2017 April Adventures: Denver, Mojave, & Palm Desert

April has come and gone in a flash! April was filled with catching up with an old friend and exploring the desert with some familiar faces. Keep reading to see what Wesley and I were up to during some of the weekends in April.

Denver, Colorado: In early April, I went to go visit my best friend who recently moved to Denver for school. I was so excited to see her because the last time we saw each other was during Christmas time. When I was planning my trip out to see her, I made no real plans but to just hang out with her. Although, I did want to see the Red Rock Amphitheater and that was it. The first day that I got there we hung out at her apartment and caught up and at night we went out to dinner at a local restaurant. The next day we took our time to go out to the Red Rock Amphitheater and took in the sites and views from the theater. We then headed out to the Celestial Seasonings tea factory and took a tour of the factory. It was pretty cool to see how to the tea was made and how it was packaged. After, we headed over to Boulder Colorado to see what the cute and quaint town had to offer. We had lunch at the cutest tea lounge I’ve ever been to and walked around the downtown area. During my last day, we headed to downtown Denver and spent some time at the Botanic Gardens. The gardens were so beautiful and all of the flowers were in bloom. Later that night I headed back home to Los Angeles. It was a quick weekend trip out to see my best friend. All I wanted to do out there was to spend time with her and to catch up with her, which we did! Hopefully in the near future I could go out to see her again!

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Mojave Camping: Yes, we went camping… again! I’m not sorry! WE LOVE CAMPING! Anyways, we headed out to the Mojave early Saturday morning to meet our friends who had already been camping since the night before on Friday. When we arrived, it was a huge campsite! There were about 40 people in our group, which is the largest group I’ve ever camped with. Also, there were a lot of rattle snakes in the camp site! 😦 Thankfully, we had a few brave souls who were willing to take of them. During day, a small group of us went out to off road and to explore the desert. While out, we explored a few caves and small and deserted homes. My favorite cave was one that was dug out by ONE MAN and took him 38 years to complete. We went through the cave and at the end of the cave trail was a beautiful view of the valley. At night, the camp organizers fed us with Hawaiian BBQ and Korean BBQ… it was so amazing and so tasty! Everyone at the camp site were so gracious and so nice. Although we were only out there for one night, it was so a lot of fun to meet new people to explore a new area.

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Desert X – Palm Desert: At the end of the month, our camping buddies joined Wesley and I to the Palm Desert to check out the last day of the Desert X installations. I had been wanting to check out the art for a while, but of course, I wait the last minute to actually plan to go. Desert X was a really fun experienced. All of the art is scattered through out the Palm Desert from Coachelle Valley to Indio to Palm Springs and so on. The organizers of  Desert X only provide a coordinates of where the art is located. It was kind of like a scavenger hunt. We checked out most of the art, but because it was the last day… there were a lot of people! But, I had expected it already. My favorite installation was the Mirage house. Its was a house covered in mirrors, both inside and out. It gave a pretty cool effect and looked like the house wasn’t really there. We took our time looking at the art and enjoyed ourselves during our time out in the desert. I’m really glad that we were all able to go out together and see the art before they were gone.

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April was fun month of exploring and catching up with old friends and making new friends. We are already well into May and I have some excited things that are coming up. Both May and June are going to be filled with some travel and weddings! So I’m excited to share those at the end of month. Thanks for reading… Till next time 🙂

2017 March Adventures: Joshua Tree Dry Lake, “See you later”, & Yosemite

Can you believe March is nearly over?! It went by so quickly! March was a fun-filled month. It was filled with some emotional highs and definite emotional lows, with a close friend moving all the way across the globe. Also, this month truly kicked off the next couple of months I have ahead, since April, May, and June will be quite hectic. So let’s delve into to the month of March.

Joshua Tree Camping: The month of March started off with a good old camping trip to Joshua Tree… yes, again. I can’t get enough of this place… can’t you tell? My fiance and I went camping with the same group of friends. We spent the days hanging out and enjoying the environment around us and the night exchanging stories around a camp fire. It’s always great starting off the month camping and disconnecting from the real world for a weekend.

