6,000 kilometres, 5 states and one big adventure!

Hello everyone, I’m back from holidays! After nearly a month away, I’m excited to get back in the swing of things. I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed my work! I have a ton of catching up to do but wanted to let you know I made it back safely and share some quick highlights from my trip.

Here are the highlights of our adventure!

#1 Seeing the Canyons

I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I believe I even mentioned it at the start of the year, and look, there I am!

It’s amazing, unbelievable and hard to describe in words just how beautiful it was there. It’s so peaceful, and vast, and reminds me just how small I am in the grand scheme of things. It’s been one of my lifelong dreams to see the Grand Canyon, but I didn’t imagine just how impressive it was going to be in real life.

And while it was a marathon of a drive, I’m really glad we drove there. It seems like more of an accomplishment, more of an ultimate goal achieved to arrive at the gates of Grand Canyon National Park after days and days of driving.

Also, did you know there are more canyons in the area, not just the grand one? We also spent a day in Zion Canyon which was equally gorgeous. (To explore Zion, you’re exploring the bottom of the canyon looking up, the opposite of the Grand Canyon which you view from the top looking down!)

(Zion Canyon, from the bottom)

I took over a thousand photos during the trip, and on the canyon days I took well over 300 photos! It was hard to choose just a few for this post that would truly show off the beauty of the area.

(Zion Canyon, Pa’rus Trail)

This photo below shows where we hiked – along those red rocks! Seems scary, and it was. Would you believe this was the easy-moderate hike? There are advanced trails with signs posted to literally say, people fell off this trail last year, so be careful.

(Emerald Pools Trail, Zion Canyon)

#2 Meeting some very cool people

You know Sunni, from the blog and shop A Fashionable Stitch? I met her! We spent a few days in Salt Lake City on our way down to the canyons and luckily the timing worked for us to meet. She’s just as fun and cheerful in real life as you would expect from reading her blog. I’m wishing I got a photo of us together, but we did tour a fabric store so here’s a photo of that instead..

(Yellow Bird Fabrics, Salt Lake City)

This is Yellow Bird Fabrics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sunni took me there and I met the owner, Amy, and admired the lovely apparel fabrics in this cute, friendly store. (And yes, it’s in a building that used to be a house! That’s something you don’t see as often back home, house-buildings used as businesses.)

I also met the lovely and talented Sarai of Colette Patterns! We chatted about sewing over a cup of coffee,  and she’s every bit as nice as you might think. I got to see the Colette studio and now am quite envious of her big bright workspace.

We also met some very cool people through the places we stayed. In Portland, the first place we stayed on the way down was so comfortable and inviting that we also stayed there on our drive back home! Thank you Sheryl and Rick for making our stay in Portland so much fun. Which leads into my next highlight…

#3 Portland

We spent a few days in Portland on the way down – what a cool city! Great food, plenty of fabric and yarn shops, and overall a relaxed and cool vibe. We hiked in the Gorge up to a big waterfall, shopped the farmer’s market, toured Powell’s Books, checked out vintage shops, and ate at a dozen yummy restaurants.

(the start of our hike about half an hour outside Portland)

There’s so much more that happened, including getting caught in a thunder-and-lightning storm with rain so hard the windshield wipers couldn’t keep up, seeing a wildfire at the side of the road, riding bicycles along the Greenbelt in Boise, Idaho. We watched the landscape change as the miles ticked by, spotting deer, bison, wild turkeys, lizards and even a California condor! We visited a dozen cool small towns all across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. The weather ranged from absolute downpours of rain to well over a hundred degrees – that’s about 40 degrees Celsius!

(a really good out-the-window photograph!)

Most of all, I had time to think and reflect, on my business, on life, and on what makes me happy. And I have to say, I’m fortunate to be spending my regular days doing something I love, with the coolest customers in the world! Not very many people miss their jobs while they’re on vacation.

I won’t bore you with too many trip photos but if you want to check out more, including a couple hundred out-the-window landscape photos, I’ll post them in my Flickr pool sometime soon.

The best part of going on holiday is when you see your hometown with fresh, appreciative eyes and that’s exactly how I feel. I loved our trip and now I’m happy to be home! And do I ever have some good stuff for you guys coming up.

Stay tuned for more, and thanks for your understanding while I was away!

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54 Responses to 6,000 kilometres, 5 states and one big adventure!

