revisiting old photographs

America - June 6Hello, June!

On Saturday, I happened to come across one of the most refreshing travel blogs that I have read in some time, courtesy of Emma from A Beautiful Mess. The blog is called Mr and Mrs Globetrot. After scrolling through pages and pages of photographs and stories, I was inspired to revisit my own pictures from our American road trip that occurred in February and March of this year. I went back and flagged the photos that I had originally wanted to publish, but had either run out of space the first time around, or had not felt confident enough in showcasing. I also feel as if I had a fresh set of eyes going through them this time.

So, here are some newly edited wanderlust photos that you have not yet seen.

America - June 2America - June 9America - June 7America - June 10America - June 12To view Mr and Mrs Globetrot’s blog, please click here. Honestly, there is nothing more thrilling to a blogger than discovering a new site and subsequently being reinvigorated by it. I only wish that it would happen more often.

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8 pet-friendly hotels in america

American Hotels 5When we took our dogs with us on our road trip to the United States, we were worried that our hotel choices would be unremarkable. It turns out that finding pet-friendly places was incredibly easy, and we were able to stay in some outstanding accommodations. Here is a list of where we slept and what our thoughts were on our lodgings.

American Hotels 21Super 8 Motel – Swift Current, SK, Canada

Our rating : 3/5
Google rating : 3.3/5
Stay again : no

American Hotels 20This was not the greatest start to our trip. Our hotel room was dark, dingy, and smelled terribly like smoke. However, the hotel did have a continental breakfast, was located on the outskirts of town, and was next to several empty fields, which was perfect for walking Holly and Truman. Overall, it looked better on paper than in person.

American Hotels 10Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn – Billings, MT

Our rating : 3.5/5
Google rating : 3.7/5
Stay again : no

American Hotels 22The Clocktower Inn was physically much more appealing than the Super 8 Motel. It had a nice layout, a designated pee area for dogs, and a fantastic bakery just around the corner. The rooms were comfortable with colossal beds and tiny, but nice, bathrooms. In my opinion, this hotel should not be dog-friendly. To begin, it is located on Interstate 90 in the middle of the city. Walking your furry friends is a difficult task. Secondly, they put us on the second floor. With no elevator and a staircase that wasn’t completely closed off, travelling up and down the stairs with a senior, stubby-legged canine was impossible. We therefore had to carry her up and down with every trip. This got annoying considering she is 50 lbs. Additionally, the rooms are quite small in themselves. I would not stay here again with pets, and advise other pet owners to do the same.

American Hotels 15Sleep Inn & Suites – Douglas, WY

Our rating : 4.5/5
Google rating : 4.2/5
Stay again : yes

American Hotels 12This was our first decent hotel so far on our trip. Hallelujah. Situated more on the edge of the city, it is still conveniently near major food chains and gas stations. It is also right next to a residential area and a few small but beautiful parks. Our walks were quiet and enjoyable, and we felt more like residents than tourists. The hotel also offered huge and spacious rooms, and overall was very clean. The added bonus of a gym, pool, and continental breakfast made this one of the best hotels that we stayed in on our vacation. I would certainly choose this chain again.

American Hotels 4The Hotel Denver – Glenwood Springs, CO

Our rating : 5/5
Google rating : 4.7/5
Stay again : yes

American Hotels 17American Hotels 18American Hotels 11Praises aside for our previous hotel, The Hotel Denver is by far the most unique and finest accommodations that Geoffrey and I have ever been lucky enough to stay in. I don’t know what kind of travel gods we rubbed the right way, but for some reason, we were given a corner suite with views of Glenwood Springs and the mountains. It was the most picturesque views of our collective trip. The hotel was just to die for. The furniture alone in the halls were all antique pieces. Our room, with its exposed heating ducts and brick walls, was incredible. It was bigger than our first apartment. It had a seating area, office, walk-in closet, bedroom, wall-mount TV, and massive bathroom. The linens were handmade and exquisite, and the overall feel was that of pure class. We were also overlooking the river, railroad tracks, bridge, and hot springs. The hotel also had the trendiest, two-storey restaurant and brewpub which streamed movies on a brick wall. Although it was in the heart of the downtown area, it was such a pedestrian town that our walks were still enjoyable and equally adventurous. It still baffles me that the hotel was pet-friendly. 

