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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Joshua Tree National Park

I spy rock-climbers! 

Yesterday, I posted about Palm Springs and St. George (Post HERE). On our way home I got my in laws to stop at Joshua Tree National Park. I love National Parks and I want to see as many as I can!!! I am going to let the pictures do the talking. I saved these pictures for their own post because I absolutely fell in love with the views of this park. Also, the lighting was so good! Yes! 

Such a cool view! 

(Joshua) tree hugger. See what I did there? More on instagram. 



Have you ever been to Joshua Tree National Park? 
What is your favorite National Park? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Break 2017

I looked at the clock today and it was only 10:00 am.
I thought it was lunchtime.
I sighed and looked at my students and said, "Okay, guys, we got this!!!" They all just stared at me. 
Coming back to school after a fun few days in the sunshine is quite difficult. I was spoiled with some serious leisure time and a good break! My Spring Break was so much fun. I tagged along with my in-laws on this fun road trip. Before I left, I had someone say to me, "Wait. You are going on a vacation with your in laws...and their entire extended family..without Tanner?!" I know. I know! Good thing I have known them for seven years now and they didn't kick me out when I snored ;).
In all seriousness though, it was a great time and I was so grateful to go on vacation with great people! 

We hit the road and stopped at Cove Fort on our road trip. Cove Fort was built in 1867 by the Pioneers in Utah. It was a safe stop for travelers to stop and rest. I had never been here before, but it was interesting to learn new information about the Mormon Pioneers. Both of my parents are converts to the LDS church, so I don't have any of those pioneer ancestors. Maybe that's why I don't think I would have been a very good pioneer ;) haha. I kept thinking, "Uh, I would have died." I'm a wimp. It happens. Good thing I'm a millennial, eh? 

We got in the car and made our way down to St. George. I love the red rocks in St. George so much. We spent the evening exploring and hiking around in the beautiful sunshine. I think I want to live down there full time. Ha.  

I said, "Guys! Get in a picture here. This is so pretty right here!" And the all ignored me. I look up and this is what I see. Mark thinks he's so funny. 
Yea, no way I am fitting in that crevice! Claustrophobia, much? 

Of course we had to swing by the St. George temple. I love this temple so much. And I, like my many other lists, want to see as many temples in the world as possible! (Except I've been to this one a million times! Ha). 

The next day, after what seemed like a very long drive (I'm not used to sitting in the back seat for trips!), we made it to Palm Springs. We stayed at a gorgeous resort there. Of course, while there, I ran into an old student and her family. This is the life of a teacher. Ha. (I also ran into past, present, and future students' and their families in Joshua Tree and St. George. One in every location!).

While in Palm Springs I read three books (in four days total--counting the long drive. I had a lot of time, guys!), played tennis (and it made me want to play more!!), swam, sun-tanned, played cards, went for walks, watched some tv, and swim in the sunshine more!

And our tennis photo shoot starts....NOW! 

Dorks. Ha. 

Last and definitely not least, we stopped by Joshua Tree National Park on our way home. That post will be tomorrow!!!! Come back for more tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Italy // Cinque Terre

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This is the last stop in Ital! I am done with my Italy posts, and I saved the best for the last. You're welcome! (or I'm sorry?). Um, where do I even begin? Our last day in Tuscany was spent exploring Cinque Terre.  If you do not know, Cinque Terre are five old towns that are located not he West coast of Italy. Holy.Crap.You.Guys. I wish I could explain to you how incredible this place was. You know those times when you see a place that literally looks like it was off of Pinterest? Well, this place was definitely one. We spent the day walking up and down the adorable towns (yea, I could not feel my knee afterwards from going up and down so much) and hiking in between them. You can see the different towns throughout the following photos. It was January so it was kind of cold (not warm enough to swim and hang out), but I can't even imagine just hanging out at the beach and exploring these absolutely beautiful towns. This is definitely one place that you have to see. I will let the pictures do the talking. Unreal! 

As always, more photos are on Instagram and Pinterest. 

La Spezia, on the way to Cinque Terre. This was a gorgeous site as well!

That water!! 

I fell in love with the old homes and their little farms and mini vineyards on the hills. 

I know this looks fake. It's not. I still can't believe this view, you guys. 

Okay, I think I need to back.