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Minnesota Monthly Adventure – Fritz Loven Park, Lake Shore

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One of my family’s favorite places to go exploring in our area is Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore, Minnesota. This is truly a hidden gem of the Brainerd Lakes area. This park was named after a man, named Fritz Loven, who wanted the public to continue to enjoy his beautiful land after his passing. During his life, he had always welcomed hikers, fisherman, and campers on his property. He sounds like a super cool guy! He was known as the “lovable hermit” of Upper Gull Lake and lived on the land for 43 years without electricity, running water, or a car. He planted a wide variety of trees each year by hand, 400 trees each year in fact! This adds to the beautiful variety of nature and wildlife you can see at this park. For more on Fritz Loven and his story Click Here.

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The park is full of 80 acres of beautiful nature and there are opportunities to enjoy it many ways. The park is fabulous in the winter and in the summer. Today, I am going to share 6 activities you can enjoy at this beautiful park.

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  1. Enjoy the Trails
    The trails are beautiful and you can enjoy them a variety of ways! Hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing are all excellent options for these trails. Also, a great place to take your dog for a walk.
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  2. Trout Fish
    Stoney Brook is a Minnesota state designated trout stream. We have fished a little here, but haven’t spent too much time on this yet. There is a fishing pier and tons of great areas along the trails to fish from shore.
  3. Play in the Park or Go Sledding
    There is a small park that has swings and a nice slide for the kids. While the park is small, it has everything it needs and my daughter loves it here. Also, almost every time we have been here we have had the whole park to ourselves! There is also a great hill for sledding in the winter.
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  4. Have an Event
    During one of our visits to this park we noticed it was set up for a wedding and it was a super beautiful scene. They have a nice covered area with tables and you can reserve it for events. It would be an excellent place for a team event, family reunion, or graduation or birthday party.
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  5. Watch Wildlife
    With the variety of trees and nature and the stream there is a great variety of wildlife in this park. We have found it to be a fabulous place for bird watching.
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  6. Relax and Have a Picnic
    Bring a blanket and sit on the shore of Stoney Brook or sit at a picnic table park side. Whatever you choose this park is an excellent place to relax and have a picnic!
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So, next time you are in the Brainerd Lakes area, get off the beaten path and check out Fritz Loven Park. Honor this awesome Minnesotan, and treat yourself to a great day! It’s certainly worth a side note that it is located conveniently near Zorbaz on Gull, a super fun place for a drink or bite to eat. Have you already been here? What other gems should I check out in the area? Please Share!

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For Directions to Find Fritz Loven Park – Click Here

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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5 Ways to Practice Yoga WHILE Hiking -Without Doing Any “Yoga”

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When people think of yoga, they generally think of a form of exercise. Yoga is way more than that! Yoga is really about the way you live your life, it is in our everyday experiences and interactions. Yes, within yoga there are exercises, or postures you can do to build strength and stamina, amongst other things, but that is just one little part of yoga. Today I am going to talk about a few of the other parts of yoga. I’ll be teaching you how to practice yoga five ways WHILE hiking, with no yoga poses included (however, I am going to share some yoga photos from hikes, just for fun)!

img_90511. Practice “Leave No Trace”
This is protecting nature and enjoying the outdoors responsibly. This is respecting the outdoors, teaching our children to respect the outdoors, taking care of our planet for the future. This is remembering that when you are in nature you are a visitor. When it comes down to it, this is cleaning up after yourself. These principles are very in line with yoga principles. Without using fancy yoga words I’ll just say: doing no harm, cleanliness, and respect for the world around you.

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2. Treat Other Hikers with Kindness and Compassion
Share your smile, say hello, offer to take photos for others, be there to lend a hand if someone is in need. Treat everyone you encounter as you would like to be treated. We could take this even further and say treat EVERYTHING with kindness and compassion. Treat wild animals, and people’s pets with kindness, and again treat nature with kindness. Spreading kindness and love is a huge part of yoga. When you spread love it also brings happiness to you, it feels great to be nice to people!

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3. Take Care of Your Body
Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Hydrate and Nourish. This will relieve fatigue and will boost your energy and mood. Rest when you need to, and give yourself credit for your hard work. Feel gratitude for what your body enables you to do and treat it with kindness.