  1. Inna July 31, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    What a great trip! And meeting all those sewing celebrities :) Good to have you back!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank you! Sewing celebrities, I know right? It worked out so well and made my trip even more memorable!

  2. Gemma July 31, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    Welcome back! It looks like you had a great trip and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for all of us!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you! Oh, I have some good stuff coming up, as soon as this week! Just as soon as I catch up on things :)

  3. Gillian July 31, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Welcome home!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you! :)

  4. Jane July 31, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    What a fantastic trip you’ve had, America is such a wonderful country. We visited about 8 years ago and saw the Grand Canyon and I have to agree it is a beautiful, peaceful and vast place to visit.

    It’s great to have you back though :-)

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Thank you! It sure is nice to be home. What I loved about driving across the US was how different it was throughout our drive. From tall green trees and mountains to wide open fields in a couple of hours, to red rocks, from comfortable summer sun to sweltering heat – and we only covered a small part of the country!
      It’s so hard to describe the Grand Canyon – those were the best words I could think of too!

  5. Jill July 31, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    I’m so jealous of your trip! Thanks for sharing your photographs. I’ve always wanted to hop in the car and go tour the western states! Someday I will do it!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      It was so much fun – a TON of driving though! Best if you have someone with you that likes to drive, or if you love to drive. (I don’t, but Mr Sewaholic does!) And probably, I would also suggest going in a slightly cooler month than July. It was really hot once we reached Idaho and Utah!

  6. Lauren July 31, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Welcome back! It sounds like you have a fabulous time – and lucky you for getting to hang out with both Sunni AND Sarai! Your next big road trip is obviously going to have include Nashville, er, the South. Hehe :)

    I can’t believe you’ve never seen a house turned into a store! Haha those things are EVERYWHERE here! So much when we were house-hunting, I was getting super angsty that half the cute houses were snapped up by retail/dining space haha.

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Thank you! Nashville, Tennessee is on my list too! (Partly because I love country music.) And Texas. And New Orleans. There are so many places I want to go!

      It was awesome to meet Sarai and Sunni in real life! I’m so glad the timing worked out.

      You know, I have seen one or two houses converted to stores – but its usually a restaurant on a street where there are no house-buildings left, it’s the one house left in a commercial area so it became a business. In Portland and in Salt Lake City and even in some of the smaller places we stayed (Kanab UT and Cedar City UT) there were dentists, fabric stores, lawyers in houses nestled in between houses where people live. That was neat to see!

    • didyoumakethat August 1, 2012 at 2:04 am #

      I am determined to get to Nashville one day. I’m big on Johnny Cash and want to pop over to Graceland before I die, also.

  7. Roisin July 31, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Welcome back! It sounds like you had a fabulous time away and a much-deserved break – I’m off to have a nose through all of your photos x

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you! I haven’t actually posted them properly yet but I will let you guys know when I do. (There are a lot that need rotating unfortunately!)

  8. Becky July 31, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Welcome back! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip, and it was fun to see your photos and reminisce! One of my best friends and I did a road trip out in that area 5 years ago (!), and the Grand Canyon and Zion were both places we visited. (If you ever get out there again, you should check out Bryce Canyon, too. It’s like being on another planet!)

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      That is a long road trip for you isn’t it? (If I remember correctly you’re way on the East coast!) Sounds like you had fun! We’ll definitely be back in the area – I saw pictures of Bryce Canyon and it looks beautiful as well.

      • Becky July 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

        Well, we cheated a bit….after realizing that everything we wanted to see was on the west coast, we decided to skip the middle. So we flew out to Seattle and started from there!

  9. LisaB July 31, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time. I really enjoyed reading about the places you visited. I’ve been to a few of them and remember well the hikes that DH and I took in Zion. We were up very high on narrow ledges. I even remember seeing a helicopter fly in across the canyon and thinking that I didn’t want them to have to come in for ME. Despite the fear on the trails, it’s a beautiful place and I’d love to go back some day.

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Oh man, I would have the exact same thought! Please don’t let me fall and need rescuing by helicopter! I found that the canyon parks were very trusting of visitors. You could easily fall into the Grand Canyon if you slipped, it’s not all guarded with rails or fences. It’s literally right at your feet. You must have done the hike I saw the scary signs for! I’m impressed. I saw ‘six people died here from falling’ on the sign and thought, not for me. :)

  10. Jessica July 31, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Oh I’m so glad you got to spend some time in Salt Lake and down south in Zion National Park! I love Yellowbird- definitely my favorite shop in the area, and I just love this city! (Oh yeah, and the Grand Canyon’s not too bad either :) Glad you had a great trip!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Thank you! Utah is a beautiful state. I’ve never seen red mountains like that before! Yellow Bird is not only a cute fabric shop but there are little bird decorations all over the store. And the people there were super friendly!

