New Mexico: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

by Rachel Staggs
( July 16th, 2014 )

rio grande gorge bridge

When my Mom and I went on our first Mother-Daughter trip to Santa Fe, we also spent time in Taos. On the way to Taos, we crossed the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. It is the seventh highest bridge in the United States. With both of us having a fear of heights, this crossing was a bit intimidating.

rio grande gorge bridge

It was a beautiful day and we spent about 20 minutes taking in the river and bridge before crossing. We also stopped to use the restroom at the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area. Pro tip: the bathrooms at the rest area were closed and didn’t look like they had been open for quite some time.

rio grande gorge state park

Another Pro Tip: Earthship Biotecture is only two miles before the bridge. I wish we’d had time to stop there, but we were running out of daylight and were trying to get to our house rental in Taos. They have a shop and education center. Next time I’m in the area, I’m going to stay in one of the Earthship rental properties!

Have you ever crossed the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge or stayed overnight at Earthship Biotecture?

May your journey be your muse,


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Royal Robbins: Discovery Skirt Review

by Rachel Staggs
( July 10th, 2014 )

royal robbins discovery skirt

The Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt is a lightweight, wrinkle resistant, quick drying garment with UPF 50+. The shape is similar to a pencil skirt, with a bit of flounce at the bottom.

I was able to spend the day hands free by utilizing the two cargo pockets and one side pocket. My sunglasses case was a bit bulky, but it still fit in the side zipper pocket. I also carried around my ID, credit cards, and cash.

This skirt would be great to wear on a travel day, to have all of your essentials within easy reach.

royal robbins review

I’ve worn it here with a blouse from H&M, necklace from Heyoka Leather, large turquoise ring made by Nick Garcia of the Santo Domingo Tribe, small turquoise ring that belonged to my Aunt Lydia, and Haflinger sandals.

What I Love

  • It dries quickly.

  • The nylon/spandex blend is soft and feels like cotton.

  • The fabric has a bit of stretch to it.

  • The pockets are plentiful without compromising the shape.

  • UPF 50+

  • It packs small and resists wrinkles.

Although Royal Robbins provided me with a sample of the Discovery Skirt, the opinions expressed within this post are entirely my own.

Related links: Tilley Endurables: Travel Jersey Flip Skirt Review

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Las Vegas: Fountains Brunch at Bellagio

by Rachel Staggs
( June 30th, 2014 )

bellagio fountains brunch at  jasmine

One of my favorite memories from my time in Las Vegas is having brunch at the Bellagio. Jasmine presents this delightful experience every Sunday. The food was delicious and even with my limited diet, I ate like a queen.

bellagio fountains jasmine brunch

I raided the shellfish bar, enjoying smoked salmon, fresh crab legs, shrimp nigiri, pot stickers, and more.

You can build your own omelet with organic eggs or explore a variety of egg dishes, including lobster potato-cake eggs benedict.

There are plenty of options for meat eaters and there is an entire room dedicated to dessert.

bellagio fountains brunch dessert

Try to get a table overlooking the fountains. They dance and swirl to the beat of music from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and more. It’s a beautiful and original display.

bellagio fountains brunch

$58 per person
$25 for children 6-12 years
Children under 6 are free

Reservations recommended.

May your journey be your muse,


Some or all of this trip was sponsored which may include travel and other costs. All opinions are my own.

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