I think I left my heart in the red rocks! In November 2018 my cousin and I conspired to surprise our moms on their spiritual trip to Arizona the following March. I know what you’re thinking – that’s some risky business. Although we went without knowing where they were staying or what they were doing or how to know any of those things, we succeeded and had the most amazing four days in Sedona Arizona so here are my trip details.
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Day 1-2 – Bell Rock Trail & Schuermann Mountain
From Toronto it’s about a 4 hour flight direct to AZ so depending on when you get in (we got in around 10pm) you should consider spending a night in Phoenix, AZ before making your 2 hour drive to Sedona. We stayed at a really cute, eclectic airbnb here.
The drive to Sedona is breathtaking so take the chances to pull off and check out the cacti that grow crazy there. You’ll drive through steep grades until you see the infamous red rocks pop up on either side of you.
We started our trip by checking into our airbnb at Sedona Summit off of highway 89A. It was about a 5-10min drive from all the shops and restaurants. Want $40 off your next airbnb stay? CLICK HERE. Sedona Summit was great, super clean, and had lost of amenities. Thinking you want a hot tub with a view? Sedona Summit might just be the place.
After dropping your stuff head out to enjoy a nice hike! I’m a Rocky Mountain kinda girl so the hikes in Sedona were very easy and mostly family-friendly with only length and view differentiating one from the other. That means you can’t go wrong with which you choose!
It might be worth it for you to book a guided hike with yoga and meditation in one of the vortexes since Sedona is famous for it’s healing and spiritual gifts.
Our favourites were:
Bell Rock Path
Schuermann Mountain Trail
But there are many more to consider:
End the day with a stop at the Airport Mesa for an awesome sunset view and Elote Cafe for Mexican dining. The line is always out the door and down the street for Elote so go early, put your name in and get comfy on their outdoor patio with a classic margarita!
Day 3 – The Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon
Sedona isn’t very big so you can get through at least two hikes in a day. If you didn’t get your fix you can hit up the next on the list or head north towards Flagstaff and West towards the Grand Canyon. The drive will take about 2 hours so leave early!
The Grand Canyon is a must-see. Take a walk around the South rim and pray that you see some elk meandering around! Stay for a picnic and if you’re daring, venture out down on the rocks for an uninterrupted view of the canyon.
Head one hour east and one hour north to go for a quick hike at Horseshoe Bend, one of the most photographed and most unbelievable views in the world. The hike is only about half a mile and the drop off the edge is vertigo-inducing so be careful although if you can make it to the edge your mind will be blown.
Close by is Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon although you have to book a tour with a native guide in advance (walking or photography tours are available) and the last tour leaves at 4:15pm.
Follow the 89 back south for 2-3 hours to Sedona to conclude the day with a late dinner at Oak Creek Brewery and Grill.
Day 4 – Devil’s Bridge
It’s probably your last day so head for a sunrise hike at Devil’s Bridge. This a very popular hike and parking is usually rammed throughout the day. Then head to Coffeepot restaurant for a big breakfast. They have over 100 omelets to choose from and have cute coffee mugs available for purchase in their gift shop.
If you have time go for a walk around the shopping strip. There’s lots of really interesting souvenir shops that aren’t tacky such as dip candles, balsamic vinegar and olive oils, and traditional western attire.
That’s it for your 4-day Sedona, AZ itinerary.
Greece is home to some of the most iconic sunset spots in the world. I mean, have you seen Oia? Of course you have. This blog post isn’t about that location. It’s about one lesser known island. This is where you will find the best sunset in Greece.
Back in May, Will and I planned an impromptu trip to Greece. We were taken in by the photos of Santorini. The all-white backdrop with little blue domed churches on cliffs. Me, being the adventurer I am, wanted to explore the less frequented areas which meant that we’d have to get on some boats and island hop. Boy am I glad we did. The islands we hopped to were Santorini, Ios, and Milos.
