A Day in the Life (Mariah)



So far in Spain, I am often asked, “So what do you do here while Brooks is at work?” Usually Brooks is translating that sentence for me, as almost everyone we’ve met speaks only Spanish. Of course, I would not expect anything different as I am the one living in a Spain, and should be able to communicate in their home language. However, this process of communicating in Spanish has been much more difficult than expected. Which leads to my first key event in my day.

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Not Your Average Horseshoe-Visiting Horseshoe Bend, AZ



Horseshoe Bend is the enormous horseshoe shaped canyon in Page, Arizona. Visitors travel the world to see this curve in the ground because of its sheer beauty and incredible geological structure, or at least, to take stunning photos. I had never seen in it person and it was a bucket list item to visit this highly photographed spot.

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15 Ways to Enjoy the Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Photo Credit: Brooks Swigart, Dreaming Draw Recreation Area, part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.

Phoenix is home to amazing weather, growing job opportunities, popular attractions, beautiful scenery, and a never-ending list of enjoyable activities. It is no surprise that Phoenix gained more than 76,000 new residents in 2016, according to AZCentral.com. As Phoenix continues to grow, escaping from the hustle and bustle can seem hard without leaving the city. Fortunately, there are some not-so-hidden gems in Phoenix, which offer
solitude and adventure for all.

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The Desert Oasis- Lake Powell, AZ



Just north of Horseshoe Bend is one of my favorite places in Arizona to swim, Lake Powell. The lake sits on the East side of the Glen Canyon Dam and is an oasis in the desert. Visitors take in a magnificent view of turquoise water collected in a bowl of red rocks. Kayaking, boating, and swimming are all permissible in this picturesque place.

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