I woke up with sore legs today definitely not a good way to start the week. My painful muscles were a result from a 2-hour hike up the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Foothill Ranch. It was a canyon with surprisingly steep hills that clearly, challenged every bit of my leg muscles. Continue reading “No Pain, No Gain. Hiking the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.”
Another weekend came and left in a blink of an eye. How is it that time flies when you’re having fun? I remembered last Friday when I was packing my backpack for yet, another camping trip weekend. It seemed like it was just yesterday. Continue reading “Desert Hot Springs, anyone?”
I was walking down the beach a couple of days ago, when I stepped on a prickly thing on the ground. OUCH! I looked down to see what I had stepped on and saw a plant that had spines similar to a cactus. The damn thing hung on to the bottom of my feet and it was ridiculously painful. I pulled it off my feet right away, leaving me effing my way back to the house.Continue reading “How to remove cactus spines.”
Where there’s water, there’s likely a good view somewhere nearby. Castaways Park is a perfect spot for a quick stroll or jogs early in the morning or late in the afternoon (whichever you prefer). It is located in Newport Beach, perched on a hill right next to million dollar homes overlooking the Newport Marina Bay. Continue reading “Newport Beach Castaways Park”
Somewhere in the desert, behind boulders and through the bends we found a nice spot to park and camped out for the night. Continue reading “Around the Bend in Orocopias Mountain – Part 2”
My trip to the Grand Canyon was fast and furious. We went, saw and conquered what we needed to do and here I am at home sitting down, still sore from the trip. Let me tell you that it is never ideal to go on a trip when you wake up feeling sick. The road trip seemed to take longer than it should be. Although, I still made it through and found myself enjoying my time sightseeing, walking and exploring the Grand Canyon. I learned that Christmas Day was also a huge tourist season for Arizona. Who knew I’d be spending Christmas with thousands of people from all over the world?!?
Where did time go? I remembered coming home for the first time after living abroad for over a year. I was feeling torn leaving Europe but, at the same time happy to be back home in America. I think the biggest adjustment this year (and it still is) was acclimating back to my American lifestyle. I had to get used to the same work routine, traffic, the types of food and cutting back drastically on traveling (sigh). On the latter, I’ve been able to spend more time with my family, re-connect with old friends and meet new friends. I know I don’t travel often these days but, I still make it a priority and had a chance to go to new places such as Scottsdale and the Big Island. I learned I have a good aim, I persevered through a wildfire and stood up for myself to situations that were simply not a good fit for me. As stressful as it was at times, I think 2017 unfolded to the best way it could be and I am ok with that. To my family, to my old and new friends, thanks for making this year a wonderful experience.
Continue reading “2017 in Review (Video)”
Two months ago California announced a state of emergency due to wildfires that happened in the Northern and Southern part of California. Many of you have likely forgotten about it but, for me, it was a tragedy. Continue reading “The Wildfire Aftermath at Peters / Santiago Canyon.”