Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day 2 out West

{ Day 2 - Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park - Moab, UT }
We stayed in Green River, UT which is about 45 minutes out of Moab, so the next day we woke up at 4:00am so we could drive in to hike and see the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park- the Island in the Sky district. It was an EARLY morning, but definitely worth it. The sunrise at Mesa Arch is stunning. It literally creates a glow beneath the arch as you look out over the canyon.


Above is a picture of the view through the arch.

Below, me and Mal as the sun began to rise overlooking the view beside Mesa Arch.

  
Above - the Sunrise view from the overlook by Mesa Arch. 
Below - Sunrise glow beneath Mesa Arch. 


Above - Daddy capturing his shot at Mesa Arch.
Afterwards, we went into Moab for some much needed coffee and a delicious breakfast at Jailhouse Cafe in downtown Moab. Then we headed back into Arches National Park to view more of the arches.

First up - Double Arch. 

The view was stunning. Every time we saw something new we thought, "nothing can top this," and then we would get to the next site. It's just amazing how beautiful our country is. 

Then we went to North and South Window Arch.


 
and we finished the day at Landscape Arch (pictured above) before heading back to Green River for the evening. Pictures don't even do these place justice, the size of these arches is insane.

All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone, so you can imagine how beautiful the ones my dad captured on his camera are going to be!

Also this day we visited within Arches National Park: Devils Garden, Turret Arch, and Skyline Arch. I just don't have them pictured within the post.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Utah.

It's been ages since I've blogged, and a lot has happened in the last few months. Finished up my first year of pharmacy school, enjoyed the pledging process as I joined Kappa Epsilon at school, and took our first family vacation in YEARS.

The day after school finished we all packed up and headed out West for 8 days, and it was an absolute blast. You may have seen a bunch of our pictures on my instagram, but I have to blog about it before I forget all of the stops we made. :)

We flew into SLC, then had a connecting flight in Grand Junction, CO. We got there late that night, so the next morning we woke up and drove into Utah. It's so crazy how different it looks as you drive out West compared to Georgia. We loved getting to see the change in geography as we drove between our destinations.



We spent the first day stopping in two ghost towns, seeing some Indian petroglyphs (cave paintings), and ending the day at Arches National Park hiking to the Delicate Arch for sunset. My dad is a photographer, so we spent time in both of the ghost towns we visited taking some fun portraits.


The first was taken in Cisco, UT, a tiny little ghost town on our way to Moab. The shot below was taken in Sego Canyon, in what used to be a general store. 


We still haven't had a chance to go through all of the shots we took, so I can't wait to post more after we do!


Above is a picture of some of the petroglyphs in Sego Canyon.
Next up, we headed into Arches National Park - probably one of my favorite places we went. Below is one of the first picturesque scenes you see as you enter the park -- Park Avenue. It takes your breath away. 


 Below is a shot looking back through Park Avenue shot from the Courthouse Towers viewing area.


Below is me and Mal at Balancing Rock. 


Next we hiked up to Delicate Arch, and WHAT a hike. It was definitely a lot more strenuous than we anticipated.. granted, I'm super out of shape. 


It's the coolest thing though, because just when you're starting to question how much further you have to go, you round the corner of this cliff and there it is. Absolutely breathtaking.


 It was just so cool up there. I could sit there for hours and take it all in.



After a while we headed back down so we could head back to the hotel to gear up for our next day. 


Can't wait to share more pictures of our next days of our trip.
Sorry it's kind of a picture overload, but really I'm not that sorry.  :)

I wish I was back there!
#bentleygowest

All the best,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quick Recap of Life

That whole "blogging more regularly" thing was short-lived. I had no idea how limited my free time would be this semester apparently. 

But since I've last blogged -- I've enjoyed quite a few snow/ice days, watched the Winter Olympics like it was my job, wined and dined at a few cool places in Atlanta, Netflixed it up with Dexter, and of course -- studied pharmacy.

The girls from my freshmen hall all got together to have an Opening Ceremonies party for the Olympics - it was so fun to catch up with everyone again. We even had our own little Russian (picture - middle with the hat on). We got really into the Winter Olympics our freshmen year of college, so of course we had to go all out for the Opening Ceremonies. :)



Then I went through the Rush Process in Pharmacy School, which was so laidback.. I love it. I'm currently a KE pledge and I'm loving getting to know all of these sweet girls.

Masquerade Rush Party 

And we enjoyed a fun night in Athens with our crazy crew of friends..


Basically, that's all I've been up to. I lead SUCH an exciting life... haha #sarcasm

BUT, today I'm going to the Roswell Beer Festival with one of BFFs from school, so I can't wait to blog about that. (goal: to ACTUALLY blog about it.)

Happy Weekend Friends!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1.15.14

I like to think I'm not the only one who has fallen off the blogging bandwagon lately, because I hate that I never find time to post anymore. Blogging used to be my outlet. I looked forward to sitting down and writing my posts, reading other people's blogposts, and I spent a ridiculous amount of time brainstorming new ideas for posts.

I feel like too often my excuse is "I'm so busy" or "I don't have time." That isn't exactly a lie, I really am busy with school and work, and life itself. But, when it comes down to it, I could make the time to sit down and post.. it's just it's the last thing I want to do with my spare time these days. And that makes me sad.

So I'm back.. in an effort to fall in love with blogging again, and hopefully find myself wanting to make time for it again. I want to be able to have these days documented in posts for my little future self.. because there's nothing I love more than looking back on old blog posts and seeing how much I have changed.

December was a busy month for me, as I'm sure it was for many of you.
I completed my first semester of pharmacy school, surviving finals week was a success in and of itself, and then spent all but a few days of Christmas break working-- splitting my time between a slew of monogram orders and earning some pharmacy intern hours. Christmas was an absolute blessing, and so very needed. I enjoyed spending time at home with my family more than anything.


 

I loved catching up with some of my sweet friend's to celebrate a birthday.. with some good food and a much-needed night on the town. (Oh how I had missed Athens!)



 And cuddles with my sweet Millie were not in short supply. She was my little shadow while I was home and followed me everywhere. :)


 But of course, all good things must come to an end. Back to the grind of school, but honestly? I was kind of getting ready to head back. It's time to knock out another semester and be one step closer to my dream job. Work work work!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

All the best,
Leslie


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November.

November. 
It's a month full of thanksgivings, recognizing and acknowledging all of our blessings.
The last few months have been so full of blessings for me.

I've watched one of my best friends marry the sweetest guy ever.



I've been working most weekends, and learning so much about pharmacy in practice.
I've been able to go to a UGA game in Sanford, and be still my heart. Athens will always hold a special place in my heart.


My sister and I have been overwhelmed with business, and it couldn't be more wonderful. We literally bought an embroidery machine on a whim, hoping we could at least break even. And at this point? We've done more than break even. We've had so much fun sewing, and can't wait to see what the next few months bring. (Sewing may or may not have taken over our free time though... ) Our etsy shop link is HERE; and facebook HERE.


And last but not least, pharmacy school.
As hard as it has been the last few weeks, I still feel so blessed to be learning and under stress. Challenging, but rewarding-- that's the best way I can describe it.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving break SO much.
I can't wait to spend time with my family,
and of course... eat a TON of good food.