travel

Red Rock

Las Vegas is known as “Sin City”.  People go to Vegas to escape their reality, to gamble, to drink, to dance, to watch amazing shows, to do things they’ve never done before, see things they thought were illegal, celebrate milestones, or to get married. In fact, I celebrated my 21st birthday in Las Vegas, but going back ten years later, I wanted to see a side of Vegas that I didn’t get to see the first time around, a side that was separate from the famous “strip”. This time I went to Red Rock Canyon.

If you know anything about me, you know I get super antsy if I’m in one place too long. I need frequent breaks or day ventures to keep my heart happy. Plus being a stay-at-home-mom in a town that doesn’t have much to offer, weeks without real adventures can make a girl go crazy, so hiking at Red Rock was my solution. If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it. There is just something about fresh air, mountains, and hiking trails that does something good for your soul.

Red Rock actually offers 26 different hiking trails that take you to the highest and lowest points in the park. I was only able to hike a few short trails, but I plan on going back to explore a little more next time.

If you are the super adventurous kind, there is rock climbing. I saw plenty of people with all their gear on ready to go climb areas that would terrify me, but it was intriguing to watch. Somehow hanging from the side of a mountain scares me, but jumping out of an airplane doesn’t. I guess we all like adventures differently.

If rock climbing doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Red Rock.  In fact, just driving through the park is amazing. There is also camping, guided tours, off-roading, and biking. It’s a great place to take pictures, go for a picnic, or sit on a bench and read a book. There isn’t very good cell phone coverage, but I loved that. It’s always nice to disconnect once in awhile.

If you ever have the chance go check it out! For more information on Red Rock visit: https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org


 

Waco, Texas 

My mom and I just left from an amazing girls trip in Waco, Texas. I am a huge fan of the show “Fixer Upper” and of course all things Chip and Joanna. Whenever I go to Target I stalk their section of home goods, I’ve read their book, and so the next step was to actually visit Magnolia (Joanna’s store), their bakery, and their newly opened restaurant.

We woke up and were ready to leave our hotel by 8:30 AM (after we jumped on the beds from pure excitement), so that way we could be at the Magnolia store right when it opened. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating to be in the place that you have read and imagined, so to actually see everything in person was exhilarating. The store wasn’t overly busy (it’s best to visit on a weekday), so we were able to walk around and enjoy every thing in the store. The store mainly had home goods to offer, but it also had a few souvenir items like t-shirts, hats, and stickers. It was nice because the store had a lot of people working, so we barely had to wait in line.

Next up was the Supply store. I didn’t even know this existed, but leading up to it was beautiful tulips, lettuce, carrots, an array of different things planted (very Joanna like). The supply store had seeds, planters, and of course everything to make a fairy garden (if only I had girls)! There were a few cute places to pose for pictures, and then we moved on to the bakery.

The bakery had the longest line, but it was SO worth the wait. The menu items had cute names like the Shiplap Cupcake and the Silo Cookie. I ordered three cupcakes and one cookie because I just couldn’t decide on one, plus I had three days to indulge in them (not that it took me that long to eat them). I have to say the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was probably the best one I have ever had, and I wished I would of ordered about ten more. The Strawberries N’ Cream cupcake was the best of the three I ordered, but next time I would order all of the cookies.

After exploring the Silos, we decided to get some real food at the Magnolia Table. We were told the wait time was going to be two hours, but we didn’t even have to wait one hour. While we waited, I beat my mom in some Tic-Tac-Toe and we ate a cupcakes and drank some tea from the little cafe that was in the waiting area.

Finally our buzzer went off, and as soon as I walked into Magnolia Table I knew that someday I wanted my house to have the same vibe as the restaurant. It was so clean cut, a tad country, and so inviting. I couldn’t stop looking around. Every aspect of the restaurant had Joanna’s touch on it. My mom and I both decided on a chicken salad sandwich and tator tots, and it was extremely delicious.

If you ever decide to make the trip to Waco, I think you could manage to see everything in about a day and a half. My mom and I wanted to see the rest of Waco, so we went to a few boutiques (I highly recommend Spice), home good stores, and antique stores. There is a free trolley and bus to take you wherever you would like to go, so there is no need to rent a car.