Mammoth In The Summer

Before, I usually thought of just snow and snow activities when I thought of Mammoth. I didn’t realize that it’s actually a great place to go in the summer months as well!

There’s so much to do there and so many beautiful spots to check out! I wish I had stayed a few more days so that I could’ve done some more activities. But I will definitely be back!

From Vegas, Mammoth is about a 5 hour drive. We set out super early in the morning and arrived in Mammoth around 10:30am. We grabbed some lunch and then headed straight to the hiking trails. Devil’s Post Pile and Rainbow Falls is a must! The hike was pretty easy and the waterfall at the end is SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s a 5 mile hike roundtrip to the falls and back. You can go all the way down to the waterfall and get into the water. It was FREEZING tho! I saw some people swimming… I’m not sure how they did that! I just put my feet in and it was so cold! But it felt really refreshing after the hike.

Devil’s Post Pile
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

After the hike, we drove to June Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from Devil’s Post Pile. It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by trees! It was a bit windy when we went but still relaxing nonetheless.

June Lake

It was about 5pm, so we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at Sierra Lodge. http://www.sierralodge.com The room was pretty nice but the door and walls are really thin that we could hear everything outside. BUT for the price and the location, it was perfect for us. It is close to so many restaurants and bars. You can even walk to The Village (a cute little area with shops, bars, restaurants)

The Village in the day
The Village at night

We had dinner at Toomey’s. We read that this place was good so we wanted to check it out. It was good! And the staff were so nice and super friendly! (p.s. if you’re going out to dine right now (during this pandemic)… and if you enjoyed the service provided by your server.. please tip extra if you can! I was a server for a very long time and I know how hard it is.. but it’s gotta be even harder right now for them. Take care of them please.)

After dinner, we walked around The Village. It’s beautiful at night! With all of the lights… it felt like Christmas in July.

The next morning we woke up early to go kayaking but unfortunately, the wind had other plans for us. So, we just checked out Crowley Lake and had lunch there. (for lunch we got some protein bowls and juice shots from Elixir.. super good spot!)

I read that there were these really cool looking columns at Crowley Lake… so we set off to find them. Got lost a few times, went off roading but no luck. If you find them, let me know! Sad I didn’t find it.

But in trying to find the columns, we stumbled on some beautiful views and stopped to say hello to some cow friends.

Benton Crossing

If you have more time, I definitely say go KAYAKING! and also mountain bike up those beautiful mountains. You can take the gondola to the top and ride! How awesome is that?!? Next time for me…

Happy exploring!

Gilcrease Orchard (Las Vegas)

I finally got to visit a place that I have been wanting to go to for years! Gilcrease Orchard! It is a family owned farm in the Northwest part of Las Vegas. You wouldn’t imagine there would be something like this in the city but there is!

It’s located on N Tenaya Way. Exact address: (7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131)

I live in the Southwest part of Las Vegas and it took about 30 minutes to get there. There is plenty of free parking and it is also free to enter!

They’re currently open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7am-10am. For any updates visit their website: thegilcreaseorchard.org

I recommend getting there super early! We got there at 7:30am and there were already a lot of people! Some of the good produce was all taken already!

They have peaches, apples, melons, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplants, watermelon, onions and the most delicious fresh peanut butter! They also have almond butter, black garlic and olive oil at the registers.

Bring your own bags! (they do provide you with some, if you need, but they’re plastic.) So, bring your own reusable or paper bags.😊

The prices are determined by weight. But everything is very reasonably priced!

If you go now, (Vegas summer), be prepared for the heat. Even at 7am, it was really hot! Wear a hat and plenty of sunblock.

I heard during the Fall, they have some delicious seasonal goodies and a pumpkin patch! I’ll definitely have to go back around Halloween!

It is really cool to see something like this in a busy city like Las Vegas. Hopefully there will be more one day.

Happy exploring!

Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling

Exercise is sometimes already hard to get in on a daily basis… it’s harder while you’re traveling. But, I always try to get a little bit of exercise in on my travels.


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The best way in my opinion is to WALK! It also saves a ton of money on transportation… I literally walk almost everywhere I can while I travel. On some days I have walked over 10 miles a day!

Another great way to stay fit while traveling is to use resistance bands. They’re easy to pack! Super lightweight but really work out those muscles. You can use them for both a great leg and arm workout!

This is one that I recommend! I have used other resistance bands, and they unfortunately ripped over time. These are super durable and also really cute!

I also love renting bikes and biking all over the city. But it also depends on what city you’re in. Many cities in Europe have bikes all around the city and most people who live there bike regularly. Great way to explore the city as well!

Happy exploring! Stay healthy!

Instagram Worthy Spots in Vegas (off The Strip)

I think we all know that there are many places to get some awesome photos in Vegas.. but most people think there’s only The Strip to do that. Wrong! There are so many other places around the city to get some amazing, instagram worthy photos!

Most of these places that I have included are completely free or very cheap! We all like that right?😊

~ Neon Museum: (Cheap) They were having a discount for locals that was only $10 for admission. I’m not sure what the regular price is… but if and when they have a discount, jump on it for sure! It’s a guided tour as well… so you get some interesting info behind some of the iconic Las Vegas signs.

[ Located in Downtown Las Vegas. ]

~ Historic Railroad Tunnel Way: (Free) I actually never knew this existed until recently! It’s quite a hike to get to the last tunnel but I think it is pretty cool and worth it.

[ Located near Lake Mead. Head toward Boulder Beach, it will be the parking lot on the right side. Parking is free! ]

~ Red Rock Canyon: It’s way too hot to visit Red Rock in the summer.. but in the cooler months, I love hiking and exploring the mountains and different hiking trails. It’s beautiful!

~ Lake Las Vegas: (Free) This is one of my favorite places to visit in Vegas… it seems like you’re in a different country. Right on the water, the buildings are so beautiful! I suggest checking it out both in the day and at night.

~ Bellagio Conservatory: (Free) They change the themes here every so often… I’ve never seen one that wasn’t beautiful. A definite must for some awesome photos!

~ Wheel of Misfortune: (Free) Not a super popular place but I had fun exploring here for the day. It’s a good thing that it’s not so popular, you can manage to get a lot of good photos without anyone in them!

[ Located near Lake Las Vegas. You will pass the entrance for Lake Las Vegas, drive about 5 minutes. You will see a boat storage and a bicycle rental shop on the right. You can park there and then you will hike up to the desert. It will be about a 10 minute walk to the Wheel of Misfortune ]

~ Downtown Las Vegas: Another one of my favorite places in the city! I LOVE DTLV. There’s so much to see and do there and it’s very different from The Strip. There’s beautiful street art everywhere. Some places in DTLV that I recommend for some IG worthy photos… Ferguson’s Downtown, Art District, Fremont Street, Container Park. Honestly, there’s so many places to snap some great photos in DTLV. Just walk around and explore!

Happy exploring!