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What happens when the Sun goes down

6 Sep

Earlier in the week, I talked about the amazing night time adventure I had with Emily and Matt up to the top of Watson Peak in North Lake Tahoe to watch the sun drop and the moon come up.  I snapped a bunch of photos and here they are!

This was the moon on my drive up to Tahoe, the night before our ATV adventures.

Our awesome driver, Matt!

The sun slowly dropping.

Huge tree uprooted!

Beautiful.

I love all the shadows.

Matt climbing some boulders on the ATV.

Watson Peak.

I love these two!

Sun flare.

The sun was almost all the way down which left this gorgeous pink afterglow.

The moon slowly started creeping up.

You got the whole moon in your hand.

Lights started sparkling on all around the lake.  It was gorgeous.

Did everyone else catch the full moon last week?  Where did you see it?

Make a wish. Make it count.

4 Sep

I tend to gauge my life on “moments” where I can recount back and remember exact moments and feelings I had at a specific time.  Cheesy as it may be, it’s these moments that change my life in one way or another.  This past year has been a year of moments and growth in my life and it’s been my friends and family standing by my side that have really given me the courage to finally go full throttle on life experiences.  Working in such a bustling city has been so inspiring but it’s also the moments when I am in the middle of nowhere with two of my best friends that I can find inspiration as well.

This past weekend, I was up with Emily and Matt in Tahoe.  We decided to go on a nighttime adventure to the top of the nearest peak to watch the sun go down and the extremely large moon come up.  It was insanely beautiful and I felt so lucky to be there with my friends.  I have some great photos to share from it this week but on the way up to the top of the peak, we stopped in this gorgeous meadow where Emily found the one and only dandelion.  I love that she loves photos too so she let me snap some photos of her and I just love how they came out.  When I was little if you found a dandelion, you would pluck it and blow all of the petals off of the stem to make a wish.  The idea of making a wish is so simple and almost magical because although we all know that wishes don’t just typically happen, it’s a lot of hard work usually that pays off to get a certain reward.

After this dandelion turned to just a stem, we searched and searched this meadow for another one.  We could not find another one anywhere.  Em managed to find the only dandelion.  It was beautiful and a sign of the seasons changing.  I thought I’d want to hang on to this summer forever since it’s been such a great one but I’m actually looking forward to the Fall.  Pumpkin, Ginger, hooded sweatshirts, and most of all the changing of all the colors outdoors.  It’s transitional and beautiful.

Next time you find a dandelion, pick it up and make a wish.  It’s the little things and moments that count 🙂

Houseboat Life

24 Aug

Hi!  I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blog this week, it’s been quite the challenging week with work and things so I’ve had my focus other places.  I cannot wait to share with you my house boating experience with all my friends last weekend.  It was such an amazing weekend and the weather was really great.  I have many more photos to share and a bunch of great photo projects over the weekend and also a new project I’ll be working on that I cannot wait to announce soon :D!

Sunset swimming was my favorite!

Shannon and me checking out the islands as we drove by them.  There are all these awesome beaches and private islands all along the Delta.

We were surrounded by farm land at points, it was crazy to see the view from the roof of the house boat because it’s not what you would expect.

Mt. Diablo!

Evening BBQ’s with this view.

Morning showers and amazing skies.

There was a fishing tournament going on the weekend we were on the Delta.

Calm morning water.

Rain drops.

Sunrise.

One of the coves we found for swimming and BBQ’ing.

It was such a great weekend for relaxation and having some good downtime with friends.  I will share more photos soon!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Outside Lands – iPhone catch up

14 Aug

This past weekend and the tail end of last week were filled to the brim with some of the best music from all over the world.  I had somewhat of an agenda who I wanted to see at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park this year but also kept some open spaces to wander and catch new music.  I had a lot of friends from SF and coming in from other cities to enjoy the music as well so with all these things on my side, the weekend couldn’t fail 🙂

To kick off the weekend, we went to see Of Monsters and Men at the Academy of Sciences (Nightlife) in Golden Gate Park.  They are this beautiful folk band from Iceland.  This was also Chelsea’s birthday so how nice of them to play a show for her on her birthday with just a few extra guests 😉  Outside Lands ticket holders had the option of purchasing these few tickets a few weeks before the festival.  There were many other shows like this throughout the lead up week and weekend of Outside Lands.

The infamous windmills.  These were located near the middle/back lawn area of the main stage.  We had the idea of having this be our meeting place if we all got separated but the funny thing is so did everybody else.  A lot of interesting things happened here like this girl who decided to climb the post and then got kicked out.

One of my absolute favorite local bands, Geographer, played Saturday on the Twin Peaks stage.  They sounded amazing as usual and the lead singer crowd surfed at the end, it was awesome (see photo below).

This is a great sign.

The Magic Crystal is where you could go to see well known comedians perform.  This was a cool feature to add to a music festival!  Although, it has a capacity and you had to wait in long lines to hopefully get in.

They had artist painting huge murals throughout the festival.

Here’s Bloc Party.  There were a lot of interesting lights for the later shows.

Once the fog would roll in in the evenings, you could see lights and lasers everywhere!

Skrillex.

Lots of lights coming out of Skrillex’s space ship to close the festival out on Sunday night.

My personal favorite?  Foo Fighters.  I don’t have enough good things to say about their set.  I remember listening to their old albums in middle school and high school which they ended up playing one of my favorite songs “Aurora” from an old album.

Some other highlights – Beck played an awesome set and brought out all of his hit songs.  The headliners included Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and Metallica.  Metallica had a crazy fire show with pyrotechnics popping everywhere.  There were music varieties of all kinds playing all weekend long.  Over 65,000 people showed up to sell out the festival.  Fashion is huge at the festival.  It was so fun to see everyone’s festival attire.  There were local restaurants that vended their delicious eats which is such an awesome feature because if you found something you really liked, you could now visit their location in SF.  It was a huge success and I enjoyed it immensely with all of my friends.  Now to power through this week so I can relax on a houseboat next weekend.  We planned this so we’d have scheduled down time after a long weekend of standing, walking and dancing.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and Outside Lands if you were one of the 65,000 🙂

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 😀

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!

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.

Father’s Day – Winding the Northern California Coastline

19 Jun

As a continuation from yesterday’s post about my amazing Father’s Day road trip with my dad, today’s a continuation of stops from our trip up the Northern California coast.  We snaked along the Russian River from Hwy101 to Hwy1 on the long, twisted, canopied roads and found treasures around every bend.  When we got to the coast, I’ve never seen it look so spectacular.  The colors were just like Hawaii and the sun was beaming down.  It was a perfect Sunday.

Jenner.

We pulled over at this small restaurant, River’s End, we would frequent all the time when I was younger but we were still full from our breakfast so we just stopped to breath in the ocean air.

The colors couldn’t have been any more outstanding.  You can sit out on this patio here and just take in the magnificent ocean colors.

This is where the river meets the ocean and it’s just beautiful.  Two calming (at times) forces coming together between tides.

The roads are all gently curving to hug the mountain making sure you get every view possible.

My dad enjoying the view.  You can see Goat Rock in the background.  We head there after this stop.

The span crossing over the river.  It’s one of the most scenic drives.  Such a great day road trip to take.

Winding down to Goat Rock beach.

Out beyond Goat Rock there is a large rock formation with a large carved out tunnel.  It’s really cool to see.

I like that on these trips my dad has no problem pulling over to explore and we laugh while snapping photos.  I don’t think he could be any more easy going, especially on such a nice road trip.

The marine layer peeled back even more and the sun soaked the coastline.

Then beyond our belief… A whale popped up!!!!  This was extraordinary.  I’ve never seen one this close to shore.  He/she must have accidentally come in to close and quickly made it’s way out to the deeper waters.  I didn’t get many photos of the whale though because we were just watching in awe.  I’ve never seen one this close before and it was moving with excellent grace.  It was mesmerizing.

Part of Hwy1 matching the coast line.  This stretch is right near the town of Jenner.  It’s a small adorable beach town with seafood shacks and saltwater taffy galore.  It’s about 2 hours North of SF but more than worth the trek.

You can climb on the large rocks.

The sand is pristine.

The curves that lead down to the water line.

Of course I always have my camera in tow 🙂

When I was young, my dad would take me to this beach so we could search the tide pools and look at all the interesting sea creatures.  I was always into the starfish and sometimes we’d even bring a bucket to fill with saltwater just so I could take one home.  I’ve always loved the water, whether it be oceans, rivers, lakes or pools.  I was always swimming in whatever waterway I could find.  Even when I’m not swimming I still enjoy being around water.  There’s something so tranquil and beautiful about it.

This was the perfect road trip and I highly recommend to anyone even if there are no memories attached to it.  It’s beautiful and the things you will find along the way may surprise you.  In one day we managed to see the Russian River, waterfalls, large spanned bridges, the river meeting the ocean, and of course the wonderful coastline.  I enjoyed a great Father’s Day with my dad and I hope you all did as well 😀

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