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Bucket List Dreams- Winter Wonderland in Snoqualmie, Washington

Snoqualmie- A Winter Wonderland
Soul Work and a Journey of Self-Discovery

[38 + driving hours, 5 days, 2500+ miles cross-country, 7 states]

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My third epic 2,500+ mile cross country trip would take me through the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest regions. I would get to witness the beauty of nature in all of its elements. My travels would immerse me in a great blue ocean, snowy white mountains and unforgettable vast deserts. I would get to see the sunrise each dawn and the sun set each evening at dusk. My journey would carry me through the Cascades and the Rockies and to many hidden gems far and in between.

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Ah, Washington, the splendid Pacific Northwest. I began my travels making my way through Seattle, Tacoma, Snoqualmie, Yakima, Kennewick and Cle Elum. Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Pass is the epitome of a White Winter Wonderland. I can not completely fathom the way it made me feel, other than feeling intensely that it was otherworldly. Snoqalmie radiates pure solace and solitude.

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Wenatchee National Forest is a place for true reflection. Wenatchee National Forest exudes boundless grace beneath its towering white-tipped trees and snow-capped mountains. We were driving around the mountains and as far as they eyes could see was pure white everything. I turned on some soft folk music and let the scenery and lyrics carry me away.

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I stood mystified of the snow fields in Cle Elum. I remember how the euphoria swirled in my mind: my life is a storybook coming alive, my life is a travel movie, my life is opera at the theater. I thanked the universe for making me the alchemist of my life. In that moment, I was but a girl-child again, running through the soft white fields and throwing snowballs. Life is sweet and beautiful in these moments and all.

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Washington is one big beautiful playground. My winter wonderland memories will stay with me always. I am eternally thankful for life directing my footsteps to witness so much beauty and splendor.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true! In love and light. Namaste.

With All my Love,
~The Vintage Gypsy

“Courage, dear heart.” -C.S. Lewis

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Bucket List Dreams- From Seattle, With Love

Seattle and West Seattle

The magnificence of The Pacific Northwest is completely arresting.

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I began my trip arriving in Seatac and settling into Seattle. By morning light I would be embarking on an epic cross-country trip. My itinerary would bring me through Seattle, Tacoma, Snoqualmie, Yakima, Kennewick and Cle Elum. I love the thrill of being in a new place with eyes searching endlessly for adventure and beauty. Traveling has taught me to have a completely authentic experience everywhere I go.

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Washington offers the most beautiful backdrops of Mt. Rainer National Park and the Cascade Mountains. Seattle and West Seattle offer many amazing panoramic views of its stunning mountainous ranges, most notably Mt. Rainer. Mt. Rainer is the tallest mountain in the Cascades and is actually a volcano. You can see many significant mountains and peaks including Mount Rainer, The Cascades and The Olympics from several viewpoints between Seattle and Tacoma.

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Seattle is cold and gray, and gods, its striking. First up, le coffee. You can’t go to Seattle and not have a cup of coffee from an official Seattle Starbucks! I was quite literally in coffee heaven. We then went by to check out the Starbucks headquarters. I rolled my gold card between my fingers thinking how many frappes and lattes I have drunk in my life, and couldn’t help but smile.

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West Seattle is a coastal beach town with impressive views of the surrounding mountains, greenery, and oceanfront. I ventured off to explore Alki Beach Park and Puget Sound. Interestingly I learned they are part of the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  Alki Beach Park has its very own replica of the Statue of Liberty overlooking Eliot Bay.

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I then went to more viewpoints which offer top views of the Cascade Mountains and the Seattle skyline. My next stop was Tacoma, and we got to see the Boeing Everett Factory. The Boeing Everett Factory is where they build airplanes, rockets, and satellites! This airplane assembly factory is the largest building in the world. After Tacoma, it was onward towards Snoqualmie, the most dreamy winter wonderland I ever laid eyes on!

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Washington offers many exceptional views from cityscapes to landscapes. The immense high-rises of the numerous skyscrapers are truly splendid. The incredible architectural design will command your full attention. Washington is rich in gorgeous scenery. In Washington, you can visit several national parks, mountains, lakes and ski resorts. There are many outdoor activities including water adventures, mountain climbing, hiking, and so much more!

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

 

“I’m thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality that you and I may share.”- Vladimir Nabokov

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucket List Dreams- Beautiful Utah

Utah: Bucket List Dreams and Road Trip Adventures

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Utah has so many wanderlust worthy locations that will absolutely take your breath away. I began my trip going through Tremento, Salt Lake City, Price and Monticello. The natural beauty of Utah sweeps across the rolling hills and sky-high mountains. The Rockies are vast and majestic. Our girls trip was in full swing, and took us through the Rocky mountains, en route to Colorado, blaring the musical, Moulin Rouge.

