If you’re headed to Zion National Park anytime soon and trying to decide which hike you should do Observation Point might just be the perfect one!
It’s pretty. I highly doubt there is an ugly hike in Zion because the whole park is pretty breathtaking, but this hike has some awesome views.
It’s not too difficult. Is it easy? No. Did we take a lot of breaks? Yes. I think this one is technically labeled as strenuous, but overall, it’s really not too bad. It took us about three hours to hike up, we hung out at the top for a good 30 minutes, and we were finished with the whole thing in about four and a half hours. It was just the right amount of difficult.
It’s not crowded. Yes, we passed (and were passed) by a decent number of people on the hike, but we never really had to stop and wait for oncoming traffic if you know what I mean. Other hikes in Zion can be SO crowded, so it was nice to be able to enjoy the trail without too many interruptions.
It’s fun! We were looking for a fun hike that was a good workout and Observation Point fit the bill. We got to see a little bit of everything on this hike and it had an awesome payout at the end.
-Bring lots of water*
*By lots of water, I mean bring more than you think. We ran out of water basically at the top (mind you it was 90+ degrees the day we hiked) and it was a LONG WAY DOWN. Let’s just say by the time I was able to fill up my bottle back at the visitor’s center, I was about to bite someone’s head off.? I’ve never been so thirsty in my life.
If you have hiked Observation Point, or plan on hiking it in the future, let us know in the comments!
Everyone knows one of the best parts of Disneyland is being able to eat all of the most delicious food.
Here is a breakdown of our favorite treats from our most recent Disneyland trips.
It’s NEVER too early for ice cream. We purchased this to get the day rolling around 10am. Soft serve from The Cozy Cone is always a must! Found inside Disney’s California Adventure in Cars Land.
We do not go to Disneyland without eating corn dogs for lunch. Some may think we’re crazy, but we sure do like them! They are found in Disneyland on Main Street. It always seems to be perfect timing because we spend the morning in California Adventure and are ready for some grub before we conquer Disneyland!
Graham Cracker and PB Sandwich
This was our first time trying these, but they were delicious! Picture a graham cracker filled with peanut butter, then covered in chocolate. Absolutely delicious. These are found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland.
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
These are also found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland. We discovered these a couple trips ago and have continued to go back each time. Just a few marshmallows (homemade, might I add) on a stick, covered in chocolate. Phenomenal.
The Blue Bayou
If you’ve ever ridden the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you might remember passing an area where people are sitting there eating. The restaurant is inside the ride! So cool! This place is often hard to get into and you will need a reservation, but we made ours the day of and were able to get in. This was a bucket list item for Lindsey, so since we were there on her birthday, we had to do it! They even brought her a free chocolate Mickey dessert with candles!
By the time we ate, they already had the dinner menu out. We ordered two servings of the ribeye steak to split between the four of us. DELICIOUS. We were surprised by how delicious it was exactly! It also came with some insanely good macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, veggies, and some delicious bread for the table. OH! I almost forgot to mention the AMAZING gumbo that came with our meal. So, so good.
We definitely recommend this place if you are wanting a nice sit down meal while at Disneyland! The food is great and the atmosphere is amazing!
Ice Cream on Main Street
An early dinner allows for more treats at night. That is fine by us! We NEVER leave Disneyland without hitting up the Ice Cream Parlor on Disneyland’s Main Street. They have insanely good waffle cones, with delicious ice cream. We highly recommend the cookies and cream. Plus, it’s pretty affordable for the amount of ice cream you get. Win win!
But sometimes the ice cream gets the best of you.
Mickey’s Cream Cheese Filled Pretzel
This was recommended to us by someone on our Instagram page, and we just want to say THANK YOU! We found this at the Refreshment Center on Main Street. It was gone in about 30 seconds. Imagine a nice warm pretzel filled with soft cream cheese…yum.
Somehow, we seem to have zero pictures of Kelsey eating a churro, but you better believe that she eats at least one every time she is at a Disney Park. They can be found in both Disneyland and California Adventure from little vendor carts. We swear they have one about every 20 feet! HA!
If you like french fries, these are a must try! They are very delicious. Find them at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square.
They also sell the same gumbo that is sold at Blue Bayou. Try it. You won’t regret it.
You may have heard of this famous sandwich from Disneyland. It is also found at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. This is a fried ham and cheese sandwich with powdered sugar on top and a side of jelly. It doesn’t get much more unhealthy than that.
