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CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa New Year’s Eve Wellness Retreat

Posted by on Dec 18, 2020 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and healing energy of the Sonoran Desert over the course of 3, 4, or 5 transformational days. December 27th – January 3rd Featuring a collaboration with wellness innovator Unplug Meditation, alongside top fitness and wellness guides, you’ll enjoy daily meditation, movement fueled dance sessions, positive mindset building, energy healing workshops, sunset yoga classes under the desert sky and more so you can welcome the New Year in with gratitude, an open heart, and a clear mind. Reconnect with your happy state, sweat with intention, and let the stress of 2020 go. Join us for a transformational New Year retreat and enjoy exceptional culinary experiences featuring healthy & flavorful cuisine, healing treatments at our award-winning spa, breathtaking scenery, and more. With 10+ wellness classes each day you’ll move, think, feel, and grow in inspired...

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Majestic Havasupai

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arizona, Travel | 1 comment

Havasupai has been on my “bucket list” ever since I saw my first picture of the beautiful blue-green water and falls. If you’ve never heard of Havasupai or seen photos – get ready to add a new destination to your “bucket list.” Please note – this and all pictures are completely unedited. I didn’t use any filters or any other manipulations. All photos were taken by me on my iPhone 6 or my Samsung TL220. The water really is that beautiful blue-green. And the photos really don’t do it justice. When planning a trip to Havasupai, you need to know that it is a long process. You will want to visit the official website of the Havasupai Tribe   for current fees and information. You can also find information from the National Park Website since it is located in the Grand Canyon (However, the...

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Arizona’s Weird Side is Full of Wild Wonder

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

These were the only two things I knew about Sedona prior to making it the first destination of a five-day, four-night family romp through Northern Arizona. Yet they were equally responsible for fueling my interest in checking out this quirky city, long considered a haven for those that are into things like spiritual vortexes and other similar practices that the average person may consider a bit fringy. It’s been my experience that people that society considers odd produce some pretty beautiful things.  It doesn’t take much time after we arrive to realize that the beautiful things Sedona residents make – and some of the wares are indeed rather lovely – take a back seat to Sedona’s natural splendor. Bell Rock, pictured above, is one of the many rock formations in Sedona that are cool enough to have their...

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Road Route 66 Still Makes a Nice Road Trip Diversion

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

The classic song “Route 66” had long led me to believe the highway was overrated. Out of the cities listed in the tune, the only ones that seemed worth visiting were Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. How many people do you know get excited about making a stop in Gallup, New Mexico? Of course, my cynical view of the road has changed in the wake of parenthood. The Pixar movie “Cars” singlehandedly recaptured the mythos behind the historic highway, which was officially decommissioned by the U.S. government in 1985. That the flick managed to plant the culture of Route 66 into the minds of kids whose parents may not have been alive when the road technically bit the dust is no small feat. It stirred up interest in my daughters, to the point where it feels like a...

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A Grand Time: Exploring the Wonder of the Grand Canyon

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Arizona, Travel | 0 comments

There are those that try to tell you the Grand Canyon is nothing more than a big hole in the ground. Do not take their opinion seriously. They either have never actually visited this splendid natural wonder, or they went there the week after their significant other dumped them or something as equally miserable. The Grand Canyon is majestic to the point where it defies you to come up with a proper description of its beauty. Spoiler alert: you will fail in this endeavor. While the Grand Canyon is a place whose beauty will shake you to the core, it is also a tourist destination surrounded by several touristy things. The tourist vibe is something we know we can’t avoid, especially since our trip to the Canyon is a family-friendly jaunt, so we decide that it’s best to embrace...

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