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We went through Downtown Salt Lake and it is vibrant and bustling. You must see the stunning LDS Mormon Temple dating back to 1853! The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to construct this massive structure. The high spheres and Gothic architecture is nothing less than awe-inspiring. Downtown Salt Lake offers great views with its phenominal skyline over the city. While the state capital of Utah is impressive, it’s the countryside of Utah that is undoubtedly captivating.

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Utah offers many outdoor activities and points of interest. Utah is known for its outdoor activities and gorgeous mountainous landscapes. In Utah you can visit many national monuments, forests and parks including the world-class, Zion National Park. In Utah there are a multitude of state parks, ski resorts and outdoor water adventures. You can also hike, rock climb, mountain bike and so much more.

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Utah is known for their The Great Outdoors with its iconic redrock canyons, incredible jagged cliffs and picturesque snowy mountains. Utah is grand and magnificent; I am completely floored! From towering skyscrapers to towering mountains Utah has it all! The natural beauty of Utah’s backcountry is utterly remarkable! Don’t close your eyes in this beautiful state!

 

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

 

With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy

 

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”- Kahlil Gibran

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucket List Dreams- San Diego and Coronado Island

San Diego and Coronado Island

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Coronado Island is home to the gorgeous and iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Hotel Del is a picture-perfect vintage masterpiece dating back to 1888! The elegant wooden architecture of the historic Hotel Del is inspired from the Victorian era, and exudes the classic beauty of The Old Hollywood Glam atmosphere. The renowned Hotel Del was featured in the 1959 film, Some Like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe. The legendary beachfront Hotel Del Coronado is not to be missed.

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The Pacific Ocean is undeniably vast and beautiful. At Coronado Island there are many water activities such as swimming, surfing, boating, or even whale-watching! I didn’t realize how cold the water really is here, or just how windy it is! I also thought it would be sunnier in Cali, yet it is often pretty gray out. I really loved all of the rocks and stones lining up the beach.

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The views of downtown San Diego, The San Diego Bay and across Coronado Island are quite lovely! The Coronado Bridge is a massive 200 ft. tall, and 11,000+ ft. long curved bridge pouring out into the peninsula. The San Diego-Coronado Bridge sweeps you across into the seaside military Navy town of Coronado Island. You can see some facets of naval activities and many stunning ships and vessels from up above.

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I love how many different elements and landscapes California has. Cali has beaches, mountains, deserts and even ski resorts. San Diego is really close to the border of Tijuana Mexico. I love the melting pot of culture that makes San Diego so special and diverse.

I also recommend visiting the Hillcrest area. Hillcrest is the very LGBT friendly neighborhood and also where pride takes place. I enjoyed the restaurants and cozy coffee shops in this neighborhood. Admittedly, I stayed at Starbucks a lot, and I drunk copious amounts of coffee and tea religiously. I also had some of the most unique vegetarian Thai food at Plumeria. I also really love Balboa Park! Balboa Park is enormous and offers so many activities for park visitors.

Some of my favorite views were the Imperial Sand Dunes located outside of Yuma, AZ en route to San Diego, CA. The sunset over the massive sand dunes is superb. Also, there are nice views of the Jacumba Mountains near the Mexico and U.S. border!

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And my bucketlist dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy

 

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”-Rumi

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Bucket List Dreams– Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Sin City! The city that never sleeps! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! The Entertainment Capital of the World! The City of Lights! Viva Las Vegas!

The cross-country drive to Vegas is epic. There is so much space- mountains and cactuses and desert. And then…flashing lights! You see color and life. There are so many things to do in the middle of the desert! Vegas is bright, flashy and vibrant!

Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign- Huge tourist spot in Las Vegas. Everyone was super excited to get their photo taken with the historic and iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The sign itself was really cool to see such a well-known piece of Vegas history.

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Las Vegas Strip Shops, Mall Outlets, and Souvenir Stores

Las Vegas Strip- Flashing lights! 5 minutes in and I already had my photos taken with Elvis! Viva Las Vegas! The strip is the place for great photo-ops with everyone from Vegas showgirls to celebrity impersonators.

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Vegas has some really fun touristy and souvenir shops like M&M’s World and Hershey’s Chocolate World!

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The Shoppes at Mandalay Place- various unique shops located between Mandalay Bay and Luxor, and is accessible via the sky bridge. Popular spots include Minus 5 Ice Lounge, RX Boiler Room, Lick and more!

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace- features restaurants, specialty boutiques and luxury shops including Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Louis Vuitton.

Grand Canal Shoppes- includes Venetian Gondola rides, upscale shops and restaurants located in The Venetian and The Palazzo.

Bellagio Shops- boutique and designer shops including Fendi, Armani, Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

Other shopping centers include Miracle Mile Shops, Wynn Esplanade, Fashion Show Mall and more.