American Hotels 2Best Western Turquoise Inn & Suites – Cortez, CO

Our rating : 2/5
Google rating : 4.1/5
Stay again : no

American Hotels 19How the hell is this rated 4.1/5 on Google? Granted, the rooms were spacious and there was a designated pee area for the dogs. However, I personally couldn’t see past the fact that we had an ant infestation in the bathroom, the linens and towels were incredibly old and worn, and the general feel of the building was that it was in desperate need of an upgrade. Also, they listed that there was a fitness centre. Big lie! How can they get away with that? The fact that again, there was no place to walk our dogs left a sour taste in our mouths. And it wasn’t the pizza that we ordered for supper.

American Hotels 3Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, A Kimpton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT

Our rating: 4/5
Google rating : 4.1/5
Stay again : no

American Hotels 1American Hotels 6This hotel was stunning. It is an old building that was tastefully converted to have all the modern-day amenities. There was a gym, a gorgeous (pet-friendly) restaurant, huge lobby, the list goes on. Our room looked like it was suited for a palace, and we really were treated like royalty. It was our first time visiting Salt Lake City, and I wouldn’t have wanted to stay in any other hotel than this one. Yet, would we stay there again? Probably not. The fact that it was right downtown and only had valet parking were two major turnoffs for us, with dogs. Holly and Truman were terrified of the people and the streetcars, and the residents kept giving us glares for even having our dogs next to them and their formal attire. There was no grass in sight, and Holly kept pooping in the most awkward places. One was in front of the Hilton Hotel doors and their guests, and the other was in plain view of the morning news cast. If you are not travelling with dogs, you must stay here when visiting SLC. If you do have them, please think twice!

American Hotels 7Residence Inn – Idaho Falls, ID

Our rating : 3/5
Google rating : 4/5
Stay again : no

American Hotels 9Staying at the Residence Inn with pets makes you feel like you’ve been quarantined to a hospital ward with an infectious disease. The staff makes you use a back entrance rather than the main doors, keeps you away from other guest rooms that are pet-free, and makes you display a sign on your door informing others that you have dogs. It’s effing ridiculous. I even had a deranged mother come up to us with her baby saying, “ooh puppies, puppies,” and when 15 lb Truman growled at her, she turned around in a huff and started getting upset and mad. Normally quiet, I was fed up with the hotel and the guests, and I yelled after her, “oh, calm down!” It didn’t matter that they had a gym, the hotel itself was very well maintained, and included an incredible walking area outside. The treatment that we received alone was enough for me to have negative feelings towards the entire experience. However, if you like that sort of segregation with animals, be their guest!

American Hotels 14Townhouse Inn – Havre, MT

Our rating : 0/5
Google rating : 3.7
Stay again : not in a million years

American Hotels 13What a frightening experience this was. I literally do not know where to begin. Let’s start at the back entrance. This hotel is an extensive maze. Not at all labeled, we had to guess what back door led to our wing. When we tried it, it was locked and our key would not open it. I ended up sneaking in another way, and tried to find the door that Geoffrey and the dogs were waiting at. I was instantly hit with the suffocating smell of the pool, that was located about two feet away from the lobby and with no ventilation, and I felt incredibly dizzy and sick. After a few minutes of wandering around, I finally found our room, and to my surprise, Geoffrey was already waiting there. I still don’t understand how he got in or made it there before me. When we opened the door to our room, it took a few minutes for our eyes to adjust even with the lights on. It was that dark. The carpets were stained so badly with what must have been pee from other animals that it almost looked intentional. The brown recliner from the 1970’s was disgusting, as was our bed. The TV hung so crookedly on the wall that I thought it would come crashing down at any given moment. The bathroom was so disgusting that I didn’t dare have a bath or shower. The sink was incredibly rusted, the toiled was plugged before we had a chance to use it, and the tub had more hair in it than I knew what to do with. Additionally, each time that our neighbours took a shower, it sounded as if they were in our bathroom. Speaking of neighbours, you could hear every word that they were saying and from every direction in the room. Geoffrey swore that the people above us were rearranging the furniture.

Upon checking in, Geoff told me that they had free soup and cookies near the lobby. I said that I would go and grab some soup for the dogs, and he told me to grab him some sweets. I made my way back to the lobby, once again feeling sick from the smell of the pool. I reached the free soup, and went to go pour some in a coffee cup. There were no bowls, of course. One staff member peaked their head through the glass window and said, “it’s probably not ready” as it was bubbling in its pot.

“That’s ok,” I replied, “I’ll just heat it up in our room.” I looked up, and suddenly another staff member appeared, put her hand in the cookies, and began eating them one by one, all the while never taking her eyes off of me. It was the creepiest thing, ever.

