Getaways, Journey, Life, National Park, Travel, trips, Zion

Be-UTAH-ful

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When people would ask where I would be spending my summer vacation, I’d respond and say “Utah”. The responses + facial expressions were priceless. A hint of “HUH?”, a dash of “WTF”, with a sprinkle of “WHY?”But for the most part, once I explained why we were headed there, I usually got the ooh’s and aah’s. ZION, we were going to Utah to visit Zion National Park.img_7190

After having traveled to Europe a couple of years ago, I became obsessed with wanting to travel outside of the country with my family. I realized fairly quickly how it sounds good in theory, but the reality was  unattainable. Traveling is a privilege and an expensive luxury. img_7157

I began to look up places that I’ve always wanted to experience and would hope to share the experience with my family. It’s important for both my husband and I to raise educated and cultured human beings, among other things. With that being said, I like to visit places that are very rich in culture and/or are historical landmarks. So there we were, summer was fast approaching, and I was itching to travel. Where could we go to soak in what was left of summer. ZION. img_7185

As most of you know, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. And it was only a 5 hour 15 minute drive away! Can you believe you can cross 3 states in such short time?! I’m not going to lie, I put in some work to convince Robert and Zoe. But they eventually warmed up to the idea once they caught a glimpse of the Airbnb we’d be staying at. It had nothing to do with the beautiful outdoor space we’d be visiting. Ha ha! img_7151

I highly encourage anyone that appreciates the outdoors to visit Zion at least once in their life. I would like to share for those with little ones, that the hikes are intense. The inclination in particular. Gael, my 7 year old just barely made it through a 1.5 miles hike. But you know your little ones more than I do. I by no means want to discourage you from taking the trip. If you don’t care for hiking or are okay with skipping out on it, by all means, go! Take your little ones. There’s a beautiful river that they can dip their feet in and all the open space for them to run wild and free. img_7124

Also, take time to walk around the tiny city that leads into the park: Springfield. You can park in Springfield and either walk or shuttle in to the park. Or if you decide to bypass that and just park inside the park, parking pass was $15 good for 7 days! Make your way directly into their “Information Center”, grab a map, ask questions, jump on the shuttle that’ll take you to the hike of your choice, and fill up your water bottles! Zion is very tourist friendly and easy to navigate, I promise. img_7156

Let me know if any of you all visit and let me know your thoughts! I know I din’t go into too much detail, but ask me any questions you might have. I’m happy to answer them.

Cheers!

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Blog, Friends, Getaways, Journey, Life, trips, Uncategorized, Women

Hit the Road Jack…

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by Ray Charles was playing this beautiful Saturday evening as my gals and I enjoyed a drink and sat poolside at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. As I sipped my drink and hummed along to the song, I gazed out into the dark but yet clear skies, and realized I was actually on a weekend getaway. And I was absolutely okay with it.

Let me explain. Prior to this particular occasion, the only other time I’ve been away from my husband and children, was when I traveled to Spain while completing my undergrad studies. Lots of uncertainty and tears were shed pre-trip, during the trip, and post-trip. I questioned whether I was making and had made the right decision. You see, I’m the mother that worries about what my children will say about me in 5, 10, 15 years! Will they say “well, you weren’t there because you were too busy traveling to Spain…” or “well, you were always in school..or at work.” Does that make sense? Perception, i think that’s the word i’m looking for.

But yet here I was enjoying my very first and official getaway. I’m lucky to have friends that 1) include me in plans despite the fact that I have kids and 2) don’t take “no” for an answer. More often than not I need that peer pressure to peek its head out.

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Needless to say, I hadn’t had this much fun in a long time. It felt good to not have to worry about anything but myself. Selfish? Sure it is, but I’ve earned every bit of it.

Cheers!

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p.s. if you saw my snaps, promise some better ones will come in the very near future. Here’s a hint: Portland in November and possibly Tel Aviv + Jerusalem in May 2017 (fingers crossed!)

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