Quick Stop in Seattle

We popped up to Seattle this week for a short visit. Jonathon had work meetings all day and I tagged along for the ride. I didn't take a ton of photos, but 96% of you on instagram voted that I should post these, so here they are!

We stayed at Hotel Theodore in Downtown Seattle. It was chosen for the name (because of our cat, Theodore) and the gorgeous bathroom. The location was super convenient as we were a short walk to Pike Place market and the pier.

 Super warm and inviting. Definitely using this as interior inspo when we build a house.

Super warm and inviting. Definitely using this as interior inspo when we build a house.

The evening we were there, Jonathon finished up meetings late, so we were trying to decide where to eat after 8pm. We wanted to try The Pink Door, but we weren't sure on a time and didn't make a reservation, which somehow is needed for a Wednesday evening. We ended up choosing a little spot called The Carlile Room. I didn't take any photos here because I was tired and hangry, but it was a really cool lounge that had a list of delicious apps. I got a non alcoholic beverage that was basically pineapple and jalapeño kombucha--shockingly refreshing and delicious.  
We got some starters and I had an impossible burger. 

After we ate, we went right to bed. The hotel's bed was so comfortable and we both actually slept well.

The next morning, we got up and walked to a place called Biscuit Bitch for breakfast. You could hear the loud music down the street and we walked up to a crowd of people waiting for their food. "Hey bitches!" and "Come here bitch" is heard over and over. Very pumped up atmosphere, especially for early morning. They had a mushroom gravy option, so I got a biscuit covered with mushroom gravy, garlic grits, cheese, egg. So good and even though I ate only half, I was definitely in a food coma.

These food pics are awful...but I didn't plan on posting anything haha. 

After we ate, we spent some time exploring the Market and watching the people performing on th corners. When we felt like we'd recovered from breakfast, we walked up to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

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Beautiful, large building with industrial decor to make anyone drool.

Jonathon got a tasting and I had a decaf affogato. Yummm. We sat and chatted at the family table for a while. Jonathon shared his coffee since the flight came with 24 oz of coffee. His favourite was the Congo and the Hawaii was his least favourite. 

We chatted with some of the employees about how the roasting works. Super interesting and the machines were so beautiful.

After we had our coffee fix, we walked back down towards the pier, did a little shopping, and then headed to Ye Old Curiosity Shop, founded in 1899! It is a little shop at the pier that has shrunken heads, taxidermy, mummies, and fun gimmicky items.

We shopped around here and then headed to Pike Place Chowder. The line was wrapped around the building, but moved quickly. Jonathon got a smoked salmon chowder and I was able to get a vegan chowder! Super exciting. I've never had chowder before. The vegan chowder had sort of a curry flavour, it was super delicious and filling. Coconut based, so it was nice and thick.

I snapped a photo for instagram stories, so it's a really trash photo, but I had a lot of people ask about the chowder. The site says "Velvety chowder prepared with the freshest vegetables simmered in coconut milk, enhanced with the zesty, sunshine flavor of lime juice."

Pike Place Chowder is right next to Rachel's Ginger Beer, a spot I'd read about online and was glad it was in the area. I got a caramelized pineapple ginger beer, and Jonathon got the Blood Orange one. Delicious. I'm glad there isn't one in Portland because we'd go there too often.

We headed home after that! We weren't here very long, but I figured I'd share the photos I took.

Thank you for viewing. (:

 

Rouge and Rogue: Feral Collection

As you know, I'm a huge fan of Rogue and Rogue. I've been wearing their lashes for years and they have some of my absolute favourites. I also have a discount code with them! AYCARTER will save you some $$$ on your purchase.

Today, they launch a new collection--The Feral Collection. 

Rouge and Rogue: Feral Collection

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I love how fluffy and magical these new styles look! Most of their lashes I can wear without trimming, and I really appreciate that. The huge fluffy styles, I usually do have to trim, and I use the excess for lower lashes or lash stacking.

 

Take a slightly closer look at the styles and their descriptions from the site! 

  Chaos   If your lids play by the rules, they miss all the fun.  Let ‘Chaos’ give all those normal, boring lashes a run for their money! This style creates the perfect amount of havoc for your lids – long and fluffy, but still super wearable. Dual-tapered and multi-tiered.

Chaos

If your lids play by the rules, they miss all the fun.  Let ‘Chaos’ give all those normal, boring lashes a run for their money! This style creates the perfect amount of havoc for your lids – long and fluffy, but still super wearable. Dual-tapered and multi-tiered.