The only ATM machine in the building was in the Casino. It was also broken. We ordered pizza and when they came to deliver it they said that they didn’t bring their card reader along, so Geoff and the delivery guy went in search of an ATM. They tried the one in the Casino, which of course didn’t work, so they both had to leave and drive to Pizza Hut just so we could pay them. Because the staff didn’t ask us how we would be paying in the first place, got our order wrong, and were rude when Geoff showed up, for a tip he wrote, “better service.” I think that our crappy hotel stays were making us crotchety!

The next morning, I decided not to risk my life with the continental breakfast. Never one to pass on a free meal, my husband tried it. He said that it was the worse tasting food that he had ever experienced. When a grown family of men got in a fight over the waffle-maker, the chef came out, haggard, and with a cigarette hanging from her mouth. That was when Geoff left, came back to the room, and told me that we were leaving.

It wasn’t over. After speeding away from the hotel, we made one last stop in the town to get gas. I stayed in the vehicle while Geoff filled our vehicle up. I was entertaining myself by watching one worker come out with a cup, dump it near the pump, go back inside, then come out and do it again. He must have done this at least five times. When Geoff returned to the vehicle, he said, “oh my God, did you see what he was doing?” I said that I assumed he was putting salt on the ground, even though there wasn’t really any snow. Geoff said that the gas pump was leaking, and that he was dropping saw dust to soak up the gas. How dangerous! Not only that, but Geoff’s shoes were soaked with gas, and about 20 minutes after leaving the town, he threw them out the window because the fumes were making us sick. I had also asked him to get me a cappuccino from the gas station. He did, but informed me that the machine had run out of water. I took a sip, and nearly puked. It was the sweetest and strongest tasting drink that I had ever tasted. Geoff asked what was wrong and I told him to take a sip. He did, then pulled over, and spit it out. I swear you can’t make this stuff up. Needless to say that we couldn’t wait to leave Havre.

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in march

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.48.01 AMWelcome April, and my fellow April Fools!

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.49.50 AMMarch was a month of adventure. We only just began our vacation when the new month rolled around. Then we continued to spend the entire first week of March abroad in the United States! We had such an amazing and indescribable journey, and I tried my very best to supply you with daily updates through my Instagram photos. When we got back, I published this post describing the first half of our trip. The second post can be viewed here. Finally, this 9-minute video summed everything up in one musical notion. 

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetOne week after returning home from America, we went on yet another trip. This time, it was to buy more antiques for my store.

34244012_007_bUnfortunately, being consumed with our travels left little room for do-it-yourself projects this month. My first post this month was a tutorial in brewing pour over coffee. I received some helpful feedback, and I can’t wait until I purchase my own pour over set.

stpatricksday3My St. Patrick’s Day craft post was a new direction for me. I loved being able to bring in ideas from other bloggers, and to have more than one DIY as well!

AloeVera1Next, I had an instructional post on propagating succulent leaves. After gathering tips from the internet, I felt as if I was ready to share that information with you. However, time will tell if my leaves will grow successfully!

ringI showed you items that I loved on Etsy, and items that were available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetWe went to two films this month. The first was The Fight Club, and the second was What We Do in the Shadows.

IMG_1288In general, this was a month of reflection and soul-searching. Here, I began with recalling the times that I have experienced an act of generosity from a stranger, and discussed my own attempts to be a more selfless person. In this post, I expressed my views on our own generation-shaming. Looking back, I think our vacation played a big role in renewing my sense of self, which inevitably gave me a clearer perspective in regards to all things, both big and small.

_DSF1572Last, but not least, you were able to experience the second post in my Home series. This one featured two places by one man, both his lovely little house in Texas and his other home on the sea. This was such an inspiring collaboration, and one that I hope everyone enjoyed. I cannot wait for April’s home tour!

Do you have any plans for tonight? I think that I will watch one of the first scary movies that I ever saw when I was little girl; April Fools Day. Have an enjoyable day!

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our vacation video: dog days are over

Friends! I am finally ready to show you our video from our amazing trip to the United States that we recently took. 

I hope that you enjoy it. It took me an entire day to create it. It’s approximately nine minutes long, one minute for each day, and is aptly named “Dog Days Are Over.” That title was chosen because we brought our dogs along with us, of course! Also, because the song is just amazing. :-)))

Although we’ve only been back for two weeks, it unfortunately feels like a lifetime ago. I feel so far removed from this trip, which can only mean one thing. It’s time to take another one.

Enjoy!

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there was nowhere to go but everywhere – part two

The United States - Road Trip 45“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

– Jack Kerouac

DAY 5:

The United States - Road Trip 44With the rise of a new day came our inevitable departure from yet another city. We loved Glenwood Springs immensely. Every store, site, and person in that town was so unique. We grabbed breakfast at yet another gas station, Kum & Go to be exact, we left Glenwood Springs, CO for what we thought would be our final stop of the day, Kayenta, AZ. Boy, were we wrong.

