Wrightsville Beach - Annex Coffee

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Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs CA

Moorten Botanical Gaden aka my dream world! Angela and I swung by here on our way to the Palm Springs airport. It was the perfect way to end our 9 day trip out west. 

It was a self guided tour so we took it slow and easy, roaming around giant cacti and exploring "The World's First Cactarium". Twice. 

The owner was a cute old man and he was so friendly. We bought a few succulents and I asked if he had "the kind of aloe you can rub on your cuts and stuff". He said "One minute- I'll be right back". We watched him go over to this giant aloe plant and cut off a sprig for me. He came back with a smile on his face and gave it me for free. That tiny little sprig has grown into a beautiful aloe plant that sits by the window in my kitchen. 

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Salvation Mountain, California

Leonard Knight, the artist spent 30 years building the colorful mountain out of local adobe clay and donated paint. 

 

Imagine believing something so much- in this case, that God is Love, that you go into the middle of the desert and build a 50 foot 3 story mountain. What a creative and passionate spirit. 

Here is a paragraph from the official website

 "Salvation Mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love." Leonard's passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain."

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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

SUNdays coffee and watching the surfers. It's 45 degrees outside but I don't mind. 

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Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Aloha

Hawaii is my home away from home. I won't pretend I am special in that aspect. I think most people who have experienced the barefoot life, the wild haired days, the salty lips, the sandy skin, feel in someway that this is how we're supposed to live. 

Hawaii offers me a chance to be someone I'm not. A morning person. With the 6 hour time difference, I'm up by 5am (which is not THAT impressive considering its 11am back home) chipper and ready to explore the island, watch the sunrise- I'll even make you breakfast. It's fun being a morning person. If only for a week. 

We always use airbnb. But this trip we stayed in Waikiki. This is the most touristy part of the island - there's a Hard Rock Cafe and Forever21 if that tells you anything. But I used to live in a high rise right on the Ala Wai so it was fun for me to be in very familiar ground. You can walk out of your condo and grab coffee or an acai bowl across the street. It feels like a bustling city. Shopping bags and to-go boxes and people fighting over parking spots. But a calm and private beach is an easy 15 minute drive. The best of both worlds.