Our First Time Together at Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Happy Friday! I am so happy to have a full weekend ahead again. Last weekend, Jeremiah & I finally were able to go to Point Bonita Lighthouse. We have attempted to go here 3 times! Yes, 3 separate times. Every time we visited, it was closed due to the weather or because of holiday, etc. It was ALWAYS closed even though their website & voice machine would say they were open.

It is not a difficult trail whatsoever. There is plenty of walking, but that also depends on where you park. There is very little designated parking, so I would say your best best is come before they open or a little bit before they close because that’s when most people are leaving.

I wanted to take more photos on the bridge, but we were kind of freaked out because of how unstable it felt. It kept moving side to side. It was probably because of the gusty wind.

It was so crowded at the lighthouse & you don’t get a great view of it when you are up close. It was so small & crowded so we didn’t stay long.

There is also a maximum number of people that can see the lighthouse at a time.
We also visited Fort Point again to get our national park stamps for our passports. The stamps are located at the gift shop.

Jeremiah also got stickers for his carry on luggage. They have a great selection at this gift shop. Why don’t more tourist shops have this good of a selection?

We also did not stay long at Fort Point because of the wind. It was getting too cold as the day was ending & I did not wear proper attire. I was also feeling sleepy at this point.

It’s also better to visit Fort Point during its closing hours because you actually have a good chance at scoring parking in the front. We actually got front parking this time!

Test Photos from Our Anniversary Weekend

For our anniversary weekend, we spent it testing out a lens I rented. We have different plans for how we will be celebrating our anniversary, so stay tuned because I will be updating this blog!

We roamed around SF which probably wasn’t a good plan because of how windy it was! It kind of messed up our plans for the day, but we still tried to make the most of it.

Jeremiah isn’t familiar with using my DSLR, so there are several photos that are out of focus. It’s okay because he’s learning 😉 I too had issues with focusing in some photos because I couldn’t see with my false eyelashes on 😂

I also played around with the editing as well, which took so much time, but I am learning & I love it! Maybe I’ll post before & after photos on here & let you know what I changed in the photo? Let me know in the comments if that is something you would be interested in!

You would actually be surprised that the photos look bright & sunny because that was not the case at all! It was actually gloomy & windy! (you can maybe guess how strong the wind was if you look at my hair flying all over the place)

After trying to roam around SF, we grabbed some milk tea & headed back home.

I wanted more time to test out the lens, so we went back to Coyote Regional Wilderness & waited for sunset.
Because of how the weather was looking, we knew that the sunset wasn’t going to show, so we went ahead & roamed around the area before sunset.

It looks bright in the above photos, but you can tell from the photos below that it was actually cloudy.

Overall, I really like the lens. I’ve been watching items on eBay & hopefully I’ll be able to get one at a reasonable price. It’s a great portrait & landscape lens from what I experienced.

Coyote Hills Regional Park

Coyote Hills Regional Park

Last weekend, Jeremiah & I wanted to go exploring because I wanted to try out a lens, but it wasn’t available for rental. Still, we decided to just explore something local.

I didn’t think the trailhead was going to be so far off from the free parking lot because Jeremiah called ahead and was told that it was very close. Needless to say, it wasn’t, but it also wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. I just didn’t think we had enough time because the sun had already started to set.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the boardwalk areas, but because the park was closing soon, we went ahead & did it anyway. It isn’t something I suggest anyone to do.

It’s quite dreamy here, especially around sunset. If anyone is down to take some photos here, let me know! I’d love the practice 😉
But for now, enjoy these dog portraits 😅

We caught a little bit of the light before it started to get dark. We weren’t able to stay too long because it was getting cold & it was a long walk back to the car.

I definitely want to come back again & explore the place a little bit more. There’s another trail that I want to do, but Jeremiah said it’s 4 miles round trip? I’m not sure. I just know it’s going to be worth it because the views from the trail looked stunning from what I’ve seen!

Our First Time Together at Sequoia National Park

As a post-Valentine’s celebration & just to make use of our long weekend, we decided to venture out. We were so indecisive about what to do. It went from doing something local, to exploring, to going out of state to make use of our companion pass, & then back to exploring.
We were so unprepared, which honestly isn’t normal (if you know me, you know I like sticking to a strict itinerary). I blame it on being indecisive with our plans, but we still enjoyed our time even with all the trial & error.

We had originally planned on leaving Friday night, but there was an issue with my lens being stuck at UPS on Friday (FYI: don’t ever leave your packages at UPS on Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara). Thankfully, BorrowLenses was able to refund us & understood the situation.