The United States - Road Trip 46 The United States - Road Trip 47The United States - Road Trip 48 The United States - Road Trip 49The United States - Road Trip 50We stopped for gas in Grand Junction, CO, then crossed the border into Utah 45 minutes later. It was our first time visiting that state, and we instantly fell in love. Gone went the snow and out came the sun. We had a lunch break at some cute yet seedy little spot in Thompson Springs. I sat on a log and shared my meal with Holly and Tru while Geoffrey walked up and down the road, taking in our mountainous backdrop. It turned out to be my favourite picnic of the entire trip, as odd as it was.

The United States - Road Trip 51 The United States - Road Trip 52The United States - Road Trip 53 The United States - Road Trip 54The rest of the day went south from there, and not just because we were headed in that direction. We drove through Moab, UT (which later became our favourite hidden gem of a city) and unfortunately couldn’t stop. We passed Hole ‘N the Rock, and were making our way through Monticello when suddenly, we got hit with what I considered a whiteout. When we did finally take a break, Geoff received a voice message where he was given awful and confusing news about his schooling. I wanted to turn around and go back to Glenwood Springs, CO, but Geoff said that we should continue on. For the next hour he drove while I repeatedly tried calling the individual who left the message. The weather let up, and we were back in the desert. Suddenly, out of thin air, we came upon Bluff/Twin Rocks, UT and the person in question answered her phone. I yelled, “pull over!” and Geoffrey drove into the little town and stopped in the parking lot of Twin Rocks Trading Post. We almost ran over a bride who was photographing her groom with the picturesque background. The dogs and I left the vehicle and went for a walk, while Geoffrey stayed on the phone. A few minutes later, everything was sorted out and with positive results! Bluff became our good luck charm, and so we bought souvenirs to commemorate the occasion.

The United States - Road Trip 57 The United States - Road Trip 58The United States - Road Trip 59We left Bluff and headed toward the Four Corners Monument in New Mexico. To accomplish this, we had to head east back into Colorado, and southwest to the Arizona and New Mexico border. Once again our expectations were high, since the was the furthest south that we were planning on being during our entire 9 day trip. When we got to the monument, we had to wade through mud to see it. Traveler’s photos had made it seem like it was a dog-friendly location, hence us going, but it turns out that dogs are not allowed there. However, the fact that we were literally in four states at once, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, was worth it. I’m glad that we went, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.

The United States - Road Trip 76By the time we were done at the site, it was 4 pm. We had a hotel booked in Kayenta, AZ, but tired of driving through harsh-looking land, getting stressful news that day, and not feeling up to taking a chance at a new town in a strange state, we headed north instead of west to the state that always felt like our second home, Colorado. Our sites were set on a town called Cortez, and on the way Geoffrey frantically cancelled our hotel in Arizona and booked one for us in our newly picked city. When we arrived, it was pretty much a reflection of our day; rough.

Day 5 remained our most difficult and unpredictable day of the entire trip. It is also the most memorable, and for that, I love it.

DAY 6:

The United States - Road Trip 70Day 6 was the first day that we had to begin making our way back to Canada. We left Cortez, CO after our usual morning that consisted of a walk, grabbing food, and getting gas, all before 8:30 am. Our goal for the day was to make it to Salt Lake City, UT. I was so looking forward to staying in a big metropolitan city, where, although obviously different from any other big city, it was guaranteed to have many amenities, a younger population, and a relatively maneuverable downtown area. 

The United States - Road Trip 60 The United States - Road Trip 61The United States - Road Trip 62 The United States - Road Trip 63 The United States - Road Trip 65Our only planned stop along the way was Moab, UT, a mere 2 hours from our current location. Prior to coming to America, we hadn’t even heard of Moab. If it wasn’t for the day before, we would never have given the city a second thought. Now, we couldn’t wait for the opportunity to explore it and it’s breathtaking surroundings. It’s hard to explain, but Moab is just so unique, in the best way possible. I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness and adventure when we drove through the first time, and I knew instantly that it would be a memorable city to spend time in. We weren’t wrong. We left Colorado, entered Utah, and drove like manics through the mountains and red, red earth back to Moab. Upon returning, the first thing that we set out to do was to take the dogs for a walk. We parked at Lions Park, and then spent the next little while exploring the amazing land. I collected a few rocks, and after driving around of a bit, we decided to press on. Whoever is lucky enough to live or have a vacation home there, is one of the luckiest people on earth. Have any of you ever been to Moab? If not, then I suggest going! 