      • Mary July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

        I can’t say enough good things about Yellow Bird Fabrics – the fabric is great and they are so helpful. The first time I went in there, I asked about sewing knits and the gal did a whole demonstration for me on the ins and outs of it. Love them! Glad you got to go there.

  11. scuffsan July 31, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Welcome back. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip :-) the grand canyon is impressive and I know what you mean about it being hard to put down in words how it feels to actually be there.

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      I sure did! It was the trip of a lifetime and I’m so happy that we made it all the way to the Grand Canyon. It is impressive, hard to capture in words or photos but I sure tried!

  12. B.J. Moore July 31, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Busy gal and an obviously exciting if not exhausting vacation. Hard to refocus after a good break huh?
    Welcome back and love the pics.

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Ha, you’re right! It was exciting although not entirely relaxing. Ah well! I’m not so good at relaxing anyways and I’m so glad we saw all of the things we did and met the people I wanted to meet. I’m glad you enjoyed the little peek into my vacation!

  13. Katy July 31, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Welcome back! We missed you too. It sounds like you had a great trip. I’m so jealous – nothing but rain in the UK! I seem to remember you saying you weren’t going to any fabric and yarn stores on the trip! Nice that you managed to fit some in!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you! Probably it rained here the whole time I was gone, too. I was so happy to get my fill of sunshine! And yup, I wasn’t going to visit any fabric or yarn stores – and yet I think I probably hit a dozen of them! (Which I will talk more about in a future post once I can photograph some of the things I’ve bought on the road…) I can’t help it, I’m drawn to signs that say ‘fabric!’ and ‘yarn!’ with an unstoppable force.

  14. Holly July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Looks like you guys had an amazing time, yay! I looooove Portland, I went twice last year (before I really got back into sewing) and have been debating going next week, I could spend a whole week in powells books and call that a vacation. Any tips on fabric stores, that and powells would be what i’d go back for this time. I never saw any fabric stores the few times I was there.

    I finally picked up the Renfrew from fabricana and made 3 last week with more to come, thanks for that awesome staple pattern. Glad to see you back :)

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you! I love Portland too! It’s great for yarn and fabric shopping – no tax! Saves us 12% which adds up if you’re planning to stock up. I’ll mention some of the places I went in a separate post shortly!
      So glad to hear you enjoyed the Renfrew pattern and already made 3! :)

  15. Carol Tiffin James July 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Very gorgeous pictures. Been living in the USA all my life and you have me beat – I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon! So I’ll go vicariously through you.

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      It’s amazing! I’ll post more photos, I took about three hundred so that’s perhaps enough to get a good idea of what it was like to be there. What’s hard to explain is the wind, and the quietness, and the feelings of smallness and the scariness of walking along narrow paths. We visited the North Rim so one day I’ll go back and see the South Rim too!

  16. Corinne July 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    So glad you enjoyed your holiday. Our world is fascinating and we do indeed occupy only a very tiny part of it. But what I find most amazing is that you were able to meet up with other sewists that WE all know via the internet blogs. A few years ago, this would never have happened. It’s rather like visiting all of you, vicariously, via the blog. Thanks for sharing your amazing photo’s of the Grand Canyon, I was there in 1972, I know (((smile))) it looks much the same!

    • Tasia July 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Thank you! I know, it’s so amazing to be able to know someone through their sewing blog (or with Colette Patterns, her business) and then connect with them in real life! The internet is amazing for that reason. A few years ago, I hadn’t even discovered sewing blogs and the wealth of information everyone is willing to share, and I hadn’t even realized that I could contribute to that community. And now look! I went to the Grand Canyon and I ‘meet’ cool people who sew every day.
      Of course, I didn’t even think of that but you’re right, the Grand Canyon has looked the same for millions of years. The photos I took will look exactly the same as everyone’s photos who visited the canyon over the last hundred years. Fascinating to think about it like that!

  17. Teresa Dickson July 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Wonderful post…..have travel envy now!!!

  18. Roxy July 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Welcome back! I can’t believe how much I missed your blog but I am so glad to see you had such a great holiday. Your photos bring back so many memories. It was over 42 in the shade when I visited the Grand Canyon. Ouch.

