Be A Better You - Treat Yourself — travel

VII. Mt. Shasta and Central Oregon

VII. Mt. Shasta and Central Oregon

We started out the Retailer Tour going through areas most people probably don't strongly associate with having tons of health food stores, co-ops, and all the stuff we've been seeking out on this trip. Obviously there's plenty of healthy awesomeness in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada to discredit those assumptions, but those states are just better known for other things. At this point in our route however, things change. We're in the Health Belt now: California, Oregon, and Washington. These are the states most notorious for their populations of hippies and hikers, their sprawling wilderness areas (spanned by the Pacific Crest Trail), the 'birth...


VI. The Eastern Sierras and Nevada

VI. The Eastern Sierras and Nevada

Apologies Las Vegas, but we had to get back on schedule after spending too many days in St. George and blew right through town in a single afternoon. We were so glad to see so many independent health food stores and herb shops keeping their game up though. One of them, Stay Healthy, is the oldest independent nutrition shop in all of Las Vegas, and one of the few health food stores in the country to still broadcast a live radio show (hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Burke). They even knew about one of our biggest Arizona retailers Healthy Habit Health Foods and...


V. From Salt Lake to St. George (via escalante)

V. From Salt Lake to St. George (via escalante)

If you ask 20 people in Salt Lake City or St. George how to get from one city to the other, the vast majority of them will look at you with a confused look and then tell you to just take I-15 like every sign tells you. After all, that is the most obvious route to take, what other option is there?  Well, if you want to check out Escalante Mercantile & Natural Grocery and drive past some of Utah's craziest landscapes on the way, there's the route we took. Starting in Salt Lake City, we did the obvious thing and took I-15...


IV. The Wasatch Mountains (and the cities they're surrounded by)

IV. The Wasatch Mountains (and the cities they're surrounded by)

Many great US cities are surrounded by or neighbor great mountain ranges: Los Angeles and the San Gabriels, Phoenix and its many ranges, Albuquerque and the Sandia range, and there's so many more - but nothing quite beats the Wasatch mountains that stretch from North of the greater Salt Lake City area all the way down past Provo. These are massive peaks, many of them well over 11K feet, and they literally rub right up against the major metropolitan areas they tower over. As one of the owners of the cozy Orem Herb Shop told us on our first day in the...


II - Northern Arizona

II - Northern Arizona

Following up our Retailer Tour prequel set in Southern Arizona, we've finally begun the proper tour and set off to the North - Prescott and Sedona specifically. It feels great knowing that our next six months will be spent visiting amazing health food stores, natural lifestyle boutiques, and co-ops, all while camping at amazing places in-between. We sped through Prescott to make sure we could grab a camp spot in Sedona (they fill up quick on weekends, especially the free ones), but not before checking out Cosmetics Without Synthetics, the new physical manifestation of longstanding online natural body product boutique 'allnaturalcosmetics.com'. They've got a small...

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