  Lioness   This fierce lash leads the pride! Varying lash lengths and intermittent clusters create a voluminous finish on this tapered style, full as lion’s mane. ‘Lioness’ is versatile – so it’s your perfect ‘day glam’ to ‘smolderingnight look’ transition lash. 

Lioness

This fierce lash leads the pride! Varying lash lengths and intermittent clusters create a voluminous finish on this tapered style, full as lion’s mane. ‘Lioness’ is versatile – so it’s your perfect ‘day glam’ to ‘smolderingnight look’ transition lash. 

  Phoenix   This lash soars above the rest! Made to mimic the wings of a Phoenix, this striking, dramatic lash will rise you to new heights. The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth- let your eyes take on new life with this dual tiered, tapered style which integrates our Infinite Volume technology ™ for the ultimate alluring stare. 

Phoenix

This lash soars above the rest! Made to mimic the wings of a Phoenix, this striking, dramatic lash will rise you to new heights. The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth- let your eyes take on new life with this dual tiered, tapered style which integrates our Infinite Volume technology ™ for the ultimate alluring stare. 

  Dominira:   This super voluminous and wispy lash is in total control and will whip your eyes into the ultimate seductive weapons. This dual tapered, multi-tiered style integrates Infinite Volume technology ™, for the ultimate alluring stare.

Dominira:

This super voluminous and wispy lash is in total control and will whip your eyes into the ultimate seductive weapons. This dual tapered, multi-tiered style integrates Infinite Volume technology ™, for the ultimate alluring stare.

  Ballerina Noir   She dances like nobody’s watching, every movement beauty in the making. Graceful, yet her spirit is unbreakable – this tapered style is full of feminine glamour. With wispy length and evenly distributed volume, this style gives the illusion of a naturally fuller lash that will captivate.

Ballerina Noir

She dances like nobody’s watching, every movement beauty in the making. Graceful, yet her spirit is unbreakable – this tapered style is full of feminine glamour. With wispy length and evenly distributed volume, this style gives the illusion of a naturally fuller lash that will captivate.

  Starla   Starla will give your eye instant twinkle appeal with her varying lash lengths, so wispy and tapered to perfection. ‘Starla’ will make your eyes the prettiest star in all the constellations!

Starla

Starla will give your eye instant twinkle appeal with her varying lash lengths, so wispy and tapered to perfection. ‘Starla’ will make your eyes the prettiest star in all the constellations!

  Kink   Oh, this sexy lil thang? She’s as faux-minky as she is kinky. Multilayered wisps fan out from a more densely packed band to give lashes a natural appearance in this dual tapered style.

Kink

Oh, this sexy lil thang? She’s as faux-minky as she is kinky. Multilayered wisps fan out from a more densely packed band to give lashes a natural appearance in this dual tapered style.

  Eclipse   Moonlight chasers beware, this lash is so full – get ready for an ‘Eclipse’! Mega volume, mega length and mega drama unite in this multi-tiered, dual tapered plush style that integrates our Infinite Volume technology ™, for the ultimate alluring stare. Eclipse will let your eyes shine, but block out the haters.

Eclipse

Moonlight chasers beware, this lash is so full – get ready for an ‘Eclipse’! Mega volume, mega length and mega drama unite in this multi-tiered, dual tapered plush style that integrates our Infinite Volume technology ™, for the ultimate alluring stare. Eclipse will let your eyes shine, but block out the haters.

 

Here are some recent looks of mine where I am wearing Rouge and Rogue lashes! You can find the details on my instagram. <3


***To maintain transparency, I want to let you know that this blog post is not sponsored. My opinions are my own and are truthful. However, I do receive a very small percentage from the usage of my coupon code "AYCARTER" on Rougeandrogue.com, which helps me purchase supplies for my makeup art/everyday life/products to review...etc.  But, I generally try to put that towards creating art. If you would like to support me, thank you so much! I try to post any coupon codes I get from companies, whether I get any percentage from them or not. I'm all about saving money, so I like helping those that like to do so as well! 

Yellowstone Roadtrip

Earlier this month, we went on a mini vacation to visit Yellowstone National Park! Jonathon has been working a lot out of town, so when he was home for a week we decided to use the time wisely and have a fun little road trip. 