Clearly we are fans of all things Southern. Disney beignets are just the cutest, because they are Mickey shaped! These can be found at Cafe Orleans or at Mint Julep Bar, which is also in New Orleans Square but just around the corner near The Haunted Mansion.
Plus, if it’s your birthday, they will even bring it to you with a candle!
Ok, so this one isn’t food, but Lindsey swears that the Diet Coke in Disneyland is better than most places. Kelsey is just mad they don’t sell Diet Dr. Pepper in the parks.
Clearly, we love the food at Disneyland just a little too much.
What are your favorite Disney treats?! Please tell us in the comments, we are always looking to try something new!
Kelsey here! I took a trip to Maui with Jordan and his family for a week in January. Let me first say that I highly recommend tropical vacations in the dead of winter. It’s pretty great to go on morning runs along the ocean while your friends back home are shoveling the snow from their driveway. 😉
Our flight to Hawaii was a little rough, but the second we arrived and were able to take off our jackets and soak in the sun, all the hours of traveling were quickly forgotten. This trip, we stayed at a condo right near the Ritz Carlton where the rest of Jordan’s family was staying (we travel on a budget, ok?). It was in a perfect location and the views were amazing. We could sit at our kitchen table and watch the whales jumping out of the water. Amazing!
First things first, we stocked up on groceries for the week and got situated in our condo. Since we got enough groceries to last us the whole week, we typically only ate out about one meal per day. That’s not to say we didn’t have our fair share of fun treats and delicious food. Check out this post on our favorite places to eat!
As it got dark that first night, I was in awe of how dark it got and how clearly you could see the stars at night. Is there anything better than just sitting and listening to the waves of the ocean crash against the rocks? We sat on lawn chairs and stargazed for awhile. It’s not everyday you can see the stars so clearly!
One of the things Jordan and I loved about this trip were our morning workouts. When at home, I go to the gym every morning, and I really try to keep that up on vacation. Especially because I typically consume WAY more calories than normal. The first morning our run along the beach turned into a run up a trail, which turned into a hike. We kept walking through the jungle without any real idea of where we were going. Along the way we were continuously amazed by the jungle views and beautiful landscapes.
Our days often consisted of lounging by the pool at the Ritz Carlton or hitting up D.T Fleming Beach nearby. Jordan and his brothers did some boogie boarding there. It was right next to the resort so it was great to go from hotel pool to beach and back again. There were a few moments when it got really windy and rained a bit, so we took advantage of the hot tub in those moments!
A few highlights from the trip included:
Julia’s Banana Bread
Maybe I should just say, “making the drive to Julia’s banana bread” because when we arrived at the hut where Julia sells her banana bread, it was closed! We were super bummed, especially considering it was one scary drive to get there! It’s on the northwestern side of the island, and we just hopped on the road after leaving the Nakalele Blowhole. A good chunk of the drive consisted of a one lane road. We’re talking NO room for another car. If we came upon a car, one of us had to back up until there was enough room to pass. Pretty scary! Although we were bummed there was no banana bread at the end of the rainbow, the drive made for some good memories!
The Nakalele Blowhole
The blowhole is just off of mile marker 38.5 and about 8 miles north of Kapalua. The drive to the blowhole is absolutely gorgeous as you see views of the ocean and greenery all around. We parked and made the small walk to catch a glimpse of the blowhole. I had some embarrassingly unfashionable sandals on for the jaunt, but you could probably do it in just about any type of shoe. It wasn’t too tricky. The views were gorgeous and made for great pictures. There was even a heart shaped rock. Adorable.
Snorkeling was one of my favorite things that we did while in Maui. We hit up several different beaches at different times of the day, but we had the best luck at Kapalua Bay Beach. Luckily, we were able to see some great stuff wherever we went, including: Ka’anapali Beach, Kahekili Beach, and Ka’anapali Beach by Black Rock. My favorite had to be when we were able to swim with sea turtles. So awesome!
I want to give a special shout out to Boss Frog’s Snorkel rental, because this was the best snorkel gear I have ever used. It was cheap ($27 for a week) and they gave some anti-fog liquid with every set so you could see clear as day. I didn’t have one leak the entire time! They have a ton of locations all over the island, so you can rent and return in different locations without an additional price. Praise.