Warning: May is the early season. Our hostel in Ios didn’t even have their pool filled yet and we walked the whole island without seeing a single person. We walked right into luxury resorts and sipped on complimentary cappuccinos because they didn’t have their tills ready. Surprisingly, Santorini was still insane. It was flooded with tourists and people were literally crawling on top of us to get to the prettiest spots of the island for sunset. Little did they know, the best sunset in Greece was elsewhere. There are tons of blogs written about Santorini and Ios so I won’t dive in. In a nutshell, Santorini is for sightseers, and Ios is for partiers.
But Milos was heaven.
We took a 1.5 hour Super Jet from Ios to Milos and it was the worst ferry ride I’d ever experienced. Superjets are fast boats that cannot handle waves and these are deep sea waves. We were basically on a rollercoaster for an hour. At one point the attendants were throwing barf bags into the seats of people to get them out fast enough. I’ll spare you the details.
Milos is a large island so generally, you’ll have to taxi to places or rent a car/ATV. Since we didn’t have international licenses we weren’t able to rent a car or an ATV so we befriended a taxi driver who agreed to pick up and drop off at all the locations we wanted to see. We got into our taxi and set off for our small resort.
We pulled up to the edge of a small cliff where we saw the pristine white oasis.
Our resort was called Salt Suites, Milos and offered us the best sunset spot in Greece.
The staff were delightful and gave us complimentary raki which I happily denied after what I just experienced on the ferry. They showed us to our room, Mandrakia and my jaw hit the floor. White everything. Flowing transparent drapes separated the room from the entryway and the room from the balcony. The view was completely unobstructed and looked out to the opposing cliff which had no buildings or structures. You can see a walkthrough on my Instagram Highlights.
Milos is fairly quiet but since Salt Suites is located away from other resorts we’d see people hanging out having small apps and bevies every night we were there. Some of the rooms even had hot tubs on their balconies and the staff would go over and serve drinks right to the tub. Salt Suites is a walkable distance to the town where the seafood options were insane. Will ordered grilled calamari and they brought out an uncut grilled squid. The entire squid!
Every evening we wrote down what we wanted for breakfast in the morning and the staff delivered it to us in our room. Coffee and croissants on the balcony were HEAVENLY.
Every night we set up shop in the little day beds and couches on the cliffs of Salt Suites with a glass of vino and margarita pizzas to watch the best sunset in Greece.
If you’re looking for other lovely places to check out in Milos here were our favourites:
Sarakiniko is about a 20 min drive from Salt Suites and is composed of exposed white rock that looks out of this world. There are hoodoos everywhere you can climb on around a cove that the water seems to have carved out of the earth.
Cliff jumping paradise.
Tsigrado is a small beach that you have to scale a series of cliffs and ladders to get to. It is very small so few people can hang out on it, which makes it perfect for people like Will and I. No tourists? Yes, please. The Cliffs tower over the beach so sun exposure can be tricky.
At about 4 pm we hit another cove called Papafragus. Any local should know where this is. From above the cove it’s ultra stunning. The water is completely clear and turquoise like you wouldn’t believe. There is a path all the way around it which makes a nice walk. There’s also a path down into the cove that’s pretty sketchy (not going to lie) so running shoes are necessary. Once below, kick back and relax. Go for a swim all the way out and around the coves beside it. You will be able to see the bottom the entire way.
Warning: Since we went there it has been largely blocked off with signs so getting to the beach below has been made difficult. Use at your own risk.
One November evening I received a message from a group of friends asking me to join them on an adventure to go hunt for cabins on Cypress Mountain. I had seen a cabin or two before in passing and so I gladly accepted. Our plan was to get there and spend maybe an hour walking leisurely to each hut but when we got there we realized we’d be spending hours here.
My boyfriend and I hopped on the train in New Westminster and went to meet our friends. The driver Chris had a trusty red Kia Soul which we all piled into and cruised through the city and up the mountain roads towards Cypress.
It’s kind of amazing, that drive. There is one instance where you immediately go from dry pavement to three feet of snow on either side of you. The trees hold so much snow that they look cartoonish. This is a great place to stop if you’re heading to Cypress Mountain to do some skiing. Also, Cypress Provincial Park is cheaper than Whistler to ski so I’d highly recommend heading there and taking a quick detour to the Cypress Mountain cabins.
