...and so we made it to Italy you guys.
STOP #4 -- HELLOO ROMA!
If I could describe Italy in 3 words it would probably be pizza, pasta, and wine. No not probably - that's exactly what it would be. If there is one place to be calorie-worry free, it would be Italy. Do I even need to give you my biggest piece of advice?
E A T AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
Fontana di Trevi
SPANISH STEPS TO TREVI FOUNTAIN
Rome was by far one of my favorite stops in this little adventure of ours. The people we met and memories made I will never forget. It was so easy to make new friends.. friends from all over the world. Some people we met actually came to Rome for a visit, fell in love with the city, and never went back home.
I might have thought about this once or twice, maybe three times.
... and then I realized we had 4 more stops ahead.
VENICE IS UP NEXT!
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That time you realize you have the best clients in the world. Yep, this was one of those times.
My sister came up from Texas and surprised me in Spokane, Washington when I was traveling (working) on a bus tour. We were traveling all along the West Coast, and this was our second to last stop. We decided to take everyone to Lake Coeur d'Alene later that day after the event was over. The lake was only about half an hour or so away from Spokane. My clients were so excited to see these little water planes take off when we pulled up to the lake... so excited that they all decided to take flight themselves.
Behind the plane is the Coeur d'Alene Resort. I would highly recommend staying here if you are visiting. It's located right on the water with incredible views. Not to mention... the resort is known for it's World Famous Floating Green!
About an hour later, I'm reunited with my clients again. One of them was holding two plane tickets in his hand and pointed them at me. They decided to send my sister and I on a plane ride ourselves. I mean, how cool is that?
best. clients. ever.
If you are visiting Spokane or planning an event in the area, I highly recommend taking a short drive to Lake Coeur d'Alene. If you decide to take flight or not, it's a beautiful scenery with great restaurants all around the town.
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My sister and I took a road trip (surprise surprise) from California to Colorado and accidentally ran into the Four Corners Monument along the way. Well it wasn't completely an accident... we passed a sign on the highway directing us to the Four Corners Monument. We decided, what the hell? 15 minutes out of our way is nothin.
So we took the alternate route and got to be in 4 states at once!
Not the most beautiful part of the road trip, but I guess that's what you get when driving through Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. I'm just kidding. It had its moments.
We had no idea this was an actual site with vendors selling goodies, snacks, jewelry, etc. Each little square space you see in the picture above was filled with local businesses selling their products.
Oh and it's not free to get in either. You have to pay $5.00 per person as you enter. Yea we weren't prepared for that, but at least we had some cash on hand.
FYI: Do not use this as a restroom stop. The bathrooms were under construction at the time, and the ones we had to use were not the greatest (I'm saying that very nicely). NOT GOOD.
Ever wanted to be in four states at one time? Well here you go, folks! If you are taking a road trip through any of these states, take some time out of your "busy" road trip schedule to stop and take it all in. When can you ever say you were in four states at one time? Not very often.
The biggest challenge of the whole thing? Deciding on how to take your picture in 4 states. Damn, why didn't we think of this one?
Well my ass is in 4 states at once... that's kinda cool, right?
Yoga pose maybe? Too bad we can't do handstands.
Obviously you see why I wasn't in these pictures #roadtripclothes
... but we had to take a sister pic.
There ya go, kids! The feet pic for the win.
Now we can officially say we have been in 4 states at once. Definitely check this site out... just do it for the pictures damnit.
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It's the best time of the year, y'all.
C H R I S T M A S !
This was our second year in a row spending Christmas in Telluride, Colorado. Since skiing and family are two of our favorite things, with Telluride being our favorite ski resort, why not make this a tradition right?
If you have never been to this ski resort before, well get ready. I'll be sharing photos, restaurants, hot spots, stories, tips & tricks, etc. You will either 1) feel like you were there, even though you weren't, and it's now your new favorite ski resort... or... 2) book your next trip to Telluride Ski Resort.
I'm being serious. Here we go, friends!
So my sister and I decided to road trip this year from San Francisco to Telluride with both of our animals. This could have been a recipe for disaster, but it surprisingly turned out to be a great road trip. Notice I didn't say "perfect" road trip...
