easy one day adventures

What’s the definition of an adventure? Everyone has their own opinion for this; I think it’s all relative. Yes, adventures can be exhilarating, rare, marvelous, and wondrous. But I don’t think we need to drain our bank accounts dry in order to experience all that adventures have to offer.

A is for adventure and art!! I believe that art is all around us and it’s up to us to spot it out! That said, finding art can be a grand and fantastic adventure; it’s one Bradley and I embark on quite frequently. When it comes to working a full time job, it’s easy to fall  into the habit of staying home during the weekend, doing household chores and watching tv! Don’t get me wrong though, I’ll be the first to say it feels sooo good to just lay on the couch, mindlessly watch your favorite TV show and eat takeout pad thai noodles haha until you’re sick to your stomach haha. But… once and awhile we both feel it is important to get out and explore, because most of the time you walk away having met someone you never would have met and learned something you never would have learned. So here are a few ideas that hopefully spark that weekend adventure bug inside of you!

Soooo…… Here are some great one day adventures:

Seven Magic Mountain (No cost): this colorful playground is right outside of Las Vegas Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s and opened on May 6th 2016 and will be here for 2 years it is diffidently worth exploring!

Ice Castles ($15 per person): There are locations in Midway UT,  Lincoln NH, Stillwater MN, Wisconsin Dells WI, & Edmonton AB! They usually open at the beginning of each new year!

Salvation Mountain (no cost): This monumental folk art is Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain which stands as an emblem to remind the world that “God is love”. It is located in Niland, CA which is about 2 hours east of San Diego.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($15 per person): Art lovers and adventure seekers the LACMA is the place for you! Their are hundreds of amazing pieces and great exhibits! We went to the Rain Room exhibit and it was so cool!

 


 

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When two of our best friends, Cami and Jeremy Perdue, came to us asking if we would help with their gender reveal I was of course overjoyed and filled with excitement! I LOVE surprises, and this was not just any surprise, it was one of those special surprises that change the course of life.

Needless to say, it was such a treat for me to get to participate with them on this glorious day and I am delighted that they let me capture this sublime moment on camera!!

Congratulations you two! I know you will be the best parents and your sweet baby boy is beyond blessed to be born into such a remarkable family!

 

 

 

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arches, bryce, and monument valley 3 day doable roadtrip

Bradley and I rang in the new year in Southern Utah with my dad, Karen, Savannah and Kellen, and my step sisters. We also had a special guest appearance from Bridger T. Harris and his darling better half Ali! Needless to say, the weekend was full of laughter and adventures!

Over three days, we visited some some of Southern Utah’s most glorious parks: Arches National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and we finished our journey in Monument Valley- which is on an Indian reservation, so it’s not National Park, but still awe inspiring in every way.

Here is how we did it:

Day 1 (starting in St. George):

  • Snow Canyon State Park — Lava Tubes hike & exploration. This is right next to St. George.

Day 2:

  • Drive from St. George to Bryce, explore Bryce Canyon (Sunset and Sunrise Points, a little hike down the Navajo Trail!)
  • Drive from Bryce to Moab to spend the night.

Day 3:

  • Explore Arches National Park (right next to Moab) — enter the park before sunrise to get the most out of the day, as well as beat the crowds onto the Delicate Arch trail!
  • Drive from Arches to Phoenix, which takes you right through Monument Valley! (if you had more time, you could also stop at the Grand Canyon, which is on the way!)
    • For this, we spent the night in AZ, then woke up really early the next day to drive back to San Diego. Depending on where you live, you may need to drive somewhere else on Day 3!

Snow Canyon:

The drive from St. George to Bryce Canyon:

Bryce Canyon National Park:

Arches National Park:

Monument Valley:

 

 

 

 

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hidden ice cave hike in utah

Brad and I spent Christmas in Salt Lake with my family. It was a perfect weekend- it snowed all  Christmas Eve night and we woke up on Christmas morning to find the earth covered in a blanket of snow. It continued lightly snowing all day long.

Since my siblings are older, we decided to spend the holidays doing fun activities outside. We drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon, which was a treat by itself, to go sledding and on a snow hike. Our hike was to Donut Falls, which is a 3.5 mile hike round trip. The views were dazzling and we felt like we were in a winter wonderland. The evergreens looked almost edible like they were coated with globs of vanilla frosting. We followed the barely visible trial to the frozen waterfall and didn’t stop there, we continued to climb right on up. At the top, there was a small cave that had thousands of icicles and a small stream that carried the mountain’s run off water. It was such a fun experience. If you live in the Salt Lake area, I recommend going.

 

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sister sister road trip across the country

When I found out that Mads was moving from Boston to Salt Lake City, I knew that her driving alone was not an option and that this could make for a really fun sister road trip. So I jumped a plane and flew to Boston! It was great because I got to spend time with my Grandma Williams, Aunts Tarryn & Becky, and I also got to see my cute cousins!

Brad provided Mady and me with the best cross-country itinerary:

  • Day 1: Drive from Boston to Palmyra, NY and explore the Hill Cumorah, Sacred Grove and other LDS church history sites. Then drive to Buffalo, NY to stay the night.
  • Day 2: Take a quick 20 min car ride across the Canadian boarder to see Niagara Falls from the Canada side (it is the better side). Then drive 8 hours to Chicago and spend the night there.
  • Day 3: Tour Chicago in the morning, then start the 7.5 hour drive to Omaha / Winter Quarters. Stay night in Omaha.
  • Day 4: Look at Winter Quarters Temple in the morning, then drive to Salt Lake City (12 hour drive).

This is the best itinerary, we think, from Boston to Utah… but Mady and I only followed it for the first two days because we wanted to stop in Iowa to visit our sister Kenzie and her husband.

Drive Highlights:

  • Being stopped by the  Canadian border patrol with a car so full the doors look like they might pop open at any moment. We learned that we fit the profile of drug smugglers: two innocent-looking girls.  For about 20 min, they questioned us while going though our phones and after reading our family text about which is better between almond milk and real milk, they figured we were harmless and let us cross over to Canada. We drove away laughing so hard I thought I might pee my pants.
  • Driving through a HUGE snow storm in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • Going off random exits to roam slowly through dusty farm towns in rural America.
  • Singing all our favorite country songs at the top of our lungs and then laughing about it afterwards!

I will always cherish this special road trip with my sister. Here is a short video of the highlights from our exploration across the country.

 

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