Glamping: Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.el Capitan Canyon Resort specifically. Luckily, that didn't even matter, because the el Capitan Canyon Resort absolutely did not disappoint. From the outside, the log cabin decor gave the ambiance of lumberjack fun - however, the decor within each cabin was far from forrest-like. In fact, my luxe bathroom came complete with a bubblers dreamy 3ft deep bathtub bubble bath, huge vanity mirror and a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding campgrounds and forrest. During the day, the campgrounds were filled with hummingbirds floating around with glee, curious deer poking around from behind trees and knucklehead woodpeckers (one in particular was so intent on breaking through my bathroom window, that he may have suffered a self-inflicted concussion and knocked his self out cold...LOL) In true "glamping" fashion, I decided on pairing a little extreme camping fun with some well needed relaxation. With a variety of options available, which included hiking, biking and more I decided on something a little out of the ordinary for this diva...
I took a paddle, a kayak and went for a dip in the Pacific Ocean...
... And I can't swim!Talk about extreme! LOL! Lucky for me, the great guys at Santa Barbra Adventure Company were excellent teachers, guides and made me feel comfortable while kayaking up and down the Pacific coast! In between exhausting strokes, I spotted schools of fish, pelicans hunting for prey & even a few sea lions. During the kayaking excursion, I'm happy to say that I held my own while paddling up and down the 1 1/2 mile stretch of pure Pacific Ocean goodness. To reward my body after the extreme "glamping" adventure, I had to chance to wind down with a relaxing 60-minute deep tissue spa massage, followed by a moment to relax at the pool and enjoy dinner and a bonfire at the el Capitan Canyon Resort. It's amazing, how a camping experience (no matter at what age) can teach a person so much about themselves and others. There's no way I would've ever considered kayaking in the Pacific Ocean or would've made such great friendships with amazing women from across the country, if it hadn't have been for Toyota and this SoCal #ToyotaWomen experience. If introducing this Diva to a great automotive brand while broadening horizons with unforgettable experiences was the goal of the Toyota Women's Influencer Network program, then I'm proud to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
If you could go anywhere in the world in a Toyota, where would you go?
It's been two weeks since I've enjoyed the sunny weather of Southern California, all courtesy of Toyota! The beautiful beaches, delectable dinners & fabulous fashions of Beverly Hills are all but a distant memory until next time. As a member of the Toyota Women's Leadership Influencer Network (TWIN), I got the inside look & input on Toyota's social media, philanthropic & diversity initiatives.
Did you know that Toyota is leading the way in efforts to create a pleasant shopping process by making the shopping experience more desirable for women. Think about it. When was the last time you've been to a car dealership? As a woman, did you feel "looked over"? Were you asked "Where's your husband?" or "Is He going to need time to make the decision?" During the Toyota TWIN experience, women bloggers from across the country were brought together to discuss the buying habits, expectations, fears & triumphs of women consumers. As the discussions carried from the classroom to the road, we learned about Toyota's long-standing commitment to making it's shopping experience social, seamless and flexible for it's consumers.
During the ride & drive experience at Toyota's North Campus in California, I had the opportunity to speed through the streets of LA in a variety of Toyota vehicles. One of my favorite experiences included the (ever so matching) Toyota Camry SE. Designed to fit you and your 21st century lifestyle, check out my behind the wheel Camry SE experience below...
Are you interested in your own Toyota driving experience? Check out DivasandDorks.com soon the latest in Toyota Driving Experiences coming to a town near you or visit your local Toyota dealer today!
What do you like/dislike about the car buying experience? How would you like to see dealers and brands cater to you (the consumer) better?
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota. #ToyotaWomen
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