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Havasupai Falls, Arizona

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A little piece of paradise smack dab in the middle of the desert, Havasu Falls on the Supai Indian reservation was our most recent adventure…and adventure doesn’t even begin to describe it! The beauty of this place is absolutely breathtaking. If you live in the Southwest, Havasupai is basically in your backyard and is a must see/hike/swim trip. The hike roundtrip is about 20 miles, 8 to the check in point, and 2 to the campgrounds. All of the falls are a couple miles from camp depending on which you decide to see. We went to basically all of them except Beaver Falls which was rumored to be 8 miles from camp (more than is advertised on signs at the reservation, and one that requires  descent on many vertical ladders). I recommend seeing all of the falls possible, because each one has such a unique personality and structure. There are three main modes of transport into camp: hike, horse, or helicopter. All are awesome options with their own perks. We were definitely not glamping on this one, and was pretty much the definition of roughing it. Backpacking in all of our stuff forced us strip our gear down to the bare minimum. With two sleeping bags, two pads, one tent, one small camp stove, and one dog, (and of course as much water as we could physically manage to carry because there are no water sources at any point on the trail) there wasn’t much room for anything else. This meant, no pillows, one hiking outfit, one bathing suit, and one pair of shoes. We opted for mostly dehydrated food (Oatmeal is a great choice), nuts, two avocados, two apples, and one can of Amy’s Veggie Chili. The one thing I wished I had brought was a pair of water shoes…with blisters from hiking (in sneakers, not hiking boots…also don’t recommend this) and the jagged rocks they would have been a huge relief. They do allow dogs on the reservation and we were traveling with ours so we were happy to bring our pup Speedo (he’s 11!!), and was a hit at camp. We decided after two days of hiking (and a ton of blisters, in addition to a pretty tired pup) to inquire about taking horses for the return trip, and ended up doing so. Besides the fact that I had Bonita, the “crazy” horse (I did volunteer to take her), the ride back was so much fun. A sweet Supai couple that raises horses on the reservation and their son took us up and out of the canyon, with scenic view of wild horses, and of course the falls and cliffs all the way back up. I can honestly say hands down the funniest thing I’ve ever seen was Rio on horseback, trotting, whipping his horse with one hand, and holding Speedo for dear life with the other. I was crying from laughing so hard, and still cant believe we pulled this one off!

Staycation

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 There’s nothing like a vacation getaway, but sometimes it’s just as fun to be a tourist in your own town…I’m talking about a solid STAYcation. We decided to do just that in Santa Monica at the Fairmont Miramar right next to the ocean. Although the Fairmont has a traditional hotel style building, they also offer 32 awesome poolside bungalows (the only accommodations of this type in Santa Monica, if you want to get the real beach cottage experience). We were  drawn to the property because we love our bungalow (see previous post), and each one is accessed through a private entrance, nestled among the beautiful winding gardens. Like ours, these rooms were originally built in the 1930’s, and have since been meticulously restored, with Southern Californian inspired interior design by Michael Berman. They also offer personalized products from Le Labo upon arrival. The property’s restaurant FIG uses fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, and is a perfect place for either a girls lunch, or romantic dinner for two. There is also a full service spa, as well as the Bungalow bar which is frequented by all the area residents…we would know. This place has everything, the only reason you’ll want to leave the grounds is for the beach. To read more about our room, and to book a stay click here.

Mexico Essentials

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Reversible Bikini Top-Mara Hoffman | Pom Pom Shorts-Vintage | Weekender-Stela 9 | Travel Soap Collection c/o Not Soap Radio | Horchata Lip Balm-SIN-MIN | Gold Aviator Sunglasses-Ray Ban

