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It’s been years since I went to Yosemite – almost 20 years to be exact, eek – and it’s been #1 on my list every time my husband and I start brainstorming our next weekend trip. We finally agreed to visit after learning that my co-worker owns a gorgeous Airbnb in the Yosemite area that was available during our targeted weekend. Let’s just say this place was uhhh-mazing so we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to stay there. I mean, just look at this place:

After the 3-hour drive from the Bay Area, we arrived and WOW. This place was stunning. We soon discovered the back porch overlooked a creek and lots of nature. Obviously, this called for a photo shoot. (My brother-in-law joined us, and of course, joined the photo shoot!)

After our backyard photo shoot, I cooked us up some tacos and we ate as the sun set. Then I fell asleep in what could be described as the most comfortable bed ever. This place is so great, it was worth the trip alone!

The next day was the day I had been waiting for: YOSEMITE. We woke up at 6:30 am (for the record, we are all morning people) and started the 90-minute drive into the park. Going in so early, we were easily able to find parking and got to see Yosemite in the early hours as the sun rose. For our trip, I packed some sandwiches and snacks so we could have a little picnic (because I’m cute like that). Speaking of cute, look at this:

Anyway, our first stop was to see Yosemite Falls. I don’t like to curse a lot on my blog, but HOLY SH*T these waterfalls are beautiful. From far away or up close, you could hear them roaring and feel their power. The weekend before, Yosemite had been flooded from a massive amount of rain, so the weekend we visited, the falls were stunning and full!

After Yosemite Falls, we went for a hike around Mirror Lake. The hike itself was about 5 miles, and required some *ahem* resourcefulness. A portion of the trail was still flooded from the weekend before, so we took off our hiking boots and trekked barefoot through calf-deep freezing mountain water. I was relieved to get to the dry portion of the trail again, because as much as I love having frozen, dirty toes I still prefer warm, dry feet. Needless to say, we were exhausted at the end of the day from hiking around so much. We only scratched the surface of exploring this beautiful place so we planned TWO more trips to visit again this summer that evening!

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April 24, 2018
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My husband and I took off the week of Christmas, giving us 10 days to play at the end of the year. Wippeee! It’s been gloomy and chilly up in the Bay Area so we opted for a road trip down to Southern California in search of some sunshine and animals. (I’ll get to that later)

It’s about a 7-9 hour drive between the Bay Area and San Diego, depending on how many stops you make, and my husband is my best friend in the world and makes me laugh until I snort, so there’s no one else I would rather be stuck in a car with for that long. So on Christmas morning we packed up pretty much everything we own (why did we take 6 bags between us again?!) and hit the road.

Catching the sunset at Coronado Beach in San Diego.

Fun fact: the roads are virtually empty on Christmas Day, or at least they were for us. We made a pit stop in Los Angeles on Christmas night to get dinner at Catch LA and eat a bunch of seafood because THAT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU FANCY. It was colder in LA than I had hoped, but better excuse to cuddle right? The next day we had the most perfect and basic bitch day in LA: went to The Grove, ate cheeseburgers and fries at Shake Shack, and watched The Shape of Water at Cinemark. Hells yeah.

LA was really just an intro to San Diego though, so we were back on the road in no time.  In San Diego we had one focus above all: go to the San Diego Zoo and see animals. Now, I am not quite sure how to explain why this was such a big deal, but let’s just say that my husband is basically Tarzan meets The Dog Whisperer and I am Ace Ventura. I once witnessed my husband have a metaphysical bond with an octopus at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and I am now convinced that a) octopus are aliens from another planet, and b) my husband is their leader.  Moving on….

We were nerding out so hard for every animal. I actually think we enjoyed it more than all the kids around us. Worth. Every. Minute. After 6 hours at the zoo, we were in desperate need of some food and relaxing time, so we winded down with some dinner and a dip in the hot tub.

Of course, while in San Diego, we had to hit the beach, so on our last day we soaked up some sun in La Jolla. Kash jumped into the freezing December water (because of course he would). I took a nap in my bikini under a blanket and we both shooed away aggressive seagulls lurking for food.

Topping off our trip, we grabbed dinner at Bali Hai, which not only has the tastiest fried sea bass I’ve ever had, but also offers a stunning city view of downtown San Diego across the water. For two fitness and health junkies, we sure ate like Kings on this trip – and I have ZERO regrets!

When we returned to the Bay Area, we rang in the New Year in bed with a kiss at midnight and immediately fell asleep. Perfection. Thanks for all the great memories, 2017!

January 2, 2018
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