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Chasing Summer

6 Aug

The weather wasn’t looking so glorious this past weekend in the bay area and I won’t have a free weekend to get up to Tahoe for a while so Saturday morning I just up and headed to the lake.  Em and Matt were actually in town as well and my other friends were headed up so it made a perfect combination for an R&R weekend.  The weather was beyond perfect and I was dipping in and out of the lake as necessary.  Towards the end of the day on Saturday, a mini storm rolled in and the clouds set the most beautiful picture.

I’m ready to go back now.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well 😀

Travel Thursdays – Ocean Beach, San Francisco

21 Jun

Last Saturday, my friends and I decided to make the trek to the coast line.  I appeared to be making a weekend out of the beaches in Northern California.  The weather was just too good to pass up and I’d never been to Ocean Beach before.  This is shocking to many people from the Bay Area because it’s such an iconic beach.  Anyway, now that I’ve been there I can say it’s worth a visit.  It’s nothing like the scenic beaches I’ve posted about recently but it’s wide open and you can see parts of the city behind the sand stretches.  There’s also been surf contest held here so you can watch surfers depending on the swell and tides.  Ocean Beach hugs the South side of the Golden Gate Bridge on Hwy 1 and is easily accessible.

There were a lot of people frolicking in the water but don’t let this fool you, the water is FREEZING!

Brie, attempting to test the waters.  She was more brave than me.  I dipped my feet and then backed out.  It’s refreshing but the weather isn’t ever THAT hot at the beaches in Northern California.  It was probably around 70 degrees which was very nice to be soaking in.

Brie and Tuckey.  I love these two, they are the best.

Golden Gate Park is right behind one part of Ocean Beach.

The sand was so soft and warm.

Playing around with photoshop a bit.  I love this picture of these two!

Northern California really has so many treasures to explore.  The beaches just seem so different to me than the Southern California beaches although the weather is probably much warmer down south.  Ocean Beach is a cool place to see and when you’re done there, you could always wander to Golden Gate Park which I find to be extremely beautiful.  It’s lush and filled with meadows and ponds.  No matter where you are, there are always good places to explore.

You want to go to the seaside?

22 Mar

Well make sure you bring a little bit home with you!  Remember when I went to Connecticut with two of my best friends a few weeks ago??  Well I brought a piece of Connecticut home with me 🙂  I collected a bunch of the shells from Milford to bring home with me and have in my house to always remind me.  That beach also had some of the most beautiful shells I’ve ever seen.  I cleaned them up and put them in one of my favorite bowls.  It was an easy way to make my home feel more like a home and remind me of my travels.

I’ve never seen shells this perfect come from a west coast beach!

If you see things that you like while on vacation, bring them back with you to make them part of your home.  Now whenever I see this, I’ll think about my awesome time with my friends and hope that I can have more good memories soon with them!

Travel Thursdays – Connecticut

1 Mar

A huge part of going to New York was to see where our dear friend, Fiona, who had moved after falling in love with an East Coast boy.  They met in Las Vegas and while she was living in CA at the time, she moved to Connecticut to be with him.  They are now engaged and getting married this summer!  Shannon and I really wanted to get out there and see them before the big wedding (and they will probably move back to CA after they are married).  What better time to go then now?  So half of our trip was spent in NY and half in Conn.  My favorite part of seeing Connecticut was when they took us to the beach in Milford where I beach combed for so many beautiful shells.  I loved it.

Driving out of the city.

Quaint church in the small town that Fiona teaches in.

I love the stone that this church is made out of!

On our drive to the sea side, we passed the largest manufacturer of military helicopters!  Couldn’t help but think of my brother.

We’ve arrived at the sea side and damn it was so cute.

Beach houses.

Keepers everywhere, they just needed a little washing 🙂

Beach walks.

Texture.

They are so cute 🙂

Down time.

I couldn’t ask for better friends.  They are such a huge part of the key to happiness.

Aw the happy couple and best hosts ever!

Crop planes.

Easy coast lovin’ for an adorable lab.

Beach trekking in the winter

9 Feb

Love this place.

She’s the cutest!