Our parents & brother were flying from Texas to Colorado and were scheduled to arrive around noon on the 21st. With that being said, we of course, wanted to arrive around the same time they did. Alex and I decided to depart around 6:00pm on the 20th, the night before. Let's just say, driving in the dark for over 12 hours is ROUGH. Especially when your sister sleeps for 10 of them...
N E V E R A G A I N .
If you are road tripping from San Francisco or Northern California area, I highly suggest staying the night at a hotel somewhere. It's a long road trip if there are only two of you. If you have a larger group and trade off drivers, then you will be fine driving straight through.
The kids (dog & cat) were amazing btw. No fighting, no whining, nothing. They slept the whole way... lucky them.
P I T S T O P
FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT
The Four Corners Monument is the only location in the country where you can be in 4 states at one time!
Utah | Colorado | Arizona | New Mexico
If you are interested in learning more about this pit stop location, check out our "Four Corners Monument" post.
The roads get pretty scary as you drive into Colorado. Lots of snow and lots of ice. Definitely make sure to drive carefully, slowly, but please do not freaking go 2 mph or you will stop & get stuck. I repeat.. you will get stuck! Always keep a nice slow and steady speed no less than 35 mph - my parents taught us well (they used to live in Colorado).
I would be sure to check the weather beforehand. We drove in a couple days after the blizzard hit, so the roads weren't terrible. If you are driving on icy roads with snow pouring down on your windshield... mhm, yea, no bueno is exactly right.
ANDDD WE MADE IT!!!
I mean how beautiful is this?
I felt like I was in a fairytale. These photos don't even look real.
Each time we have come to visit Telluride, we've stayed in the downtownarea. We have fallen in love with this cute little town and the residents here. You can also stay on the other side of the mountain, which is called Mountain Village. That's a very popular spot for tourists and probably a bit cheaper if this is your first time to vacation here. If you are planning on coming back each year like we do, it's fun to rent a house or a condo in the town!
The first year we spent Christmas in Telluride, we decided to rent a beautiful two story house for the week. This was the best decision we could have made with a family of 15 (yea I know). The house was in the heart of Telluride and right down the street from the ski lifts & gondola to Mountain Village. It was PERFECT.
We walked into the house with Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree already set up [whatttt], the fridge and pantry were already stocked with groceries [hell yeaaa], and we also found out that an appointment was set to retreive our ski rentals [huh?]. Guess what... the rental company was coming to OUR HOUSE. That's right. We didn't have to wait in a long ass line to get our boot sizes or try on skis. They came to us. It was the coolest & easiest way I have ever gotten my ski rentals (and I've skied a LOT). Every resort should do this, no joke. If you want an experience like this and you are staying in downtown Telluride, reach out to
I would actually be pretty shocked if you reached out to them before they reached out to you.
This year we had a smaller group attending the Christmas trip. Smaller meaning 10 people less than last year. Yup - just the Nunn fam of 5. With that being said, we decided this would be a great year to rent a fun condo in downtown Telluride. We stayed in an adorable two story condo at the Ballard House. The Ballard House is in a badass location right down the street from the ski lift & gondola to Mountain Village. It's located near all the shops, restaurants, the bakery, and the grocery store which was extremely convenient.
We took over that whole corner of the building in the photos above. The balcony upstairs was a great size and faced the mountain with a balcony on the first floor to place our ski rentals. If you are bringing your pets with you, Telluride is EXTREMELY PET FRIENDLY! Since I was bringing Libby (my basset hound) this year, we wanted to find a place that allows dogs. There is also a garage underneath the complex for parking. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. Not much indoor parking around here. The worst is having to clean off your car and wait for the windshield to defrost on the day of your departure. I would definitely recommend the Ballard House for this reason alone.
Downtown Telluride - Main St.
Main Street is where all of the shopping, restaurants, and bars are. We had so much fun walking along this street going from shop to shop. If you are wanting to purchase souvenirs for friends & family, this is definitely where to go. There are so many hidden bars & restaurants that you will find by just walking up & down Main St. Some are underground, some are in tiny upstair studios, and some are actually in houses. SO MUCH FUN.
