United States of America · 26 Days · 71 Moments · July 2016

Elsa's voyage in United States of America

29 July 2016

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28 July 2016

Said goodbye to the crew and now I'm just waiting for my plane back to Boston. Becca, Zach, Magnus, and Juniper -- thank you for the some of the most memorable experiences of my life. I am so grateful that we were able to experience all of the things we did together. My life is forever changed in ways I would have never imagined. My mind and heart are now open to a new dimension because of you. Until next time, my friendsโฃ
1212 Alvar Street made for an amazing stay in Bywater, LA ๐Ÿก Thank you, Airbnb ๐Ÿ˜Šโฃ

27 July 2016

Haunted Bar Crawl in the French Quarter ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€
Not our favorite restaurant of the trip, but at least we got to try fried crawfish ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿด
Cafe du Monde for some beignets ๐Ÿด
Pictures from our stroll around New Orleans ๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿน๐Ÿฉ๐ŸŒž

26 July 2016

Night out on Frenchmen Street ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽบ
Gumbo Shop, Creole Cuisine -- New Orleans, LA is off to a great start ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿด๐Ÿค—
Kitty photoshoots (featuring Juniper) on our way to the House of the Rising Sun ๐ŸŒ‡
Said goodbye, for now, to Austin, TX ๐Ÿก Thanks to our host, Alex, for showing us around โ˜บ๏ธ

25 July 2016

Hope Outdoor Gallery, Downtown Austin ๐ŸŽจ
Downtown AustinโฃFeaturing an amazing shopping ๐Ÿ› spot and fabulous Mexican food, including frozen margaritas ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿน
Barton Creek, Austin, TX ๐Ÿž

24 July 2016

Two of our food stops so far in Austin, TX ๐Ÿด 1. Gourdough's Public House (aka doughnut heaven) -- I definitely recommend fried clam doughnut sandwich with fried brussel sprouts and the funky monkey dessert ๐Ÿฉ 2. Tacodeli, featuring amazing tacos and house made salsa options ๐ŸŒฎ
From our overnight in Santa Fe, NM at the Rancheros Camping Ground โ›บ๏ธ

23 July 2016

Meow Wolf Art Complex - Santa Fe, New Mexico โš›๐Ÿ”ฎ

22 July 2016

Stopped at Corner Bakery in Englewood, CO before heading to our second Red Rocks concert, featuring Vulfpeck and the Motet ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽค The concert was unbelievable and we even saw another rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ Fueled up at Village Inn this morning with some juevos rancheros before picking up our new crew member (Juniper the Kitten) and hitting the road to Santa Fe ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒž
Kittens, a puppy, deer, and tarot card reading at our stay in Elizabeth, CO ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ A big thank you to our host, Lee ๐Ÿ™‚

21 July 2016

A few brewery stops in Denver before heading to Elizabeth, CO to catch up on some rest ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ด
Red Rocks show Pt. 1 - Glass Animals and Portugal. The Man. A very incredible show and experience ๐ŸŒ We said goodbye to our tent and left our hotel for an awesome breakfast at Snooze in Denver ๐ŸŒฏโ˜•๏ธ

20 July 2016

Hotsprings and chocolate cream pies in Carbondale, Colorado ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿซ
Just sharing a few more photos of the paradise we experienced in Aspen, Colorado ๐ŸŒˆโฃ๐Ÿ˜Œ

19 July 2016

We arrived in Aspen, Colorado yesterday afternoon! Got an incredible lunch at Justice Snow's and then headed to Kimball's house (our first Colorado host) for wine, cheese, rainbows, and beautiful views ๐Ÿท๐Ÿง€๐ŸŒˆ

18 July 2016

Some coffee, food, and a long hot shower made us very happy people ๐Ÿค— Spent our last night in Utah at Sleep Inn where employees walk into your room without knocking. Thanks, Moab, for the good times ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜…
If a relentless mosquito swarm, wind storm, and broken tent sound like a bad time, add locking the keys in the car and a persistent drizzle and you've got a picture of our night last night. We survived, although for Zachary it was a close call.

17 July 2016

Celebration sushi in Moab, Utah after our hike through the Arches Desert ๐Ÿฑ

16 July 2016

A few technical difficulties along the way, but we successfully made it to Arches National Park, Utah ๐ŸŒ„

15 July 2016

Found ourselves a beautiful camping spot in the cow land of Boulder, Utah. There are free range cows everywhere and it's pretty amazing ๐Ÿ„ I cooked us a fabulous Thai-styled stir fry for dinner and had a little jam session before bed ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธNow we're currently working up our appetites for an scrambled eggs breakfast around the fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Drove through Bryce Canyon, Utah, today on our way to Arches National Park ๐ŸŒž The natural stacks of red rocks starting from the ground, up called hoodoos โฃ We made a few pit stops at vista points which included massage trains (which was joined by Sweet Georgia Brown [featured in the purple shirt]) and proving my strength ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

13 July 2016

Zion National Park is a must see! The Native Americans called it straight up land, and for good reason. Sheer faces of pink and white rock shoot up hundreds of feet from the earth, and we were able to hike between them in the largest slot canyon in the world! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring my phone for pictures, but the memories will last us a lifetime!
We've made it to Utah! Spending the night at Hi-Road Campgrounds and then hiking all day tomorrow through Zion National Park ๐Ÿž My water shoes and hiking stick are ready for some action โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

