Visiting a city you’ve been to 20+ times? Try exploring the outskirts of town. I did just this on a recent road trip to Vegas and had the absolute best time!
SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
Desert … desert … desert … HOLY SMOKES COLOR EXPLOSION! That’s how it feels when you’re approaching Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale colorful boulder artwork by Ugo Rondinone. Located about 10 miles from Las Vegas off Interstate 15, visiting this artwork is an easy and fun addition to any road trip that instantly makes you smile with the rainbow of neon colors.
Twenty miles from the highway and the climate slowly changes from Joshua trees and Mojave yucca plants to pine trees and snow capped mountains. That’s pretty incredible for June in Las Vegas! We parked at the Mount Charleston Lodge and had a delightful lunch outside on the patio. This was our home base for the day, as afterwards we went to a nearby trailhead and hiked Little Falls (and then came back again for patio drinks!).
Little Falls trail splits off of Cathedral Rock, and has a slow incline up to a creek bed and ends in a three tier waterfall. Total mileage is just under 2 miles and is pretty perfect way to spend an hour without wearing any kind of significant hiking gear. The U.S. Forest Service has a large visitor center on the way to the Lodge and can direct you to this hike and many many others on Mount Charleston.
I’ve been training and fundraising all spring and race weekend is finally HERE!!! On May 20th I’m taking on San Diego’s first TRAILBLAZE CHALLENGE.
The TRAILBLAZE CHALLENGE is a one-day, 26 mile hike to raise awareness and much needed funds for Make-a-Wish San Diego. The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) via the Cougar Crest Trail and ends at Onyx Summit near Big Bear, California.
I’m so excited to tackle this hike and raise money for such a worthy cause. Make-A-Wish San Diego grants the wishes of children in San Diego and Imperial counties with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This non-profit organization has a special place in my heart because I love to travel and experience life, and it breaks my heart that some kids won’t have the time / years to do the same. Learn more about the hike and make a donation here.
Huge thanks to my friends and family for all their encouragement and donations over the past few months, and special thanks to Yoga Six and wash. for their donation based events in support of my campaign — y’all are the best. ♥
Hoping to post lots from the trail, so be sure to follow along on Instagram: @adventureappeal. Let’s do this, Team Adventure Appeal!
I’ll let you in on a secret…. I love celebrating and I love traveling. So when one of my best friends decided to have her birthday celebration be a weekend in Palm Springs, I was all for it.
The timing was a little crazy, but honestly jumping right into a girls weekend after Bali was amazing because I missed them when I was away, and it made the post vacation blues nonexistent.
We took over one of the gals’ vacation home and clocked countless hours by the pool and outdoor fireplace catching up. Scheduling this downtime sounds a little odd, but it was perfection.
During the day, our group hiked Garstin Loop Trail and Palm Canyon Trail at Indian Canyon Reserve. These two trails were a great combination since the first provided a steep ascent to grab that view from above and the second had us frolicking through giant palms, reminding us we were in a beautiful dessert oasis.
Shopping was also a must for our group. I love mid-century modern decor and design so all the boutiques were a feast for my eyes. In between all the furniture, pillows, books and fancy knick knacks, we caffeinated at two charming places, Earnest Coffee and Koffi.
At night, we started at the Parker for fab cocktails and all the Instagramable moments we could take, followed by tasty meals at Trio and Dish Creative Cuisine. Both restaurants were delicious and accommodated large groups with ease. Be sure to get the Russian Standard cocktail at Dish — that cocktail is part art and part science experiment!
It was such a great weekend and I can’t wait to get back… and convince my husband we need to buy a house there! Where are your favorite Palm Springs spots? Comment below with all your suggestions and recommendations. Thank you!
Travel is my ultimate adventure, keeping my adrenaline pumping and eyes wide open trying to soak in as much as possible. Last month I visited my 34th country and am dreaming about the day I move from 6 to 7 continents visited.
One of my favorite recent getaways has been Big Sur — nothing quite compares to the beauty of this place! We had the most incredible visit, taking in this California escape along Route 1. Our days were filled with hiking and relaxing at the pool, and our nights with cocktails and star gazing. Below are some of my favorite memories and travel tips for your next adventure.
NOT TO MISS
Spectacular views from McWay Falls Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This is the quintessential viewpoint for Big Sur and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The trails were very easily marked and you can’t miss the entrance due to the small crowds and parked cars. If you’re lucky there will even be some seals splashing around below.
VIEW FROM ABOVE
Besides our hiking views, we couldn’t get enough of the infinity pool at the Post Ranch Inn, where the pool met the Pacific in the most relaxing atmosphere.
There are so many trails to explore when visiting Big Sur. Our two favorites were the McWay Falls and Ewoldsen Trail. Ewoldsen Trail was a great recommendation from a friend because we pretty much had the trail to ourselves and there were heaps of great views of the mountains and ocean. Insider tip: If you come to a fork in the trail with one path leading to your right (and seemingly straight up) – definitely follow it – as incredible views away just 200 yards up.
Don’t forget to stretch those sore muscles from hiking with a yoga class in a yurt. This was a bucket list item for me, and a great way to start the day.
Coffee at Big Sur Bakery with delicious cinnamon buns.
Grab a glass of wine with lunch at the Nepenthe for the best view in town.
If you don’t stay at the Post Ranch Inn, consider joining for breakfast or a sunset dinner, as the edge of the restaurant is all windows and gives the appearance of floating over the ocean.
We couldn’t recommend the Post Ranch Inn more! Every detail was considered and it was truly a memorable splurge. The outdoor tub was one of my favorite parts of our room where you could relax and look at all the stars. The Post Ranch Inn books up quickly and several other places in town come highly recommended by my friends including: Ventana for luxury, Adobe Motor Lodge at Glen Oaks BigSur where you can rent your own mini cabin and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn for the romantics.