We left Saturday morning instead & headed straight to Sequoia National Park. We luckily made it in time before sunset because we hit a bit of traffic on the way there. I assumed it was all the travelers going out of town for the long weekend.

The first stop we made was the Foothills Visitor Center to get our passport stamps & check out their merchandise. We went home with two stickers to put on our Hydroflasks 😊

The next stop we made was on the way to Moro Rock. The viewpoint was spectacular, so we just had to stop by & capture it.

 

Afterwards, we headed to Moro Rock, which we thought you would be able to park at & climb up the stairs. However, the road to go there was closed, so we parked at the main lot right next to the museum.

The hike up towards Moro Rock was only 1.5 miles, which isn’t bad at all. We’ve hiked longer distances at higher elevation. Kids were doing it & even people pushing strollers up there, so I’m sure it’s doable for anyone.

 

Once we made it to Moro Rock, we made the trek up the stairs & reached the very top! It’s not as bad as Diamondhead State Monument in Hawaii, but we didn’t bring water because we didn’t think the road was going to be closed. We always underestimate ourselves thinking we won’t need water. We always end up needing it during the times we don’t bring any 😅

 

 
We finally made it to the top & I can’t even put into words how beautiful the view was. It’s one of those things that you just have to see in person.

 

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I wanted to stay longer until the sun fully set so I could capture the stars, but it was getting cold & we had to walk back to the car. I hope I’ll be able to stay past sunset the next time we visit.

The next day we went had breakfast at this cozy diner & went back to the park.

 

We checked out two spots. The next few photos with the waterfall wasn’t actually a place we planned on visiting. We didn’t go to the right spot, but at least we know now for our next visit. It was still a pretty sight to see nonetheless!

 

After the mini waterfall, we went to the Big Tree Falls trail which was super easy. It was completely paved, so kids or older folk can do this. Because it’s still Winter, the meadow didn’t look as fantastic as I’ve seen in photos online. I definitely want to see it again when the park is in full bloom.

 

  

 
We also stopped by on the highway because the view was too great to pass. It kind of looks like a desert track from Mario Kart.

I know this post sounds like I have cons about the place, but we were just unprepared! We kind of just winged the plan & rolled with it. It’s still a gorgeous place to visit & definitely something to add to your own adventure list 😊

Our First Time Together at Alviso Marina County Park

Alviso Marina County Park

The first (& last) time I visited this place was I think in 2009, when my cousin & I still lived in Santa Clara.
My cousin took me here & we sat on the benches & vented about whatever we were upset about at the time 😂 I remember thinking, “Why did we go here? There’s no one here?”. I can’t even say that now because when Jeremiah & I visited two weeks ago, there was a bunch of people. People were doing photo shoots, jogging, video recording, etc.
It’s crazy how much has changed in the area that I grew up in.
My initial reason for visiting was that I wanted to take my niece here & take some pretty+magical photos of her, but she was busy, so Jeremiah was my stand-in 😅📸
I was laughing here because I reached in my pocket & said, “Wait, let’s take some photos with my film camera!”

Our First Time Together at the Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California

I wanted to go to this museum because of a special exhibit, but we missed it by 5 days. We still enjoyed our time here nonetheless. It was our first time & we would definitely go back again.
I feel like I don’t see many people post about Oakland, but this is a cool place to visit if you live in the Bay Area & enjoy museums.
The first floor is my favorite. It takes you through some of Oakland’s history (all of which I didn’t know of until this visit).

There are several spots where visitors can find interactive pieces such as answering questions with hand-written post-its. I think this is a great idea so the city can hear more from its community.

Peter Pettigrew can get the pesticide

Guardian’s of the Galaxy

The second floor was more about pop culture & history. There were some interactive spots on this floor too.

This area was one of our favorites because of how interactive it was. You can sit & draw, create your own animation, or make your own sounds at the ‘Foley Stage’.

The third & last floor was more contemporary & modern art.

A mini video I made of our visit here!

Our Third Time Together at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

A few weeks ago, Jeremiah & I took a little day trip to Yosemite. The first time we ever visited was around this same time of the year, but it was completely covered in snow. This time, it still looked like Autumn out there.

I tested out my new lens & the different functions on my camera. My brother’s been teaching me a few tips & tricks lately on Photoshop.

I always want to go back here when it’s covered in snow, but this place is so beautiful regardless of the season.

It wasn’t as cold as I had anticipated, but I wore my earmuffs anyway since I haven’t been able to wear them all winter.

Jeremiah & I definitely want to come back here during the summer & go camping. For some reason, our camping plans always fall through. Who is actually down?!?!?!?!?

Photos of Yosemite on 35mm film. More photos from this roll here.