Red Rock

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Only about twenty minutes out from Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We drove through the canyon on a winding road taking in the vast, sweeping views of the mountainous terrain. The red rock really does stand out against the earthy hues, with the only other color coming from the blooming desert flowers. There were many points along the road where we pulled off to the side to snap photos and enjoy the crisp blue skies against a jagged skyline. You definitely don’t get anything like this in Florida! We chose to hike the Ice Box canyon trail which ends at a waterfall. Unfortunately, due to the lack of rain, it was more like a water-trickle, but it always is satisfying to make it to the end of a difficult trail. I would certainly come here again if I’m ever back in Vegas and do a different trail because I just fell in love with the views!

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Coastline

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If I could just drive along the Pacific Coast forever I would be extremely happy. There is a beautiful view around every corner and little areas where you can pull over to enjoy. The scenery along the coast is unparalleled and I definitely plan on coming back on our next road trip. Our final destination for the day was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They have some of the best grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese and they also sell ice cream and give out free cheese samples! Talk about heaven on Earth! There is also a shop where you can buy a million different types of cheese and a viewing area where you can see the factory workers making it. We headed back to Portland after this for dinner, drinks, and some sleepy time, ready to gear up for the next full day of adventuring.

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Toccoa Falls

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Wearing: Ross peasant top, Hollister denim shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles,Forever 21 hat, vintage aviators, horseshoe necklace

Everything about Toccoa Falls on the Toccoa Falls College campus was magical. The clear water and sand were glistening like tiny jewels and the mist was refreshing on a hot day. Digging my toes in the sand I was jealous that I did not have a place this amazing to study at when I was in college. The falls were gigantic and I just wanted to sit there all day and enjoy the view!

I did eventually drag myself away from this little slice of heaven to go meet up with my Aunt who took us on a crazy off-road adventure in her Jeep to some falls that only the locals know about. I could not be more giddy getting to climb up them without signs telling me not to  😀

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Amicalola Falls

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Wearing: Ross peasant top, Hollister denim shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles,vintage aviators, horseshoe necklace

Our first stop on the road trip was Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. We got there bright and early after driving through the night and sustaining the only speeding ticket for the whole trip! I admit it was a bit of a mood dampener at first until we parked and got out of the car to the roaring sound of rushing water. Florida doesn’t really have waterfalls so I have never seen one even though I am completely obsessed with them. I was worried it would not hold to my high expectations until I got a peek from the top of the falls overlooking the mountains. Absolutely gorgeous and everything I was hoping for!! We clambered down the twisting, winding steps through the forest to reach the bottom of the falls and got some really awesome long-exposure shots. Without meaning to it kind of became a theme to drink a bit from each waterfall I came in contact with. Tastes like freedom 😉

I highly, highly recommend Georgia and North Carolina (but more on that to come) if you are looking for some beautiful waterfalls to admire. Without wasting any time we were back on the road heading to the next destination…

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