Between visiting Australia and heading to New Zealand, we spent a quick weekend in Fiji. It was paradise and it went by way too fast, but we managed to squeeze in a good bit of action. Here’s the itinerary: Stay at the Westin Denarau. There are several pools and restaurants right on the beach. You can walk down the shore a little ways to rent kayaks. Grab an authentic Fijian meal at Nandina. Make sure to ask for kava. It’s […]
As a grown-up traveler, it’s easy to write off a trip to a zoo as you make your way around a new country. Well–don’t be fooled and skip over The Australia Zoo. This may have been where I felt the most acute culture shock on my trip down under. Animals just hop around, out of cages, for you to pet and feed as you please. It was insanity! Oh and I got to cuddle with a koala. His name was […]
Noosa is a small shire on The Sunshine Coast of Australia. It’s pretty much paradise rolled into a great piece of sushi on a surfboard at sunset. It’s home to a bunch of koalas and surfing contests. We did the coastal hike and loved every minute of it. Don’t miss out on dipping into the water yourself! After drying off, we grabbed a semi-fancy dinner at MakiMoto, where the salmon belly was oh so good!
Maleny, also located just outside of Brisbane, is very close to Tamborine Mountain. We stayed in this little town for a night and really enjoyed it. Here’s what we got up to: We stayed at Top of The Hill B&B. We opted for a cheaper room, so it was tiny. But the food was great–and you get to eat your breakfast on a balcony with a wonderful view. Caught the sunrise near the Glasshouse Mountains. Did the nature walk at […]
I’m so excited to share one of the most remarkable trips I’ve ever taken with you all. It started through a jet lagged foggy haze Down Under. I just wrapped a weeklong shoot in California (see some of that trip on my Carhartt blog here), and I had a few new lenses in tow. My incredible travel-deal-driven husband booked us first class tickets–all on points. The trip was long, but raced by: A week and a half in Australia, a […]
I recently took a quick weekend trip to Cancún to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. It was absolutely breathtaking. If you’re visiting, I urge you to get up for the sunrise–even if you want to sleep in–it’s well worth it. Because of the white sands, the water reflects the sky so brilliantly.
Horsetooth Mountain Park, in the foothills of the Front Range, is just west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s named for the odd shape of the rocks at the top of the mountain ridges. I guess they kinda look like horse teeth? You tell me. If you do hike there, be smart. A rattlesnake almost got me on the way back down. Yikes!
Boulder is a quaint town, perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a strong western vibe and all the chillness a city can possibly possess, the relaxing atmosphere really takes hold. Avery Brewing is a short drive from downtown, and it’s well worth renting a car or taking an uber to it. Back in KC, I can get my hands on some of their beers, but I got to try a few new ones while out there. […]
Red Rocks Park is just 10 miles outside the city center of Denver, Colorado. These iconic red sandstone structures are home to an outdoor amphitheater that dates back to the 1940s and several hiking trails. The jagged configuration of rocks is known as a fountain formation. It’s believed to be between 290 and 340 million years old. The rocks themselves are red because the iron oxide they are made of has “rusted” or oxidized with exposure to the elements.