{ojai // travelogue part #2 }

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It always takes me so much time to write these posts.  So hard to recap such an amazing time.  I don’t want to miss anything.  But, it’s impossible.  Unless you were there, you really just can’t understand.  Unless your body was aching.  Unless you were in desperate need of a shower.  Unless your socks were full of dirt.  Unless your belly hurt from laughing so fucking hard the night before.  Unless your bond with 3 of your best gals grew a mile.  Unless you just backpacked the Sespe Wilderness overnight, there is NO way possible I can explain how bad ass, strong, empowered, brave and relieved we all felt in this photo above.  We were DONE!  We survived.

We had our eye on the prize.  We were headed for a night stay at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Our reward to ourselves.

Probably the most brilliant idea we’d actually ever come up with.  I mean, the hike was for sure coolest part #2.  Ojai Valley Inn…coolest part #1.

That’s why I saved the best for last.  And I can 100% guarantee that we would all have to agree.

This place is like the best kept secret.  A little gem in the heart of Ojai.  A place I’d read about.  Shit let’s be real, the Beverly Hills Housewives had 2 episodes taped here.  Remember that?  That’s how I really heard of it.  Oh and remember Brothers & Sisters?  That show took place in Ojai too.

Here are a few photos I stole off their website to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about……

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Ojai Valley Inn is by far the most gorgeous resort I’ve ever visited.

The luxurious amenities.

Best in class customer service.  You guys, customer service is everything to me and I have never seen anything like it here.  Friendly.  Uber accommodating.

You really need to stay here.  Trust me.  I can guarantee you that you will have the most wonderful time.

Resort Map

The drive inn

 

You would have thought we were moving in.  Nahhh, just a 24 hour stay 🙂

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Our bell boy wan’t even slightly phased.  He loaded up every bag and we leisurely followed him to our room.

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The view from our patio wasn’t too bad either.

 

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and a bed.  After sleeping on the ground, this looked damn good!

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The Pool(s) //

Is this heaven?

Yes, it is!

There is a pool to suit whatever your needs.  Lap pools.  Adult pools.  Pool with bars.  Family pools.  Need I say more?

You could find me right here.

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We just so happened to arrive at the pool for Happy Hour.  My most favorite hour of the day.  But, you already knew that!

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Thank you!!!

Nicole + her Lavender Lemonade ♥

 

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It didn’t just look pretty either.

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The Spa //

Nicole + I slipped away to the Spa.

We both gave them an A+

A 50 minute relaxation massage after a backpacking trip.  Yessss please.

When the masseuse asked me which “spots” to focus on…..

Back

Head

Feet

And she straight up killed it.  Nicole would agree!!

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{ojai // travelogue part #1 }

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And it all started…..

(in Greta’s best Lester Holt voice) 4 girls set of to backpack in the wilderness…lol.

Backpacking trip #2.  Same girls.  Minus 1.

In case you miss the first backpacking trip, you can read more about that adventure here: {weekend notes}

Almost exactly 2 years later, we hit the road again.  This time 320 miles south of home.

Ojai, CA.

I can honestly say, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  Although, Ojai is far AF!

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A long off the beaten path to our trail head.  In the middle of fucking nowhere.

Piedra Blanca Trailhead

Los Padres National Forest – Sespe Wilderness

Here’s a map to give you a better idea.

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We met our fearless Treks + Tracks guide, Nick.  He was wayyy more chill than our last guide.  She was cool as shit, don’t get me wrong.  I think Nick may have hit the bottle pretty hard the night before. (I am in no was shape or form hattin on homeboy, it happens to the best of us)  Anyway, we had no eating utensils and missing tent poles…thank GOD not ours.

We divvied up all the gear.  Sleeping bags + bed rolls + food + tents + polls, etc.  Loaded up our packs.

Heavy AF, let me tell ya.

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Maybe we had enough food?  Maybe we packed too much booze?  Nahh.

 

Oh, and you know I made the girls goodie bags.  Bailey’s for our morning coffee…a MUST!  That shit was Folgers instant shit. Which I’ve never had till that day.  Tylenol for the headache after a night of drinking cheap bagged wine.  Glow sticks so we didn’t loose each other.  And power bars.