 Las Vegas Strip Casinos, Hotels, and Shows

I’m just following where all of the shiny lights take me. Pretty colors. Go back. Pretty colors.

MGM Grand- Old Hollywood and Art Deco-inspired! (Some remnants of the Wizard of Oz Emerald City style.) I loved the retro and funky art displayed here like the Elvis and Johnny Cash photos and paintings. Popular shows here are David Copperfield and Cirque du Soleil: KA.

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New York, New York- New York City’s gorgeous colorful and pastel skylines recreated complete with a Statue of Liberty! Big city, Bright lights! Hershey’s Chocolate World and Houdini’s Magic Shop are great stops here. One of the more popular shows here is Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity.

 

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Paris Las Vegas- Parisian inspired, French architecture and an Eiffel Tower! Paris Las Vegas is so dreamy and romantic! Paris Las Vegas is swoon-worthy. I felt like Satine in the Moulin Rouge! Now, where’s my Christian? The show to see here is Circus 1903.

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Luxor- 30 story Pyramid and ancient Egyptian inspired architecture! I loved the statues of the Pharaoh and Sphinx. The Titanic Exhibition is housed here. The Vegas shows to see here are Chris Angel Mindfreak and The Blue Man Group.

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Bellagio- Sunset over the strip and the famous Bellagio fountain show! The conservatory and Botanical Gardens are a pure enchantment. The whimsical fantasy garden room is absolutely stunning. The well-known show to see here is Cirque du Soleil: O

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Excalibur- Camelot inspired, fairytale and medieval! The show to catch here is Tournament King’s dinner theater, and Thunder From Down Under.

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Las Vegas Strip Dining

Food Network chef and restauranteur, and star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy Fieri- Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Linq, and El Burro Borracho at Rio.

Food Network’s Resturant: Impossible celebrity judge and chef, Robert Irvine- Robert Irvine’s Public House and Gastropub at Tropicana.

Hell’s Kitchen celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay- Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood, and Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace.

 

Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is just as fun and exciting as The Las Vegas strip! I think I may love downtown even more than the strip. They have casinos and hotels including The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino and The Fremont Hotel and Casino, and many more. They also have the Viva Vision light show, The Neon Museum, Slotzilla ziplining, Fear the Walking Dead Survival and so much more!

Downtown Vegas-  Downtown Las Vegas is the hub for quickie weddings. I just had to see A Little White Wedding Chapel and the Drive-Through Wedding Chapel Tunnel of Love, and Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel where they have Elvis weddings!

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Container Park- Downtown Vegas Arts District, wall graffiti and street murals. Container Park is built from actual shipping containers! Container Park also offers shopping, and several restaurants and bars.

Fremont Street Experience- Top street performers including dancers, acrobatics, and contortionists, plus the Viva Vision musical light show, on the worlds largest video screen! Fremont Street has live musicians and bands, freak-show sideshows, showgirls, protestors, Vegas photo ops with impersonators, shopping dining and nightlife. The Fremont Street Experience is not to be missed!

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Long Live Las Vegas! 🎰

With all my love,
~The Vintage Gypsy

 

“Do I dare disturb the universe?- T.S. Eliot

 

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Bucket List Dreams- Red Rock Canyon

Bucket list dreaming!

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Red Springs, Red Rock

Red Rock Natural Conservation Area is miles and miles of natural beauty, and has the most tremendous views you could ever dream of. If you love the outdoors you’ll definitely want to add Red Rock to your bucket list and itinerary.

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Red Springs, Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is definitely top of the bucket list. Red Rock Canyon is located within The Mojave desert and is one of the most scenic and glorious natural conservation areas I have ever witnessed.

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Sandstone Quarry, Red Rock
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Sandstone Quarry, Red Rock
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Sandstone Quarry, Red Rock

Did you know Red Rock dates back 180 million years during the Jurassic era? Red Rock was once covered by the sea that receded over time and turned into sand dunes, and eventually mountains and canyons. At Red Rock, you can immerse yourself in nature, hike canyons and climb cliffs. Red Rock is also a photographers dream. There is so much natural beauty at Red Rock you can explore and discover.

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Sandstone Quarry, Red Rock
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Sandstone Quarry, Red Rock

Red Rock has many canyons, trails and rock formations. And red Aztec Sandstone and Joshua trees are gorgeous. The canyons are actually swirls of colorful marble rock formations and both pastel and vivid colored sandstone.

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Calico Basin, Red Rock
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Calico Basin, Red Rock

At Red Rock, you will immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Red Rock offers the most incredible panoramic and scenic views of the canyons and desert vegetation. Red Rock is the perfect wanderlust and bucket-list adventure!

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Willow Spring, Red Rock
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Willow Spring, Red Rock

Full-time explorer of all things interesting.

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” –Susan Sontag