|Above: A glimmering rainbow somewhere in Utah.|
And now, a brief departure from all things beauty (although, makeup invariably ferreted its way into this post!): as I've mentioned in blog posts and recent videos, I returned last week from a 12-day road trip across seven states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming) and am excited to share an overview of the experience. Since were were driving, it was easy to document the landscape, which was rife with photogenic moments!
I hope you enjoy the journey...
|Above: We were sad that this highly-praised small town diner was closed the day we passed through town. The expansive list of shake and malts in the window further intensified our disappointment ; )|
|Above: A creative planter with bright skies and the Mormon Temple in the background.|
|Above: My husband and me in Salt Lake City.|
|Above: The Salt Lake City Nordstrom in the horizon.|
|Above: Crossing the state line to Idaho.|
|Above: The Wyoming state sign was my favorite on this trip...pure Western Americana.|
|Above: Side braid to save the day. I love how the clouds are reflected in my glasses in this image...the skies were utterly gorgeous in Wyoming.|
|Above: One of the many geysers and geothermal pools we encountered while taking the two mile walk along the "boardwalk" at Yellowstone.|
|My brother and me at the geysers in Yellowstone National Park.|
|Above: The kind and knowledgeable Shayne and me in front of her beauty boutique.|
I also was introduced to a line that was new to me called H.Wood.Beauty, which had a full offering of products and left with a lovely pinky nude lipstick called Newport (full review soon!).
|Above: The H.Wood.Beauty line and a swatch of Newport on my wrist.|
|Above: Some other spoils from Jackson Hole...husband and father trying on cowboy hats like crazy and a perfectly comfortable pair of tall, flat boots. I wore them the rest of the trip!|
|Above: Jethro and me in front of the famous antlers of Jackson Hole.|
|Above: My brother and me post-hot springs...still alive! Oh, and my lip color is Newport ; )|
|Above: In a ponderous mood...trying to make sense of that which is the Outlaw Inn.|
Late that night, we then checked into what I might deem the hotel with the most bizarre (yet oddly alluring ) architecture I have ever encountered (and I've stayed at a host of hotels/motels, both large and small). The Outlaw Inn in Rock Springs, Wyoming, was like a typical motor inn, except that it had a roof over the entire property, making it feel like you were outdoors while being indoors. It's difficult to articulate to say the least. Couple that with the early 1960's vibe and I can safely say that I won't be forgetting this place anytime soon!
|Above: The Outlaw Inn...another view. Quick question...why are there umbrellas by the pool?|
|Above: Yes, that is a dinosaur behind me.|
In Colorado, we visited an endearing little town called Palisade. Known for its peaches and small town charm, we had a marvelous time strolling the heart of the city for snacks and souvenirs.
|Above: A typical view from anyplace on Main Street in Palisade.|
|Above: Our unreal view at dinner.|
Our first night in Moab, we ate dinner al fresco on the river and, although there were a litany of flies to bat away (apparently that is to be expected during this time of year), the view at the Cowboy Grill at Red Cliffs Lodge was beyond gorgeous!
|Above: Handling the flies like champs.|
|Above: Arches as far as the eye can see and tiny, tiny people.|
|Above: My lovely mom and me enjoying some temporary shade.|
|Above: My husband, Jethro and me. It's tricky to skillfully fit all three of us into my iPhone camera window ; )|
|Above: Dual arches appropriately titled, "The Double Arch."|
|Above: Poolside, watching the storm approach.|
|Above: The Colorado River at sunset, right before departing on our boat ride.|
Fortuitously, the rainstorm cleared up, just in time for us to take an evening boat ride along the Colorado River. The sunset was spectacular and once it became dark, our guide put on a light show along the canyon walls that channel the river. It was peaceful and engaging...I have never quite experienced any attraction quite as unique and memorable!
|Above: The night sky above the Colorado River.|
|Above: When he's tired, Jethro can slumber anywhere.|
|Above: Clouds, clouds and more clouds...just breathtaking.|
|Above: The Marc Jacobs Beauty line at Sephora in the Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|Above: The men sitting in "their chairs" at Sephora (needless to say, they've been in this position before). They are patient and supportive, which is a blessing, indeed!|
|Above: Immediately following a leisurely dinner at Canaletto.|
Our trip ended with a beautiful dinner at Canaletto in the Venetian hotel...we always enjoy the people watching, relaxed environment and delicious Italian food and this meal was no exception. Upon leaving, we were sated and alert, ready to make the 4 1/2 hour drive home that evening safely and without incident!
|Above: Jethro loves getting fresh air when driving. He truly is the best traveler!|
Bottom Line: Road trips, while slightly exhausting at times, allow for one to truly experience the territory traversed in a personal way. Every cloud, sunset, mountain and dirt road is processed first hand! When I think about the fact that we can drive thousands of miles in comfort in such a relatively short period of time, it makes me really thankful for the pioneers and settlers who were brave enough to migrate West, going no more than 20 miles a day over rough terrain, in extreme heat and cold all the while facing uncertainty and palpable danger. Five hours in an air-conditioned car mournfully pales in comparison to such a feat! I am grateful to have explored the beautiful country in which I live the the people I love most; it was a lovely break from the everyday routine and expanded my perspective of America on so many levels.
What kind of road trips have YOU taken? Would love to hear about your experiences!
--The Beauty Professor
**Next up on the blog...swatches of the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, a review of the NARS Cream Foundation, a peek at Armani Rouge Ecstasy lip color and details for a special Beauty Professor event for Southern California locals...please save the date of 9/18/13 11 AM...more to come!!