Ok so we probably walked into this store, Overland, every single day. No, we didn't buy one thing. We just wanted to pet the sheepskin and smell the leather. I'm obsessed with this store. Go check it out!
WARNING: Do not spend over 15 minutes in this store or you will buy something... and it's not cheap.
If you're a reader or one of those who just enjoys the feeling of walking into a bookstore, then you will love Between the Covers Bookstore. It's located downtown Telluride on Main St.
There is also a cute little coffee shop in the back of the bookstore. Don't forget to check it out and order a cup of coffee to go. I actually don't even read... I just like walking around bookstores with a coffee in my hand *not ashamed* [although I do admit, I really really wish I enjoyed reading books like the cool smart people].
I thought this was kinda funny.
Smuggler's Brewpub is a cool place to go grab a beer, obvously, or a cocktail. We had dinner here the first night, and the food wasn't too bad either. If you're a sports fan, don't worry, there are TV's all around the bar to watch your favorite teams.
The restaurant gets pretty packed by dinner time, so I would suggest arriving a bit earlier. We came right before the crowd hit which was nice. It has a great location, right down the street from the gondola (which means you go straight to the bar). Definitely go check it out!
Our "take a break from skiing and go grab some food & alcohol" go-to restaurant would have to be.. drumroll please...
We were here every single day. Ordered the same thing every single day. Around the same time every single day. If you want more info on this restaurant, check out our blog post "Tomboy Tavern".
One of my favorite restaurants in all of Telluride is Alpino Vino. It's located on one of the highest peaks of the mountain and is the highest elevation fine-dining restauarant in all of North America!
This is a restaurant you should definitely check out. Feel free to visit our blog post, "Alpino Vino" for more info!
Another favorite bar of ours that we make sure to hit every year is called Allred's Restaurant. Notice I said "bar" when it's called "restaurant". If you want to sit down and have a meal at the restaurant then you will have to make reservations at least a year in advance. FOR REAL.
We normally just go straight to the bar for some cocktails & apps. No reservations needed. Since the restaurant is located at the top of the gondola, it has a beautiful view of the town of Telluride, which is one my favorite parts.
BTW: If you are a Moscow Mule type person, then this is your spot! If you like a little spice like I do, order the Moscow Mule with jalapeno in it! THE BEST.
So another bar... not a surprise. Gorrono Ranch is located mid-mountain on the Misty Maiden run. So yes, located in the MIDDLE of the mountain. Convenient right? Let's park our skis, go grab a freaking delicious burger and beer, and then finish our run down the mountain.
Gorrono Ranch typically has great happy hours going on as well. Lawn chairs are placed all over the area with firepits for people to sit and listen to live music. I would definitely recommend this spot to get a good buzz going (yes, I know you want it) as you continue down the mountain.
Ok so this was pretty cute. Our family decided to cook dinner on Christmas Eve instead of going out to a restaurant. We went to the local grocery store in Telluride and had a Mexican fiesta indoors.
Talk about an easy dinner to prepare... tacos, chips, queso, and salsa. Add a bottle (or 5) of wine... DONE!
For our last night in Telluride, we had dinner at a very nice restaurant in downtown called Rustico Ristorante. If you are looking for more of an upscale authentic Italian restaurant, I would definitely recommend this spot to you.
The customer service was out of this world. We walked in with no reservation at all, and they made sure to get us seated as soon as possible. We never had to wait on our water or wine glasses to get filled and our food was extremely fresh & prompt. It was delicious.
If you are celebrating a birthday, accomplishment or spending the holiday in the area, Rustico Ristorante is definitely a great spot to have dinner one night.
We had a huge snowstorm come through on Christmas Day, which brought us this beautiful Winter Wonderland. I have never skied on so much powder in my life!
The coolest part of this whole entire trip was on Christmas Eve. My family went to a small church service in downtown Telluride. There were locals who attended as well as visitors like us. After the church service, everyone walked outside, and it was snowing. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I was with my family on Christmas Eve, in one of our favorite spots in the whole entire world, with snow falling from the sky - it can't get much better than that.