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Not Saying “Goodbye”, but “See you soon”: One of my good friends from middle school moved to Australia this month for an indefinite amount of time. Her family threw her a going away party and a bunch of us got together to celebrate her new chapter with her. I’m so excited for her to start this new adventure, but at the same time I was sad to see her go. Naturally, I nearly cried… I’m such a baby. But I know that I will see her in the near future. And now that it is so easy to connect with friends across the globe, I know that we will still stay close.
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Yosemite National Park: This past weekend, Wesley and I went to visit Yosemite National Park. We have both been before with family, but never have visited it together. We left the LA area early around 6:00 AM and headed out to the National Park. When we entered the park, it still took us almost an hour to get to the valley floor, but it was well worth it. We drove through the tunnel that leads into the valley and my jaw dropped. The view you see instantly takes your breathe away. The shear magnitude of the beauty of Half Dome, El Capitan, and the cascading waterfalls are so picturesque. We did a few hikes within the valley floor and I was in awe of the environment I was immersed in. After a long day of sightseeing we checked into our tent/cabin at Half Dome Village. Since we knew that it was going to be cold at night, we opted for a heated tent… which I highly recommend if you are staying there during Winter… even though it’s already Spring, it was still a bit nippy. Our tent was nice and cozy and just perfect for our stay. We had dinner and the hall within the village and enjoyed the free wifi and just hung out there for the rest of the night. The next day we woke up in the valley floor, which was pretty cool. We had breakfast again in the hall. The nice thing about staying within the National Park was that we could take our time leaving the park and we were able to enjoy the views just a little bit longer. Before we left the park, we did one more small hike to Bridalveil Falls and then we were off and headed back home.

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March was a great month and I know that the months are just going to get busier and go by quicker, but I’m not complaining! I’m really excited for the next couple of months. I’ll be sure to keep updating my blog! Thanks for reading and remember to stay curious and keep exploring!

So, it’s been a while…

I know, I know… and I’m sorry. I have been really bad on updating my blog these last few months and I apologize. These last few months have been mostly about work and Wesley and I haven’t really had time to go out on the weekends. Especially with the end of the year coming up, it’s been extra busy with work, holidays, and family and friends. But within in September and October, we were able to go to two different places, but I just didn’t have time to update you guys on the blog.

September – Labor Day Weekend

On Labor Day weekend, Wesley and I headed out to Alabama Hills and Lone Pine to check out Manzanar and camp in Alabama Hills. On the first day out in the Lone Pine area, we explored the town and Manzanar. Lone Pine is such a cute town and the main street of the town looks like time has completely stood still and looks like an old western town. When headed up the 395 North and towards Manzanar. As stated by the National Park Service, “In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.” Manzanar was an eye opening experience and came with a lot of emotion. The historical site had a lot of first hand accounts that you could read about and replica barracks that you could go into. Although it was amazing to see, it was also really sad be think about what the people went through and how scared they were to have everything and loose it all. We stayed there for the afternoon and after headed to Alabama Hills to camp out for two nights. Wesley and I have never camped alone together, we are always usually with a group of people. But camping out in Alabama Hills was amazing. It was so quiet and peaceful. We were planning to stay for two nights, but as we were trying to go up to see a ghost town, Wesley’s car was having some trouble and we had to get towed ALL THE WAY BACK to the LA County area… over 200 miles to be exact. So I hope in the near future we could go back and really explore the area even more so.

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October – Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park
In early October, Wesley and I went out to the Oxnard area to catch a ferry out to one of the islands in Channel Islands National Park. We decided to go to Anacapa Island. It took about an hour and half to get to the island from the harbor and we were greeted with a steep and beautiful rocky cliff of the island with a beautiful lagoon. The island is pretty small at about 1 mile or so wide. They have some camp sites on the island, but we decided to just stay for the day. They have different points of interest on the island, but the most popular point is Inspiration point. This area of the island is so inspiring and beautiful. This island is great for a day trip. There are different islands within the National Park, which I am excited to one day explore.

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So there was a little recap of the last couple of months with me. I hope you enjoyed! Till next time, see ya!

Outfit Ideas: Camping

I love camping. I love being outdoors, enjoying the scenery, and being disconnected from society. Theres a certain clarity I get after each camping trip that I go on and I love it. It’s kind of a refresh from real life and great rejuvenation. There are many different ways of camping and I thought I’d share some outfit ideas for 3 different camping scenarios.

