Perfect Pitstops

Exploring Tent Rocks National Monument

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a short drive away from Santa Fe, and in my opinion it’s a must-see, must-do hike! Shaun and I walked the 3-mile “Canyon Trail”, which guides you through a gorgeous slot canyon, weaving through the iconic tent-shaped rock formations, and ends at an excellent peak with views for miles away.

Big Sur: Tent Camping In December

Beautiful Central California blesses us with sporadic days of sunshine, even in the dead of winter. Back in December, I noticed an upcoming heat spell and 72 hours later, we were driving down to Big Sur for the night. Our hometown of Santa Cruz, CA is just 90 minutes drive from the world famous coastline— so of course we spontaneously planned a quick camping trip!

Lacanau-Océan Street Market

The open streets market in Lacanau-Océan every Wednesday is a one-stop-shop for everything your heart desires. Cheese, leather goods, meats, fabric, cheese, knick-knacks, cheese, new and used clothes, escargot, bread, cheese, fruits, veggies, underwear, pottery, games, candy, pastries… and cheese! The streets are packed like Tokyo, but the goodies you’ll find make it all worth it.

The Bathsheba Rock Pools

The East Coast of Barbados is worlds away from bustling Bridgetown and the tourist-centric South Coast. It’s an incredibly quiet town abounding with locals, and remains true to its roots of genuine Bajan charm. However, the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast does not mirror its Caribbean counterpart of picturesque, calm turquoise waters… The coastline in Bathsheba is rough and uninviting to swimmers, with strong surf and an intimidating reef/coral bottom. Luckily, the rocky shores create a handful of nature-made pools for the timid swimmer like myself to still take a dip! 

Snorkel Trip in Carlisle Bay, Barbados

Carlisle Bay is a mile-long white sands beach known as a snorkel haven with incredibly clear turquoise water. There’s plenty of wildlife with endless soft reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, black urchins, and moray eels. However, the real crowd-pleaser is the handful of shipwrecks less than a mile offshore. Watch the two minute GoPro video of our experience >>

Big Sur: Day Trip

This gorgeous slice of California’s West Coast between Carmel and Cambria is world renowned for it’s photogenic coastline that’s essentially in pristine condition. And we’re lucky enough to live just a quick 90 minutes drive away! This past weekend, Sunday afternoon graced us with a rare day of sunshine (amid weeks of storms), so we spontaneously decided to head south and enjoy a few hours exploring the northern tip of Big Sur.