Where have I been?!

Victoria, BC, Canada

I can’t believe I’ve been away from blogging for over a month! So what have I been doing? Why have I been away?

Lately, I’ve been focusing on my health like crazy. I’m still doing everything that’s involved in my treatment for Lyme, but I also started seeing a personal trainer that has experience in working with clients with chronic pain. I’ve been doing that for almost 3 months now, and I already feel stronger and my joints don’t hurt as much when I work out anymore. But there are also bad things that come along with that. Training completely zaps my energy. There have been times where I’m so physically exhausted that I can’t even lift my arm up to take a sip of water. I would have to sleep twice as long as usual to even feel a hint of my muscles healing. So, naturally, I had no motivation or energy to edit photos and blog. But it’s slowly getting better, so I’m hoping I’ll have energy to edit again soon.

I have also started new “therapies” for my pain. One being going to a float tank. What is a float tank? It is a “lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature.” The point of it is to have total sensory deprivation in order to better relax and heal. It is 5 times saltier than the Dead Sea, so you can float on your back in the water easily without even holding your head up. It’s pretty awesome. Also, since most float tanks use Epsom salt, magnesium is absorbed through the skin which can help correct magnesium deficiencies.

Another reason that I haven’t been completely motivated to blog is that I feel like my brand doesn’t reflect my mission for my blog. I’ve been playing around with rebranding for a while now, but I’ve recently decided to just suck it up and do it. The rebrand will mean a new look for the site, but it will hopefully mean that my story is more accurately portrayed.

Lastly, I have included a few photos of trips I have been on but not yet blogged about. They are coming up soon on the blog (I promise!!).

Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

I have yet to finish blogging about my Alaskan cruise I took a year ago. It was amazing, and I still have the rest of Skagway to blog, as well as Glacier Bay National Park (pictured), Hoonah, and Sitka.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Our last stop on the Alaskan cruise was in Victoria, BC, Canada. Victoria was probably the most pristine town I had ever been to.

Sedona, Arizona

We traveled to Arizona for Mark’s work in December, and we decided to make a trip out of it. We had never been to Sedona, and we absolutely loved it there.

Foggy Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

We also went to the Grand Canyon for the second time while we were in Arizona. It was super foggy when we went, but SO AMAZING because of that. It was very surreal and seemed like I was literally on top of the world. I having the clouds below me. I can’t wait for you to see the photos!

Neon Museum in Las Vegas

…and we went to Las Vegas for the second time, since it’s basically the closest airport to the Grand Canyon. We only had a day, so we went to Red Rock Canyon again (my favorite thing to do in Vegas!) and to the Neon Museum for the first time (pictured). We loved it!

South Llano River State Park in Texas

At the very beginning of April, we took the dogs camping with us at South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX. We had a blast being basically the only ones there to enjoy swimming in the river and hiking along it’s banks. I absolutely love the blue rivers here in the hill country in Texas. (And yes, it is warm enough to enjoy swimming in early April in Texas. We were swimming at our creek across the street from our home starting in January!)

The Alamo in San Antonio, TX

I can’t even count how many times I’ve been to the Alamo. But I learned that Mark had only ever walked by it, so I knew we had to go (I mean, he even had a job in San Antonio at one point)! He loves history, so it was perfect for him.

Lake Tahoe in California/Nevada

In May, we took a trip to Lake Tahoe. We were lucky enough to win this trip (OMG!), so we ended up taking some of our best friends with us since we knew we wouldn’t get to travel with them for a long while starting very soon as they are pregnant with their second child (and we had enough airline miles to get them there with us!).

Hamilton Pool in Austin, TX

After the crazy flooding in Texas, the creeks were flowing pretty steadily, so we decided it was time to visit Hamilton Pool for the first time since I was in college. Hamilton Pool is a grotto with an amazing blue-green pool and a large (for Texas) waterfall just outside of Austin. I was forced to try HDR photography for the first time, since there is really no other way to get good photos. Be gentle with me on those critiques when I finally blog about it. 😉

Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, TX

This last photo is at Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, TX. I wouldn’t really call this travel, since we go here almost every day and the entrance to this section of the greenbelt is located just steps outside my front door. I consider myself pretty lucky to live this close to it and be able to visit here often. It is Mozart and Magellan’s absolute favorite place (and probably mine, too). The water is beautiful, clear, clean, and lovely shades of blue and green. I’m excited to blog about it to show you part of my life.

That’s about it! Stay tuned for more in-depth stories and photos of the above-mentioned places. And who knows, I might be starting the process of rebranding soon! :)

Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, TX

Inks Lake State Park - Burnet, TX

A few months ago, my parents decided to be super awesome and visit me and Mark. They booked a B&B just outside of Austin for all four of us plus the dogs, and we packed up for a couple of days of exploring and relaxation.

We had so much fun hiking at many different parks, eating amazing healthy food at our B&B (that even offered vegan and gluten-free meals!), star-gazing at night, visiting several lakes, and just having fun together. One of the parks we explored was Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX.

Inks Lake has an area called Devil’s Waterhole, which is a small canyon with lots of rocky cliffs and boulders to climb, traverse, and even jump off of into the water. During the summer it is a favorite among locals and visitors for cooling off. There are several trails that are perfect for the beginner with many places to explore, including waterfalls (if Valley Spring Creek is running).

If Inks Lake wasn’t an hour away from where I live, I’d be there weekly for picnics, hammocking, geocaching, relaxing, reading, or hiking. I’d also love to come back to go camping there!

Even though it was in the middle of March, Mark felt compelled to bring his swim suit and jump in the water. He just can’t help it! My parents and I had fun laughing at him calculating where the best spots would be to jump off (without propelling himself into a school of catfish!).

Though we didn’t take the dogs that time (they were super tired out from a long hike we took earlier that morning), Inks Lake is a great place for dogs. I can’t wait to go back with Mozart and Magellan! They love trails that have things to traverse, places to jump on and off, and that have water.

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[All photos were taken in March 2015.]