12 July 2016

Las Vegas ๐Ÿพ We spent our stay at Planet Hollywood and got to hang in a beautiful suite in the Bellagio Road Trip Tip 231: Don't leave your sandwich in water, it's gross. Overall, a great night ๐Ÿค— Now we're on the road to Zion...
Road trip lesson 506: Make sure to fill up your gas tank before driving into the Mojave Desert -- well, at least we got to detour into Route 66 ๐Ÿ˜… Beautiful hike through the rocky desert! Another lesson: avoid stepping on/walking into cacti ๐ŸŒต

11 July 2016

Successful night in LA! Got a filling sushi dinner with a guest appearance from Andi ๐Ÿฑ and a great eggs Benedict this morning at Blu Jam Cafรฉ ๐Ÿฃ(awesome tunes ๐ŸŽถ). Now we're off to Las Vegas ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Pitstop at The Brewhouse in Santa Barbara ๐Ÿบ Featuring Becca washing us in the facilities ๐Ÿ˜‹
Cambria, California makes a mean coffee and quiche ๐Ÿ˜Š
Just finished up some morning yoga in San Simeon ๐ŸŒž Heading south in search of some coffee โ˜•๏ธ

10 July 2016

Took some patience, but we were able to find a beautiful campground in San Simeon โ›บ๏ธ The views driving down the Big Sur were unreal, winding roads with mountains and ocean for miles ๐Ÿ™‚ Ended the night with a burrito dinner and s'mores dessert cooked over the fire ๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Quick stop to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to ride the Undertow Rollercoaster - totally worth it ๐ŸŽข Then boardwalk is filled with people, rides, beaches, and carnival food ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŒญ
Some shots from the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, on our way to Santa Cruz ๐ŸŒ…
Half Moon Bay, California ๐ŸŒœBunny holding, wine tasting, souvenir shopping and so much more! We even met a shop owner named, Sheila, who spoke some true words of wisdom ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ One of my favorite stops, yet ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Š
Had a great nights sleep in a gorgeous house for our last night in San Francisco (big thank you to Kaylee, our host) ๐Ÿ˜ด We're now heading towards the Big Sur, making some essential cafe stops: Cafe Trieste in North Beach (which featured some amazing live music) and Half Moon Bay Coffee Company. The highway views continue to be breath taking ๐Ÿž

9 July 2016

Walked around the San Fran piers and went to the Ferry House - an indoor/outdoor open market with lots of places to eat and shop! Now we're 30 minutes outside of the city center catching up on some rest in a gorgeous house with gorgeous views ๐ŸŒ‡
Walked around the Fisherman's Wharf to Pier 39 and got some great food at Boudin ๐Ÿฒ Just getting off the Bay Cruise now where we saw amazing views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz! Off to happy hour ๐Ÿ˜Š
Night out on the town in San Francisco was very successful!! We went to Tupelo (an amazing bar with live music - Marshall Law played last night) and we got some amazing late night snacks at Golden Boy Pizza ๐Ÿท๐Ÿด๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽถ The spinach, garlic, and clam pizza was amazing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸผGot some rest and just enjoyed some complimentary breakfast at our hotel๐Ÿค—

8 July 2016

Today was productive! We did our laundry, took a walk through Golden Gate Park, lost Magnus, found Magnus and now we're drinking wine at the Holiday Inn in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿท

7 July 2016

Finally made it to San Francisco ๐Ÿ˜ We passed a lot of wineries but the views were amazing! Posting up at a Hampton Inn to get some rest ๐Ÿ˜ด
Pitstop to Calico Cafe in Humboldt, California for a coffee โ˜•๏ธ Found a little kitty, too ๐Ÿฑ
Redwood Forest - a place of many worlds ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒณ
Forest Cafe for some coffee and lunch ๐Ÿป We have yet to come across bear repellant, but we survived our encounter.
Beach in Crescent City โ›…๏ธ
We've crossed the boarder and set up camp at Florence Keller Regional Park in Crescent City, California ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ› Picture #3 features our car, Magnus.

6 July 2016

Breath taking views from Humbug Mountain State Park ๐ŸŒ…
Dinner at Cafe Mediterranean ๐Ÿด
Quick pitstop to Winchester Bay, Oregon to try out sand boarding โ›ท Lesson of the day: the board easily sinks into the sand ๐Ÿ˜ Also got a really awesome sour dough baguette!!
Thank you Portland, thank you to our tour guide, Madison, and thank you to our Airbnb hosts, Charlie and Jodi ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Such a memorable two days! Making an essential stop to Voodoo Doughnuts before he heading out to sand dunes and the Redwood National Forest ๐ŸŒฒ

5 July 2016

Mississippi, Portland. Yummy food, fun sights, and great live jazz music at the White Eagle ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ
Miss Delta for dinner ๐Ÿด so stuffed!!
Hoyt Arboretum ๐ŸŒฒ
International Rose Test Garden ๐ŸŒน
Pittock Mansion ๐Ÿฏ
Breakfast and coffee at Vivace in the "sidetown" of 23rd in Portland. I got a cappuccino and a Balsamic Hillside Crepe -- definitely all fueled up and ready for the activities to come โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿด๐Ÿค—

4 July 2016

Successful 4th of July! Happy 240th Birthday America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธ
Yummy food and drinks -- Cajun tots are outta this world! Heading off to the fire works soon ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Courtesy of our Airbnb ... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
First stop in Portland - Green Dragon Brewery ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿบ
Just landed in Portland!!! Quick stop at Petite Provence Cafe for a green tea latte before getting picked up at the airport by Becca and Zach ๐Ÿค—
Amazing views from the window seat โ›ฐโœˆ๏ธ
Waiting to board -- Portland, here I come!!

3 July 2016

All packed and ready for my 7:55am flight to Portland, Oregon!!