Glamping: Glamorous camping or “glamping” is a luxurious way of camping. When you are glamping you usually have all the necessities with you. Also, when you go glamping, you usually have a relaxing time and it can be like a spa like atmosphere. For outfits for glamping, I think keeping it really casual and flowy is very important. Since you will be relaxing for the most of your trip, keeping cozy during summer nights with chunky sweater and flowy shorts is an ideal outfit for trips like these.

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Casual Camping: What I consider causal camping is camping at a set campsite with a great group of people and keeping the mood casual with light hikes and trips to a close lake. For this outfit, I think wearing athletic wear would be a great option. For the short hikes throughout the day, I think comfortable shoes like Nikes would be perfect for this type of outing. Also, keeping the outfit relaxed with the comfy tee and capris can make this outfit practical and casual.

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Semi-Rugged Camping: Growing up I use to go camping all the time with my family, but it would be the type of camping at a designated camp sites with big groups of people. It was fun and I really enjoyed and learned a lot about camping when I was younger, but since my boyfriend and I moved out, we also started camping. We’ve done casual camping and we have done some “semi-rugged” camping as well. I’ve really enjoyed our rugged outings together. We’ve done a couple of overland trips in Death Valley, so we’ve had our car with us so we weren’t completely out alone or “backpacking”, which is why I don’t consider it completely rugged camping. But some may say it is since there are no bathrooms where we stayed. For outings like this, it’s important to be prepared for a range of different types of weather with having a jacket that can keep you warm but give you ventilation when needed. Also, since you will be going out through rugged terrain, having a good pair of hiking shoes will save your feet along with a good thick pair of socks. Another key item is having a good backpack that can keep your things organized and can distribute the weight evenly; it will be a life saver on your back. Also, it’s important to keep hydrated while out camping so keep a lot of water with you by either keeping jugs in the car or having a camel back or a bottle that you can refill in your bag.

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I hope you found this post helpful and hope you enjoyed it! Enjoy camping! Be safe! Be smart and have fun!

Desert Weekends: Death Valley, Anza Borrego, and Joshua Tree

In February and March, Wesley and I went to 3 different deserts out here in Southern California. Within the past few years, I have truly fallen in love with the desert landscapes and the different varieties that these landscapes have to offer. I love how barren and simple the desert is and it really shows the true self of California. There is a simplistic and calming beauty that I find in these landscapes. To me, the desert is so peaceful.

Of course, when you are going out to the desert, it’s important to stay hydrated and to be smart and prepared out there. It can be dangerous if you aren’t fully prepared.

During the last weekend of February, we went for a day trip out to Death Valley. We had recently gone in January with a big group of people for a camping trip, but we wanted to see more of “touristy” things in Death Valley. Also, I really wanted to see the Superbloom. The Superbloom apparently it only happens once every decade and it was so worth it. We left the Los Angeles area around 3 AM to get to Death Valley by 9AM. I highly recommend getting there early to beat the crowds. It started to get really busy by lunch time. We went to check out most of the touristy spots within the basin of the Badwater Basin. Death Valley is truly amazing and beautiful. Because it is so massive (it’s one of the biggest National Parks in the United States), there is so much more that we haven’t seen. I’m excited to go back and to explore even more.

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Zabriske Point
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Badwater Basin
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Natural Bridge Canyon
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Super Bloom!
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Devil’s Golf Course
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Artist’s Palette
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Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes
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The next weekend, Wesley and I headed out to San Diego County to Anza Borrego and Ocotillo Wells for a camping trip with some of our friends. Last year, we went out to Anza Borrego with some of the same people within the group. We camped out in Ocotillo Wells and explored around the area and in Anza Borrego. These areas are much more barren in comparison to Death Valley. Also, they aren’t as busy as Death Valley is too. This year, instead of camping at a traditional camp site, we literally had a GPS point and met everyone there. This was straight up primitive camping with no running water, no designated spot, and no bathrooms. It was actually a really cool experience. Oh yeah, and we also experienced our first legit sand storm. It was crazy and a little scary too. We also for the first time slept in our car, rather than set up a tent. The winds were just too crazy to set up a tent and Wesley has a huge car, so it was fine. The next day we explored both Anza Borrego and Ocotillo Wells. It’s pretty cool because we were just over on the other side of the Salton Sea. We saw the different places that this land scape had to offer and ended the day with the metal sculptures scattered around Anza Borrego. It was awesome to get to meet new people and see old faces. Can’t wait for our next outing. Hopefully it won’t be another year till we see them again 🙂