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4. Notice the World Around You
Take time to notice the beauty of the world around you. Listen to the sounds of mother nature and notice the little things. Hiking quietly while listening to the sounds around you can easily become a walking meditation. Let yourself be in the moment, and cherish it.

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 5. Breathe
So much of the greatness of yoga is in the breath. The breath is truly the foundation of a yoga practice and there are a ton of different types of breathing exercises you can do. If you are breathing with awareness, you are practicing yoga. So, focus on your breath, and feel the benefits of a good deep breath. It detoxifies the body, relives stress, gives you energy, strengthens your internal organs, and truly makes you happier and healthier. I have two favorite breaths to use while hiking. The first is to simply bring my awareness to matching the length of my inhale to my exhale. I will count to five as I inhale, and will do the same as I exhale, as I do this over and over I can lengthen my breaths and it becomes a sort of meditation. The second breath I love is the “sounding breath” a deep inhale and a loud sigh! This releases so much! Especially during a hard hike! Give these two types of breathing a shot on your next hike and let me know if you like them too!

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So, you see, with no fancy yoga poses you may already be doing yoga while you hike! I clearly am a yoga lover, and one of my favorite things about yoga is that ANYONE can do it ANYWHERE! Yoga is about living a life of kindness and love, and embracing yourself for who you are. Yoga is not only done in a studio, it is done in your everyday actions.  I hope these five ways to practice yoga while hiking help you find a way to work a little yoga into your life!

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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Winter, Wildlife, and Wise Words

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Today I am sharing some of my favorite quotes about winter, accompanied by my photography of wildlife, and winter sunsets. I hope you enjoy!

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
– John Steinbeck

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“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus

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“Some people are worth melting for”
– Olaf

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“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.”
-Kahlil Gibran

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“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake it in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found.”
-JB Priestley

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“The future lies before you, like a field of open snow; be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”
-Unknown

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“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
-John Ruskin

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“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.”
– Andy Goldsworthy

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“When snow falls, nature listens.”
-Antoinette van Kleeff

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“The cold never bothered me anyways.”
– Princess Elsa

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that is kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up so snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
-Lewis Carroll

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“Always maintain a kind of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
-Thoreau

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Thanks so much for reading through this collection of beautiful words about winter! What winter quotes did I miss? Please share, and check back come spring for more quotes about our amazing seasons.

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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Travel After Kids – YES You Can! 5 Tips on How

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When it came time for me to start thinking about having kids a lot went through my mind. I was coming up on 30 and I had always wanted to be a mother, and my husband had always wanted kids, but now it seemed SO HARD, it felt like I would have to give up so much.

But STILL – I wanted kids.

My mom always said, “Don’t wait until you’re ready to have kids, have kids, and then figure out how to make it work. If you wait until you’re ready, you will never have kids.” I began to realize how right she was, I was never going to feel ready. There was always going to be a next trip, or a next race, there would always be some excuse to wait. It was time.

So, I jumped and I was lucky enough to get pregnant very quickly. When I was pregnant my husband and I were constantly told we would never travel again. This was not what we wanted to hear at all. Possibly, this was the number one thing I didn’t want to hear. Sure our life is VERY different now, but it’s still pretty darn wonderful.

I’m happy to report we have proved the negative nellies wrong and we are still happily traveling and adventuring. We have made some changes but I am just as inspired by my travels as ever and am constantly looking ahead to new adventures. Here are my 5 Tips on how to make sure you continue to travel after kids!

