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.

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Warriors Parade 2017

Warriors Parade 2017

Last week my friends & I attended the Warriors Parade. I was actually hesitant about going because
1) I had been to the previous parade & wanted to sleep in (lol)
&
2) There was a shooting last year after my friends & I left & I was scared to go again

But I felt more comfortable when I found out we were going with a bigger group than the previous time & I was also excited for one of my best friends who was unable to make it to the previous parade.

They were handing out free shirts & luckily my friends & I were all able to grab one!

The major difference between this parade experience & my previous parade experience was the security lines. We all didn’t know that in order to watch the parade with everyone, you have to pass through security that was at all checkpoints to enter the parade viewing area. They WERE NOT allowing any beach or folding chairs to make extra space because they estimated that this parade was going to be larger than the last. Luckily my friends were able to sneak their folding chairs in because the security said to us, “You know what? I don’t even care anymore.” I think she was just so fed up with people trying to sneak stuff in that she just let us go 😂

*BIG TIP*

For bandwagon fans or people who have never been to a parade before, THIS IS NOT MY FIRST RODEO. I have been to the previous Warriors Parade & I even wrote about it here & I have also been to a Giants Parade.
There were some “fans” yelling that they couldn’t see because my friends & I were standing on a bucket & chairs, so here are a few reasons why you’re stupid 😉
1. Seating & viewing is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE just like when you go to concerts or festivals like Coachella, Outside Lands, & EDC. If you want to get a good view, wake up at 3 AM like we did & get there early.
2. You cannot see? Okay, wow, tell me something new because I am 24 years old & unlike you, this is going to be my height for the rest of my life. I cannot see A LOT of things. For example, the sun visor in the car does nothing for me because I am short. 
This is me at concerts for my entire life.
(source)

3. In the first photo below, there is a man on the right with a Warriors hat, black sunglasses, & a beard. Standing on our bucket & stools, we were just as tall as him. If we were that tall, would you tell us to move to the back because you couldn’t see? He was literally at the front of the gate unlike us & did you tell him to move to the back because you couldn’t see? No. You wouldn’t tell a tall person in the front, “Hey, move to the back! We can’t see!” because it’s first come, first serve. Same thing applies. You wouldn’t understand that because you’re not short.

4. You don’t know what it’s like to be short AND a Photographer. I cannot capture most things due to my height. You know what else? Once the parade & buses drive by, people raise their arms & cheer which gets into my camera view AS SHOWN IN THESE PHOTOS.
5. You’re mad because we outsmarted you & you didn’t think of it first. Like I said, this wasn’t my first parade.
When I went to the Giants Parade, I couldn’t see anything because I didn’t arrive early to get a good viewing/seat, of my height, & I didn’t bring a bucket like a ton of other Giants fans did. I didn’t get mad or complain to those fans & say, “Hey! I can’t see!” because it was my fault for not arriving early & I thought, “Hey, those people brought buckets to stand on to see better. That’s smart.”

So for all future parades here is a BIG TIP, instead of getting mad that you can’t see due to your lateness or your lack of intelligence, BRING A BUCKET!

Enjoy the photos 😊

Klay Thompson & Matt Barnes

Kevin Durant & David West

Shaun Livingston & Patrick McCaw

Warriors Dance Cam Mom

Draymond Green & Kevon Looney

JaVale McGee

Stephen Curry & Ian Clark

Steve Kerr

Our First Time Together at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs

Don’t let the photos of my time in San Diego fool you! Our entire time in San Diego was actually overcast, but Jeremiah & I had held out a little bit of hope. I asked for recommendations of places to visit in San Diego & among the recommendations was Sunset Cliffs. Even though we knew it was overcast, we still had some hope that maybe the sun was going to appear a bit, but it didn’t.

I hope that the next time we visit, it’s a better day because I bet this place looks beautiful when it’s a nice day.
If you have any other sightseeing, urban exploration, or any places for some nice landscape photography, please feel free to leave a comment below! I’d love to be able to explore more of San Diego the next time I come around.