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The following weekend, Wesley and I headed out to our final desert destination of our desert bonanza in Joshua Tree. We love Joshua Tree. Before last weekend, we had never gone camping the park, but we have done 2 day trips out in Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree is one of the closest national parks to Los Angeles. Camping out in Joshua Tree was so amazing. We camped out in Jumbo Rocks campground with our oldest friends since high school. We were surrounded by huge boulders and the sites were secluded from each other. We checked out all of the different sites in Joshua Tree and climbed all of the rocks that we could. Joshua Tree is known for it’s rock formations and the Joshua Trees themselves. The rock formations make you feel like your in Bedrock, it’s so cool! It was awesome spending time with some of our oldest friends. We have all known each other since high school and it always awesome to make some time to hang out with them.

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Deserts in Southern California are amazingly beautiful and offer so much. There are so many things to do out there for everyone. If you live in So Cal, go and explore your own backyard. There’s adventure out there.

 

Cheers! Happy exploring!

 

Camping in Joshua Tree 

Last weekend Wesley and I went camping with some of our oldest friends in Joshua Tree and camped at the  Jumbo Rocks. We had so much fun hanging out and climbing anything that we could. It was nice reconnecting with them because it had been a while since we’ve had a group outing. Collectively, we all want to get more often and hopefully after this trip we can make it happen. We’ve all known each other for 10 years and it’s always nice making time in our busy schedules to hang out. 

Made a short video of our time out in the desert! Hope you enjoy! 

Camping 2012

Last weekend I went camping at McGrath State Beach with a bunch of high school friends and it was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in a while. As a group we haven’t had many big outings like this, just Vegas, which was amazing, but I’m hoping after this trip we can start making it more of a tradition.

The trip started off a bit hectic, trying to get everyone together and trying to leave at a decent time from home. I have a bad tendency to stress about the little things, which I am working on. But soon enough we were off to Oxnard as a group. I was completely grateful that we were able to get two campsites that were right next to each other and that one site was big enough for all ten of us to fit in.

The first day consisted of setting up our tents, including a tent mansion, and just getting all of crap out of the car. After we accomplished setting up our gear, we celebrated by shot gunning beers (which was my first time) and shots all around.  Also, we explored the beach and found a dead seal, which all of my guy friends were fascinated with. The beach was so beautiful, we pretty much had it to our selves that day, besides the dead seal and as a bonus we were all pretty buzzed. Unfortunately with the beach, the water had so many rocks within the shore which made it painful to walk in. That nigh we prepared our first meal as a group which consisted of delicious kabobs, cheeseburger mac (which everyone loved except for my boyfriend), and sausages. It was so gooooooood. That night we pretty much all slept pretty early because we were just all so pooped from drinking haha.

The second day consisted of waking up early at 6:45AM to seagulls who were fighting for food. The day was pretty much a lazy day of playing drinking games like spoons with beer!, kings cup (which was my first time, lame I know), and beer pong. Also, ironically there was a water main burst on the main street near the campsite, so we had no running water and working toilets for the rest of the day, which was a bust. They brought in porta potties about 3 hours later, which sucked cause we all had to pee from the alcohol. So some of us peed in bushes. Yay, real camping -_-. Anyways, we also went back to beach again for the afternoon and the dead seal was still there with a a new friend, a dead pelican. We all got sunburned from the beach. After we got back to the beach it was just a chill night, we all knocked out pretty early again. And it’s ironic, because we came into this trip with the idea that we were going to be a very noisy group, but in actuality, we were the quietest.

The last day was just all about checking out of the campsite before 12PM, which we did! 🙂

This last weekend was just amazing. I’m very grateful for the time that I spent with my oldest friends. Even though planning this event was a bit stressful and the fact that we don’t see each other as much anymore, this last weekend solidified our friendships for a very long time. And also, even though I don’t have that many views on this page, I just want to say thank you to those friends that went I camping with and that made this event possible.

the path to the beach.

an endless shoreline

boys will be boys?

delicious kabobs!

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everyone’s so chill… I wonder why? haha.

Group Pictures!

To the next major outing! 🙂