Chicago Stole a Pizza My Heart

 

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The Infamous Bean in Millenium Park

In July, I went to Chicago for my dear friend Rachel’s wedding (her wedding was actually in Beloit, WI) with my friend Cindy. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time to explore Beloit other than for the wedding and the brunch the next day. It was still lovely to catch up with one of my friend’s from our time teaching in South Korean.

Anyway, we had the chance to explore Chicago for a few days. Luckily, we had just missed their storms and enjoyed beautiful weather during our time there. We found the Chicago Explorer Pass on Groupon, which helped us save money on the things we wanted to do – highly recommended if the attractions you plan to visit are on the list of things included. Here are my recommendations about what to do and eat in Chicago.  Continue reading

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Cali Lovin’: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

After leaving Pinnacles National Park, we headed towards Point Lobos.

Point Lobos (located in Monterey County) is an excellent place for nature lovers who want to relax with a nice stroll. The trails are mostly flat and easy to walk. They also have trails which are ADA accessible. As it is by the water, it was much cooler than Pinnacles, even a bit chilly at times.

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A mini-beach to frolic in at the reserve.

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Cali Lovin’: Pinnacles National Park

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my friends and I explored some of the lovely nature that California had to offer.

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Bear Gulch Reservoir

The first stop on our trip was to Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles National Park is one of the less well-known national parks located in Central California. It was established as a national monument by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 and signed into law as a national park by President Obama in 2013. It is also known for its efforts to protect and conserve the California condor population, although we sadly didn’t spot one.  Continue reading

Overlooking California: Superbloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park!

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Desert sunflower fields at Henderson Canyon Road

Without a doubt, there is nothing as awe-inspiring or recharging as nature. This past weekend, my friends and I went camping at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Somehow, I managed to snag a camping spot despite its growing popularity for the superbloom. The immense amount of rain this past year brought us wildflowers galore to enjoy in the spring. The wildflowers definitely did not disappoint! Continue reading

Conquering Half Dome!

I have been extremely lazy with my writing lately, especially with all of the emailing at I do at work. The last few times I tried to blog, I deleted the posts in disgust with how incredibly dry my writing has become. But enough with the excuses! The only way I can get better is to write more, am I right?

So for this post, I am going to feature my latest accomplishment: hiking to the top of Half Dome!  Continue reading