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  1. Believe in yourself
    Remember the old saying, you can do anything you put your mind to. That applies here. You can do this. It may be more work, but this is your life. No one can tell you that you cannot live it your way. I was confident that I would not let kids stop my dreams of seeing the world. I believe it’s important to still keep your own dreams alive in parenthood. Sure, life becomes MOSTLY about kids, but there is still a place for you and your dreams. Believe you can make those dreams come true.
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  2. Make it a Priority
    When my husband and I starting talking kids, it was always – after the next trip, we will start trying. This went on for a while, and then we finally decided – After Ireland. Also, during the decision process to have kids I literally made my husband promise we would still travel twice a year together. He is my favorite travel buddy and this was a part of our relationship I was not willing to give up. Thus far we have kept this promise to each other! Now, it’s becoming once a year without the kids and once a year with the kids. In addition to traveling together I have been able to travel some with my girlfriends as well as with my mom, who is my other favorite travel buddy! I’m happy with this! It’s great.
  3. Ask for Help
    In order to travel without your kids, you must ask for help. Now this is clearly easier for some than others, for many reasons. Some people have a lot of people to ask, some have none. Some live near their help, some don’t. I am pretty lucky to have a few great options every time we are planning a getaway, but there are always obstacles. We live 2 hours from our closest babysitter so the drop off/pick up is always a drive, but it’s worth it. Also, all of our helpers have jobs, so we have to figure out days that everyone is willing to make work. It takes planning and it takes asking. It’s not easy to ask someone else to take vacation time to watch your kid! I’m not sure if this will get easier or harder as they get older! I certainly feel it got harder after child 2, but honestly, it’s mostly in my head! Our family is always happy to help! This is something you can perhaps even ask your family/friends before you have kids. That way you know if you do have the help you need, or what you are working with. Another thing to keep in mind is that even if your family lives out of town, perhaps you can use it to your advantage! Go visit – and then ask them to watch the kids for a day or two of your trip. Then you can get away and see some sights without the kids!
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  4. Change it up
    I travel much different now than I did prior to my kids. The year before I had my first child, I took three separate trips to Europe and six trips within the USA and Caribbean. The first change is that my vacations per year have reduced from around nine, to three or four. The other thing is that now we have focused most of our trips closer to home, staying in the USA. This is both a great way to save money, and it puts our minds at ease knowing we could get home fairly quickly in case of an emergency. While, this will surely change as we navigate through the stages of parenthood, it’s perfect for now. Who knows, at some point my travels may all be right here in Minnesota, and that could be fantastic! Currently, I have my heart set on a goal to see all the USA National Parks and it has been AMAZING so far!
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  5. Show your kids the world
    Take pride in showing your kids the world and telling them stories about your travels. A huge driving force in my love for travel were my dad’s stories of his epic hitchhiking adventures in the 70’s. Today my mom is one of my biggest travel inspirations as she is currently making her travel dreams come true alongside her childhood best friends. Inspire your kids! Also, they are not kids for that long – soon they may just be your favorite travel buddy!

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I hope these tips help you find confidence that you too can travel after kids! I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is worth it in so many ways!

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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15 Quotes for Couples Who Adventure Together

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Hello Friends!

With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes for couples who adventure together. I hope you enjoy!

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“Find love with someone who loves your free spirit, someone who has no intention of restricting your wild side but someone who wants to set it free, and run with you.” 

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“Why should a relationship mean settling down? Wait for someone who won’t let life escape you, who’ll challenge you and drive you towards your dreams. Someone spontaneous who you can get lost in the world with. A relationship, with the right person, is a release not a restriction.”

  • Beau Taplin 

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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

  • Mark Twain

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“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With.”

  • Charles Schulz

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“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

  • Pico Iyer

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“The best things in life are the places we’ve been, the people we love, and the memories we make along the way.”

  • Unknown 

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“I would like to travel the world with you twice. Once, to see the world. Twice, to see the way you see the world.”

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“Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?” 

  • Walt Whitman 

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“It’s wonderful to travel with someone you love and we never travel without one another.”

  • Roger Moore

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“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” 

  • Peter Pan 

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“Oh darling, let’s be adventurers.”

  • Unknown

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“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen.”

  • Winnie the Pooh 

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“We were together, I forgot the rest.”

  • Walt Whitman

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“Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world. But rather, choose the one who makes your world beautiful.

  • Harry Styles 

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“You bring out the best in me. I don’t mean better manners, or a sense of maturity, or whatever else this tired world expects of me. I mean you make me want to climb roofs, run wild and act inappropriately, take risks and pursue my dreams with passion and integrity. Around you, I start living.”

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    I hope you enjoyed this collection of favorite love & adventure quotes! What are some of your favorites? Please share! Wishing you and yours a wonderful upcoming Valentines day!