Visit Telluride Ski Resort, you guys! It won't let you down. If you have any questions, don't forget to comment below.
Are you a let's get in the car and go for a road trip type person?
Yep. Me too. Keep reading...
One of my favorite road trips was driving down Highway 1 to Big Sur.
My boyfriend and I took our first visit to San Francisco for his 30th birthday. We stayed the first couple days in the city to explore, and saved the whole Saturday for our road trip to Big Sur.
We woke at 6:00am, rented a Jeep Wrangler, and headed out.
I definitely recommend renting a car if you don't have one already (well I guess you would have to). But not only renting a car, renting one of your favorite cars. It just makes the trip THAT much better... and not to mention, you just feel really damn cool.
How beautiful is this?
The highway runs along the California coast almost the whole drive.
Pit stops are the best if you haven't read my Road Trip post.
Make sure to pull over and explore when you get the chance!
One of my favorite photos of the whole trip.
Before you cross the iconic Bixby Bridge, pull over on the side to take a couple pictures. The view is too good not to, obviously.
Did I mention I love pit stops?
When we reached the hiking trails, we decided to hike up in the redwoods. The redwoods have been on my bucket list forever. And yup, it's just like the movies, y'all. I had a bit of a Katniss Everdeen & Bella Swan moment. Ok maybe a couple.
There are multiple trails to choose from... of course we chose the most difficult (we might have regretted that decision). At least it brought us to the top of the mountain with gorgeous views of the area.
After our hike, we went and had a late lunch up in the mountains.
There are great restaurants in the area, but Nepenthe was definitely our favorite! It had an outdoor patio (our favorite) with a beautiful view overlooking the water. The cocktails & food were very good as well.
After our late lunch and some more exploring, we found a cute little bakery at the bottom of the mountain. We decided to stop and have some coffee & dessert at Big Sur Bakery because why not, right? I would highly recommend this place - it was SO GOOD & SO DAMN CUTE.
After our late afternoon coffee and some more exploring, we decided to park our Jeep on the side of the highway and watch the sunset. Well even better than that, we parked and sat on top of the Jeep to watch.
I know I know.. kinda cute, right?
Well... we sat on the Jeep for a little bit. We couldn't help but take a walk on the beach while the sun was setting. After the sun set, we headed back to San Francisco.
What a fun day, right? You can easily plan this trip in one day if you are a couple hours from Big Sur. My next trip here will be overnight camping in January. So excited to share the stories & pictures with you guys!
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Our 3rd stop on this European adventure is BARCELONA!
After a couple days in the romantical city full of love locks & delicious crepes, we were ready to take on some paella & party our asses off.
So we did.
I guess my biggest piece of advice from this stop would be.... if two beautiful men ask you & your sister to meet them at 8:00am for a day full of adventure on the back of their mopeds, YOU WAKE YOUR ASS UP AND GO. Do you think we made it that morning? Nope.
...we never saw those tall dark handsome beautifully sculpted foreigners with accents again.
This was the hostel we stayed at in Barcelona. I wish I remembered the name of it (sorry, I’m basically no help at all), but I will definitely stay here again when I return.
The people we met at the hostel were awesome - full of 20 year olds from all over the world. Even the people who worked at the hostel were travelers who ended up staying in Barcelona. Each night, the hostel residents would go to the bars & clubs together, which made it that much more fun going out with a group of people.
Barcelona is such a great city for walking & doing some street shopping. Vendors line the streets, live music is always playing, and the best part of all...PAELLA!
I would definitely suggest heading out to the pier at some point during your stay. My sister and I spontaneously went to grab some paella and sangria at a restaurant located near the pier - we ended up staying at the restaurant for 5 hours! Yes, 5 hours of sangria…. we didn’t get drunk or anything.
One of the best views of the whole city is at Mount Tibidabo. Located at Mount Tibidabo is the Sagrat Cor church as well as the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Yes, an amusement park! This should 100% be at the top of your bucket list for the view alone.
That time we took a two hour nap on this beautiful beach. Trust me, it was just as relaxing as it looks...
After our nap, we went to another restaurant to have some, once again, paella & sangria.
Last but not least, the FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou. I didn’t have enough time for a game, but I did buy a t-shirt. I know, not nearly as cool. Maybe I shouldn’t have spent so much time partying here. Just kidding. If you are planning on visiting Barcelona, get ready for a damn good time!
Next Stop... R O M A !
Stop number 2 on this European adventure is PARIS!
We had a great time in London but were definitely ready to go explore the next city. We made it safe & sound and right on schedule... until we got lost. It shouldn't be that hard to find a hostel, right?
2 hours later... we made it.
My biggest piece of advice is to purchase a book of the French language. If we understood even a little bit of the language, we would have been able to find our hostel in 2 seconds. Oops. From here on out for the rest of the trip, we studied the key words of each language we were about to enter. I can't tell you how helpful this was for the other countries.
Hotel Andre Gill is the hostel we stayed at in Paris. It was extremely small but pretty dang cute I must say. When I say small, the elevator could literally only fit one person inside. I never saw anyone else staying in the hostel outside of the family breakfast prepared each morning. It was definitely a nice & quiet place to come back to after a long day of exploration. If I came back to Paris, I would be more than happy to stay here again.
This is the view from our room! Not bad, eh?
Moulin Rouge was actually right around the corner from our hostel. It's definitely a crazy area to be at during the night scene. We didn't go to a show but had too much fun people watching (you can only imagine).
Can it get more French than this? Love it.
We found the Arc de Triomphe! Check out that sunset in the background. Perfect timing? I think yes.
The Louvre is definitely a MUST see. The line will be extremely long, but it moves pretty quickly. If you are visiting Paris, you cannot leave without going inside this famous museum. You can always take some fun pictures while you are waiting to go inside.
Like I said... the Louvre is a MUST!
IF THERE IS NO OTHER REASON WHY, THIS IS WHY!
It's the original Mona Lisa guys...
Paris is famous for their beautiful Gothic style churches all throughout the city. As an Art major in college, I was so pumped to see these cathedrals up close in person. I had taken so many Art History classes on the architecture and history behind it all. I would highly recommend not only seeing these cathedrals up close, but also taking a peek inside.
The cathedral interiors are GORGEOUS.
So the food in Paris is definitely a step up from the food in London. For the time we were there, we only encountered one issue... with a raw cracked egg in the center of a sandwich. Yeaa, it was not good.
But most meals we got involved crepes. I think we had crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day we were in Paris. I'll just say, we definitely took advantage.
Pont des Arts is a famous bridge in Paris known for having "love locks" covering the whole bridge. If you are visiting Paris with a loved one, be sure to buy a lock, hook it to the bridge, make a wish, and throw the key into the water together.
Unfortunately I was with my sister and not a lover.
Do you think that stopped us? NOPE.
Definitely go visit the Notre Dame!
The Eiffel Tower is freaking huge!
I mean, look at the size of the people next to it... crazy. I really wanted to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the line was just too long for us. I know, not an excuse. Do I regret it? Yes.
Instead we went and bought a bottle of wine to enjoy on the lawn right in front. At night, the Eiffel Tower will light up!
Stop #2 was definitely a memorable one.
STOP #3.... BARCELONA!
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So it finally happened, y'all! My sister and I went on a month long European adventure, traveling through London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, and Munich.
Warning: If you are traveling the world with someone for a month, make sure it's with someone you love. Thank god we are sisters. (Aka - it's 24/7 together time. You will be more annoyed by this person than you ever have been in your life).
Our first stop on this trip was LONDON.
So we got off the plane and, of course, it was pouring down rain. Great start to this adventure, right? No umbrella and wearing the worst shoes possible for this situation. We quickly realized, neither of us had brought sneakers on this trip. Our first stop in London you ask? The Nike store.
My biggest piece of advice from our first stop in London would be to bring comfy shoes! I'm talkin bring some serious freaking walking shoes because that's all you will be doing. I brought a couple pairs of flats & sandals and, oh boy, was that a mistake. I threw 2 pairs of flats away and bought a pair of converse in London that I wore every single day for the rest of the trip.