HOW TO GET TO THE CYPRESS MOUNTAIN CABINS
It took us about 45 min from Vancouver to get up to the turnoff and we were stopped a few times due to traffic headed into the ski area. Your turnoff will be on your right. Look for signs for the cross country ski area. Head all the way to the end of the parking lot (there were no cars this far into the parking lot) and there is an obvious trail for skiiers and snowshoers.
Follow the trail and you’ll see the first two cabins which are the most photographed of the bunch about 250m in. The trail gets icy because of how many skiiers travel on it so wear grippy footwear!
You’ll come to a clearing where there are signs saying you shouldn’t go further without a ski pass. This is obviously for people who are actually skiing and you can continue to the right to get to the cabins less photographed. Go get lost in the trails and bring some seeds for the birds. They’ll fly right into your hands.
Cypress Mountain in the winter is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Think, Narnia but in real life.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE CABINS
The cabins are rentable and you’ll see a few signs that say Boy/Girl scout cabins.
We saw about 6 or 7 cabins but the snow made some extra difficult to get to especially because we went without snowshoes.
Please be respectful of the area and the cabins themselves. Some were obviously livable so there could be people in them who have paid to have their privacy. Give them that.
Since the trails are so slick they prove to be awesome tobogganing runs so bring a sled!
Have you explored the Cypress Mountain Cabins? Let me know in the comments!
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I am so terrified of sucking at things. I avoid the things that are scary and intimidating because of my deep fear of failure.
On some level, it’s superficial. When I’m embarrassed I blush hard and it becomes a big production that you can see from the back of a room making everything worse. In other ways, it runs deep. It psychs me out of doing great things all the time. It stopped me from writing on this blog many times because I fear that no one will read or care about what I have to say. It stopped me from putting my whole heart into my passions and stopped me from reaching out to people who I admire.
Not doing something because you’re scared means you’ve already failed.
Did I ever tell you I once had a fashion blog? Ya, that’s something I failed at hard. But it taught me extraordinary things:
- It taught me that website design is hard work but I loved it.
- It taught me that I’d rather wear a paper bag in the woods than designer boots in the city.
- It taught me that overspending on trivial items was not how I wanted to live my life.
- It changed me into a person I didn’t like so I knew it was time for a do-over.
I had no idea how to use a DSLR when I started dabbling in photography in 2015. My photos sucked and my blog posts were rushed and unedited. I’m still learning SEO and I still suck at it.
I still use a cute Canon Rebel T1i with a variety of lenses (considered pretty amateur), which just goes to show that what you do with the things in your life is WAY more important than the actual things.
I started a vlog too
. I knew nothing about editing or shooting really. Watching and listening to myself on camera for the first time was quite the experience. I learned to laugh at how bad I was and still am at things like vlogging. That was the only way for me to cope with my failure-fear. Turns out, people still read this blog, comment on my photos, and watch my vlogs.
In order to be moderately good at something, you have to suck at it first.
That popular YouTuber? They had to YouTube how to use all the features in Adobe Premiere Pro once or twice or a thousand times.
That travel blogger? They were rejected by companies for years before they got any paid vacation.
Oprah? She was fired from her first job.
So you know what- failure is awesome. Failure means you’re trying and trying means you’re creating opportunities for yourself. Every time you fail you have a chance to get up, dust yourself off and do it again. For every 10 people that say no, there’s one person who will say yes. So run. Run fast, straight at every opportunity you think might be a wall.
- The more you mess up, the more you will learn.
- The more things you throw at the wall, the more chances you have for something to stick.
- Laugh at how much you suck and people will laugh with you.
- Get your heart broken and choose to try out the love thing again and again and again.
- You fail a friendship (or they fail you), apologize, and forgive immediately.
Every extraordinary person in their field once sucked at what they do. Don’t be afraid to be bad in the beginning.
Embrace the suck.