One of my very favorite things to do (literally....in the world) is TRAVEL. I've been blessed over the past couple of years to have several opportunities to travel places I probably never would have thought of as destinations and see some pretty great things.
This past December, Dave and I took a week long trip to Los Angeles, and while we were there we visited Joshua Tree National Park, and The Geddy Museum (in LA & also the antiquities museum in Malibu).
I had no idea what to expect - but it was amazing! (Slightly terrifying when the park ranger told us to be careful of tarantulas in the road...thankfully she said it was probably too cold for them) It was sunny and gorgeous, and armed with our park map we hit the road to check it out.
We didn't get to the park until around 2 in the afternoon, so we didn't have as long as we would have liked to explore, but we did get a chance to get out and walk down to an old dam (pretty much dry now) and climb a few rock formations.
Seriously, can the sky get any more perfect? The temperature was absolutely perfect (about 65 and dry) and the early evening sun made all the amazing colors stand out like crazy. I'm pretty much in love with this park.
The photo above was the end of our walk - and the former reservoir. The water is (clearly) no longer present, but the watermarks on all of the stone formations were pretty cool to look at. The area apparently used to be used to watering livestock that were kept up in these hills. The remains of the dam are still intact, as well as a little boggy area.
We got to watch the beginnings of the sunset as we finally had to leave the park - but we would LOVE to someday be able to spend more than just a couple of hours wandering around in this gorgeous place.
Our second favorite day this trip was visiting the two Geddy museums. Anyone who knows me or Dave knows that we are absolutely the biggest nerds in existence, and LOVE any kind of history we can get our hands or our eyes on. These two museums are free to visit, you've only got to pay for parking. Amazing.
The museum doesn't only house an amazing collection of art, sculptures, photography, and other history, but they also have a fully-functional research center. Dave was in heaven when we visited some of those exhibits.
The Geddy museum in LA was gorgeous, but we were really excited to visit the one in Malibu, since it houses the REALLY old stuff (we're talking ancient Egyptian + earlier). The museum in Malibu is built like an ancient Roman villa, and is really beautiful in itself. I think I took more photos of the building than I did of any of the actual antiquities.
I couldn't believe how intricate even the floors were - gorgeous. We wandered around the Geddy in Malibu for several hours admiring the amazing collection, photos just do not do it justice. It is definitely worth a visit (even if you aren't as big a nerd as we are).
I'm not sure what our favorite discovery was on this trip, but LA definitely entertained us more this time than it did last time. The California beaches are gorgeous, but if you're in the LA area skip the beach for a day or two and take a trip through some of the museums.
Last but not least - our new favorite food place in the world: PizzaRev. AMAZING! Freshest ingredients, very fair price, done in minutes, and it's PIZZA! We're in love again. Until next time, Cali. <3
Last time we drove to do David's northern inspections I promised that I would take pictures of the ghost town (Amity, ME). It's not ACTUALLY a ghost town, but from the road over half of the houses are abandoned - so it qualifies as one in my mind!
When we take this trip we fly right along, so needless to say he didn't stop for me to take photos - so please forgive the blurry-awful-we're-driving-70mph-quality of these:
Welcome to Amity, Maine:
I can't lie - the views up here are beautiful, but it is such a lonely feeling. I can't imagine living here for real
I didn't count the abandoned houses - I meant to, but my concentration attempting to not miss any with my camera distracted me a bit. Honestly I'm not quite sure I actually got them all...but considering the fact that we were going 70 down a road that is mostly woods I am pretty happy with my results.
David is an online deal shopper - or actually more of an online deal addict. We got home to a package he'd ordered from one of his frequented websites 13Deals.
Somehow, as part of his purchases he managed to get 6 pairs of sock-monkey mittens FOR FREE. I understand that sock-monkey mittens aren't exactly a staple to living well, or even a cold weather necessity, but look how cute they are!!
Tango was NOT impressed by the sock-monkey mittens, but she did have to come over and check them out at least. By the way, check out that pile of other loot on my lap! He also managed to get me some Fila socks (with glitter...we didn't know the glitter part until they arrived...), and a six-pound medicine ball from Reebok. By the way, if you're a Reebok fan, check out my ReebokOne personal training profile!
Here's to "Ghost" towns and sock-monkeys.
Cheers for now <3
Winter in Maine is.....difficult. This winter especially - it has been extremely cold, there have been some crazy snowstorms, and above all it is LONG! In order to keep from going a little crazy I like to make sure I'm always doing something, or at least always looking forward to some type of plans. (p.s. our Mexican wedding is in 96 days).