We both enjoy parks, and Yellowstone has been on my list for a while. We did not realize just how close we were to it now that we live in Oregon. Exciting. 

We decided to drive most of the way and make a stop for the night in Twin Falls, Idaho, and continue the trip to our lodge for Yellowstone the next day.

The drive to Twin Falls was about 8.5/9 hours. We booked a cheap hotel just because our Yellowstone lodge was so expensive....definitely regretted going with a cheap option and staying at the Shilo Inn ha. Dive into my twitter to see photographs of that. It was an adventure and we laughed about it for most of the trip. 

We didn't want to stay in our room unless we had to, so we stopped to view the Perrine Bridge and the Snake River Canyon.

We got there just right as the sun started to set, so we got a beautiful golden hour view of the canyon.

We spotted a stray cat and I /quietly/ bolted back to the car to grab my telephoto lens so I could snap a few photos of him.

He was just lounging on the stone and there were little rodents everywhere! He seemed unbothered and so did they.

Sunset was quite beautiful.  Idaho has lots of flying insects, unlike Oregon, so that was an unwelcome surprise. I do not miss mosquitoes and gnats at alll.

We hung out around the bridge for a while and then as dusk arrived, we headed to take a little peek of Shoshone Falls (mostly so we didn't have to go back to the hotel.)

We got there about 10 minutes to closing, so we took a peek at the falls that had dwindled to a trickle. I somehow saw a deer and her baby from very far away. So far away, you could barely see them with my telephoto lens.

We headed back to the hotel after this and went to bed.

The next morning we headed back to Shoshone Falls so we could see it in daylight. Apparently this is called the "Niagara of the West" as it is actually 14 m (45 feet) higher than Niagara. Irrigation and hydroelectric power stations built on the falls were major contributors to the early economic development of southern Idaho.

You can view the falls from two piers beside the carpark. The wind was heavy and the mist was strong. It was quite enjoyable. 

We drove around to the back/top of the falls where you can drop your boats in the water and happened to spot some creatures. We saw a vulture, eagle, groundhog, marmots, and a pelican (who happened to catch and drop off a fish--you can see it in the photo below him.) 

On our way to our Yellowstone lodge, we decided to visit the Shoshone Ice Caves and the Craters of the Moon State Park. A little bit out of the way for our destination, but super cool and worth it!

The Shoshone Ice caves were less than an hours drive from Twin Falls. We made it there right before a tour started, thankfully.  The tours are about 45-60 minutes and you go down/up about 180 stairs. 

Down below a massive sea of uneven and jagged lava rock is a huge (1,000ft in length) lava tube with ice up to 30 ft thick. Even if the summer heat has you melting to a puddle outside, the cave has below freezing temperatures year round. This ice cave is currently the largest volcanic cave open to the public. 

If I recall correctly, our guide said that a volcanic eruption from a below ground volcano shot lava everywhere and eventually caused the entire lava tube to collapse and seal the area. A young boy found a small opening in the late 1800s when he was supposedly searching for a lost goat. The boy told his father and the father went back to investigate and found the cave full of ice.  They began selling the ice since they did not have refrigerators at that time and used them as means to keep things cold. In the 1930's, to try to get more ice out, they used explosives to widen the entrance.  This act ruined the airflow/seal and the ice started disappearing. The ice in the “ice caves” is caused by air currents flowing through the tubes, which causes subterranean water to freeze.

Thirty or so years later, a man decided to try to restore the cave back to its original state. It took him many years, but he built a wall and door around the opening and the ice started forming again. You get a freezing cave with an ice floor.  They said they actually have to work on pumping out water so they can keep the cave in a state visitors can enter.  If they didn't, the cave would completely fill up with ice in a couple of decades. 

Oh, and there are kind of offensive Indian statues throughout the place...and a giant green dinosaur with a troglodyte riding it... incredible. 

After we drove for what felt like hours in the treeless wasteland that is Idaho, we made it to the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The protected area's features are volcanic and represent one of the best-preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. The monument covers 3 major lava fields and all three of these lava fields lie along the "Great Rift of Idaho." They are some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including one that is 800 ft, the deepest known on earth. 

The Park's entry is $20, but you can put that towards an annual card for all the National Parks, which I would recommend.

We drove around the park and stopped at the North Crater trail first. We might have gone off trail a couple of feet for a moment to take some photos and then pretended we didn't see the sign. Whoops. I didn't damage anything, I swear!

