Arches National Park

Alas! My Utah posts will slowly be publishing 🤗 Jeremiah & I went to Utah over the 4th of July weekend to use the National Parks Annual Pass that my friends got me 💛 I want to renew it next year because there are so many other National Parks that have been on my list of places to see.

I wanted this to  be a group trip with my brother & his girlfriend, my group of friends, or Jeremiah’s cousins, but it was pretty short notice, so no one was able to go. I’m still glad we were able to make the most out of it even if it was a short trip.

We arrived really late in evening, so once we got to our hotel, we caught up on sleep for a couple of hours before heading out for the day. This plan worked out really well for us since we stayed in the park until around midnight.

Once we woke up, we ate at Moab Diner which was close to our hotel & Arches National Park.

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Right after some grub, we finally headed to Arches National Park!

We got to the park before sunset because the visitor’s center closed at 6 PM & we wanted to check out their souvenirs & get our national passport stamps.

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Clark’s Swimming Hole

This swimming hole is much easier to get to because it’s along the freeway & there is much more parking. Several groups just post up along the river. You can kind of see the flat area in the below photo & there are also a few benches & tables around the parking lot area. There are also stairs to get down to the river.

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We didn’t hang out along the river under the bridge, but we did go to one of the trails that lead to Clark’s Swimming Hole. The trailhead to Clark’s Swimming Hole is a few feet away from the parking lot.

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Yankee Jim’s Bridge

Jeremiah & I finally found the time to go exploring again 😭 It has been a whirlwind these past couple of months. It’s nice finally being able to spend a weekend to explore without feeling worried about anything.

We have a list of places we want to explore &, luckily, his parent’s live somewhat close to some on our list. We were able to knock out more than one this weekend.

One of the places that was new to us was Yankee Jim’s Bridge, also known as Colfax-Foresthill Bridge.

There is very little parking, so I highly suggest trying to get here early. We arrived around 1 PM & we were able to find a spot. You can park on either end of the bridge.

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Yankee Jim’s Bridge hovers right over the North American River. Check out how beautiful the water looks 😍

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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!