san diego + brooklyn
I’ll admit it, I’m not a big fan of California. But after visiting San Diego, I now understand some of the appeal. San Diego is completely different from LA. It’s beautiful. And on a work trip in March, I got to enjoy some of its incredible sites and food.
Later in the year, I experienced my second trip to NYC. (To experience Central Park in the fall was a dream!) I also experienced my first trip to Brooklyn.
waco + fredericksburg, tx
I moved from Arizona to Tennessee in February. I turned the move into a road trip and picked my mom up at the airport in Austin. We loved Fredericksburg. But WACO, home to Chip and Joanna Gaines? Loved. We enjoyed every minute of our time at the Silos. That place is something special. We ended the trip by taking the Natchez Trace from Mississippi al the way to TN.
small road trips: the Grand canyon + eager, az + arches national park + zion national park + monument valley
This was the year of small road trips. Like when my Uncle visited from Tennessee and he, my aunt, and cousins went to the Grand Canyon. It was my first time, despite being born and raised in Arizona. There was also the day trip to Eager and Springerville, AZ with my grandparents. & In September, my cousin and I drove to Salt Lake City + Park City, Utah--making stops at places like Arches National Park, Zion National Park, and Monument Valley. 2016 was the year of appreciating the desert and the beauty that can be found there.
washington + British Columbia
The cousin and I flew to Seattle and explored Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and EMP Museum. The second day we drove around Olympic National Park, stopping at Ruby Beach and La Push.
In Canada, we rode cruisers around Stanley Park in Vancouver. My favorite was the next day, driving on the Sea to Sky highway. It was breathtaking with it's snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and hiking trails. The weather was perfect, a slight drizzle and the mist coming off the peaks.
It'd been years since mom and I went on a trip together. We loved the old brick buildings and the Spanish moss hanging from ancient trees. Collecting seashells at Tybee Island was our fave.
On the drive home, we roamed the property at Swan House in Atlanta.
NEW YORK CITY + WASHINGTON, D.C.
When I was younger, I dreamed of living in New York City. Finally seeing the big city for the first time was magic. The cousin and I spent a short two-day trip here. I don't think I'd ever walked so far in my life.
Central Park. Grand Central Terminal. The Empire State Building. Times Square. Rockefeller Center. One World Trade Center. Across the Brooklyn Bridge. It rained the entire time. But I loved it. And our hotel was super snazzy.
We took the train to D.C. the next day. Museums. Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol Building. The White House. Exhausted by day's end.
WORLD'S LARGEST TREE HOUSE
On a trip to Tennessee, mom, dad, the cousin and I traveled to the world's largest tree house. The place gave off serious cult vibes. Something along the lines of that "Martha Marcy Mae Marlene" movie. Aside from that, it was pretty rad.
São Paulo, Brazil
I traveled to Brazil with several of the same friends who went on the Chile trip. The Concrete Jungle, as it's known, was a fun experience. A cool city. Lotsa cool people. The trees are pretty incredible. And this cup of coffee was the best I've ever had.
Chile was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I traveled with 23 people from Phoenix and L.A. Many I met for the first time on this trip and consider them to be friends for life. We insulated houses, moved bricks from destroyed buildings, hung out with kids and families, and traveled to an old mine city in the Andes Mountains.
DUBLIN + BELFAST + PARIS + LONDON
Ireland was the first foreign country I visited. I remember arriving in Dublin, completely exhausted but instantly in love and feeling like I was in a dream.
The most magical part about Paris was the Eiffel Tower lit up at night with sparkling lights.
To this day, St. James Park in London is one of my favorite places. It's in the heart of London, right outside of Buckingham Palace and it's peaceful and dreamy and wonderful.
2010 - always
HOME // TENNESSEE
When my dad was 25 years old, he built my childhood home in Arizona. I lived in that house for the first 21 years of my life.
At 50, he built the house pictured here. It's my parents forever home, on a pretty road in Tennessee with big oak trees out front.
It's my favorite place to visit every year.