Cali Lovin’: Bixby Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Shark Fin Cove

This is my last entry on our Central – Northern California roadtrip. In addition to Pinnacles and Point Lobos, we had a few other mini trips. I don’t have too much to write about them, so please enjoy some photos!

Dennis the Menace Park

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1924 Southern Pacific Steam Engine – super cool to look at! If only we can climb on it…

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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

Overlooking California: Griffith Park Night Hike

I didn’t take my camera, but here’s a photo courtesy of Google. Still, not nearly as beautiful as seeing it for yourself.

Since I’ve been home, I have learned to appreciate California much more. Because I grew up here, I never really took the time to explore it. Partly because my mom was always working, partly because I always assumed it would be here for me whenever I wanted. Hence, to prove my love for my beloved state, I decided to create a series for it titled, “Overlooking California.” I personally think the name is clever since I’m exploring something I have overlooked (as in failed to notice) and overlooking (as in a higher…or rather different…perspective) it. Yeah, freaking cheesy, I know.

Anyway, the other day, my friends and I decided to go on a night hike with the LA Trail Hikers at Griffith Park. It was my first night hike, so I was pretty psyched about it, despite a near car accident to get there.

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