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September 29, 2014

September Sunsets

It was the perfect end to our perfect night out. After a peaceful van ride to Fennville to pick apples and dine at one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants, Salt of the Earth, Ken and I drove to Lake Michigan to try and catch the sunset. We caught just the last of the sun setting, but the colors that painted the sky once the sun went down, made the journey well worth it. There is just something different about a September sunset that continues to draw you to the lakeshore.

September 28, 2014

A is for Apples

Michigan has been blessed with the most beautiful fall this year. Today, Ken and I took advantage of every second of sunlight and the warm Indian Summer day to be outside together.

We drove the van to Fennville this afternoon to pick apples at Crane's Orchard. We had a blast picking our favorite apples, and sampling a few while filling our basket. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all these apples...

See below for pictures of our apple picking adventure!

 Outfit Details:
Dress: Macy's     Shoes: Hush Puppies     Sweater: Target

September 26, 2014

Together we make a Cactus

Note to Self: Cactus are not meant for climbing.

I have travelled the world, but not until this trip to Arizona had I ever seen a cactus. On our last day in Arizona, Ken and I drove south to the Sonoran Desert to attempt to hike the 106 degree heat. It was so hot and dry that you could feel yourself sweating, but it was evaporating just as fast as it was coming down.  The variety of cactus that covered the ground mixed with the desert mountains was so new to me that I had a blast running through the desert sand taking photos and trying to see the landscape that I almost forgetting about how miserably hot I was. It was a great half hour of exploring, followed by air conditioning blasting in the car.

See some of our photos from the desert!

September 25, 2014

A Balancing Act

Somewhere between Flagstaff and Sedona there's a tree lined canyon with twisted roads, green brush, and yellow flowers. In Oak Creek Caynon, you are balancing between a mountain town and desert canyon. It is so beautiful to stand at the edge and look ahead or behind you to see the greenery and look down below you and see the tan shades on the canyons. Even more reasons to love this Grand Canyon State.

September 24, 2014

Visit Your National Parks

The Grand Canyon Edition

We have all seen images of the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world; unless you see the powerful, endless landscape up close photos will never do it justice. As we walked down the path leading up to the Grand Canyon, I don't think either of us know what to expect, but at the first glimpse of the canyon, we were both overwhelmed by the depth and beauty of our surroundings. The 18 mile wide, 1 mile deep geological masterpiece looked like a watercolor painting from all views. 

Ken and I spent time walking around the rim of the canyon trying to take it all in. Per usual, we didn't stay on the designated path and spent much of our time climbing up and down rocks and finding spots to escape from the tourists. Personally, I am not afraid of heights, so at one point of our journey here I walked to the edge of a very narrow cliff to get a whole new perspective.

After spending time on the main trail, we drive around the outer rim of the canyon that has many stops along the way for you to park and view from many different views. Be sure to give yourself a few hours to enjoy this park and do not rush through it.

See our journey below:

My amazing wide brimmed felt hat: Pistil Designs

September 23, 2014

Flagstaff is for Us

Beards, brews, dreads, coffee and mountains; sounds like paradise to me. Ken and I explored this college town / mountain town and felt right at home the moment we arrived. A town that has a great mixture of microbreweries, coffee houses, farm to table restaurants, trendy retails spots and most notably, the mountains that look like a backdrop placed behind a city, it wasn't long before we made ourselves comfortable here.

Besides the little hipsters that fill this town, Flagstaff is full of history and character. A cool weather mountain town oasis, surrounded by high desert to the north and Sonoran desert south. This old mining town is covered with ponderosa pines, elk running the woods, and trains screaming through the town like clockwork. This town is a very welcoming, with laid back vibe and small town feel. Plus, it was breath of fresh air to be in a more relaxed city after days in tourist destinations.

It was a great place to have stay and spend a few days.

September 22, 2014

Welcome to Arizona

After hours of driving to northern Arizona, amazed by the geology of this state, it occurred to us that Arizona is not a typical travel destination for those who are not college students or retirees. Had it not been for Ken’s cousin getting married, this is not a state we ever discussed visiting or had the desire to explore, but we are so glad we did! Arizona is filled with so much to do and see; from desert landscapes to mountain towns, we were able to capture much of the states natural beauty. 

Over the next few days, we would like to share with you our incredible vacation in Arizona and show the allure of this state. Go beyond the Grand Canyon and explore the depth and variety of this place has to offer. Take in the red rocks, volcanic black sand, mountain views, canyons, desert and more. Hopefully you too will see through these posts how beautiful this state is and add Arizona to your list of U.S travel destinations.

Day One: Sedona

We arrived in Phoenix Thursday morning, picked up our rental car and made our way north to Flagstaff. To break up the 2 hour drive to our destination we took a few hours to explore the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. The contrast between the red sand, red rocks and lush green vegetation mixed in was stunning. We enjoyed short hikes through the red sand and explored the heavily trafficked tourist downtown area filled of gift shops and restaurants. This town did appear to cater more towards the older population, but bring your hiking shoes and tons of water and you can turn this town into your own rugged adventure. We highly recommend Sedona in your travels to Arizona.

Here are some of our favorite views from the very red town of Sedona: