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Lean into it – Moto GP at Laguna Seca

2 Aug

This past weekend in Monterey was one of the largest motorcycle races of the year, the Moto Grand Prix.  Some friends invited to me to come down and hang out, so of course you know I would not be missing hang time with some of my good friends and something thrilling.  I have to say, this was extremely exciting to be watching in person.  The bikes move so fast and the riders are practically half way off their bikes the entire time.  It’s hard to catch the detail when they are moving so fast but we cruised around to all different parts of the track to really experience the event.

First things first.

People were scattered all around the 2+ mile track.

With Lacey and Shannon watching the bikes zoom around in record time.

The world famous corkscrew!  This is also one of the most dangerous parts of the track.

The riders tilt their motorcycles sideways practically.

Close grid of racers.  You can see here how they lean to get through the top curve of the corkscrew.

Bottom curve of the corkscrew.

Knee to the ground.

Helicopters were constantly circling the track trying to keep up with the motorcycles.

This gives you a little more perspective.

Spectators.  They’ve got a great view!

Standings.

There were a few motorcycle spectators at MotoGP.

MotoGP at Laguna Seca was an awesome event and I have now I have an idea of how exciting motorcycle races can be.  I’ve now seen maybe car races but I’d never seen Moto so this was a thrilling experience!

What’s your favorite kind of racing??

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Weekends are for fun

30 Jul

This past week/weekend were a string of events based around spending time with a friend who is moving from Northern California to Southern California.  We had a group dinner and also went down to Laguna Seca for a weekends worth of fun.  I also tried to squeeze in some decompressing time and I have some more photos from my DSLR of the past events to share this week.  Until then, here’s a few iPhone photos.

Being silly at Lacey’s dinner send off in North Beach.

I’ve been checking out rock climbing/bouldering and I really enjoy it.  It’s like figuring out a puzzle and getting a work out, what more could you ask for? 🙂

We went to Laguna Seca for the Moto GP this weekend and it was AWESOME.  I have some photos to share from that.  The bikes fly around the course.

With Nicky Hayden in the Oakley Lab.

The good stuff!  I’ll be sharing more action photos some time this week 😀


#Dunlapwedding

11 Jul

I’ve known Fiona now for 8 years and I have to say, she is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever known.  Throughout time I’ve seen her on the search for love and although I never thought she’d find it in Vegas, it’s in true Fiona fashion to have it fall upon her in one of the wildest cities in the world.  Being that Chris (Fiona’s now husband) is from the East Coast, he brought a whole group of new friends into our lives.  The union of not only their love brought new friends and family to all and it could not have been a better weekend.  It was one of those weddings where I felt like I could talk to anyone and not feel uncomfortable that we’d never met before.  Not to mention, it was in the middle of the Redwood Forest in Northern California.  It was beyond beautiful and we kept tagging everything #Dunlapwedding on social media sites so I figured, what else could this post be titled?!

The weekend ceremony and getaway was at the Ralston L White Memorial Retreat.  Gorgeous.  You curve back on these extremely tight one lane only roads that are canopied by some of the tallest trees in California.

The babies!

Heart shaped lawn.

Cruising the gardens!

BEAUTIFUL!

The Dunlaps!

Love them.

Their cake was beautiful and extremely delicious.  Also, their cake topper was made specifically for them and it was crazy how much it looked like them!

Friends 🙂

Father/Bride dance, so moving.  This is my favorite photo I have from the wedding.

Chico table 🙂  Where beach cruisers used to be our main means of transportation, I miss those days *sigh*

We danced the night away but the dj never did the bouquet or garter toss so we did them the next morning 🙂

The boys decided instead of tossing the garter, they’d battle for a frisbee which would be equivalent to the garter.

Winners, one from the West one from the East.

Fiona and I re-enacting the wedding for some silly reason.

Breakfast in Mill Valley.

After the Dunlaps took off to pack for their Hawaiian honeymoon, we took the East Coast boys to see some Northern California sites.  We packed the cars and headed to the coast.

Sarah, me, Shannon and Kimmie.  Friends since college!

Overlooking Stinson.

Classic jump photo.

I really do love living in Northern California.

🙂

Sarah ❤

Muir Beach Overlook.

Group shot 🙂

Overlook.

There’s nothing I love more than spending time with friends and watching the happiest day of their lives happen.  Fiona and Chris are such a great match and I loved nothing more than seeing them tie the knot.  It was a great weekend and I look forward to many more like it with old and new friends!

Now and Then on the Russian River

18 Jun

I truly feel lucky enough to say that I have two great father’s and mother’s.  Both parents have remarried and to two people that I just adore.  Each holiday I try to split with both sides of the family but since I celebrated last weekend with dinner with my step dad, this actual Father’s Day was spent bringing memories back with my dad.  As a kid, I remember us always just hopping in the car and going somewhere for the day.  Specifically, the Russian River or the beach.  This Father’s Day, I thought it’d be a great idea to head back to some of the places that we had gone to many times before.  This way we’d have time to catch up and also enjoy the beautiful weather.  It was such a great day.

We left around 7:45am on Sunday morning so our first stop was in Guerneville, CA for some coffee and breakfast.  It was so beautiful and right alongside the Russian River.

We fueled up and hit the road again.  Here’s my dad at stop number 1!

Our next stop is a place we used to frequent lots when I was younger.  My dad’s great uncle showed him this place and it’s somewhere we had always visited.  The Caz Sonoma Inn is an old estate that frequents typically a lot of musicians from the Berkeley Music School.  Located in the beautiful Redwood forest, it’s a quiet and serene place to be.

There were beautiful butterflies everywhere.  They seemed to have no fear either, they were fluttering all around us.

The rainbow trout pond.  We used to always come out here and feed their rainbow trout.  We used to fish a lot together when I was younger and I always liked that we could check out this beautiful area of the Russian River.

When you feed them, they start going crazy and fighting for the food.

There’s actually a large waterfall to the right of this shed.  You can’t see it, but it streamlines down from quite a ways up the hillside.  The sound is so soothing.

My dad feeding the fish.

The beautiful lodge.

The tall, beautiful trees!

The long walkways through the forest.

After a trip down memory lane here, we hit the long, windy, beautiful roads and headed towards the coast.  What we saw there was incredible.  I’ll share those photos tomorrow.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and spent time celebrating Father’s Day.

❤ B

You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed, just know I’m just like you

15 Jun

I’ve posted a few times about this band because I simply cannot get enough.  Grouplove has been on my musical radar ever since I’ve had the amazing pleasure of seeing them live over a year ago.  Since then, I’ve seen them three times and I can’t wait to see them again.  I was beyond thrilled when they were announced to take the stage at our beloved BFD this year.  Of course I was snapping photos and dancing at the same time.  They might not be technically the best photographs for the music world but I couldn’t resist rocking out to one of my favorites 🙂

Love this dress.  Supposedly, Hannah (pictured above) is from the bay area!

Live105 as always bringing the good stuff.

Happy Friday everybody and have a great weekend!  Make sure you tell your dad that you love them this weekend and celebrate Father’s Day if you can 🙂

I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless and in this moment I am happy

11 Jun

Where to start with this one…  A few months ago I had a friend ask me if I wanted to go skydiving for her birthday.  This is something that I’ve always wanted to do but never really had anyone around me ready to pull the trigger on actually going (except my brother but he’s been all over the world and we haven’t had the chance to go together).  This time around my friend was asking me because there was a Groupon and when I “accidentally” missed the deadline on buying it a few months back, I instantly regretted not getting it.  Little did I know, this is peak season for skydiving and she couldn’t get her reservation until this past weekend.  On top of that, one of the girls had to bail because of a recent small medical issue.  This is where it all swings back to me.  I was offered her Groupon less than 24 hours before our “jump.”  For me, this wasn’t enough time for my mind to mentally prepare myself for what I was getting into but knowing that I had two friends going who were just as scared was a major relief.

Of course your mind floods with all of the terrible thoughts you can only think before you go defy death and that youtube of that poor 80 year old woman that slipped partially out of her harness replays over and over in your head but as soon as we got there, those thoughts all seem to become more and more distant.  The hardest part for me was that I would be jumping without my friends in the plane because they didn’t have room for all of us in their tiny planes.  They had a few different planes just hot lapping basically as the different jumping groups came throughout the day.  That was one of the most exciting parts, seeing the people landing and how happy they were.  I knew I had made the right decision.

With all of this being said, on this major adventure I had my guide jumper and a photographer with me on my journey.  I jumped at Nor Cal Sky Dive in Cloverdale, CA (pretty much Napa/wine country area).  We used a GoPro which as always are the best option for anything high speed.  All photos below were shot with a GoPro.  Enjoy!

I met my guide, Tyler, and he just told me to follow him.  At this point I didn’t realize we were about to take off.  No real instruction, just follow the man my life was in the hands of.

The photographer, Josh, did such a great job.  He was there every step of the way.

Tyler give me the low down.

This is when it started to get real.  He was explaining how we were going to have to climb out on the wing a bit…  Also, I didn’t even get to say goodbye to my friends!  I didn’t know we were actually leaving haha but that was probably for the best : )

Taking my instructions very seriously at this point.

There’s Josh, I don’t know how he stays so steady but he’s truly a bird of flight.

Loading up.

Just trying to talk it out while we take flight.

He was very reassuring, thank god!

Starting to climb above 9,000ft.

Telling me how it’s all going to happen.

Checking the altitude.

Getting connected to Tyler.  This was reassuring because I could feel the harness tightening which is exactly what you want to feel at this moment.  However, I’m looking out thinking holy $#@! this is really high but beautiful at the same time.

At this point, when the door opened I was terrified!  But also beyond curious.

This is what it looks like to be over 9,000 ft above the earth.

Pretty surreal.

Birds eye view.

Josh climbing out of the plane.

Realizing this is really happening.

Trying to stabilize in the winds up there is so hard!  You also have the heavy hum of the propellers in your ears.

At this point, I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing just a little bit.

Most people say the jump is the best part for all the views.  I just didn’t even want to see the moment I jumped.  I closed my eyes and let him gently guide me out of the plane.

Free fallin’

You know those dreams where you are falling?  That’s what the initial fall from the plane felt like and then as soon as our bodies stabilized, the feeling was indescribable.  One of the most amazing feelings I have ever experienced.  It was also incredibly quiet.  I couldn’t believe it.  I just had my eyes wide open and couldn’t help the HUGE smile on my face.

Above the world.  I don’t have to wonder what it would feel like to fly anymore 🙂

I don’t know how he did it but Josh caught up to us and as we were free falling we were just all sharing this moment of awesome-ness.

What it feels like to go 120 mph with no machinery.  All free fall.

Deploying the chute!

All of the sudden, you are just halted as the chute starts to expand to catch your weightless bodies.

At this point, you really start to enjoy the views as everything starts to slow down.

Another favorite part of this experience for me was turning once the chute has deployed.  It’s one of the coolest feelings to just be swooshed from side to side in the completely quiet skies.  It’s like you’re a feather flowing from side to side all the way back to earth.

Getting ready for landing.

And just like that, I was back on the ground again.  Like nothing had happened.  Except, everything had happened.

I literally could not stop laughing and smiling.  I couldn’t even fathom what had just happened.  I had just gotten one of the most amazing tours of Northern California a person could ever experience.

Feet on ground.

I can’t even explain what this felt like.  However, I can say that I would have been very sad had I not ever done this knowing now how amazing it is.

We also took a few iPhone photos of each other and I thought I’d share those as well 🙂  Below are personal photos.

Gearing up!

Candace gearing up!

Candace coming down!  Since I jumped first, I got to watch them come down 🙂

Both of them floating in.

Sam and her jumper.

Candace and her jumper.

The three of us bonding over this insane moment we shared.

Post jump lunch at one of the most amazing BBQ restaurants in Cloverdale.

Every kind of meat you could ever want.  I mean after all, we deserved it!

What a fun way to end a life changing adventure.  There was nothing notable from the rest of the weekend that could top my Saturday’s event so for the rest of the weekend I just relaxed and reveled in all my dare-devil glory.  After all, doing the scariest things often lead to the most satisfaction.  Not to mention, I never in a million years thought I’d ever say… I’d do it again 🙂

Happy Monday everybody!

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.