Take a Hike!

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But first, let’s take a groupie ♥

We look so clean + happy.  Because we were!

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• YOU ARE HERE

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And we were off.  All 8 of us.

Single file.

for miles.

and miles.

at least it seemed 🙂

You could hike this trail about 40 more miles and reach the Grand Canyon.  Crazy shit, huh?

We went in about 5 miles!  Ha!

 

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If only I could share 360 degrees.  You could stand on the trail and turn and in every direction, this is what you’d see.

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Through dense goves of oak + bay tress.  Then the grassland plainds.  Wide valley views.  Alongside a creek.  Swimming holes too.

This is backpacking southern california.

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Our new friend, Nurse Rucci, between Sara + Nicole.  Hi Rucci!

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Sharing the trail.

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Always stay to the left!

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About half way to camp, we stopped for a lunch break.

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We ate lunch.

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These crazy b’s jumped in the cold ass water.

Umm…NO!

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Camp

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The view from our camp.

This photo does it no justice.  It was breathtaking.

The shadow of the trees on the water.

Reminds me of Bob Ross painting.

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We set up camp.

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Chilled the chard.

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#twinning

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{friday 5}

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Hi guys!  Happy Friday!  I’ve been a MIA the last couple of days.  I was starting to come down with a cold, tired AF and busy AF.  I knew I had to lay low the rest of the week in order to feel better.  Went to bed super early.  Drank tons of water.  Emergen-C’s.  And I’m back to feeling good.  Just in time for our backpacking trip this weekend.  Can you imagine backpacking in the middle of nowhere, sleeping outdoors being sick?  No way Jose.  But, I’m back for a quicky Friday 5!

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Backpacking // We are hitting the road tonight for our second backpacking trip.   Saturday morning we will arrive in Ojai, CA and set off into the mountains.  With everything we’ll need for the next 30 plus hours on our back.  Tents + sleeping bags + food + water + cooking tools + toiletries + wine!  Obvi lots of wine.   I’m so excited that I hardly slept last night.  Our last trip was one that I’ll never forget.  And I can’t wait to do it all over again and make more memories with these chicks (minus one). 

I wrote all about our first backpacking trip back in October 2015 here: {weekend notes}

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TWO – Cheerios // Hey fellow Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fans, Cheerio’s just release a new flavor.  The best one yet, in my opinion!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios!  Did you know Cheerios now offers 15 flavors?  Crazy, right?    I broke my diet last weekend to eat a handful of these and hot damn, I don’t regret it for a second.  They are everything you’d want them to be.  Chocolaty, peanut buttery, and so so good.  Trust me!

The ONLY store I’ve been able to find them at is Target in Woodland.

GO GET SOME!

Oh, and next week I’m making a fun treat with this cereal.  Think rice krispy treat, but with chocolate peanut butter cup Cheerios.  OMG, doesn’t it sound heavenly?  Stay tuned!

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THREE – J.Crew Top // My new favorite shirt.  It’s so preppy, and I dig it.  The little tartan plaid pocket got me.  I kinda forgot about J.Crew Factory for a minute.  Then remembered why I used to love it so much.  They have so much cute shit.  Check it out and I promise you’ll find something cute that you must have.

They are offering 50% off all clearance items

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Long-sleeve shirt with tartan plaid pocket

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Wanna see something crazy?

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{friday 5}

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We did it friends.  We made it to Friday.  And through another crazy week.  The weekend is looking bright.  So many fun things planned that we’re looking forward to.  The Hostert’s are coming to town!!!  Pumpkin patch trip.  We are taking Christmas card pictures.  Running Group, which I’m actually looking forward to.  WEIRD!  Bay is finally having her bake sale that she’s been begging to do since Summer.  She also decided that she wants to donate the money made to the Napa fire relief.  God, I love her ♥

Cheers to the weekend peeps!!  And now, 5 things on my mind……

 

ONE – Celebrating // We celebrated our homegirl Sarah P’s birthday this week.  We had a good time for a Wednesday night!  HA!  We laughed.  We had an amazing meal at Kitchen 428!  We told funny stories.  We talked a little shit to eachother…lol.  We reminisced.  We shared the pits + peeks of life.  We toasted new endeavors.

