The Chicklets Were Attacked By Jackasses, And More Western Fun

Hannah Bleau

As you guys have probably figured out, Kimber and I aren’t just “coworkers.” We’re the best of friends. It’s such a blessing. I get to work with my BFF and help give conservatism a makeover on a daily basis.

I’m not a sap, but I can get sappy about this subject. We’re both really different people and have totally different backgrounds, but life brought us to the same place. We’re kindred spirits, simply put. PB to the J. Straw to the berry. Caramel to the latte.

Mock and Daisy know what I’m talking about. They have that going on. #FriendshipGoals. I’m so grateful they brought us together. I remember before we even met, they both told me we were going to be best friends. They LITERALLY PREDICTED this would happen, you guys.

It’s a God-ordained friendship, and I’m so grateful for it.

Kimber mentioned it on the site before, but she lives in Arizona now, and she’s a traveler. She’s been a lot of really cool places. Me? I’m not near her level. Fortunately, she LOVES showing people new places, so I came up to visit her and see her new house and new life and new DOG.

Alright alright. I’ll admit it. I came for Stella. (Shhhhhhh.)

We’ve been having an AMAZING time. We’ve been taking advantage of our set up and traveling around the area. As she told you, we visited, Sedona which was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

I bought six cacti and a cowgirl hat, because it’d be wrong not to.

We also spent the night in Scottsdale. On the way, I saw my first saguaro, and I have to say. I’m a big fan. She pulled over on the side of the road so I could snap a pic, and it was super funny, because I felt like I was in a scene from “Breaking Bad.”

ANYWAY. We stayed at a lovely resort at the foot of Camelback Mountain, and it was totally my cup of tea. Small, quaint and delightful. Plus they had the best hibiscus tea I’ve ever had in my life.

Might as well take advantage of our mobility, right?

We also got the greatest sandwich of all time.

Here’s a better look at that bad boy.


We had a blast. And we got cupcakes.

She made me post outside near the ATM, but we obviously went inside and picked our stuff out the old-fashioned way. We got two cupcakes, a brownie with salted caramel frosting and a cookie and ate them on our hotel bed. It was delicious, but we also didn’t sleep very well because it was SO MUCH SUGAR. I literally had sugar sweats the entire night.

Totally worth it.

A few days later, we went to a magical little place called Oatman and fed wild burros. The drive was FREAKY. Like, on the side of a mountain with no railing freaky. S/o to Kimber’s boyfriend for driving us! He’s a true gem.

I’ll admit it. When it came to the burros, I was skeptical.

See that pic above? See the mix of horror, intrigue and confusion on our faces? That was our reaction to this total #ass.

Hilarious and horrifying, right? We both backed up and I may or may not have jumped a small shop barrier. AIN’T NO JACKASS GONNA TAKE ME OUT.

Again. All worth it.

We’ve truly been having a blast. It’s incredible to see the different parts of our beautiful country. It just feels so America here. I mean– we’re off Route 66. The old school “Wild West.” It’s super cool and uniquely American. We were actually talking about that on our way back from one of our trips. When we were in New York a few months ago, it felt so America. The skyline. The hustle and bustle. The history. All of it. Yet, when I’m in New Hampshire, it feels so America. The great outdoors. The mountains. The “I can do it myself” attitude. The motto “Live Free or Die.” At the same time, Arizona feels the same way. We’re literally right off old Route 66. The retro cars. The vast landscapes. The constant homage to the “Wild West.” It’s so uniquely America.

You catch the drift. They’re all completely different areas, and they ALL feel uniquely American. It’s a testament to how amazing America is. We’re the ultimate melting pot. We’re all different, but the same. What other country has been able to mesh so many different cultures together and maintain such harmony? Each place is SO different, but each place is SO American. It makes me want to tattoo a bald eagle on my forehead, TBH.

America is awesome. How fortunate we are to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. I can’t wait for more AMERICAN adventures with my partner in crime.