It' such a crazy view, definitely better in person. Almost no trees anywhere. Lots of sagebrush and rocks everywhere. The loose rocks weigh almost nothing, they feel like movie props or styrofoam and have a beautiful, oil slick look about them. The lava here has a purplish-blue tint that tiny pieces of obsidian on the surface exhibit (you can see it in my close up photo.)

We drove around some more and stopped at the Inferno Con. The trail to the top is super steep, but only half a mile round trip. The summit is 6,181 feet and allows you to view a panoramic view of the surrounding volcanic landscape. 

A cinder cone is formed when gas-rich volcanic froth erupts high into the air and then piles into a mound.  There is not crater at the top as it was buried by the wind-swept cinders. The wind up here was insane! It nearly blew me away and I almost lost my sunglasses. There is a single juniper tree that has been blown into growing in a diagonal position. 

We drove around some more and finally exited the area. We had a 4 hour drive to our lodge from the park. We stopped for lunch in a small town and then finally made it to our lodge. After dropping off our stuff, we decided to stop at a little drive in for a root beer float and then headed to Upper Mesa Falls.

This place was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was cool, the sun was starting to set, and the sounds of the water flowing were incredible relaxing. 

Upper Mesa Falls is probably one of my favourite views that I have seen so far in the US.

Theres a long platform that allows you to get a good view of the falls from a distance and another that lets you get a few feet away. The falls is a thunderous curtain of water at 114 feet high and 200 feet wide. The falls pour over what is left of an ancient super volcanic eruption that spewed ash over much of the US.

Exhausted after a long journey, we made our way back to our hotel for the next two evenings,  Angler's Lodge. It is located on the banks of scenic Henry's Fork of the Snake River in a town that doesn't have that much to offer. This place is supposed to have a massive supply of fish in the river, so it's famous for its fly fishing.

The lodge definitely looked like a southern grandfather's hunting cabin. Interesting and quaint, albeit a little tacky.  The cool thing about this place is that the owner built it entirely with his bare hands.  He felled the timber and everything. 

We chose this place because it happened to be the cheapest, nicer location close to Yellowstone...and I use the term "cheap" loosely.  It was incredibly expensive. Especially for what was around it and what it had to offer.  It was a really cool place, don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed having a back door to our room open to the river. But, the price of two nights hurt my feelings haha. 

After a quick google, we found out that Gordon Ramsay had visited this place for Hotel Hell. We tried to watch it, but the internet service was abysmal, so we saved it for another day.  Our room wasn't hellish by any means, but the dinner at the restaurant was sub par. (as in it took two hours to get previously frozen food)

The next morning, we left super early and made it to a small diner in Wyoming for breakfast. We filled up on carbs and made our way to the West Entrance of Yellowstone. 

We got to the entrance and paid $30 to enter. We had saved our Craters of the Moon receipt and ended up using it toward the Annual Pass, which is $70 dollars (after the other two passes, it technically only cost us $20.) We plan on visiting at least Yosemite within a year, so the annual pass was worth the extra dollars since it allows you to enter most national parks in the US with no extra fees.

We got through the gates super fast, but it took us a very long time to actually make it to the first location. Probably an hour? It fell like even longer! We saw Bison along the way. One was right at the side of the road, so many people stopped and a few low IQ individuals got very close to try to selfie with it. 

Our first stop was the Lower Geyser Basin/Paint Pots. This location features regularly-erupting geysers, hot springs, and a fascinating mud pool that bubbled like a witches cauldron. 

The next stop on our journey was to visit the Grand Prismatic in the Midway Geyser Basin. The Midway Geyser Basin contains a small collection of mammoth-sized springs.

The first stop on the small, tourist filled path to Grand Prismatic is Excelsior. Excelsior used to be the largest geyser in the world, but after some eruptions, it is now a productive thermal spring, presently discharging 4050 gallons per minute. Numerous vents boil and churn the water within the crater, covering it in a dense layer of steam.

We pushed through the tourists and made our way to an upclose view of the Grand Prismatic. Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone, and is considered to be the third largest in the world. It discharges 560 gallons per minute and is coated with steam that reflects the beautiful colours. We did not get a birds eye view, unfortunately. It was hot, the hike was long, and I was a little irritated from the tourists and traffic haha. It was still an absolutely gorgeous view and I should probably do a makeup look inspired by it. 

