The holiday season is finally coming to a close. It was full of food, family, and friends – and I documented many of my holiday adventures on Instagram! These are some highlights in photos from December.
The holidays are quickly rolling around (tomorrow is already Thanksgiving!) and it’s looking like a pretty packed season! I started my festivities a little early with a mini-vacation/road trip a couple of weeks ago to Arizona with Kenny for our anniversary. We both love adventuring and wanted to get out of CA so we decided to go to the Grand Canyon since neither of us have been in a long while. I didn’t take out my SLR much on this trip, actually. Shot most of these with our iPhones.
I absolutely love road trips because you get to see things along the way. We got experience all sorts of scenes and weather on this trip (left 75 degree weather for 30 degree weather).
When we were getting into the mountains in Arizona, it started snowing! I was hoping we would get snow on the trip (since we don’t ever get any in LA) and it actually snowed for most of the first night since it was 20 degrees. We stayed in the small mountain town of Williams right on historic Route 66. We ate BBQ for dinner at this amazing place called The Singing Pig. The eating area inside is super low key. The food was great (best cole slaw I’ve ever had) but the thing that makes it stand out are the owners. They made it so welcoming and they talked to us throughout our dinner. We even got hugs at the end of it. If you are ever in Williams, you definitely need to eat here.
(This part of Route 66 definitely looks like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure)
Early in the morning we left for the Grand Canyon. The weather looks amazing in the photos but it was 30 degrees out. We hiked along the South Rim. While the Rim Trail is easy, I recommend hiking off the trail (I know, the signs say not to) so you can climb down to some awesome ledges!
After, we headed southeast toward Flagstaff. We drove through Coconino National Forest and it was so beautiful. In the higher elevation, the snow was still covering the mountains. We couldn’t help but stop and do a mini-shoot.
We spent some time in downtown Flagstaff and ate at this hip restaurant, Criollo Latin Kitchen. The food was delicious! I had chipotle glazed bison meatloaf and Kenny got some of the best carne asada tacos we’ve ever had in our lives. I’ve never been to Flagstaff (or maybe I have and just don’t remember) but I didn’t know it was so freaking HIP! Hipsters everywhere and all the food places were rated high on yelp and looked so good.
The next day we headed over to Bearizona since we had free tickets. Neither of us have ever been or even knew much about it before going. I’m glad we went because it was an amazing experience! They had a walk-thru sort of “zoo” section that housed all sorts of mountain animals from the cutest foxes to baby bears. We also got to see a bird of prey free flight show. It was crazy how close the birds fly to your head. We then went through a drive-thru portion. It’s essentially Jurassic Park but with mountain animals and they can walk right up to your car (although, most didn’t).
Overall, it was a very fun and packed trip! Thank you Kenny for partaking in this adventure with me and happy anniversary! ❤ I wish everyone a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!
Went adventuring around PV/South Bay with the amazing Marshall Bang and his friend Leah the other day.
Our plans changed last minute but I had a blast taking him to the Korean Friendship Bell – a bell and pavilion donated in the 70s to LA from Korea to honor the Korean War.
Not only is the location of this bell on top of a gorgeous hill overlooking the shining California coast, Catalina Island, and the harbor, but it’s built on abandoned military batteries.
We picked up some El Burrito Jr. (if you are from the South Bay you def know LBJ’s) to picnic up there and then adventured around the area.
Went on a mini-roadtrips of sorts with Kenny right before the new year. Drove up to the Bay – visited Lemoore, San Jose, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco. Spent most of the time eating and shopping as well as catching up with old friends. Congrats to JJ & Ashley who surprised us with the news that they have a lovely baby on the way! ❤
It made me happy that we went on a random detour to Half Moon Bay since I’ve never been there before. So here are pics from that leg of the trip:
It also has newly become 2012. I’m really excited for this new year and all that it will bring. I’m hoping for lots of shooting and adventures as well as continuing to work with Instant Noodles Crew. Here’s to a great new year!
Went on an adventure to Solstice Canyon for the first time a couple of days ago. I’ve never been before so it was a fun experience – I definitely want to go back soon when it’s not so dark (we hiked pretty late and it was completely dark when we were hiking out of the canyon) and when I’m not sick. I really wanted to find this grotto with Mary statues but I couldn’t find it this time. ):
The first portion of the hike was easy but once we passed the burned down ranch house, it was purely rock climbing (bouldering). While it sucked to climb around since I was sick, I was glad to have had some climbing experience before going here or it definitely would have been a lot more difficult.
Haven’t had a chance to blog about my last trip to Florida.
This was my first time in Florida and I had a really great experience! It was a pretty relaxing trip – everything was planned really well so the guys and myself didn’t feel the anxiety that we sometimes feel on the road. We also had the opportunity to make a whole bunch of new friends – Thanks a TON for all the eboard for such a fun time and for Chin Chin & Min for taking such good care of us and housing us!
I expected the weather to be similar to LA (especially after checking the weather before leaving) but it ended up being freakishly cold. Totally unprepared yet again. I guess I should start packing for all sorts of weather when I travel instead of what the weather says it should be!
Went to the Samuel Harn Museum which had a collection of artwork that I really enjoyed! They made a new Asian/AsianAm wing which I loved.
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exhibit – super gorgeous pieces.
A couple days after returning from the East Coast I hopped back on a plane to Chicago.
I’ve never been to Chicago before and I definitely was not expecting to like it nearly as much as I did. I’m sure the people I traveled with had a lot to do with it as well. Thank you RIPxCREW for such an amazing experience, to Nikki for being the best bff, and to Lumi & Sarah for taking us around at night.
I would write more about how much we drank and how everyone died but I’ll keep that within the crew. Some things I learned in while in Chicago:
1) Don’t mix percocet and alcohol
2) Probably just avoid percocet all together
3) Our worst mistakes might be our best
4) Twitter is amazing
5) It’s good to die with good people around