2022 Holiday Adventurer Gift Guide: Shop Brands for the Good of People and our Planet

Try and gift more thoughtfully this Christmas and choose brands that have a purpose to better the world in some way, or brands that try to be as sustainable as possible. In this post, I’ll list a few of my favorites!

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What To Wear To Death Valley National Park

Are you heading to Death Valley National Park and not sure what to wear? Don’t worry, in this post I’ll cover the basics of what you’ll need to pack for a comfortable experience. Death Valley can get as high as 116 degrees in the summer and as low as 39 degrees in the winter. The weather can shift drastically from day to night at all times of the year, so be prepared!

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Visit the Western Pacific Railroad Museum

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum preserves the history of the Western Pacific Railroad by collecting trains, railcars, documents, photos and information. As you walk the industrial lot you’ll feel the nostalgia of the locomotive era with its vintage steel train cars in an array of colors and condition. Whether freshly painted, rusted, or fading, these relics of the past are beautiful time stamps to the Industrial Revolution of steam engines and iron production.

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Visit the Wine & Rock Shop

The Wine & Rock shop in Yucca Valley is a quirky little shop with a great assortment of organic wine and craft beer. They have a super cute curation of beverages that have artistic labels and feel desert inspired. They also sell candles, backpacks, coffee table books and you guessed it, rocks! Stop in here to grab some bottles for your weekend getaway in Joshua Tree National Park, or to snag a souvenir. It’s adorable!

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Hike to Wall Street Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

The hike to Wall Street Mill in Joshua Tree National Park is a flat sandy trail to a 1930’s gold ore crushing mill. The mill was built by Bill Keys and is on National Register of Historic Places. It’s the best preserved gold mill in the park. In this blog post, I’ll give you a little history and the info you’ll need to hike this trail.

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Explore the quirky art installations at The Glass Outhouse

Off the beaten path of Joshua Tree National Park is the outdoor weird and wonderful quirky art installations of the Glass Outhouse Gallery. If you like strange recycled desert art as much as I do, stop in to walk the path lined with empty glass bottles to find an array of interesting objects to ponder and photograph.

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Grab Pizza & Watch Live Music at Giant Rock Meeting Room

Giant Rock Meeting Room is a casual pizza joint in north Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park. This is a locals place with a rustic desert vibe, where residents flock for live music and good food. This is a great place to grab a bite if you’re staying in Landers or Yucca Valley.

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Explore Goblin Valley State Park and Hike to the Goblin's Lair

Goblin Valley State Park in Utah is a place where giant blobs of rock protrude up from the earth’s surface like some strange sci-fi movie. I’m pretty sure we saw a few ETs while we were there! This is a lesser known Utah destination, so you won’t have to deal with any crowds. In this blog post, I’ll show you this strange and beautiful place exploring Goblin’s Overlook and the hike to “Goblin’s Lair.”

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10 Amazing Activities to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

The big island of Hawaii is an adventurers dream where the Pacific Ocean becomes warm and turquoise, and the coastline is teaming with colorful fish. It’s a place where the sweet taste of açaí bowls fill your belly, and the flavor of Kona coffee fills your mug. The sound of ocean waves crash onto rugged black rock, and nearby rushing waterfalls fall in lush green rainforests. Lava sporadically flows from active volcanoes, hardening into a deep onyx as it covers the terrain. In this post, I'll give you ideas for 10 Amazing Activities to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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2 Days in Genoa

Genoa is a lively bustling city with a grandiose fusion of old and new. Arguably most know as being the port city where Christopher Columbus spent his formative years, the city is also an opulent representation of centuries old palatial architecture. In this blog post, I’ll give you some ideas of what to do with 1-2 days exploring Genoa.

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Home Decor: Modern Tulum Kitchen

I love the aesthetic of Tulum! The general vibe is sitting outdoors in the jungle among lush tropical greenery surrounded by twinkly string light and basket weave pendants. The furniture is usually made up of solid organic wood, perfectly imperfect with it asymmetry and small flaws that make it one of a kind. In this post, I’ll talk through the decisions in design and list the shoppable selections below.

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2 Days Exploring Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre translates to “five lands.” There are five small centuries old fishing villages along the Italian coastline, where colorful buildings are stacked high along rugged steep cliffs. We spent 2 days hiking and tasting our way through the small coastal towns. In this blog post, I’ll give you some guidance and a rough itinerary for what do in Cinque Terre if you have 2-3 days.

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