Last Saturday some girlfriends of mine and I had a "ladies" night. One of our fab friends made lots of amazing food, I brought a couple bottles of wine, and we proceeded to play with our wine markers (which are awesome rubber mustaches, fyi).
We also happened to be celebrating my lovely friend Lacey's birthday (she's the bombshell blonde on the left) so we had some delicious cupcakes, and probably a little too much wine. Celebrate!
Aside from falling down the stairs on the way out of the house (no, I wasn't drinking - yes, I have bruises) this was a fabulous night with some amazing ladies. Every little thing helps in trying to beat the winter blues. Especially the Maine winter blues.
My favorite way to cope with the gross winter depression that Maine winter brings on is to LEAVE! I had the opportunity to take a quick trip to San Diego, and aside from the long flights (p.s. I HATE flying) the trip was amazing. It was 80+ degrees and perfectly sunny while I was there, so of course I took the opportunity to hit the beach. La Jolla Beach, to be exact.
I've been to San Diego before, but I haven't spent much time at the beach - it's gorgeous, by the way. I sat on the rocks and read for a little while, of course enjoing a Jamba Juice. I might be slightly addicted.
Obviously the best way to beat winter blues is to avoid winter all together - so this little trip to the beautiful San Diego was perfect....especially in the middle of a sub-zero stretch of weather. They said it was unusually warm for the season, but I think I just timed it perfectly.
I drove from north of San Diego down through La Jolla, and took a quick stop at the beach on the way by.
I had lunch at the cutest little cafe called "Cody's" of La Jolla. There was construction on the street right behind the cafe (it was an open air cafe) so it wasn't exactly peaceful - but it was really nice anyway. I can't complain about 80+ degrees, regardless of construction noise.
I was in San Diego for way less time than I wanted, but any time in the beautiful sun is better than none! I flew back just a day after I got there, and went right back to normal life. I took a redeye into Philly, and then took a quick little jump up to Maine.
On Valentine's Day I rode along with Dave for some inspections - and went from 80 degrees and sunny to -18 and FRIGID! We took a ferry across the Portland bay to Peaks Island to do one inspection - and walked a mile one way in the FREEZING cold to do the inspection....and then had to walk back! ugh. I can't say it was fun, but the breakfast sandwiches at the end of the walk were delicious. We got to watch sunrise from the ferry, and then enjoy the rest of the day (although working and exhausted) together.
Being home in the frozen cold north was pretty awful, but the fact that my fiance is AMAZING at Valentine's day helped soften the blow of -18 degrees a little bit. He got me some gorgeous flowers (and had them on my dresser by 330 am) and also a great Reebok workout jacket. Sorry ladies, he's taken. :)
Happy Valentine's Day from the frozen north of Maine - will someone please show up to ship me back to San Diego? :)
I think I've mentioned (at least in my "about" section) that I am a personal fitness trainer - well I recently joined a challenge with a few friends of mine to run 2015 miles in 2015. (Check out the specifics of the challenge HERE) We have four members on our team, so that equals out to about 2 miles/day/person. I joined the challenge for a several reasons, but these are definitely my top few:
At the end of my run one of my sisters met me at the gym to play a little dodge ball, and of course I added some squat jumps to the list of things to "practice" while we were playing. :)
She wasn't really impressed with this exercise....hence her seriousness in the last photo...haha....but we had some fun, and then she suggested her own favorite exercise. One that I am NOT good at...clearly.
Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Ouch I pinched a nerve. Fail. Fail. Fail. Almost fell on my face. Fail. Fail. EEK! Almost!
Then here she is with some sweet moves ^ acting like this stuff is easy. Maybe someday I'll get the moves.
I did most of my handstands up against the racquetball court wall, because otherwise I wimp out and don't kick myself high enough. The couple that I did in the middle of the room weren't very impressive.
She is working on spinal flexibility and core strength, which is why she's doing the handstand variations she is. Currently I'm lucky to just stay inverted.....she says it gets easier. I got some good photos of her, and she had some good laughs at me!
My attempts at spinal flexibility handstands weren't quite as pretty, but I stayed inverted at least!!
The "winter blues" remedy we used was handstands and some dodge ball, which was honestly more laughing and shouting random cues at each other - but we accomplished our initial goal of warming up our muscles and getting rid of some of the dreary winter blues.
Handstands. Dodge ball. Running.
Try them. :-)
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