The Grand Canyon

I’d been to the Grand Canyon growing up, but I couldn’t remember a lot of it. So in road tripping to Arizona we decided to make a couple stops to see it. The trip down was so much fun. We stopped at some ancient Navajo ruins, a couple antique stores, and the grand canyon.

The first stop was an antique store in the small town of Orderville, UT. It’s right on main street and has excellent prices. Of course, we all got some great finds (blog posts to come).

We also stopped at Antiques N Things in Kanab. I could seriously stop at every antique store along the way and be in heaven. Luckily, I got it from my mamma so we both enjoyed the stops.

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Our next stop was at some ancient Navajo ruins off of Highway 89A. They were absolutely amazing. The houses were built into the sides of these huge rocks. All I can say is I admire their work ethic and lifestyle. I’m not so sure I could do it. It’s definitely a humbling experience. It’s crazy to think how far mankind has come, I feel spoiled to enjoy running water, electricity, and especially my bed.

The ruins had the cutest Navajo women who were selling handmade jewelry. It was neat to hear their story of how the grandmother, mother, and daughter all make the jewelry. Needless to say, I added some neat pieces to my collection.

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Our last stop was the Grand Canyon. We went to the south rim. It is stunningly beautiful. I think part of it’s beauty comes from how enormous it is. It spans past as far as the human eye can see.

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If you ever have the chance, definitely stop and see the beauty of the Grand Canyon. I promise you won’t regret it.

We had such a fun road trip down to Arizona by taking time to stop at the little towns, shops, and enjoying nature at its finest.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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So Cal Beach Fun

California is known for it’s numerous beaches, which makes it so hard to choose which one to go to. So we chose to go to a couple.

The first we went to was Huntington Beach. We had a blast. The pier is amazing and provides the most beautiful views. The day we were there a surfing competition was taking place. It was fun to eat a milkshake from Ruby’s Diner (little restaurant on the pier) and watch the competition. In addition, Huntington beach has so many little shops for tourists. We lucked out and were there on a Tuesday, which we learned is farmers market day. We found some super good finds, got to bask in the sun, feel our toes in the sand, and enjoy the moment.

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Huntington Beach has the most beautiful sunsets. They were unreal. I could get used to them every day!

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The next beach we went to was Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach was absolutely stunning and is known for its beauty. There is a little island a ways out in the water that is home to seals. While we were on the beach we actually got to see a seal swimming around near the beach. It was incredible, nature is so beautiful.

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We enjoyed every minute of the warm weather and gorgeous scenery.

Until next time Cali

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Disneyland

So as you know I had to go to California for school. How could anyone be in Cali and be all work, no play? I just couldn’t resist a little fun. One of my best friends flew out toward the end of my school week so we were able to have a few days to enjoy California.

We were just like little kids and could hardly contain our excitement for Disneyland. So of course we bought some Minnie ears. If you’re gonna do Disney you have to do it right! In addition to Disneyland and the California Adventure theme parks, Downtown Disney is fun. It is such a great atmosphere with great shops, restaurants, music, and much more. We ate dinner one night in Downtown Disney at El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. It was absolutely amazing food and they actually had great prices.

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Disneyland is currently celebrating their 60th anniversary with the diamond celebration. Everything is blue, white, and sparkly. I love sparkly so that was exciting.

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Ariel from the Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney princess growing up. Needless to say I loved the Little Mermaid ride. The animation and detail put into each ride is astounding. They didn’t miss a thing.

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My absolute favorite ride since I was a kid is the Tower of Terror. We got lucky and got to ride it twice. Another ride we loved was California Screaming, it was a super fun roller coaster everyone should experience at least once.

I’m a total kid at heart and had a blast at Disneyland. After all, it is the happiest place on earth.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

School Residency

California was an absolute blast! I went for school, which was such a great learning experience. As a person I was able to grow and learn so much about myself, as well as about others and my future career. I am beyond grateful for the experience and friends I have made through school.

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This group of people became family for the week. We spent all week together learning about each individual on a deep level. I gained such a respect for every single one of them. Counseling can be difficult and it was so great to be vulnerable with these complete strangers and learn that everything will be okay.

I gained a whole new perspective on how my future clients may feel upon coming to me. Everyone has “stuff” and can benefit from counseling. It is sad that counseling often gets a negative stereotype. Counseling provides the perfect atmosphere for self-growth and healing.

I love the path I’m on to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I’m addicted, I love it, I can’t learn enough fast enough. I’m constantly reading and researching to gain a greater knowledge base. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife