Wandering the White Tank Mountains

I spent a little over a week in Glendale, Arizona, and I wasn’t getting back on a plane to Dallas without seeing some desert mountains.

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I was managing a conference, which meant free time came in random bouts. Some friendly employees at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa recommended White Tank Mountain Park since it’s not too far from the hotel.

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It didn’t take long to see that these mountains were a nice recreation area. I passed people with everything from walking sticks to picnics. I also passed a lot of snake and mountain lion signs.

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Whoops….someone wore the wrong shoes. In my defense, when I packed for this trip, I didn’t think I’d have any free time at all. Never one to let fashion stop me, I was off to explore what I could in the time I had.

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When I use the term, “wandering” in this post title, I’m not exaggerating. I drove around and tried to make sure I didn’t get lost since someone was expecting me to come back… you know, to do my job and stuff.

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Here’s a little more of what I captured while wandering.

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I wish I’d have had the opportunity to spend more time here. There are tons of good turn offs to stop, park and wander. You can find more information on the park here.

Have you ever been to White Tank Mountain Park? Favorite place to wander?

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Just a Minute in Milwaukee

Once  upon a time, a colleague got sick and I found myself preparing for a trip to Milwaukee in less than 48 hours with clients I’d never met. This post is a result of that adventure.

First things first. I stayed at the Pfister Hotel, a very Victorian and very historic hotel located within half a mile of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Upon peeking out my window, I noticed a sign for Downtown Books. I had a short amount of time to kill before getting ready for an event, so it was off to the bookstore.

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Heaven

I could have spent hours upon hours in the store. If you’re in Milwaukee and you’re a book lover, this is a must. I would compare it to Powell’s Books in Portland, you know, if we were comparing bookstores.

The next two days were filled with meetings, so I was left with 4-5 hours to myself before catching a flight home. My first stop was the Milwaukee Public Market.

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Yum-O!

If you’re a foodie, add this to your list of things to do (and taste). The market is full of fresh food, juices, spices and more.

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Gotta have the cheese in Wisconsin, right?

They also have cooking classes and other fun events throughout the year.

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I enjoyed wandering around and smelling everything before heading to my final destination, the Milwaukee Art Museum. In writing this, I just realized that if they’d named it the Milwaukee Museum of Art, it would be the MMA. Any UFC fans? No? Okay.

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Outside the museum

I snapped some shots of my favorite pieces of art while making a short trip through.

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The photo above is a good representation of my trip- a little all over. After powering through the museum, I was headed back home after just a minute in Milwaukee.

Have you ever been? What did I miss?

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Penticton

Here are my previous posts on Canada:

Back to Banff via Jasper
Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 2
Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 1
Gluten Free Eats in Banff, Alberta, Canada
My First Day in Banff

Kelowna is home to the waterfront City Park and lots o’ wine. It was a short stop on our way to Vancouver, and after just 24 hours there, I was thinking…why have I never heard of this place before?!?

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We stayed at Samesun Kelowna, which definitely has the whole laid back beach vibe going on. Highly recommend if you just want a chill hostel full of people who like the water.

We had an easy night and were up early to head out for stand up paddleboarding in one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen (besides every other lake in Canada)!

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I was a little nervous because I’d never done it before, but it took about 5 seconds in the water for my nerves to disappear. I have this fear of lake water because the stuff I’m used to around Dallas is just..well, nasty.

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Here are some pics I got when I wasn’t busy paddling away. I think we would have all happily spent the day on the beach if we didn’t have to make it to our next destination.

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Moose!

Have you ever been to Kelowna? What other amazing parts of Canada do I need to know about?! Ever tried stand up paddleboarding?