  19. jadestar July 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Welcome home! Glad you’ve had a fab holiday, but its great to have you back. You’ve been missed :)

  20. Nothy lane July 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Welcome back Tasia. I’m glad your vacation went so well. The pictures are gorgeous.

  21. Lucy July 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Even with the 6,000km of driving, I’m still envious that you can hop into the car and go to these cool places. The most I can drive from home in any direction is 500km and I hit water. And the longest anyone in New Zealand can drive is about 950km, from the top to the bottom of the South Island. Puts us into perspective!

    One day I really want to do an Interstate 10 road trip and see some of the less touristy parts of America. Not sure if I’d do it at the height of summer though!

  22. Ashlee July 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    What a fantastic road trip you’ve described! I have a trip through the western States on my bucket list, but I really want to try and do a cross-Canada one first… someday soon hopefully! Being “stuck” in the Prairies, I’m totally envious that you can get to such beautiful states just by driving south! Congrats on taking some time out for yourself and your man and going on an adventure, and welcome back. I’ve missed your posts in my inbox!

  23. Mary July 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Welcome back! Glad you had a wonderful time. That is an area I have never been to. Maybe some day.
    Missed your updates.

  24. Rachel July 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Welcome back! It sounds like you’ve had an amazing time! It’s pretty awesome that you missed your job though, thats an enviable position to be in.

  25. Debbie July 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Welcome back Tasia! Missed your blog postings but glad you had an awesome holiday. Great pics! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us!

  26. Jess July 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Wow, what a great holiday! I’d love to make it to the Grand Canyon some day. I live in Western Australia and 40 celsius is a pretty normal summer temperature for us. In fact we get a lot of days around 45 celsius (and I swear it gets more humid every year!). Mind you the lowest the temperature usually gets in winter is like -2C (very early in the morning).

  27. Angela W. July 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Welcome back! Last summer my mum and I drove down to San Francisco, over to Las Vegas, down to Anaheim and back again. FANTASTIC!

    Looking forward to the next pattern.

  28. didyoumakethat August 1, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Your trip looks amazing! I was at Grand Canyon earlier this year. I did a very small walk into the canyon (the route wasn’t small, I only did part of it) but I have a big fear of heights, so it was quite challenging, to say the least! I think a fear of heights is totally logical. One stumble and you’re over the edge! I’m sad I couldn’t squeeze Portland into that trip – next time, maybe. I’m very glad you’re back, though. I really missed your blog posts! Welcome home. Hope you’re conquering the laundry mountain. Home cooked food and your own bed never feel so great, do they, as after a trip?

  29. Stephanie August 1, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    What a wonderful, energizing trip! And how awesome that you met Sunni AND Sarai – two of my favorite bloggers! (Besides you, naturally) Can’t wait to see those photos =)

  30. Sue August 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    What a great time you have had, and thanks for sharing your adventures with us! I dream of visiting the Grand Canyon one day, and would also love to visit Nashville & Memphis as my ‘Mr Sewaholic’ loves the music scene too! But coming from the UK it is going to be one mammoth trip! In the meantime I look forward to seeing what you have lined up for us next? Missed your posts! Great to have you back!

  31. Kay August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    What a great trip!! I love, love, love the grand canyons, though next time I’ll go there in a season that’s not summer :)

  32. Kay August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    hit too early..
    The last time I went, it was summer and super hot and I almost got a heat stroke..

  33. Susie August 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Yay for the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park! I’m a Phoenix resident for the last 10 years but I grew up in Utah and have spent my life in awe of nature in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It’s what I imagine Mars to look like. I’m so glad you were in my state! And I’ve never been to Yellow Bird Fabrics – sounds like a must-do next time I’m back in Salt Lake visiting family. Glad to have you back!

  34. cidell August 2, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Oh, I love your trip commentary and photos. I’ve never been the Grand Canyon but I did love Portland for all the reasons you did. Thanks for the post!

  35. Deborah August 2, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Glad to hear that you had a nice relaxing dream-fulfilling vacation!
    Even happier to hear that you stopped by Portland (my hometown) and had a great time while you guys were in town! For those that have asked in comments, when I want a huge selection of fabric while in Portland I usually take a trip out to Fabric Depot. But be prepared to spend WAY too long perusing the massive selection available.

    Still hoping to make it up to to BC while on vacation sometime soon! :)