The United States - Road Trip 66 The United States - Road Trip 67Next, we drove through more mountains and slowly made our way to Salt Lake City. The drive was once again spectacular. Colorado-spectacular.

The United States - Road Trip 68 The United States - Road Trip 69I had no idea as to what to expect in regards to SLC. If I did have any expectations, they would have been blown out of the water. The heat! The mountains! The spotlessness! The architecture! What an incredibly gorgeous-looking city! Once we arrived at our posh hotel and handed over our vehicle to valet, we took the dogs and explored the downtown area. Everyone was dressed so formally, it was such a refreshing change from the rest of our trip. However, the dogs soon became scared of the loud noises, and we had to return back to our hotel room, where we spent the rest of the night eating out, working out, playing with Holly and Truman, and watching a bit of TV. Honestly, the splendour of SLC is unlike any that I have ever come across before. What an astonishing place. 

DAY 7:

The United States - Road Trip 75On day 7, the distance between our starting location of Salt Lake City, UT, and ending at Idaho Falls, ID, was only 3 hours. You’re probably wondering why we didn’t drive further. It turns out that we had also planned on visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve that day as well. That added on an additional 4 hours. Was it worth it? Mayyyybbeee not when there’s snow on the ground!

The United States - Road Trip 71I had no idea what to expect when driving through Idaho. This was our first time visiting the state. It was very nice, but after have been spoiled by mountains and desert, it almost couldn’t match the versatility of some other states. I would love to take another trip back to Idaho, if only to explore it further and see what it really has to offer! Regardless, it’s still way more exciting looking that ole’ Saskatchewan, Canada. :-)))

The United States - Road Trip 72The United States - Road Trip 73The United States - Road Trip 74Craters of the Moon is definitely a place that everyone who visits the area should stop at. The only other time I had seen similar terrain was in Australia. The visitor’s centre was extremely informative as well. However, if you’re going to visit, make sure to go during the summer months. The snow, although beautiful, doesn’t do any wonders for the site itself.

The United States - Road Trip 77After leaving the national preserve, we made our way to Idaho Falls, or what we considered, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Holy, goodness, does it ever look like the city that we live in. I told my Instagram followers that if they were never planning on taking a trip to Saskatoon, then just go to Idaho Falls and it’s like being in our city. Given that our hotel was amazing, I felt at home there. Only two more days remaining.

DAY 8:

The United States - Road Trip 78Day 8 was our last full day in America. Our sites were set on northern Montana, but our hearts were torn. A part of me was a little excited to return home, restore some stability for my dogs, and get started on the many orders that had accumulated in my store. The other part of me was sad to be leaving our trip since it was going exceptionally well. Sooner or later though, all vacations must end. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be called vacations. They’d be called something else. Retirement, maybe.

The United States - Road Trip 80The United States - Road Trip 79A few hours into our drive, we stopped in Butte, MT to go antiquing. I scouted out at least 5 stores in a 3 block radius before we came to Butte, but like most other antique stores in the US, they were closed when we pulled up to their doors. That was fine by me, since the further that we drove into Butte  the more we were mesmerized by its old-timey feel. We both felt as if we had stepped back into the Gold Rush era, with the brown and red stone buildings and layout of the streets. I also did manage to find one great vintage shop that spanned two storeys. But, like my ring shopping, I had to rush while Geoffrey waited with the dogs. Oh well!

The remainder of the drive was as beautiful as ever. While I will always be a prairie girl, I will miss seeing hills and mountains once we return home.

The United States - Road Trip 81By the time we got to Havre, MT, we were thoroughly tired. If you guys were ever wanting to stop in this town, I beg of you, keep driving. Discussing our adventures in the mere 15 hours that we were there could fill an entire book. However, I wouldn’t want to offend any Havrians who might find their way over to Hello, Scarlett Blog. Short of going into gruesome detail, let’s all just stay away. (Or perhaps I should make an entirely separate post about the town?)

Good night, America!

DAY 9:

The United States - Road Trip 82It took us about 5 hours to return home, and we did so fairly easily and with little to report. All in all, it was such an amazing trip. I was initially going to post our video on Monday, but you guys will have to wait just a few days longer. I failed to realize that St. Patrick’s Day falls next week, and I have a couple of posts on the festive holiday!

Have a wonderful Friday 13th! I absolutely love these days. What better way to enjoy it than to have another road trip for the entire weekend, which is exactly what we’re doing. See y’all on Monday.

The United States - Road Trip 64Overall

Places we could live and work:

Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Douglas, WY

Places we would like a vacation home:

Glenwood Springs, CO
Moab, UT
Cheyenne, WY

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