Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

Last May I visited Zion National Park; the funny thing was that a disproportionately large number of my friends and acquaintances had also visited earlier in the year. Seems like it was “the” park of 2017! As the trip approached, every conversation seemed to meander around to Angels Landing, one of Zion’s most famous hikes. The hike has a ton of buzz because, to get … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area

Starbucks might have gained notoriety this summer for the unicorn frap and the pink drink, but I have never seen a more broad option of sweet flavors than at a boba/bubble tea shop. When I’m in the mood for something sweet, I instinctively head up to the Convoy Street area in Clairemont Mesa/Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Located in the “wine glass” between the 805 and … Continue reading 5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area

Seven Magic Mountains

It seems like Instagram opportunities are everywhere you look. I mean, a beautiful breakfast or a fun tile floor can qualify especially since IG is an app that lets you post whatever you feel like. It also seems like there are opportunities created just for the ‘gram like The Museum of Ice Cream or Color Factory. And then there are candy colored boulders stacked in the … Continue reading Seven Magic Mountains

Disneyland (!) Memories and 5 Must-Know Tips

It happened earlier this summer. I was driving to work listening to my favorite radio station when a familiar song came on and I was instantly transported back to kindergarten in the best way possible. The song was actually a Disneyland commercial, announcing that the Main Street Electrical Parade was officially retiring at the end of August. Having not been to Disneyland since 2009 I … Continue reading Disneyland (!) Memories and 5 Must-Know Tips

Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo

Fantasyland: Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo (SLO) and the Madonna Inn, especially, are wonderful destinations for a three day weekend if you’re in California. Located in the Central Coast region, about halfway between LA and San Fransisco, it’s an easy drive. We left work on Friday at noon (sneaking out of the city before rush hour makes all the difference) and made it to the Madonna while it was still light out. … Continue reading Fantasyland: Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA

Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Flashback to 10 years ago. I started college in Point Loma, San Diego and commuted down Rosecrans Street every day. A unique-looking vintage hotel out the right window caught my eye each and every time as I headed to class. I always imagined what it was like inside and dreamed of staying there. I now know that The Pearl had at that time (2007) recently completed their … Continue reading Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on instagram a couple of months ago when searching the social media site for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, what is now a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and hurried to go visit the shop in person after it was done. I … Continue reading Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park