     

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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5 Tips for a Stress Free Road Trip – With Kids

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Let’s be real, I can’t promise you an actual STRESS FREE road trip with kids, but I can give you 5 tips to help make it less stressful! I drive A LOT, I am a stay at home mom, and I live in the woods of northern Minnesota. It takes me 30 minutes to get to the grocery store, so basically every time I leave home I am in for an hour long car ride with the kiddos. It’s safe to say I’ve picked up some techniques to make these trips better! I’ve also gone on a few big road trips with the kids, so I’ll be combining tips from Big road trips to everyday things I use to make travel a little less stressful!

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  1. New Toys
    This was a piece of advice my husband and I were given before we took a road trip with our 9 month old from Minnesota to Moab, Utah. It proved to be EXCELLENT advice. There is something about new toys that fascinates children. Depending on the distance I recommend a lot of toys! Ha-ha! But really, buy something that has a lot included. For our road trip we bought a basket of toy fruit. So, every time our daughter fussed we just handed her a new piece of fruit! This was great! It amused her for a long time! Another idea would be animal figures! Now that my daughter is a bit older (3) she loves making animals play with each other so they have provided hours and hours of amusement in my car!
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  2. Snacks
    Always be prepared with snacks. This is something I have kicked myself for many times. Nowadays I almost always have snacks in the car. While I typically try to feed my kids healthy snacks, sometimes it’s amazing how much quiet time a bag of Cheetos can get you!
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  3. Music, Movie & Books
    Variety is key! What works one day; won’t work the next. I find it best to have all types of options for entertainment. Kids are also very different from each other, what works for one won’t always work for the other. For instance, my daughter LOVES movies, my son could care less for an iPad or a movie. My son LOVES music. So needless to say, best to have a lot of options. For music I use the Disney station on Pandora, It’s fun! For movies/games we have an iPad. I also will occasionally download a new game before a longer trip. For books, I like to focus on nature and outdoors. I keep a few books in the car so they are always there as an option.
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  4. Drive During Nap Time
    My kids sleep well in the car. I realize this might not be the case for all kids, but it has been the case with both of my kids. I always plan my driving around nap time. On big road trips we have often left shortly before bedtime and driven through much of the night to get some peaceful hours of driving out of the way. It has always worked really well.
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  5. Keep a Flexible Schedule
    As much as possible keep your schedule flexible. This way if you want to call it a day earlier than planned you can, or if driving is going great and you want to get a few more hours out of the day, you can as well! Look for hotels with flexible cancelation policy’s, and have a tentative plan. I like to have a goal for each day, but also a “at least we make it here” and a “it would be awesome if we made it here” Ha! This way we have ideas of what is coming but if something comes up it is no big deal to change the plans.
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I hope these 5 tips give you some new ideas on stress free road tripping with your kids. I’d love to hear your tips for me! My husband and I are taking our kids on a huge road trip this summer so I am open to all suggestions! Thank you in advance!

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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Learning to Snowboard in Colorado – A Valentines Day Vacation

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Some friends invited my husband and me on a snowboarding trip to Colorado over Valentines Day years back, and even though I had no idea how to snowboard and my husband hadn’t been in eight years, we quickly accepted the offer.  I had six weeks to quickly figure out this snowboarding thing, so I decided to get out as much as possible to make sure I was ready to take on the mountains. As much as possible turned into one day at Powder Ridge in Minnesota. I skipped the bunny hill and after four quite disastrous (and hilarious) runs down a green circle, I decided I had the basic hang of it and would be fine figuring it out when I got to Colorado.

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We booked a 5-night stay at Beaver Village Condominiums in Winter Park and a car rental on Delta Ski Vacations. We were able to fly with all of our gear and it was surprisingly convenient and easy. The oversize baggage didn’t make anything more difficult. We then began the 1.5- hour trip from the airport to Winter Park.

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Our first stop was Golden Colorado, home of the Coors Brewery. After a quick informational tour, the nice people of Coors supply you each with three free (and very fresh!) beers of your choice. This is always a great way to start a vacation! We then completed the drive into Winter Park and checked in to our cozy condo. The condo was great; awesome location, full kitchen, living room, dining room, and a fabulous fireplace. It was also great that it had separate bedrooms for each couple; it was everything we were hoping for.