Bamboo Forest Hike
I am doing an entire separate post on this because it was so much fun! This was one of the coolest hikes I have ever done. It CAN be dangerous, so proceed with caution, but we had an absolute blast hiking from waterfall to waterfall. We even had to swim to the last one! There was a rope swing and a few different places to cliff jump, so this one definitely needs to be on the list for those up for an adventure!
Like I said, we bought groceries to keep us from eating out a ton, but we had some really good grub while we were out and about. We ate at some really fancy places (Spago) and some totally normal hole in the wall places (Maui Tacos). I highlight a few of our faves in another post!
Sunsets and Rainbows
Cliché, I know. But I don’t think that a day passed without seeing a rainbow! And seeing the sunsets were a highlight every night. Our world is so beautiful!
Overall, Maui is a blast. This was my first trip to Maui and I definitely fell in love. I love most tropical places, so it wasn’t hard for me to do. When you have a great destination with an awesome crew, it makes for an excellent trip!
What are your favorite spots on Maui? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Please tell me that there are others out there who love Jimmy Fallon as much as I do?! I mean, he’s just the best. I may or may not have dressed up as “Sara with no H” for Halloween once… And did I mention that my biggest claim to fame is that he once read one of my tweets on his show? Yeah, me and Jimmy are practically BFF’s.
Ok, but if you’re like us and love Jimmy, seeing The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, just might be on your bucket list. Let me tell you, if it’s not, it should be!
HOW WE SCORED TICKETS
The good thing about Jimmy’s show is that it isn’t impossible to get tickets. *Cough, Ellen, cough* It is difficult, but possible. You can check out a basic rundown of this information on his site, but the key is following @FallonTix on Twitter. Here, he tweets to let you know when tickets will be available and you have to be ready to go THE SECOND the clock strikes, because they are gone within minutes. Like two minutes.
We knew we were going to be on the East Coast in October of 2015 and since we would at least be in the vicinity of New York City, we decided to try for tickets. In August or September, they released the tickets for the October tapings. There were three of us going on the trip, and we were all three stationed by a computer when the calendar went live to choose your dates. Unfortunately, in the moment, two of us were placed on a waiting list and one of us was just straight up rejected. Sorry, Linds.
OUR DAY AT THE SHOW
Obviously, we were able to get into the taping. We got an email about three weeks before our trip that we were no longer on the waiting list and would be able to attend. We re-routed our New England road trip plans a bit to accommodate our day with Jimmy.
After arriving to the Big Apple, we headed straight to Rockefeller Center after strolling through Central Park and stopping by the MET. We had to be there by 2:30pm and the taping wasn’t until around 5pm, so a lot of waiting was involved. It wasn’t too bad because everyone is just as excited as you are to be there and hang out with Jimmy Fallon. I mean, come on. Eventually we went through security (don’t bring anything, by the way. Purses are ok, but definitely no backpacks. I just walked in with my cell phone in my pocket). As we passed through, they asked us a couple questions and gave us a wristband with a number on it. Next, we sat in a lounge area with constant clips of the show playing and interns were coming around to take our picture (because by this point, cell phones, especially photos, were not allowed and they threatened to kick you out, so we didn’t dare snap a pic).
They then took us into the studio and assigned us seats. We must have done something right, because we ended up on the fourth row, middle section, on the end. We were close, with a perfect view of the stage, and we even got a fist bump from Jimmy at the end of the show!
The show itself was awesome. They tape in real time, so it was fast paced and things occurred in the order that they do on the show. Our guests included Mike Tyson (seriously, such a strange dude), David Spade (pretty funny), and then the 4 Voice coaches at the time–Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine. Blake performed after they all played a game together, and Lindsey and I are convinced that we were the only ones in the audience dancing and having a good time. Then again, what else is new!? 😉 One of the coolest parts of the day was when Jimmy came into the crowd during the commercial breaks and just chatted with audience members, answered questions, talked about some experiences he’s had and just got real with us. (I seriously regret that I didn’t bring a picture of my halloween costume to show him.) We all left there feeling like he was our friend. It was so fun to see what went on behind the scenes, and to watch the show the next day to see what ended up on the cutting room floor. Not to mention that Jordan was basically stole the show in the closing credits. The cameraman must have had a thing for him.
All in all, I would recommend this experience to anyone who even sort of likes Jimmy Fallon. It does take almost a whole day from a New York trip, but it’s so fun and we thought it was totally worth it! Naturally we had to buy a t-shirt to commemorate our experience!
Do you love Jimmy Fallon? What is your favorite sketch of his? Is going to his show on your bucket list?