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Pacific Northwest Packing Essentials

This post is sponsored by Totes Cirrus but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Traveling somewhere that has an opposite climate than what you are used to can make you feel like a fish out of water, or in our case, like two scorpions out of the desert. 

Adam and I have plans to travel to the Pacific Northwest again this year, and we have been making some preparations to get ready for our trip. For Adam's 30th birthday, I planned and executed a surprise getaway trip to Seattle for him and this was his first time traveling to the Pacific Northwest (and only my second time, that is, if you do not count the trips to Alaska). 

While my plans to organize the airline tickets, hotel, restaurant reservations, and some other fun birthday surprises went smoothly, planning for the weather was, well, an oversight on my part! 

Today, we are sharing some of our Pacific Northwest travel packing essentials likes these Totes Cirrus Rainboots in hopes that our Phoenician friends who are planning a visit to a chilly, humid, rainy, and oftentimes windy place will be more prepared so that they can enjoy being outside while exploring some of the most beautiful places in the country!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 210

Good morning! 

We hope that you are having a great first half of the first month of the new year! 

We did a lot of catching up on work around the office after feeling under the weather--I have had a cold, but Adam definitely got the worst of it and had bronchitis and all kinds of miserable symptoms that came along with it. It's such a struggle watching your spouse suffer without having all too much that you can do to help them feel better! But I did what I could, stocked up on soup and brought him plenty of water, and helped him figure out what kinds of medicine to take that would actually help his specific symptoms. 

This weekend, now that I am feeling fully rested and finally back to my old self, I will be plugging away at more projects that are coming to the blog later this month and we're excited to do what needs to get done to make some major progress on some of our goals that we have set for 2019! 

Our Visit to Seven Magic Mountains

Just about thirty minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip, we explored a whimsical art installation in the middle of the Nevada desert called Seven Magic Mountains. If you are headed to Vegas soon, be sure to add this to your itinerary! Thanks to our friends at Toyota for always inspiring us to go to new places!

You know how you find yourself seeing the same place over and over again on Instagram that you finally decide to see what all of the fuss is about? Well, for us, that was Seven Magic Mountains! 

I will be the first to admit that I probably spend way too much time on Instagram. Looking through travel hashtags to get inspired and temporarily fulfill my need for wanderlust when I am stuck in the office, I often find patterns or even see the same places being shared over and over again. When I see a place that strikes my attention or inspires me, I like to add these Instagram posts in my saved folder. 

I cannot tell you how many times I went and saved a photo of someone at Seven Magic Mountains!

After seeing about probably fifty selfies and adorable fashionista grams all taken at the same spot, I finally decided to look into this gorgeous, desert art installation. Located just thirty minutes outside of Las Vegas, I knew it would be something we could easily check out during our next road trip test driving the Toyota Prius Four Touring from Arizona out to Nevada, and over our winter break hiatus, we did just that! 

Our Cruise on Lake Mead and Visiting the Hoover Dam

During our winter break, we made a road trip from our home in Phoenix out to Las Vegas. One of our favorite activities from the week that we spent near the Las Vegas strip was taking a Lake Mead day cruise and then shortly after visiting the Hoover Dam--today, we are sharing all of the details from this Las Vegas day trip!

Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam have always fascinated me (including learning about the construction of the dam itself during the 1930s, along with the purpose of the Lake Mead reservoir and the massive undertaking it took to build it). My mom and I first visited the Hoover Dam while I was still in school at Arizona State University, and we took an extended tour of the inside of the dam which was a bit scary but mostly incredibly compelling. When I knew Adam and I were making plans to road trip out to Nevada, I knew we had to make a point to dedicate a day to exploring Boulder City so that Adam could see the Hoover Dam for himself as well as take in the beauty of Lake Mead. 

Just about thirty minutes from the Las Vegas strip, Boulder City is a great way to escape the chaos of the strip and get outside to enjoy the beauty of Lake Mead, the peaks on the water channeling the Colorado River, and a chance to drive across town to explore the Hoover Dam. 

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 209

New Year,  New Plans! 

Cheers to 2019 kicking off this week and the fact that so many of us have already begun making plans to enrich our lives over the coming months. I am not a huge fan of new year's resolutions, but I do enjoy making goals for myself and having aspirations. This year, we have a number of things we want to accomplish and I also have my own personal goals (and Adam has his own as well). 

We are looking forward to beginning to start the new year off on a great foot, and we have begun making some plans for the coming months and we can't wait to share some details with you in a few weeks!