Big Sur

For me, the journey is already most of the fun and the destination is just the cherry on top. But when you finally find your camp spot for the weekend and you’re looking out at miles and miles of Pacific blue, it’s hard to capture into words the feelings of excitement that adventure rewards to you after hours of dusty exploration on the trail. We drove for nearly 5 hours on dirt trails that were carved out of the mountains, venturing far in search of the perfect place to call home for the weekend.

Commit to exploring and the Earth will truly reward you. Here are the views from our campsite in Big Sur last weekend. Pacific blue ocean completely surrounding us in all directions, stretching as far as the eye can see:

 

You can see the fog starting to roll in as the sun begins to make its way down.

Twilight hour views from our campsite. Hard to beat these kinds of views.

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it’s never too late to start anything

I know I’m super late on recapping my favorite memories of 2016 but I didn’t want to let that stop me from posting anything at all. I love writing and looking back on these posts, because often times I find myself so wrapped up in the obligations of my current life that I completely forget about all the neat experiences I’ve had. This is an awesome practice in gratitude and self-reflection, which I’m definitely trying to do more of this year.

I had a handful of random videos I shot on my iPhone throughout the last year so I decided to put together a quick montage to capture the mood of my 2016 as a fun little creative project.

It was a crazy busy and stressful year for me, but my inner adventurer could not be quelled. This video is a pretty accurate depiction of my life and the things that get me super excited about living. I spend many weekends with my neck craned out of the passenger window during long road trips throughout the west coast, enjoying dusk views and escaping to the mountains for our next adventure.

Tahoe became our second home for the winter where we snowboarded for a total of 23 days and down a cumulative 300,000 vertical feet for the season. The Sierras are only a three-hour drive from the Bay Area where we live, but I’d give anything to pick up and move there. It’s amazing how you can be transported to a completely different world and environment if you just drive a few hours. Being surrounded by mountains, snow and crystal blue water…there are only a few things in life that rival that kind of beauty.

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Frequent views during our winter; up and at ’em before dawn and on the lifts bright and early!

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Seeing Lake Tahoe in the winter is a special treat, even if you don’t ski it’s worth getting up there to enjoy the snowy views. The water is icy cold but it’s the most serene view, especially when it’s so still and glass-like.

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We spent a lot of time on the road this year and I loved every second of it. Most of 2016 consisted of me riding shotgun exploring parts of California we didn’t know existed, or up on a snowy slope somewhere.

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In April, we finally made it to Joshua Tree for the first time and discovered how much we loved being in the desert. We’d return again a few months later, only to be met with +110° weather that I was not entirely prepared for.

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twentynine palms

We recently returned from a trip to the desert, where the vast landscape was littered with abandoned homes just like the one pictured here. Though it was a bit scary being out in the boonies with virtually no neighbors around us, it was a unique experience to be amongst so many relics of a past era.

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These homes were so eerie and intriguing, set against the stark backdrop of the desert. Some of them were just mere shells from another life. So much mystery radiated from these homes, filling me with wonder about why these homes were here in the first place, who once inhabited them and why they were forgotten. After some research, I found a list of the homesteaders that declared residence in Twentynine Palms in the 30’s and tried to figure out who once lived in the homesteader (now Airbnb rental) home we had for the weekend. I couldn’t figure it out but I thought the historical research project was super neat and I’m glad I stumbled upon it.

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Our little desert homesteader hideaway in Twentynine Palms.

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Big Sur

Big Sur is such a magical place and being able to drive up and down the CA-1 a few weekends ago has left me in complete awe of California beauty.  Having grown up here, I’ve always taken for granted the beautiful things you can see in this state.  I’d definitely say that Big Sur is the most gorgeous place in California.  Words can’t describe the emotions I felt seeing the vast ocean meeting the rugged coastline–and driving along this windy highway..the views just kept getting better and better.  The best way to put it is that I almost forgot to breathe at times.

Super clear day.
Just after crossing the Bixby Bridge, you can see it in the distance.
Always stopping.
Always stopping. I love the ocean.
Last Panoramic Shot.
Vast blue.

By far the best drive in the world. I can’t wait to return when the cliffs are all green.  After making our way into the woods, we stopped at Big Sur Bakery, a charming little bakery + restaurant tucked away off the 1.

Rustic charm.
Charming rustic bakery.
Bakery view outside.
Our view outside while we enjoy our afternoon snacks.
Pain au chocolat, Quiche & Earl Grey Chocolate Cake were our choices.
Pain au chocolat, Quiche & Earl Grey Chocolate Cake were our choices.
Sunny outdoor patio.
Sunny outdoor patio.
Adventure fuel.
Adventure fuel.

After breakfast, we headed for the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see McWay Falls.  Super easy hike, beautiful cove.

Turquoise water.
Turquoise water.
Panoramic shot.
Paradise.

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