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Wearing: H&M top, One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals

We took a bus to Coba, a city just north of Tulum, to explore the Mayan ruins there. The Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the tallest structure in the Coba ruins at 137 feet and you can actually climb up the 120 steps to the top where the view overlooks an endless jungle! It was really nice walking around under the cover of trees and stumbling upon all sorts ruins scattered throughout the area. After we left Coba, we took a taxi to a nearby cenote called Tankach Ha that was recommended to us by some locals who said it was their favorite cenote. There are a variety of types of cenotes in this area, but the Tankach Ha was very much like an underground cave with stalactites hanging from above enclosing a pit of groundwater, similar to a spring (in that the water was as cold as a spring!). There is a built-in spiral staircase that takes you down underground and suddenly opens up to this cave that you would never have known was there. It really is amazing, I can see why it was a local favorite! The staircase also has two separate “diving” platforms that you can jump off of into the water. We stayed for a while as I tried to coax myself into the cold water to go swimming, but I am so happy I did! By the time we left the cenote, all the taxis had left for the day so we had to walk back to the bus stop where we also found that all the buses had left for the night. Fortunately, everyone we asked was extremely helpful in giving us directions to a town close by that had taxis that would take us back to Tulum. So the takeaway lesson here is always make sure you have a way to get back!

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Watkins Glen

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Wearing: H&M shirt, Faux leather dolphin shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, vintage sunnies

Watkins Glen State Park was one of my all time favorite places to visit on this road trip. I highly, highly recommend anyone and everyone to spend a day walking through this gorge. It was like strolling through a picturesque scene from Lord of the Rings or a real-life fairy tale. The stone steps take you under and over waterfalls and along rapid waters and trickling streams and through caves. It was impossible not to be awestruck and also quite impossible not to get completely soaked. As I have mentioned before, try to get to the park as early as possible to avoid the midday rush of tourists. I like the serenity that comes with having the whole place to oneself for a while. I loved this park so much and I give past Brittany two thumbs up and a pat on the back for making this a part of our trip.

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Taughannock Falls

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Wearing: H&M shirt, Faux leather dolphin shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, vintage sunnies

From D.C. we made a short pit stop to see my sister in New Jersey and set out the next morning for Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger lakes. This park has trails with a great view of the falls and some others that run along the rim of a giant gorge. The gorge is the closest thing the East coast has to a Grand Canyon, except it is more green with a river running down the middle. There are gates along the edges but we jumped one of them to take a peak over the edge and get some unobstructed pictures. Every park so far has had so much to offer, I wish we had amazing places like these in Florida. I would make hiking through them my day job!

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Breezy

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Wearing: H&M dress, Forever 21 sandals, Ray Bans, vintage rings, horseshoe necklace, feather ear cuff

Had the opportunity to catch the most beautiful sunset the other day and enjoy the soft and blissful orange glow of this classic Florida landscape. It was really windy and my dress/coverup and hair was being whipped around like crazy. Anybody with long hair can relate to the insane helicopter effect it causes 😉 Otherwise it was a really great way to end the week! Also let us all just pretend like we did not see the “DO NOT CLIMB ON ROCKS” sign…heh. What sign? I saw no sign *proceeds to climb up rock ledge*. I have three words for that bossy sign: pshh yeah oookay…I’m too stubborn to let that sign tell me how to live my life.

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