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About 5 minutes after I bought the book “Hillbilly Elegy”, I saw this quote on a sign and I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
I once went to a Trump rally in protest of the refugee ban. There was a Trump supporter there who was "Facebook live streaming" us and she put her camera on me and my friend. She said into the camera "just look at them...none of them are wearing red, white, or BLUE!". I thought it was funny at the time. I think there's this narrative in Fox News world that "liberals" aren't American enough. So this liberal here has been making "American Operational Guide Book" posts where we review different aspects of the U.S. Government each week. They're for everyone. Liberals and conservatives. So this is for you "red, white and blue" lady.
A few weeks ago, my friend Samantha and I took an impromptu trip out west. We started with driving to The Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and then ventured on into Southern Utah. I think Utah might be America's best-kept secret. Every turn on their open highways led to so many "ooh's and ahh's"!
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
We started our morning off by driving through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and arrived at the unmarked trail for Zebra Slot Canyon. (Here is a great guide to get you there!) Before getting to the slot canyon, we hiked along the Mars-esque landscape.
Zebra Slot Canyon was incredible. We were lucky that it wasn't full of water and were able to jump right in to the canyon and start climbing our way through. It was exhilarating and also really hard to not think about the movie "127 hours"!
Bryce Canyon National Park
We then ventured on over to Bryce Canyon National Park. This was my favorite of the 3 parks we visited because of it's unique landscape. Unfortunately, it was storming so we only got to see the park from the overlooks but even still, it was breathtaking!
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
We took a side-trip off the highway on our way to Kanab, UT to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The rain had just stopped and we had the place to ourselves! The sand dunes are formed by the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone that surrounds the state park.
Stay tuned for Part 3!
Perhaps you're like me and need to see things visually mapped out to be able to wrap you're mind around such horrible situations. As of 6am July 28th, here is the update on the reunification of migrant children and their parents at the border.
How can you help?
• Add your name to this list.
• Support any of these organizations
• Call Congress
Sources: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4619231-Status-Report.html , https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/theres-no-timeline-for-reuniting-hundreds-of-families-who-remain-separated-what-happens-now
Recently, my good friend Samatha and I took a trip out west. We both recently wrapped up a chapter in our careers so we decided to meet in Las Vegas, NV and see uncharted territory!
First up: Making our way to The Grand Canyon
Like any good road trip, we quickly learned that driving is part of the adventure. Heading out of Las Vegas, we quickly stumbled up The Hoover Dam. What a treat! From there, we made the 3hr drive to Williams, AZ. We even got to drive on the famous Route 66 and take photos in the middle of the road. (Sidenote: Did you know that they have a monsoon season here in July? We didn't either.)
Williams was so much more than we imagined. It felt old-timey, classic and western. We stayed in The Grand Canyon Hotel which we found out after Samantha "felt something" that it's the #2 most haunted place in Arizona (according to google). I played a lot of "was it a ghost or a person?" all night long.
Grand Canyon National Park
What a dream! After arriving, we made our way via the shuttle bus to the South Kaibab Trail to hike to "Ooh-Ahh Point". The trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail with amazing views. It's slightly strenuous on the way back up.
This also happened. (We know, we know! Don't feed the squirrels..but just watch..)
The real view: Shoshone Point Trail
A friend of mine gave us the world-class tip to visit Shoshone Point. I'm so glad he did! This was an easy 1-mile hike into the woods and we were the only ones there. It took us to the craziest view of the south rim canyon!
Next up: Utah!
From Grand Canyon National Park, we drove 5 hours up to Southern Utah. The amount of times we said "this is so beautiful!" and "WHAT!" is insane. It was also amazing to drive through the Navajo Nation Reservation. We stopped at a few Navajo arts and crafts stands and spoke to some locals. I loved every minute of it.
Up next: Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument..
A few months ago, I partnered up with my friend from Neighbors Podcast to create these "nice notes for my neighbor" postcards. This week I found out that there was a 90 year old man in my neighborhood who tried to end his life in his home. All this time I thought the house was empty but it wasn't. He was living there. Nothing makes me want to write more to my neighbors now than that situation. If you'd also like to write some notes for your neighbors and spread a little love and attention, you can download the postcard here!
A few years ago I wrote a blog post about Wes Anderson and his color palettes and it picked up quite a bit of traction. I thought I'd reminisce a little bit by reposting some of those color palettes of the past. I hope you enjoy them!
Wes Anderson and his team are at it again with their color palettes! Here are the top 5 pantone colors I noticed from his new film Isle of Dogs.