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Vamanos! We’re off  to Mexico for a white SAND Christmas. Although I’ll have to admit I am a little sad to be missing my hometown festivities, I’m stoked to hang with the fam and drink a margarita (or two, or three). We’re Mexico fanatics, and usually venture to Isla Mujeres, or Baja, but opted for Playa Del Carmen this year. I’ve never been to this part of Quintana Roo, and plan to visit a couple of cenotes, dine at a few choice restaurants recommended by friends, take a day trip to Cozumel, and dance 2014 away on the beach with Odeza in Tulum. Above are a few of the essentials Im taking along…Note I will not be checking a bag and we’re staying 8 nights (bikinis don’t take up much room).  I’m temporarily retiring the pink weekender that my Dad gave me about 15 years ago. It’s been all around the world with me (like seriously everywhere…even Nepal), but it’s a little, uh, tired looking. I’ll never throw it away but decided it was finally time for an upgrade, and this rad Stela 9 embroidered beauty was the one. When you know, you know. When I saw this Mara Hoffman Bikini at Principessa in Venice it was love at first sight, and the fact that it’s reversible to black helped solidify the decision. Thrifed pom pom shorts are perfect, and fun to be paired with most anything either casual or dressy. SIN-MIN, my fave chapstick, because it’s the bomb, and its horchata…fitting. Not Soap Radio travel bath gels are fun, portable, and smell insanely good. Not to mention there’s one for everyone in the fam. Sunnies and PASSPORT! Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo mis amigos…Adios!

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Portland Wrap-Up

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PDX the “City of Roses”, and aptly named, with a climate deemed perfect for growing said flower. This place is crazy beautiful, with some seriously lush fairy-like neighborhoods. I think I described it as “Boulder, on plant steroids” it’s almost tropical, and the colors are so vibrant, everywhere you look is sprayed with greenery. Perfect streets lined with equally as colorful Victorian houses, each with their own personality. It’s like living in a painting. Around every corner it seemed, was a surprise; a wishing tree, where people tied on their most intimate and cherished dreams, a poetry stand with monthly changing poetry sheets to take (this month’s poem entitled “May Day”), and a book exchange cabinet outside someone’s purple and orange house. I don’t know what everyone is on in Portland, but people are HAPPY. Cab drivers, bartenders, sales associates (we love u, Paxton Gate), they all have beaming smiles that quickly become contagious. Besides the foliage, and  awesome peeps, Portland is home to some damn good food. We had Thai at internationally acclaimed Pok Pok (Best Chef Northwest 2011-Andy Ricker), Tacos at Por Que No? and Mexican/American fusion Luchador, Southern style brunch at Screen Door, happy hour brunch at Tasty and Sons. The food was incredible and never ending. List of bars we took over: Bar Bar, Devil’s Point, Dig a Pony, Sassy’s, and many more… Throw in some vintage shopping, a couple of tattoos, and stripper-karaoke (I think you can figure that one out) and it was one hell of a week. Happy Birthday Ash, that was one for the books.

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Portland Bound

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We are Portland bound, about 10 of my girlfriend’s and I that is. We’ve got a few fun dinners, a hike, and wine tasting on the agenda for this Pacific Northwest trip, to celebrate Ash’s 30th birthday in style. Although I’ve visited Seattle a few times, I haven’t had the pleasure of exploring Portland yet, and am excited to eat my way through this scenic city. Follow the trip on Instagram: @halleys_comet

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Saguaro Pt. 2

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A Colorful Place to Stay

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What Room Service Should Taste Like: Kale Caesar with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate

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Calaveras on the Way to the Bar

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Monarch Bar

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Heading Out to Explore Phoenix

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This was our first time staying at the Saguaro Scottsdale, the second time staying at a Saguaro property (see our Palm Springs post-Coachella adventure here). It’s always super fun and colorful, so when we needed a place to stay after the Motet show and noticed there was a room available on Hotel Tonight, we had to book it. Not only does this hotel have superb restaurants (run by Iron Chef Jose Garces), cool bars, and hip decor, they’re also pet friendly (dogs under 30 lbs), and offer yoga, and beach cruiser rentals…free of charge. Although we pulled the teardrop, its always nice to have a shower and king size bed for a night and usually book something, especially if were going to be dancing all night at dusty festival grounds. I can now safely say that my days of booking hotels ahead of time are over. Hotel Tonight has really hooked it up on this trip… Use promo code “HBEBOUT” for $25 off your first stay, refer a friend and receive another $25, and thats off heavily discounted prices on the coolest places to rest your head.

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mini road trip

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Were hitting the road, off to Gem and Jam Fest and the Gem and Mineral Show, teardrop trailer in tow. Of course we’ve packed some travel food (look out for these recipes), and have a fresh road trip playlist “On the Road”… available the blog manana. Follow our adventures here. Vaya con Dios!

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