Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A trip to the Slot Canyons

The Antelope Slots near Page, Arizona are mesmerizing and definitely worth a visit.  Who knew that rocks + water = Beauty Beyond Belief!

There are two sides where you can tour the canyons; one is referred to as the upper side (south) and the other is the lower side (north).   On both sides, you cannot explore the canyons on your own, but rather have to sign up for a tour.  I toured both and would highly recommend the lower side of antelope canyon.

On the upper canyon tour, your journey starts with a five minute drive to the canyon in the back of a pick up truck.  When you get to the canyon there are many more tour trucks and droves of people.   With the volume of people trying to make their way through the canyon it was difficult to get a shot of the slots without capturing the top of someones head as well.  (They say depending on what time of year you go you might find it less crowded, but I went in November and there were tons of people visiting at that time.)

The lower canyon tours have been labeled difficult and hard to navigate, but really if you can walk up and down a flight of stairs you will be ok.  This canyon is not as crowded and lets you enjoy the beauty of the slots without dealing with a crowd of people.  It feels less like a cattle call and more like a unique experience.  For this tour, you just walk about 100 feet to the canyon entrance and take a flight of stairs down into the canyon.  Once inside you will get a peaceful glimpse of the jaw dropping orange and purple hued rock formations.

Just a few minutes away and not to be missed is Horseshoe Bend.  It only takes a couple of minutes to walk to from the parking lot and packs a punch with the view.  It's hard to get the entire waterway in the picture, so be sure and bring a wide angle lens.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A day in Venice, California

Venice is one part funk, another part hip, and all together lovable.  Venice is both electric and eclectic and will steal your heart in just 24 hours.  Here's what I like to do in what has been deemed the new "Silicon Valley."

Cup of Joe  A day in Venice can't start until you've hit Intelligentsia.  The coffee here is bar none the best in the west!

Brunch Only a hop, skip, and jump from Intelligentsia is the fabulous Gjelina.  The Chia pudding and ricotta pancakes can't be missed.

Shop till you drop Abbot Kinney has a gazillion boutiques all chalked full of hipster clothing.  Two of my favorites are Milkmade and Satine.

Lunch Lemonade is a childhood fantasy and responsible healthy conscience combined.  They have every lemonade drink combo you can think of and dozens of healthy salads to pick from, not to mention their vast array of deserts.......yum.

Venice Canals Not to be missed.  Makes you ponder...Am I in California or Italy?

Sunset High Rooftop Lounge Hello view!  Its a panoramic of not only the city, but also the coastline.  I like to take it all in with the accompaniment of a "The Summer Crush" libation.

Dinner Scopa Delish italian fare.  The chopped salad and polenta are my faves.

Slumber Party Hotel Erwin There is not a lot of choices in Venice, but when you have the best who needs the rest?  Erwin is chic and the perfect crash pad for the night(s).

A perfect sunset from the top of the Erwin .... does it get any more romantic?

A birds eye view of the enchanting Venice Canal community.

Back on land, there's a sidewalk that runs all around the water that you can use to explore the canals and their picturesque landscape. 

Photos by Andrew Savelyev

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reel Time

This is the walking talking version of my blog :)  If it doesn't load in your browser check it out on youtube here.

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