Aruba Vacation

B and I took a trip to Aruba late last summer. We didn’t plan for much while we were there and mainly want to rest, eat fresh seafood, and tan. We did all three except I ended up getting a bad sunburn the first day there, because apparently my waterproof sunblock was not really waterproof.

One of the things we ended up doing was renting an ATV and taking a tour around the island. It was pretty easy as long as we kept the ocean on our left. We drove up to the lighthouse, visited a few caves, and saw a really cool coral beach.
We did shop a little but they were doing some road construction so we stayed close to the hotel. I couldn’t get over the amount of iguanas running about. They really freaked me out at first and I kept thinking they would chase me so I stayed near B when we were walking around in case I needed to climb him like a tree, but they left us alone.
We absolutely loved all the restaurants and ate at one with our feet in the water and the sunset on the horizon. It was a good trip and we are hoping to be able to revisit in the future.

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A Hipstamatic Journey though Manitou Springs, Celestial Seasoning Factory, and Boulder

My Mom and I took a short weekend to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Colorado. While we were there for only two days we got to sight-see some good stuff.  Since we packed lightly I couldn’t bring my camera so the photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app on the iPod touch.

We started off visiting Manitou Springs for lunch. If you are a granola mountain hippie this place is for you!  I’m 1/4 granola so I enjoyed it as well. There was an awesome bead shop that had unique items and some cool clothing stores, and even a store dedicated to rubber duckies.  The highlight of Manitou is getting to try the different Mineral waters- visitors tip- some of it is pretty strong so sip slowly.

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Next stop and my favorite was the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour in Boulder, Co.  We went on Saturday when the machines weren’t working but it still was a neat tour.  You got to smell all the spices that are put into their teas and even try free samples.  I walked away with a new tea mug and some bath tea from their gift shop.ChickandBee-teatour1

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After that we stopped off in downtown Boulder to grab lunch and walk around.  It had quite a few book shops and coffee places, so being a bookworm and coffee addict, I instantly fell in love.  Also the art gallery and little boutique stores left me wishing we had more time there to explore.  I’m hoping B and I can revisit soon!

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