It’s literally been 10 years since I last hit the slopes, can you believe it? Snowboarding was once one of my biggest passions, or I mean… biggest obsessions. Ever since late elementary school, my family would go up to Northern Michigan every winter holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, President’s Day, etc.) to spend time at the mountains. I started off skiing but eventually decided I wanted to snowboard. Once I made my decision, I didn’t turn back! I used to spend literally hundreds of hours on the slopes over the course of 6 years – wind-chapped nose, red cheeks, purple-bruised booty and all. (Yeah, total nerd!)
After our fun in Prescott, the boyfriend and I headed south to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. We were planning to meetup with our friend Spencer and his gf Andrea, who live in Phoenix, so I decided it was the perfect time to stay at The Saguaro, which I’ve been dying to check out. The bright colors of their Palm Springs location caught my eye when I was in the desert earlier this year for Crafting Community and just had to know what this new boutique hotel was all about.
The hotel is beautiful, with bright pops of color everywhere, art from local artists adoring the walls and great eateries on premises. We caught Happy Hour (Thurs-Sundays 5-7pm) at Distrito which was killer. Plus, I’m just a sucker for a good margarita – $5 a pop at that! We also got the nacho libre to hold us over until dinnertime at Windsor. I have to say, some of the best $5 nachos I’ve had in a while. #yum!
For the boyfriend’s birthday last month (holy crap, has it been that long?!) we took a little journey down to Arizona for a few days. We had some airline miles to use up and an itch to go to the desert. Plus, the boy’s amazing grandparents live down there and always show us the coolest places we’d never know about. I was dreading the heat but luckily Prescott is located in the mountains of Arizona, where it actually snows during the winter, so it wasn’t as hot as being in Phoenix.
His grandparents drove us through some really questionable roads – SO much fun – giving a whole new meaning to off roading for me (oy, vey!). We traversed through the backwoods of Prescott that intertwined with the Prescott National Forest. I was completely fascinated with the huge line of potted mailboxes next to a “neighborhood” directory made completely of carved wood. I clearly had stepped into another world. Oh, and not to mention the Pink Car Road, marked by this pepto pink bug shell (which looks to have a bazillion gunshot holes in it) – a local relic of sorts (read here about the mishap encounter it had with some kids last year). We ended the day with a visit to a few lakes – Watson Lake and Goldwater Lake to be exact – which were both absolutely picture perfect!
A couple weekends ago we ventured into the high desert for the first time since being in Los Angeles. Yes, we’ve driven past Palm Springs on trips before but never actually stopped by. While Palm Springs was a great little town, the best part of our trip was the day we spent in Joshua Tree National Park. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking. We hiked for a good part of the day and did as much climbing as our rubber soles could handle – can’t wait to go back and camp!
On our way out we stopped by the town of Joshua Tree and indulged in some vegan goodness at The Natural Sisters Cafe. Hands down the best eggless egg-salad sandwich I’ve ever had. They even make their own kombucha, which I’ll have to try next time, as well as these fig shakes I keep hearing about.
Located in Harads, Sweden about 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle is a little slice of heaven I hope to one day visit. Treehotel is an extraordinary group of tree houses for rent, that was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. As a tale of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together, “The Tree Lover” is a philosophic story about the significance of trees for human beings.
Each hotel room is as environmentally friendly as it is beautiful. Everything from the construction to the hydroelectric power to modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilets where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odorless and powered by hydroelectricity. Holy crap, amazing! Check out all the themed rooms they have… I honestly can’t decide which I love most…can you?