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Palm Springs

Timeless

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

I had to go to Miami last week and after 15 long years, I finally got to see my good friend.  We’re both from Chile and that’s where we originally met. I would travel back to Chile when I was teenager and we became good friends. Our parents go waaaay back.  She ended up moving to the U.S. and I had the opportunity to see her in 2001 when I was driving through Miami.  I cannot believe that it’s been 15 years since that last hug.  We talk regularly and keep track of each other on social media, maybe that’s why 15 years went by and we didn’t feel them.

I couldn’t go to Miami and not see her. Unacceptable.  So I got in my rental and drove to her house and finally got to meet her wonderful husband and two children.  Unfortunately, her son doesn’t like pictures so he’s missing from this impromptu photo shoot. Meet my friend Alejandra.

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#runawaymode

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

I got in my truck and headed east today. Wasn’t sure where I was going, but I was on a mission. I ended up outside of Palm Springs and then took the tram up the very very very tall mountain. I must say it was a good day ❤️

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BFF

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Last minute roadtrip getaways with people you love are the best.

Road Trip!

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

We had a spring storm roll through town last week that felt more like a winter storm, we hadn’t made it to the snow at all this season so we were really excited to get one last chance. Road trips have not been a part of our lives in a few years because the little one refused to stay in her car seat longer than an hour without screaming. We decided to try again and this time we were successful.

My husband became aware of this town called Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California so we decided to try driving there instead of Big Bear or Arrowhead. After a storm they get a lot of traffic and we just didn’t want to fight the crowd trying to see some snow. The drive up to Wrightwood was beautiful and no winding road, perfect! After that we drove. Drove for miles upon miles, felt great to be on the road again. Hopefully this will be the beginning of many more awesome road trips. Hope you have a great week!







 

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