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Living our best life!

Jason’s white linens = new fave

Polenta Fries = stop what you’re doing and go to Mojo’s RIGHT NOW!  You need these!

Dinner Special = we all ordered the prime rib and it was damn good

Cheers = mini pumpkin pie cheers

Groupies = “Make us super hot + super skinny, k!”

 

And I think I get the award for the best birthday card.  Thanks to Nugget.  I laughed out loud (for reals) when I read it in the store.

 

TWO – Ojia, Ca // Yesterday I booked a massage.  In Ojia.  After our backpacking trip.  At our Hotel.  Ojai Valley Inn.  Can you say check off the ol bucket list?!?!  I’ve had dreams about vacationing in Ojia.  And shit got real.  We booked our second backpacking trip in Ojai for next month.  Remember I wrote all about our first backpacking trip here: {weekend notes}  A trip I will NEVER forget!  So we are headed down for trip #2.  We decided to extend our stay and check out Ojai after we’re done backpacking.  So many amazing places I want to see.  Places I want to dine.  Bars I want to drink “the very best G+T!”  Does anyone have any recommendations?  I’d love them all!!  Anyway, just super excited!  That’s all.

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THREE – Sweater Weather // So, I went to Target this week.  Crazy, right?!?!  It was one of those Target trip where they had ALL THE THINGS!  It was like the first time I’d ever walked down the women’s clothing section.  Did you happen to get the BOGO 50% off sweaters email?  Yah, me too!  Luckily I’m the kind of person who finds great shit Target and comes right back here to tell you all about it!!

First off, So Many Cute Sweaters.  And it’s BOGO, so you’ll at least need two!

Remember the pink leopard cardigan I shared last week?  It’s now online!  It also comes in camo too.

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You all know I love a good Instagam Stories Poll, but I have to say…..

My Insta friends and I clearly have different taste.  Ha!  I always buy the things you all vote “NO” on.  That red sweater to the right.  See it?  It gives me life.  I’m in love with it.  And it’s currently waiting in my closet for me to wear this weekend!!  The pink chenille sweater has already made an appearance.  It’s so so soft and comfy.  I skipped the destructed leopard (sorry insta polls)

Pink Chenille (Mossimo) not online yet // Leopard Destructed Pullover Sweatshirt // Red Sweater (A New Day) not online yet

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{friday 5}

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Woohooo!  Happy Friday all!  Super pumped that the weekend is FINALLY here.  I totally ditched out on Kaia this morning and slept in.  I haven’t slept in on a weekday in about 6 weeks.  My poor sore muscles probably wish I would have gone to flow, but my bed wouldn’t let me go!  Anyway…I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who shared, liked, and subscribed to the blog yesterday.  Now I want to eat pumpkin EVERYTHING!

It’s Friday so I’m sharing 5 things on my mind……

ONE – Picture Day // I have to take a minute to talk about these girls.  Man, they clean up well!  Look how grown-up and beautiful they are!!  Picture day success!!  My girl was disappointed that the school photographer said they were unable to take a full body photo.  Only the waist up.  LOL!  She loved her outfit so much that she wanted the whole thing and probably her signature side hand-on-the-hip pose.  I’m totally serious!  What kid asks for a full length photo?  Only mine.  You guys, Bailey woke up Monday morning and I swear, must have grown an inch in length and a whole shoe size in her sleep.  NOTHING, I mean nothing fit her.  So I spent a couple lunch breaks searching for shoes and jeans.  Did that happen to any other Mama’s out there?  Slow downnnn.  Stop growing!

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TWO – This weeks grocery list:

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Haha – for reals.  Blue Apron emailed me a few weeks ago asking if they could send me 3 FREE meals.

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{weekend notes}

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monday // normally one of my favorite days of the week, but not today.  The aches and pains are unreal.  Backpacking is no joke.  I have a new-found respect for backpackers – they are bad-ass hardcore hikers.  You add 40 lbs to your back and it’s a game changer.  Advil and bottled water will be my best friend for the next couple days.

backpacking Pt Reyes, CA

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backpacking Pt Reyes, CA

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