The multicolored layers get their hues from different species of thermophile bacteria living in the progressively cooler water around the spring. The deep blue in the center is because water scatters the blue wavelengths of light more than others, reflecting blues back to our eyes.

Ah, Old Faithful. It's Old and it's...Faithful. I remember reading about this as a kid, so it was pretty cool to see in person. In 1870, Old Faithful got its name for its nearly regular schedule of eruptions. It has frequent and predictable eruptions that happen every 45-90 minutes. It erupts at a height of 110-185 feet and the eruptions last 1-5 minutes. 

We had arrived about an hour before the next eruption which was just enough time to refill our water bottles and grab a salad and some snacks from the convenience store. 

After the eruption, we got back int he car and followed the road to Kepler Cascades. The cascades drop about 150 feet over multiple drops. There weren't many people over here, so it was a wonderful break from crowds and noisy tourists. 

We saw lot of wildlife while we drove. There were Bison everywhere. There was a small mud volcano and sulfur cauldron area where a few were hanging out. The sulfur smell was pretty intense and permeated the surrounding air.

Continuing down the road, we drove to The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and made our way to Artist Point/Lower Falls.  One of the areas to Upper falls was closed, so we just went to the lower, which has the best view, anyways. 

"After the Yellowstone Caldera eruption, the area was covered by a series of lava flows. The area was also faulted by the doming action of the caldera before the eruption. The site of the present canyon, as well as any previous canyons, was probably the result of this faulting, which allowed erosion to proceed at an accelerated rate." The Yellowstone River is what created the canyon and the falls. It is also the longest undammed river in the continental United States.

The beautiful colours in the canyon are a result of hydrothermal alterations. Being exposed to oxygen and the elements give the canyon its colour. The canyon is basically rusting. 

Artist's point gives you a stunning view of the canyon and the falls. 

Lots more driving. We went all the way up and down a mountain as we headed to our next destination. Bison were roaming the roads and we saw some beautiful landscapes. 

Our next location was Lamar Valley. Yellowstone has huge, wide valleys that make excellent habitat for wildlife. It's said your best chance of spotting bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and many more species is in Lamar valley.

Like clockwork, we take a corner and see 50+ people crowding around the road and some (idiots) had actually walked about 75 feet off the road into the valley! We tried to see what it was, but it was pretty far away.  I took out my telephoto and it was a little black bear munching on a deer(?) carcass.

I snapped a few photos of it safely from the road and we got in the car to drive a little bit more through the valley before turning around to view the last bit of the park we wanted to see.

By the time we got back, angry park rangers were scolding the people for getting so close to a bear. Serves them right.

Last on my list was the Mammoth Hot Springs. About 10 minutes after we had left Lamar Valley, Jonathon pulls the car over to the side and says, "Look!" It was a deer just hanging out in the grass near the road.  I grab my camera and slowly walk up to her. She seemed unbothered.  I got even closer and asked if I could snap some pics. She just watched me ad let me hang out with her for a bit. 

I hear Jonathon yell from the car, so I look around and there's a coyote running up toward the deer. She turns her head towards him and he stops for a second to stare at her. She stands up and he bolts across the road with her following him. Bizarre experience. 

We continued our drive and made it to the little area where the Hot spring was. We saw some pronghorn (basically an antelope) running by, so I rushed to take a photo from the window.

We also saw a young bull elk walking on the side of the road with a little bird friend.

We made it to Mammoth Hot Springs right at the end of the day.

The area was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day)

It looked like icy stepping stones climbing up a mountain.

Utterly exhausted, we took the long journey back to our cabin to crash for the evening. It took another 45 minutes or so just to exit the park and then we had a 45 minute drive to the lodging.
We'd been in the park 10 hours or so and while it was a great trip, we were ready to leave and sleep!

The next morning, we left super early and there really wasn't any food or coffee near by.  We stopped in Idaho Falls for breakfast at a place called Abracadabra's which was shockingly amazing (and cheap!) They had quite a few delicious vegetarian options. 

We ate, grabbed a coffee, and made our way back. Since we weren't going through Craters of the moon, the drive back to Twin Falls was incredibly short. And when we'd reached our halfway mark, it was only 2pm, so we decided to just drive the entire way home, about a 13ish hour drive.

I hope you enjoyed the images! We plan on going to Alaska later in the year and we also want to go to Yosemite within the next 12 months! So I'm sure there will be a blog/gallery on that. 

xx