Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Road Trip to Palm Springs

Hi everyone! :) I do want to give tips and suggestions for people visiting places I've been before but first I want to talk about the most recent place I visited last weekend-- Palm Springs, CA. As we were coming up on Palm Springs Waseam (my boyfriend) asked me if I would rather live by the mountains or the ocean. I can tell you why he asked that question, because I wouldn't stop saying "THESE MOUNTAINS ARE SOOOOO PRETTY!!!!!!" (I tend to be dramatic when I really love something. Also, I don't usually like things, I LOVE things.) For all of you wondering my answer, I said the mountains. Of course I visit the beach and it's nice but I don't get in the ocean, it's very cold!! So the way I see it, the ocean doesn't do much for me. The mountains on the other hand, wow! I just stare at them in awe. They are so incredible. Maybe you'll think the same thing after looking at some of my pictures. Or, maybe I am just that obsessed with nature and I'm a freak :)

When we first arrived we went to Bill's Pizza and it was delicious! It's hard to disappoint me when it comes to pizza, I love so many different kinds. We had chicken Alfredo pizza (gasp!). Our waiter was great, he helped guide us to all the cool spots around town. I really appreciated that. My picture below is the first place he told us about. Go to the end of Ramon Rd and a hiking trail begins. I'm happy Waseam suggested we sit on a rock for a minute to really take in the view. I have a bad habit of trying to do so much and see everything that I'm always hurrying to the next place. I'm not proud of it but what a hard habit to break!
Sunday morning we rode the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mt. San Jacinto or more specifically, San Jacinto State Park. I recommend this above anything else! It's $25 for an adult but look whats in store for you at the top!

I caught this view of Palm Springs (down to the right) on the ride down. Ok, I know that is a lot of nature for one post so I'll end on a fun note! We didn't stay at this hotel (Ace Hotel & Swim Club) but we found out you don't have to be a guest to enjoy the pool. How cool? I'm ok with that! I can't complain about this view! 

The weekend went very quick but I'm happy we got out of town for a little bit. Maybe my pictures inspired someone to put Palm Springs on their list of places to visit? I'm marking it off of mine and it's on to the next place. 

One quick random note! I'm having H&R Block do my taxes this year and I'm so thankful for my professional (Bruce) who is helping me. I can tell he is looking out for me and genuinely cares. He really made my night. Don't underestimate the good people in our world! :)  Next time someone makes a difference in your life, tell them thanks. Everyone loves being appreciated! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jumping into the blogging world!

Hello! My name is Carling Barrett. I have kind of wanted to start a blog for awhile. Let's just say I've been thinking about it but never actually followed through until now. My dear friend Analisa and my sister Tamara have been trying to talk me into it for some time. You may be wonder why I decided to start now? Great question! Two days ago a friend of a friend asked me for suggestions on places to visit in San Diego. I wrote her a long email explaining all of my favorite places and she replied by saying that I should have a travel blog. That made me feel so good! Not that it isn't enough coming from Analisa or Tamara, but I haven't met Sarah yet (but I hope to when she visits!!) and she's saying this so I thought maybe it's time to blog. I'd like to thank Danielle for helping me come up with the name!! Here I am blog world!