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The following morning we stopped at the local grocery store to stock our kitchen with breakfast supplies and snacks and then it was off to Breckenridge for the day. This was a beautiful drive. We had wonderful weather; beautiful, sunny and temperatures in the 50’s! We were able to find a great parking spot right in town and then took the gondola to the slopes. Breckenridge was not quite as beginner friendly as I had hoped for, but we found a couple great runs to work with. It was amazing the progress that can be made in one day when learning in the mountains. The runs are so much longer and wider then anything in Minnesota. By the end of the day I was feeling quite confident on my board and couldn’t wait to be back on the slopes.

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The next day, sore and worn out, we decided to take a day off boarding and headed to Downtown Boulder. Boulder is great; we spent the day walking through bookstores and bar hopping down the Pearl Street Mall. If you are into beer drinking Colorado is the place for you. Every place we went had amazing and interesting selections. We settled in for lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, where we enjoyed really wonderful food and a great selection on craft beer, not the predictable choices! BJ’s was also very reasonably priced. We took our time walking around on another beautiful 65 degree day, and we made a quick pit stop in Fort Collins to visit some friends. After that it was back to Winter Park to rest up for a full day of boarding the next morning.

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We spent Valentines Day boarding at Winter Park; another sunny, gorgeous day, it was amazing, unreal really! This was by far my favorite day of our trip. We were able to take a shuttle right from our front door to the base of the mountain. We bought a coupon book at the front desk of our condo that had discounted lift tickets – buy one get one free – this was a great find as lift tickets are generally quite expensive.  There are definitely ways to get discounted lift tickets if you look around. We spent the whole day riding the mountain with one stop in a Chalet for lunch and bloodies.  Being a beginner I was amazed at how much of the mountain I was able to cover. We were able to hit three out of the four peaks that Winter Park has to offer. I will admit on the chair lifts up I sometimes thought to myself… oh goodness I do not belong up here, but every time I was absolutely fine. The green circles are true green circles; same as you would find anywhere, only wider and longer, which actually makes them better then what I experienced in Minnesota. For the most part you can cover the majority of the mountain on Green and Blue runs. There is plenty of space to learn and there were tons of beginners out on the slopes. By the end of the day I was feeling like there were many people less experienced than me, and it was only my third time!

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After our day of boarding we headed back to the resort to clean up and get ready for dinner at Alberto’s; a wonderful restaurant in Downtown Winter Park, which made for the perfect intimate and romantic Valentines night.

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All in all we had a wonderful vacation. I’ve already been back many times for snowboarding and I cannot wait to do it again! Not the typical winter vacation, but a different kind of overwhelming beauty. And for all you beginner snowboarders, make it to the mountains – you will never regret it!

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What is your favorite place to snowboard in Colorado? Or your favorite Valentines Vacation location? I’d love suggestions! Thanks for stopping by and reading along!

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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5 Big Reasons to Hit the Trail on your Next Vacation

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I am a huge fan of hiking while on vacation. Basically, everywhere I have ever traveled I have done some type of a hike. These adventures have left me with amazing memories. From short hikes in city parks all over the world, to the top of mountains, to historic military forts, I have seen SO MUCH from adding a day of hiking into my vacation plans! I urge you to do this on your next trip! Here are five big reasons why you should hit the trail on your next vacation.

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  1. Hiking is free.
    Traveling is expensive. You not only have accommodation and transportation costs, but you also typically end up spending a lot of money on activities. Hiking is a great option for a free day full of fun! While some hiking, within state and national parks, will come with a fee for a day pass, you can always find free hiking trails. Many of my favorite trails have actually been just on the outskirts of national parks.
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  2. Hiking is healthy.
    While traveling people typically eat out a lot, stay up late, and drink more than usual. I know I am guilty of all these things. Adding a dose of healthy into the plans is always a great idea! The fresh air is refreshing and rejuvenating and will certainly boost your mood. You will likely feel proud of yourself for getting out and doing something healthy on vacation, which is always a great feeling.
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  3. Hiking presents excellent photo ops!
    Being in nature generally comes with beautiful opportunities for photos. Many hikes lead to beautiful places or beautiful overviews. You will see something you would have not otherwise seen on your vacation. You will also likely have moments of privacy (if it matters to you) to set up photo timers/take selfies or whatever you please! Also, along hikes there are always fellow hikers happy to take photos for each other.
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  4. Hiking relives stress.
    While vacation shouldn’t be stressful, it sometimes is. Hiking is a very healthy form of stress relief. Adding a day of hiking in the middle of your vacation is a great idea to burn off any stressful energy. Sometimes you won’t even notice you are anxious or stressed but after a hike you will just “feel better” it’s just simply great to get outside and get moving!
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  5. Hiking is a great solo or group activity.
    Hiking can be done solo or with small group, or large group. It is what you make it. Choose a short or long hike, choose a hard or easy hike. With hiking, the possibilities are endless. It is a very customizable activity and that makes it a perfect thing to add to any vacation.
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While there are many more reasons than this, these are the top five that come to my mind! What am I missing? What do you love about hiking on vacation? I love hiking and I am always looking forward to my next adventure, wherever it may be!

