The Truth Behind the Photos #2

Truth Behind the Photos
[The path up to Torc Mountain in Killarney National Park in Ireland]
Here’s my second installment of the Truth Behind the Photos! It’s nothing crazy, but just a compilation of photos that may look great on social media, but don’t tell the whole story. SO, I share the real stories with y’all below!

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What to Do in the Eastern Sierras

What to See in One of the Most Beautiful Regions of California - the Eastern Sierras!
[Bodie State Historic Park]
I fell in love with the Eastern Sierras after I visited last time, so of course I had to go back.

We did ALMOST all of the things we missed last time, save for Inyo Crater – I was tempted, but we left Rainbow Falls & Devil’s Postpile later than expected, so no Inyo Crater for me.

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The Truth Behind the Photos #1

The Truth Behind the Photos
[The Northern Lights were not at all what I had expected – read on for the truth behind my experience]
I thought it would be super fun to pick some pretty/epic looking (or just lame but maybe I have good stories ok??) travel photos and tell you the honest truth behind what was actually happening behind the scenes.

Because we all know that with Instagram and all those other social media platforms that are full of lies, it can be kinda disheartening sometimes.

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Should You Bike the 17-Mile Drive or Stay Home?

The Lone Cypress on the 17-Mile Drive in Monterey, California - Should You Bike the 17-Mile Drive?
[The Lone Cypress Tree, which suspiciously doesn’t look THAT lonely with another tree right next to it]
Ahhh, the 17-Mile Drive – land of the super wealthy and amazing coastal views. Most people drive it, but what is it like to bike?

First, the pros:
– Good exercise
– Biking is fun
– If there’s car traffic you can be like SEE YA
– And there’s something about pedaling with the salt spray tingling in your nose, and the wind rushing by…

A beach, house, and flowers on my bike ride through the 17-Mile Drive in Monterey, California
[Biking is fun, plus you get views LIKE THIS]
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Why I Regret My Visit to Upper Antelope Canyon

Why I Regret My Visit to Upper Antelope Canyon
[This is how I pictured Upper Antelope Canyon – quiet, serene, stunningly gorgeous]
Upper Antelope Canyon was absolutely beautiful – I’d even argue breathtaking. Like I literally had to remind myself to breathe again because I was too busy staring at the gorgeous canyon walls, mouth agape, which let in a horde of flies causing me to choke on my own spit.

And Rattlesnake Canyon – we added this onto our tour before going to Upper Antelope – was amazing! I liked that so much more than Antelope. I’ll go more into why below.

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Sometimes, Travel is a Total Shit Fest

Sometimes, Travel is a Total Shit Fest
[Beaver Falls really is beautiful, though]
Okay, so I wouldn’t describe my recent trip to Arizona a shit fest per say, but. There were definitely some hiccups. And hiccups that I couldn’t just scare away ya know.

So, to start off, getting to and from AZ was A MISSION. Just LET ME TELL YOU.

So, we left at like 2PM meaning we drove almost all damn night and didn’t arrive until 3:30AM.

SO FUN RIGHT.

Lots of gas station stops and some casual peeing-on-the-side-of-the-road stuff too. Because we gotta keep it classy AF up in here.

And then we slept in the parking lot of Horseshoe Bend until sunrise. Ok well – a little after because we were so so damn sleepy.

* I do want to take a moment to acknowledge the native land we explored during this trip – that of the Hopi, DinΓ© (Navajo), Southern Paiute, Ute, Hualapai, and Havasupai people. If I am incorrect please let me know! I am learning and want to acknowledge land properly and be as respectful as possible. If you’d like to see what native land you’re exploring or live on, click here.

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Common Cacti of the Southwest

Common Cacti of the SouthwestIt’s that time of year when the cacti start bloomin’ – a lot of them probably have already! As an avid cacti/succulent lover myself (how original) I thought I’d put together a quick guide of the ones I saw (and loved!) when I was living in Arizona during this time 2 years ago (ahhhh why does time go by so fast…).

This is the best time of year to visit the desert, in my opinion, because it’s not toooo hot yet and of course, CACTUS BLOOMS! (Also I am not perfect and don’t know everything specifically, but I’m doing my best :))

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Arizona Should Be on Your Radar

Arizona Should Be on Your Radar; Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon
[Lower Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon – another reason to hike to the bottom, instead of just checking out the rim!]
In my humble (aka always right) opinion, Arizona is such an underrated state and vastly misunderstood. (At least it was by me?)

Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Arizona[Look at all those lush desert plants! And that beautiful red desert rock! And that kinda sorta desert sunset! Side notes: Desert sunsets really are some of the most beautiful! This was near Saguaro National Park]

Like, did you know that not allΒ of Arizona is desert (which is what I originally assumed #dontassume) and that it actually SNOWS in some parts? Like what.

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Visiting Yosemite in Winter – Yes, It’s Awesome

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park are still just as beautiful (and make great hikes) in winter!
[Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls are absolute beauts – and you can still hike them in winter, too! We were weenies and only did Lower Yosemite Falls]
Yosemite Valley is just one of the those places you HAVE. TO. SEE. And It is chock full of fun winter activities!

IMO it is just awe inspiring, and so so so beautiful. And there’s so much to do, even during the winter! However, make sure you check the weather first, because snow storms are a thing. And you want to go when it’s pretty and perfect and not when a storm is raging.

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Vancouver, Canada: I’m Also Obsessed With You

Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver, Canada has lots of trees and pretty turquoise water
[This is Lynn Canyon Park! Go Go Go!!!]

So I shared with y’all how much I’m obsessed with Victoria, and now it’s time to talk about Vancouver!

It’s definitely much bigger than Victoria, but I loved it all the same. And the natures – especially in west Vancouver, where we stayed – is so so damn lovely.

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