Oh, just hanging with BIG BEN.
Loved walking the streets of London.
Reminded me a lot of New York City - heavy traffic & fast-paced.
This was the hostel we stayed at in London. We had a blast at this little pub and met some awesome people from all over the world. The bar on the bottom floor closed late at night for only the hostel residents. I would highly recommend The Green Man if you are looking for a decent hostel to stay at in London.
The Tower Bridge was obviously a must.
We took a tour through Windsor Castle. One of my favorites of the London stop. I would definitely go check this out!
I just had to....
I'm an architecture freak... probably took 100 pictures alone on this stuff
Gates to the Buckingham Palace!
We probably stood outside for a solid hour hoping to see William & Kate... it didn't happen.
... this guy.
Hung out by The National Gallery of London.
We loved The Natural History Museum.
Walked through Hyde Park - it was beautiful.
The one thing I regret... not taking a quick ride on the London Eye!
Warning: the food here is not the best. I'll even admit, I might have had McDonald's at one point...
Fish & chips is a MUST though.
Touring the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics!
Our next stop... PARIS.
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If you've read my "Oahu Excursions" or "Plan the Perfect Corporate Vacation" posts, then you should know I've produced events out in Oahu, Hawaii. Those of you who haven't read those posts.... feel free to check them out in the links above!
Although I was out in Hawaii producing these corporate events, I did take some time for myself to explore & have fun when I could! As an event planner, I'm all about working hard... and playing harder. #lifeofaneventplanner
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The view from my hotel room. Not bad, eh??
Turtle Bay Resort
We found a cute little coconut stand as we were driving through Haleiwa. Of course we had to stop and try it out for ourselves.
Best decision we could have made that day.
We took a drive through Haleiwa and found a food truck park. THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is the BEST!
The Bachelorette anyone? Yup, ran into these two hotties on the trip. This was actually the second time I have met Zack & Rob. The first time was at The Grammys in LA. I think they are following me... and I'm totally ok with that.
The beach outside of Turtle Bay Resort.
I don't think I had one bad meal on this trip. You obviously can't go wrong with the seafood here.
We took a nice relaxing hike up to Waimea Falls. It wasn't a difficult hike... more of a nature walk I would say.
We made it to Waimea Falls!
After you finish up your hike at Waimea Falls, go check out the beach across the street. This was my favorite beach in the area - it's big, quiet, and way less crowded than others.
You just have to.
Matsumoto Shave Ice
Yup, so this happened. We decided to take a surf lesson. If there was any activity to do in your spare time out in Hawaii, this would be it. We took our surf lesson in North Shore where most of the locals go to surf.
I'll admit it loud & proud... I got up my second try, baby!
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Marin Headlands is by far one of my favorite views of the Golden Gate Bridge. I finally got this location checked off the bucket list, but let me tell you, it was an adventure...
I can now officially tell you
"How NOT to get to the Marin Headlands"
As you are driving North across the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands is located on the Northwest side of the bridge. That means you will be taking a left after you have crossed the bridge... I repeat...
you will be taking a LEFT.
Yes, we took a right and continued down the road until we reached a pier at the bottom of the bridge. If you type in Battery Spencer on your phone, the map will take you here. We figured we might as well get out of the car and take some pictures, right? It turned out to be a great view of the bridge that we have never seen before.
We saw multiple groups walking & riding bikes along a path, so we of course decided to follow. We then figured out there was a hike to all of this. Obviously we didn't do our research.
The hike wasn't too bad, but we definitely weren't dressed for this. It's extremely chilly with heavy winds while hiking on a gravel path. Props to all you bikers out there btw.
At least we had a killer view along the way!
So we FINALLY made it.
Oh wait, we also found all the cars that took a left off the bridge instead of a right. Although we realized that you are able to park and walk 10 ft to take a picture, we did have fun on our hike. If I could go back and do it again, I would get lost on "accident" and hike all over again.
"Damn... now we have to hike all the way back down."
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