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Flashback Friday: Peru 2013

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This time last year, my BFF & travel partner-in-crime were wrapping up an amazing week in Cusco & Lima Peru. Though the trip got off to a rocky start (the plane had to turn around 20 minutes into the flight due to a failed engine!) the beautiful scenery, friendly people, and excellent shopping more than made up for it. Machu Picchu was incredible and even though it felt like I couldn’t fill my lungs with oxygen for most of the day, it was an awesome experience. Check out some of my favorite photos from the trip…

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Ireland

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Two years ago, I promised my mom I would take her to Ireland for her 65th birthday. She wanted to wait until she retired so getting the time off to take the trip wouldn’t be a problem.

Fast forward a couple of years – and now after tons of planning and lots of excitement, she arrived to New Jersey yesterday and we leave for Dublin tonight. I opted to do a guided tour much like the one Cathy and I did for our visit to Peru last year (still need to post about that!). I thought it would be good to have other people on the tour with us to talk to. Plus it’s nice to get up and have the day planned for us already.

We’ll start in Dublin and then make our way through the countryside visiting Killarney, Galway, and Waterford. I am excited to see the cliffs and castles on our itinerary.

Here are a few pictures of my stop in Dublin a couple of years ago. I only had about 24 hours in the city since I was on a layover. This trip will be much more relaxed!

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If you’d like to follow our adventures, you can find photos of our trip on Instagram.

Flashback Friday: Roadtrip to Mexico

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Before I left Phoenix for the East Coast, I made a list of all the West Coast adventures I wanted to take. High on my list was a trip to Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Point), Mexico. Just a quick 4-hour drive from the Phoenix area, I somehow convinced one of my co-workers and fellow adventurer that this would be a great way to spend a long weekend.

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We headed down on a Friday afternoon, stopping midway at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the giant dinosaur sculptures for a leg stretch.

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The scenery on the drive down was gorgeous. We were practically the only ones on the road and it was cacti as far as the eye could see.

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We made it to the border without incident and promptly stopped at a package store to pick up very reasonably priced bottles of tequila for our weekend.

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After realizing our planned accommodations were not suitable for a weekend stay (long story that includes scorpions), we promptly packed up and found a resort with plenty of vacancy for us for the weekend. We ended up in a 1-bedroom condo with a full kitchen, living room, and balcony. Here’s our view of the pools from the balcony:

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We ventured into “town” to have dinner and see some of the sites, but because it was off-season, many of the shops and restaurants were closed. We did manage to find an oceanfront restaurant with beautiful views of the sunset.

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The next day, we spent some time enjoying the sun, and made it to the pool just in time for happy hour.

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On our way home we found a cute coffee shop to fuel us for the drive ahead and stopped at the Super Mercado to buy Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and other fun food items.

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All in all, it was a (thankfully) uneventful weekend and to be honest, we probably would have enjoyed a 4-hour drive in a different direction, perhaps San Diego instead. #liveandlearn

Wupatki National Park // Flagstaff, AZ

On our way up to Page, we stopped at Wupatki National Monument. If you know me, you know I collect National Parks cancellation stamps and I knew I could get at least one cancellation at Wupatki Surprise! I got two because Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is at the same location. The drive up to the ruins was incredible. The landscape changed with the elevation. At one point we stopped to take a few pictures at a scenic overlook and ended up taking a series of selfies in the middle of the road. I think my favorite part of the trip was the Lava Flow Trail that we hiked. I even found a heart-shaped piece of lava – I only took a photo of it and put it back. As we approached Page, it was nearing sunset and the Grand Canyon was in the distance. The sun hit the red rocks and it looked like it was glowing.

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Antelope Canyon // Page, AZ

Visiting Antelope Canyon has been on my life list for ages. The photos I’ve seen are surreal and I always thought they were photoshopped to look so, well, amazing. I’m here to say it’s all natural. The photos practically take themselves.

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We started the tour with Lynette, who was amazing. She was super knowledgeable about how the canyons were created, discovered, and even the best way to shoot inside them. She had all the photographers set their cameras to the right ISO and shutter speed before we went in. I was giddy with excitement and words cannot explain how breathtaking the interior is. I teared up a little bit as I walked through the orange glow and almost really cried when we spotted a sunbeam later in the tour. After walking through with our group for about 30 minutes, we were given about 20 minutes to spend some time exploring on our own before meeting the group back at the entrance. Overall, a dream come true. Check out some of the snaps I took with my new Nikon 1 camera. With the exception of the black & white shots, these are straight out of the camera.

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