South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

For Labor Day weekend, Jeremiah & I went to South Lake Tahoe to celebrate my birthday (really late) since we just didn’t have time during my actual birthday. We intended to leave early in the morning at 6 AM, but we ended up leaving at 8 AM because we woke up late. We still ran on good time though!

Vikingsholm

We headed straight to Vikingsholm & Eagle Falls Trail. It was a little unbearable since I hadn’t hiked in such a long time. I really need to get back into it, but I can’t seem to find the time.
The views were absolutely stunning! It’s so beautiful in the Winter & the Summer. I also brought my heavy camera this time because I wanted to make more use out of it. It has been so long since I had to lug around a big camera.

Eagle Falls

The Eagle Falls trail was underwhelming to say the least. I guess it’s just better to go during the Winter!

Ice Cream

After the hike, we got ice cream & then headed to our hotel!

Hotel Becket

Our hotel was so cute & quaint! Definitely good enough for two people 🤗We freshened up & walked over to get Base Camp Pizza.

The wait time was so long that we got it to-go instead, which we didn’t mind because we took it back to the hotel & ate while we watched Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I. Such a cozy night in ☺️

The Red Hut Cafe

Jeremiah & I slept in the next morning & watched Ghostbusters. Once we finally got up, we had breakfast at Red Hut Cafe. We’ve been there before during the weekend when Jeremiah’s cousin got married.

Secret Cove

After breakfast, we went back to the hotel, blew up the floaties, & headed to Secret Cove. Forewarning, it’s a nude beach! (no, we did not participate).
It was actually a bit too wild for me & I just wanted to chill & read my book, so we walked a little further down to another spot for us to relax.
Trying out my split-level photography skills, or well, lack thereof. So, if anyone wants to teach me, please do! I really want to get it down. I’m also not very skilled in photoshopping underwater color. I don’t know why I can’t find my groove with it. So, if anyone wants to teach me that too, that would be great! 🤗
These almost kind of look like it was taken with a 35mm underwater camera 😍 It wasn’t what I was going for, but I kinda like it.

After relaxing for a bit, we finally headed back.

BBQ

We had dinner at Ten Crows BBQ. We also started watching this TV show on Amazon Prime called Jake Ryan. It’s pretty good so far!

& that wraps up our quick little weekend in Tahoe! I can’t wait to go back during the Winter ☺️ I really want to plan a snow trip with my family & all the kids. I think it would be so fun. I enjoyed Tahoe in the Winter with Jeremiah’s cousins so much that I want to do it with mine.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve x Big Sur

Once I came back from Europe, my friends took me on a trip to Big Sur for my birthday. Our original plan was to go to Yosemite & we had an Airbnb all booked, but unfortunately there was a huge forest fire that made its way to Yosemite. One of my best friends has asthma & we knew it wouldn’t be safe, so we had to change plans last minute.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

The first stop on our way to Big Sur was Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. I’ve been to this area with Jeremiah before maybe twice? & the last time was a couple of years ago, so it was nice to revisit the area again. However, it was so foggy when we visited.

We did go early in the morning, so maybe it would’ve cleared up had we gone later in the day. Can you see the fog in some of the photos?

We also stopped by to see some tide pools on the way.

China Cove was still so beautiful, clean, & green just like the last time I saw it. There weren’t any seals washed up on the beach this time though!

We also checked out the beach, but we didn’t go down.

Bixby Bridge

The next spot on our way was Bixby Bridge. I fell asleep during the way & hadn’t realized that we were already at our next destination. I was still suffering from overall exhaustion prior to the trip. As I’ve mentioned in previous Europe posts, there was a lot of work I still had to catch up when I got back to the states & restoring over 1,000 photos to my blog was at the top of my list. As such, it was a little hard trying to stay awake during the long car rides.

It is so much more beautiful seeing the pure blue ocean water, but because of the fog, it covered the coast 😭

Nepenthe Restaurant

We were growing hungry at this point & none of us brought snacks, so we stopped by Nepenthe Restaurant on the way. One of my friends suggested it during the trip & I’m so glad we went!

It was so great to get this beautiful view from the restaurant 😍 I definitely want to go back here again.

After lunch, we made out way to a library that my friend had suggested, but it was closed for the day due to a wedding being held there. I’m so curious to to see how it looks inside. This is definitely on my list for my next visit!

We stopped at another view point on the way to McWay Falls.

McWay Falls

We finally made it to McWay Falls! What was so different from this experience vs. my past experiences was that we couldn’t go to the opposite side of the falls. It was completely fenced off! I’m assuming that much still has to be restored, so it’s unsafe for visitors to pass through.

After McWay Falls, we made one last stop at a viewpoint before finally making our way to our hotel.

Mama’s Meatball x Nite Creamery

Once we checked into our hotel & freshened up, we had dinner at Mama’s Meatball in this cute little area of San Luis Obispo.

I was craving Italian food, so we got Italian food 🤗 & it definitely reminded me of the Italian restaurants that I experienced in Europe; they charge for the bread 😂

One of my friends & I also got ice cream with a puffle at Nite Creamery. The line was long, but it moved kind of quickly. It was soooo good!

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!

Sonic Runway

Sonic Runway

A couple of weeks ago, Jeremiah & I visited Sonic Runway which is a light-art installation placed in Downtown San Jose, CA.

We checked it out on a Saturday night. It wasn’t a good idea because of the huge crowds. We tried our best to just wait it out & take photos without people getting in our shots, but this was the best we could do!

Overall, it looked interesting & nice for photos, but I suggest going on a weekday if you really want to get a good photo.