Valley of the Sun

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Last week I went to spend a few days in Mesa with my mom.  The desert landscape and the history of the people who inhabited and survived there is so intriguing to me.  The heat was a nice escape from rainy and wet Seattle, and it was almost 40 degrees warmer down there then the Pacific Northwest! It’s a drastic change but to feel that sun hit your skin and soak in is a beautiful thing.

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Surf’s up in Kona

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Hawaii. My winter escape to sunshine and marine life. For me, it doesn’t matter that every year I go to the same place with my family. We stay in the same condo complex and see the same friends and this is perfectly fine with me. I am baking in the sunshine while the dolphins spin by and the whales spout along the coast. This is the epitome of a mental reset for me.

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London Part 1

Deep down there is a part of me that is an idealist. I get a romantic notion in my head about the way something should be & make me feel. I had this idea about autumn in the United Kingdom. I’m not sure why specifically autumn, and I’m not sure why specifically the UK. For years I have felt a pull from Britain. The idealist in me likes to think I had a past life there…but it’s probably because half of my heritage is from Britain.

Anyway, after a direct flight from Seattle to Heathrow, we touched down in London, exhausted, and made our way through Heathrow and took a cab into the city. We stayed in a lovely little flat called Villa Fitzrovial, about a 5-10 minutes walk north of Oxford Street, but being jetlagged and finally getting settled at 5PM UK time, we crashed…woke up at 1 AM, crashed again, and then managed to role out of bed still feeling funny, but ready to take on the day.

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The view out the back of our flat. All of the brick is so charming.

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Vacation all I ever wanted: Cabo San Lucas

I love my job. I’m blessed to be doing something I love, but about every June/July, I find myself burning out. Overloaded, uninspired and in need of a break where I am completely cut off from email & any thought of work. It’s just how it goes.

A few back to back 60 hour work weeks in June this year after no real break in 6 months made me thankful that at the last minute we booked a trip to Mexico with another couple.

This was my first trip to Mexico & it was lovely. Cabo is vibrant and full of culture. The people are kind & personable. And the food is fucking delicious. I may have permanently ruined enchiladas for myself.

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A wildlife conservation booth by the marina let’s you hold a tiger cub that is eventually sent to a wildlife reserve. You donate to reserve to hold the cub. I would never do this if it was purely for someone else’s profit. I love animals & this little guy was too cute. They rescue these animals from black market sales & we were happy to support this cause.

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Senor Frogs was awesome.

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Cabo Pulmo is home to the only living reef in North America. We went out snorkeling and saw huge schools of fish, sting rays, manta rays and a school of Mahi Mahi. It very remote and a very small little town.

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Our final day in Cabo, the day we were supposed to leave, we were hit by an unexpected tropical storm. I have never been in a storm so ferocious & was worried we wouldn’t make it to the airport or that our flight would be delayed. It blew through so quickly though & we were able to leave. Though final time in the sun and in the pool was now not possible before checkout (boo!).

We will be back to Cabo, though as a Pacific Northwest native, I will never again go to Cabo in July. 97 degree heat is one thing but added humidity of 40-50% every single day was just crippling for someone not acclimated. The constant need to be immersed in a body of water is tiring.

But it was a good trip. I came home inspired in many ways, one of which has put me back on track to pick up learning a language again.

I’m happy to be home with my furry baby girls again though. Now to countdown to the next trip.

Have a relaxing weekened,
xoxo
Steph

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