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A quiet moment in Donner Lake | #winter #donner #cabingetaway

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Every winter, my husband Jeremy and I organize a weekend Tahoe cabin trip with a group of dear friends. We spend three days in the snow, sledding, sleeping by the fire, and eating junk food. Each year it becomes more special as more...

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Color Factory | Whole Widen World #colorfactory #ilovecolor #artinstallation #artexhibit #sanfrancisco #wholewidenworld

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]In August 2017, a white three-story building with vertical rainbow stripes located on the edge of lower nob hill in opened its doors for business. They called themselves The Color Factory and they welcomed people to come and enjoy an exhibit of color focused rooms, designed for delight and...

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The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Long before your Instagram feed was filled with selfies from trendy pop-up museums like Color factory and Museum of Ice Cream, there was the the City Museum in Saint Louis. Aptly described as a playground museum, City Museum holds over 10 floors of structures, surfaces,...

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House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf | #art #installation #museum #surreal #travel #santafe #roadtrip #wholewidenworld

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1513579563305{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While researching popular attractions in New Mexico, I came across a trip advisor post about Meow Wolf, a collective of artists who create surreal, colorful, and weird interactive art installations. Their most recent work, "the house of eternal return",...

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Colorado Springs in 48 hours

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1512716236059{padding-right: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 100px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Jeremy grew up in Colorado, and while he hasn't lived here in over 15 years, he still considers Colorado his home. While we enjoyed Denver's lively downtown area, busy nightlife, and bountiful restaurants, Jeremy and I...

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Magic Town, Colorado Springs | Whole Widen World

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1512716302542{padding-right: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While visiting Colorado Springs on our road-trip, we happened across a curious place called Magic Town, the art exhibit of the sculptor, Micheal Garman.  From the outside, it appears to be a magic shop but upon entering, you realize...

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A fall hike in Boulder, Colorado | Whole Widen World #fall #hike #colorado #boulder

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While on our road trip in Colorado we decided to meet up with friends from college at a cafe in downtown Boulder. The crisp air and the first crunch of leaves underfoot tell us that fall has arrived and we are eager to enjoy it....

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48 hours in Boston | Whole Widen World #solotravel #boston #48hourguide #travel #boston

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1503809688220{padding-top: 55px !important;padding-bottom: 5% !important;}"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Traveling solo in Boston, or anywhere for that matter, for the first time anywhere can feel intimidating. I had never had the opportunity to travel to a new city alone and I was eager to prove to...

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Camping Lagoon Campground , Oregon | Whole Widen World #camping #summer #oregon

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1500657492056{padding-top: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our highly anticipated camping trip to Lagoon Campground in Oregon is finally here. After driving for 8 plus hours in the car, and stopping in Ashland for lunch, we arrive at the camp around 3:00 pm.   We go into our natural routine for...

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Souvenir-shopping-in-ashland-oregon | Whole Widen World #souvenirs #ashland #oregon

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1523236701718{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]The alarm blares at 3:45 AM and Jeremy springs out of bed. I startle awake and lay back down, groaning. He quickly gets dressed and starts gathering the last few things we need for our long journey. I...

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Group camping trip at Indian Grinding Rock

[vc_row content_width="grid" content_text_aligment="center" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Indian Grinding rock sits quietly in the heart of gold country in California. This small park is home to a large smattering of pitted rocks used by the native Miwok tribe to grind acorns and other food. The open field near the...

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Winter Cabin Weekend Truckee Getaway: Check out the blanket of downy snow in Truckee during the winter months. All is still and quiet | #truckee #winter #getaway #weekendtrip #wholewidenworld

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The small mountain town of Truckee holds a dear place in our hearts. Not only is it the place where Jeremy proposed, but it lacks the congested streets from tourism that plague it's neighbor city, Lake Tahoe, and keeps the small town charm all...

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Hiking San Francisco Lands End

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1499958450524{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a San Francisco resident, we take for granted the fact that we have some amazing hikes right in our backyard. Hiking Lands End is one of my favorites for its beautiful foggy coastline, it's views of the Golden...

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Hiking in Santa Barbara

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Santa Barbara is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Whether you like to do some window shopping and bar hopping on state street, lounge by the beach, take a boat ride, or hike in the mountains, you'll have a great time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column...

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Walking downtown New years eve in New York City

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1514479103979{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]When I received an email blast at work offering a house swap with a couple who lived in New York City for New Years Eve, we jumped on the opportunity to cross it off of the bucket list.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column...

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Camping Lake of the Springs

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1499918421614{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's springtime which means it is once again time to dust off the camping gear, load the car, and drive off into the wilderness for some natural therapy. My parents live full time in a 5th wheel trailer and throughout the...

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Camping in Coloma

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Coloma is a quiet old mountain town; it’s famous for being the site where the first flakes of gold were found in the 1800’s thus sparking the gold rush. Now, it’s a great place to get away from the city for a weekend...

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St. Louis in Photos | Whole Widen World #stlouis #explorestlouis #cityscape

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]It's fall in 2013 and Jeremy and I need a break from the everyday life in Chicago. We decide to pack up the car for a weekend getaway to St. Louis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="50"][vc_column_text] The hotel [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Our friend from college recommended the Moonrise hotel in...

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Camping in manistee

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's my 25th birthday weekend and Jeremy and I have decided to go camping for the first time together. We're eager to see how Zero, our now 6-month-old corgi puppy, will take to going on hikes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="702" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text] We've arrived! Our...

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The path in Mackerricher state park, fort Bragg

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Fort Bragg is my childhood My fondest memories as a child are those of our weekends in foggy Fort Bragg, California. We'd drive 3 hours north on a Friday after school and make it there by nightfall. My mom would make us a...