There’s usually so much more snow than this!

When you can’t skip rocks, just throw ’em 🙂

Me and Em, I love this.

Take me back?

This is the warmest winter in Tahoe I’ve seen in a while but it sure is beautiful no matter what conditions.  Enjoy!

I had missed this place too much

6 Feb

Over the past weekend I had the chance to spend some quality time with two of my favorite people, Emily and Matt.  We had so much fun taking in the outdoors and relaxing while catching up.  Quality time with good friends has seemed to be the perfect medicine lately 🙂

The return of Travel Thursdays with Venice Beach!

19 Jan

I stopped doing Travel Thursdays for a while because although I’ve seen a some cool places, a lot of my photos are so old!  I’ll continue to write about ones that are must-sees and current places though.  Here’s a post about my trip to the world famous Venice Beach last Sunday.  I had always heard just how extraordinary it was and I’d always seen it on TV and in movies so I figured I couldn’t miss seeing it.  It was truly something else.  I had to split this into two posts as well because there were so many interesting things to see in Venice Beach.  Here’s the first batch of photos, enjoy!

The art in Venice was one of my favorite things about the place.  Almost every building or wall is painted.

It was so cool, all you have to do is give the city a copy of your driver’s license and you can go tag the Venice walls in this beach area.  I loved watching people tag the walls and I LOVE the colors of good graffiti.

Hey I found my initials, at least I think 🙂

So much paint.

Even the trees?

Oh yeah and there’s an awesome skate park on the beach.  So cool to watch all the amazing skaters from toddlers to old guys hand planting.  Yes, that happened!

So cute!

A moment of calm.

Birds, Surf and Sun

18 Jan

OK, this was seriously hard to narrow photos down into even two posts.  I had so many that I felt really showed the vibe of Huntington Beach.  Here’s the second set of my Huntington Beach photos.  What a wonderful place to spend my Saturday.  I think I’ll have to go back there sometime, especially in the summer!

Seagulls lounging.

Kimmie and a bird that kept swooping in near us.  Must have thought we were going to feed him.

The composition of this photo was all Kimmie’s idea and that’s her in the photo but it is a very cool perspective!

Gone fishin’

Me and Kimmie!

Fly a kite?

Kimmie’s jump shot!

Workin’ on my handstand.

This kid was cracking me up.

Surfers battling for the wave.

In between contest sets.

Under the Pier.

Cat wants to be a lion 🙂

Huntington Beach is amazing ❤

What is winter in Southern California?!

17 Jan

One of the first stops Kimmie and I made on my Southern CA excursion was to Huntington Beach.  I was so excited to see Huntington because she used to live there and so did a bunch of our friends, so it was exciting to see their old stomping grounds!  I’ve also never lived on or very near to a beach (I’ve lived close to Lake beaches but not ocean), so it’s fun to get to see the beach towns and people.  This past Saturday was the day we wandered around Huntington and there also happened to be a small surf contest going on but I had so much fun shooting photos from the pier of all the surfers and waves.  I couldn’t believe this was Southern California winter weather.  It was between 65-75 the entire weekend and people were in the water surfing all over the place.  I shot so many photos that I’ve decided to split this post into two.  Here’s the first of two, enjoy!

Ruby’s diner at the end of the Pier, so cute!

I love the way the waves look when they crash from the ocean side view.  So pretty.

So many surfers!

Surf contest.  The contest was on one side of the pier and the other side was for all of the other surfers.

We were literally looking down at the surfers.  It was such a neat and interesting perspective.

Winter Wonderland – the magic of snow!

9 Jan

While other snow areas in the country are hurting for snow, I got spoiled in Michigan enjoying a nice storm.  Here are the last of my photos from my trip!

Perfect snowflakes.

There’s something about those mid-west skies…

Road trip.

Pit stop at Lambeau Field!

They had to de-ice the plane before leaving.  Not very comforting!

Heading back west.

I had such a wonderful time in MI.  It’s a very beautiful place and if you ever get the chance to visit Marquette, don’t pass it up.

Happy Monday and Enjoy 🙂
❤ B