Memphis Botanic Garden!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I think today is the perfect day for this blog post. If you’re in the state of Missouri, then I’m sure you know about the severe storms spreading across the state. This blog post is full of bright and stunning floral/landscape photos! These moments were captured at the end of April, when I was able to visit the Memphis Botanic Garden while I was in the city for work. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and that you stay safe throughout this storm system hitting us!

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Erica & Mazzie!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I’m thrilled to finally be blogging again! Recently, I have been traveling for work, and going down to Memphis. Thankfully, Katie and I both have a friend, Erica, who lives down there! I’m sure you’ll remember her as soon as you see her, considering she’s been on the blog several times before!

As a thank you gift, I decided to take some photos of Erica and her cute little chihuahua, Mazzie (pronounced Maisie!). These photos turned out so well, and on top of a great thank you gift, it was a congratulations gift too! Erica just passed one of her hardest tests for her degree, so we wanted to celebrate! Check out all the cuteness below!

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Petrified Forest National Park!

Hello there! It's Liana, and I'm stoked to be sharing some images taken at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona! On my drive home from the canyon, I knew I had to stop and cross the last National Park in AZ off my list. Petrified Forest is the perfect drive-through park! From the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center to the Painted Desert Visitor Center lies 26 miles of gorgeous landscapes, and plenty of places to stop along the way! I wish I would have had more time to actually hike some of the paved paths, but I know that I will be back to do so at some point in my life! 

Just to give a little history of the park, it was established in 1906 to protect one of the world's largest and most colorful deposits of petrified wood. The fossil record contained in this geologic layer gives a closer look at the late Triassic Period. This color sediment, also known as the Painted Desert, spans the 28-mile journey through the park. --- Just a heads up, this was printed on my stickers I purchased at the park; not trying to get in trouble for plagiarizing! Check out the photos below! :) 

Trip to Sedona!

Hello everyone! It's Liana, and let me start off by apologizing for the late blog post! Yesterday I hiked over 17 miles to the Colorado River and back for my last hike at Grand Canyon. Last hike you say? Yes! I will be returning home this week! It's extremely fitting that my last blog post from this state features one of it's most beautiful cities, Sedona. With its towering red rocks, it's absolutely breathtaking. Granted, it is a tourist town, but it's amazing nonetheless. There are plenty of hiking spots, shops to visit, and great places to eat! I did four hikes while there, and stayed in the cutest AirBnB I've ever seen!

The first hike was Cathedral Rock, a big stop for hikers. The hike was in the early morning, which is honestly the best time to go. As I started my descent, there were plenty of people starting the hike up! This trail includes hiking and some free climbing, but it's a ton of fun!

The second hike was to Devil's Bridge! I was a little scared to do this one, but once I got to the top, I realized it wasn't that bad. The only issue is you have to park about a mile away and walk to the trailhead, unless you have an off-roading vehicle. Otherwise it was great!

After the two early morning hikes, a break was in order. Along 89, the main highway through Sedona, there is this little shop called Indian Gardens. It has a deli, coffee shop, and store to purchase any snacks or drinks you may need!

After Indian Gardens, I spent the majority of the time walking around and checking out the local shops until the AirBnB was available. There's a lot of different shops, including high end art galleries and boutiques. Next stop was the AirBnB, which was adorable! Her name is JoBud, and is a 1972 camper that is completely renovated! 

The next day I took a little bit slower, and only did two easy hikes. The first one was to Bell Rock, which also includes a little bit of free climbing. Since I started out later in the day, it got hot quick and made the hike a little harder. Definitely worth it for the views though!

The last hike was down the Huckaby Trail, which goes down to Oak Creek! It was a very easy hike, and provided gorgeous views. Lots of wading through the creek, and the weather was perfect! Complete cloud coverage, opposite of what the morning was like.

If you've never been to Sedona, I would definitely check it out! It has a little something for everyone :)

Saguaro National Park!

Good evening friends! Liana here, continuing my blogging about my travels to Tucson a couple of weeeks ago! Today's post is about my adventure in Saguaro National Park, which is actually divided by the city of Tucson. Mindy, Chelsea and I visited the east side of the park, which is the one they live closest too! Fun fact, Mindy's mom (basically my second mom!) married her husband in the park! Can you say goals?! 

Anyway, entrance into the park is cheaper than most, with a car being $15, and each individual person is only $5! We started off by walking along the 8-mile loop drive in the park. After about 2 miles, we turned back around and hopped in the car to hit our destination for sunset! We decided to drive to Douglas Spring Trailhead, which has a lot of great trails running from it. Sunset was coming fast, so we didn't hike too far on the trail, but we did get some amazing photos, and Mindy and Chelsea found a new hiking path! Check out all the fun photos below! :)

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I am so excited to share my travels with you over the next couple of weeks! I had a few days off, so I packed up my stuff and traveled down to Tucson to visit some of my best friends, Mindy and Chelsea! We decided to try some local foods and spots while we were together, and the first place we visited was the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! Mindy and Chelsea are members here, and absolutely love it. Plus, they had a guest pass so I was able to get in for free! 

The desert museum was way more than I thought it would be! Along with a walking path through native plants, they also have a lot of different animals that are found in the Sonoran Desert! They have wolves, coyotes, javelinas, river otters, and stingrays, among a bunch of others! Mindy and Chelsea even had passes for the stingray exhibit, and we got to pet them! If you've never felt one, I suggest seeing if you can! It's an awesome experience, and I'm glad I got to do it! 

Even though monsoon season hasn't hit yet, there were still quite a lot of flowers blooming, but they said it looks even better after it rains. Hopefully I'll have a chance to get back down and check it out in the Spring/Summer! Check out the photos below!

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