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Taos Pueblo, NM

While in the Southwest we wanted to visit a pueblo. Like Sedona, I last explored a pueblo in the Southwest when I was six years old. Brian and I quickly decided on Taos Pueblo because of it’s proximity to Santa Fe and because it is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the United States, which is currently over a whopping 1,000 years! The Taos Pueblo is 1 hr and 30 min from Santa Fe. A good portion of the drive is a very scenic gorge drive and the actual town of Taos is pretty cute too. There was a detour…

Sliding at Slide Rock State Park + Tips

The first time I went to Arizona I was 6 years old. I remember being at the airport and stepping through the sliding doors and immediately the heat and dry air took my breath away. This Alaskan was NOT used to this weather. On that vacation, one of the top stops was Sedona and Slide Rock State Park. My mom has a VHS tape in her collection of a timid 6-year-old in a black and white polka dot bikini (that would be me) in the shallow pools of Slide Rock, but not partaking of the slide part of Slide Rock.…

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Starting about two years ago, exactly like clockwork, I would turn on Food Network at the start of my working-from-home 1pm lunch hour (I like lunching late) because The Pioneer Woman was on. Ree uses so much butter and sugar, how can her recipes not be enticing! I love baked goods so much and her show just called my name. Every day at 1pm it called my name. Since Brian works from home too, he would often overhear the show whether he wanted to or not (more often not). When we decided to drive through Oklahoma on our road trip, Brian suggested…

Key West Key Lime Pie Throwdown

I’m gonna be honest here: I’m not a huge pie person. Wait! Don’t go! I like pie just fine, but it’s highly unusual that it’s my first choice for dessert. But when it comes to cream pies—coconut, French silk, peanut butter, KEY LIME—I am 110% into pie. So, when Brian and I were down in Key West last month, I knew we must do a key lime pie throwdown between the top three Yelp contenders: Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe, The Key Lime Pie Bakery, and the Key Lime Pie Co and a surprise 4th based on recommendations from locals.…

Top Things to See at the MET: The MET Museum Highlights Tour

The MET Museum houses more than 2 million works of art. It’s the largest museum in America and one of the largest in the world. To say it’s overwhelming is an understatement. So if you’re going to visit, you need a game plan. Basically, you’re going to do a loop counter-clockwise on the ground floor, then go up the main stairs and loop clockwise around the top floor. That’ll allow you to hit all the sections with the best flow. If you want to see the video tour, watch it here. Otherwise, read on. So you enter the Great Hall…

Museum of Ice Cream Details

There’s a lot of hype about the Museum of Ice Cream. I’ll tell you all about it and let you judge for yourself. First off, you have to have a ticket to get in – there is no standby line. All 30,000 tickets sold out in a few days, and then they extended it for another two weeks in September and they sold out in a matter of minutes. Tickets are timestamped. You show up around your time and they put you in a group of 10 people. You move through the museum with this same group of 10 people.…

Up Late on the High Line

We were super excited about tonight. The High Line, which we’ve been on plenty of times before, invited the City to come out and play after dark, in an event they called Up Late on the High Line. Along with the ability to roam the park after normal closing hours, they invited artists to create various light and sound installations to entertain us. Sounds like an amazing event, right? You can see why we were excited to go. And so was everyone else. We waddled along and saw a few cool things (check out the video below for the full…

Secret Nature Sanctuary in Central Park

Today I checked another box off my bucket list. I explored the extremely rarely open (as in a few hours per year) Hallett Nature Sanctuary. The Hallett Nature Sanctuary as seen from across the Pond. So the history here is that in 1934, Robert Moses, the Parks Commissioner at the time, closed these 4 acres of Central Park to the public for use as a bird sanctuary. And it stayed closed to the public for 79 years. It’s like the Forbidden City, but in Central Park. Forbidden for us at least. The birds love it. Here’s a robin’s nest. It’s…

Las Vegas Neon Boneyard Review and Pictures

After work today, we went out to the Neon Graveyard. It’s been on our bucket list and it was the only touristy thing we wanted to accomplish on this trip. I also found out it’s actually called the Neon Boneyard. Our experience was not great. Which is very disappointing. This place has so much potential! Here’s how it plays out. They treat it like a museum. The tickets actually call it the “Neon Museum.” But you’re not allowed to wander or explore like a normal museum. You’re required to go with a tour guide… …and you’re not allowed to stray…

Minerva Mountain Trail in Ketchikan Alaska

It was a beautiful day in Ketchikan, so we couldn’t waste it inside. The weather said it’d rain later in the afternoon, so we wanted to get an early jump on the day. I met up with Ali around 9am and we headed up to Carlanna Lake Trail. The beginning part of the Carlanna Lake Trail is wide and gradual. It’s probably only about a 5-minute walk from the parking lot to the lake, at which point you’re graced with this incredible view. The lake is always calm, the reflection on point, and that lone tree is just begging to…