1st Backpacking Trip to Grand Canyon

Hi everyone!! I can’t believe it’s already May…it’s going to be our 1 year wedding anniversary next month!  Where did the time go?

We have since continued our national park tradition and actually headed back to Grand Canyon around April 14th.  We booked the tickets on February 2nd and were planning for the May timeframe but April 14th was all that was available.  It ended up being a nice coincidence because that was our 2 year engagement anniversary.  I think I set up a nice tradition to go somewhere for that date too!

Even though we had already been to the Grand Canyon, I’ve read blogs and pictures about the famous Havasu waterfalls.  These waterfalls are so popular  that you are required to have a permit and they get sold out for the year in 30 minutes!  If you want to stay in the lodge instead of camping you have to reserve rooms the year before you want to go…yikes!

It was me and Nelli’s first backpacking/camping experience together and we were so nervous!  For it being our first time, I think we did extremely well but there are a few things we’ll do differently next  time…

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2017 in Review – Practicing Gratitude

2017 was SUCH a game changer in my life…there were so many milestones reached, growth opportunities fulfilled and SO many adventures executed – Here are my top 10 moments of the year!  I would definitely say 2017 has been my best year yet however I have no expectations for the future.

I want to say that 2018 will be better but I’m just going to live each day to the fullest and face whatever is in front of me.  This past January, I got a little angsty….I wanted each weekend activity packed and I was constantly searching/planning for our next international getaway.  I’m learning that you can be happy anywhere doing anything – Happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a state of being 🙂

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Top 5 things to do in Costa Rica

My top 5 things to do:

  1. La Fortuna Waterfalls
  2. Arenal volcano visit
  3. Manuel Antonio National Park
  4. Cafe Britt
  5. Tortuguero National Park

This was Nelli’s 2nd time going to Costa Rica and he absolutely loves the country especially their coffee.  He actually planned his luggage around how much coffee he was going to bring back when we visited Cafe Britt.

Things I wish we had done – Because we only stayed for a short time, we definitely skimmed the surface of all Costa Rica has to offer.  I don’t usually prefer to visit countries twice because there is so much to see in the world but Costa Rica definitely warrants a 2nd time.

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