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Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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5 Tips to Help you Conquer Angels Landing – Zion National Park

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The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system. Many people travel to Zion National Park in Utah for this hike alone. This was a life-changing hike. It is not only the view at the end that is amazing; it is the whole experience of getting there. The trail is roughly five miles long with an elevation gain of 1488 feet, and it take about 4-5 hours round trip to complete. The trail starts relatively easy, but after a mile or so it gets hard and steep, and by the end you are clinging to chains, climbing rocks, gazing down insane drop offs, and experiencing the thrill of your life. This hike is not for the faint of heart, but the everyday hiker with an adventurous heart (and no major fear of heights) can do this! Here are five tips to help you conquer Angels Landing.

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  1. Dress in layers
    From the beginning to the end of the hike we experienced so many different temperatures! I went from wearing long sleeves, to a tank top, back to long sleeves, and back to a tank top! It was hot and sunny one minute and snowing the next. The temperatures change in different parts of the canyon, and the precipitation can change quickly. Be prepared. Also, remember you have to carry the layers you take off, so plan as smart as possible.
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  1. Bring a positive attitude
    This is an extremely difficult hike and a positive attitude is a must. The beginning of the trail is relatively easy, but makes your calves burn. Then comes Walters Wiggles. A set of 21 steep switchbacks. This is hard, but manageable if you take it slow. Know your limits and allow yourself to sit down on a rock to rest. Enjoy the experience and take your time. Give yourself credit for every step you take on this hike; you are a badass hiker if you are on this trail!
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  2. Wear good shoes
    This was something I did wrong. I wore good shoes, but they were several years old. I wore an old pair of Keen hiking shoes that I love, but the tread is completely worn out from all the miles I have put on them over the years. It was also obvious that many people did not wear the appropriate shoes, as there were piles everywhere once we reached Scout Lookout. At this point of the trail, you start scaling the rocks and using the chains to climb the final section of the hike. These rocks can be very slippery, and we saw many people who decided to go barefoot rather than trust their shoes. I wore my shoes, but I did slip multiple times (luckily always when I had a good grip on the chains!).

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  3. Be prepared with snacks and water
    We brought beef jerky and trail mix, as well as one large water bottle each, and this was the perfect amount for us. It’s not a super long hike, but it is physically taxing, and you will burn a lot of calories. Near the end of the hike we ran into a woman who was by herself, with no shoes on, clinging to the chains, almost in tears because she could not walk due to her legs cramping. We sat with her and gave her water, and luckily she was fine. This moment reminded us of the importance of drinking water and taking care of your body. Also note, there is a bathroom at Scout Lookout, so drink as much water as you want on the way up!

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  4. It’s OK to stop at Scout Lookout.
    While I totally urge you to complete this hike, it is still worth it if you stop at Scout Lookout. Know your limits. Almost everyone we met on the way up stopped once they got to Scout Lookout. This is a beautiful view point, and it is a beautiful hike. Making it to Scout Lookout is a great accomplishment. From Scout Lookout you also have a great view of the people who do choose to go on the complete the chain section of the hike.

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My husband and I loved this hike. I remember multiple times we talked about how we could not believe “WE GOT TO DO THIS.” We were so amazed that just two regular hikers from Minnesota like us were even allowed to do this epic hike! Honestly, when we got to Scout Lookout and first saw the chains, it seemed crazy that they allowed it, but as we did the hike and made our way to the summit, we felt comfortable and safe – and ON TOP OF THE WORLD!


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Have you Hiked Angels Landing? Did it change your life? What other hikes are there, like this, that you think I should try?! Please share!

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

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