Yosemite

IMG_5936.JPGOne of my favorite places to visit every once in a while is Yosemite National Park. It is just so breathtakingly gorgeous, particularly in fall! I love that it is only a 4 hour drive from the Bay Area, which makes it extremely doable for a weekend trip.IMG_5943.JPGIMG_5899.JPGWe took this particular trip there in November of 2015. I desperately needed to get away for a day and forget about school, so we took off for the mountains! We drove most of the way on a Saturday night, stayed the night at a a small motel, and then drove the last hour to Yosemite early the next morning. My dog came along for the adventure, of course, and he loved every second of it. I think he fits in pretty well in the wilderness, don’t you? 🙂IMG_5783.JPG
I packed us a special picnic and we found a private area to enjoy it along the river. It was so nice sitting in nature and eating yummy food!IMG_5944.JPGIMG_5942.JPGIMG_5938.JPGIMG_6045.JPGMe and my favorite adventure partner 🙂IMG_5939.JPGIMG_5900.JPGI hope you enjoyed this peek into our fall Yosemite adventure! Looking through these photos has me wanting to go back again!

xoxo,
Jess

*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

5 Things to do in San Diego

IMG_2535.JPGThough I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am originally from San Diego and my heart is torn between Northern & Southern California. So, since I know quite a bit about the San Diego area, here are 5 things you could do on your next visit there!

+ Go to the beach
This is obvious and definitely my favorite thing to do! I particularly love the beaches in Encinitas and Coronado.

+ Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields
Every spring time, the flower fields in Carlsbad bloom and they are a gorgeous sight. You can get up close and see them for yourself.IMG_9015.JPG+ Explore Old Town
This is a great place to explore if you want to learn more about the history of San Diego and its beginnings.

+ Go to Balboa Park
If you enjoy museums, this is definitely the place for you! Balboa Park is also just a very pretty, historic area to walk around.

+ Visit the Oceanside Pier
Walking along the pier on a nice day is one of my favorite things to do. There is also a diner at the end that you could reward yourself with a milkshake or burger at too.

+ Bonus: Go to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, or the Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park). These are obvious, touristy things, but worth mentioning in case you are interested in them 🙂

These are just a handful of things you can do in San Diego! There are definitely plenty more things and places to explore.

xoxo,
Jess

*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

Fall Camping Trip

img_6432Over the weekend, I went camping with my boyfriend and our two dogs. We went to Joseph D. Grant Park, which is just in the hills of San Jose and is perfect for a short weekend camping excursion! My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years, but we had never gone camping together before, so it was really nice to do something new! We don’t own any camping gear, so my friend was kind enough to lend us everything we needed.
img_6434We arrived around 12:30pm on Saturday and then went for a 3 hour hike! At Grant Park, there are over 50 miles of hiking trails, so we had a great time wandering around on them and ended up at a gorgeous lake. img_6436In the evening, we roasted some hot dogs over the campfire and made s’mores too of course. The weather was pretty perfect and it wasn’t too cold.

Even though it was a short trip, we had a really wonderful time and can’t wait to go camping again! Plus, it was nice to cross something off my fall adventure list!

xoxo,
Jess

*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

Pike Place Market

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My post the other day about 5 things to do in Seattle really made me miss that city! So, I thought I would share a bit about our time exploring Pike Place Market the first time we visited! We ended up coming here a few times throughout our trip since we really enjoyed it. It was definitely a zoo here with all of the people still soaking up the holiday break! I had seen so many photos of the iconic Pike Place Market (especially this sign!), so it was really cool to actually be here myself 🙂
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During our time in Seattle, I always loved the views of Puget Sound and all of the boats and such. We obviously have a huge bay here, but there is just something different about the views of the water here! So beautiful.seattle-4
We opted to take a 2-hour tour of the market with a company called Savor Seattle. It was a great time and really helped us to understand the history of the market and its purpose, which we definitely wouldn’t have learned just wandering around on our own. We also got to try a lot of little bites to eat from vendors in the market area, like clam chowder, seafood bisque, mini doughnuts, Opal apples, tea, smoked salmon, and crab cakes.seattle-5
Our tour guide was really funny and kept our interest the entire time, which was definitely nice. We were also able to find a Groupon for the tour, so I recommend looking for one before you book to save a lot of money!seattle-6
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We decided to visit the market again on our last day in Seattle since there were still some things we wanted to do like eat fish & chips and oysters (well Dai did anyway haha seafood is not my thing), grab some mini cinnamon & sugar doughnuts, and get some Opal apples to take home because they are the best! Never have I been so excited about apples.seattle-8
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So there you have it! Our little visit to Pike Place Market. Looking through these photos really makes me miss Seattle! I hope we get to visit it again sometime, maybe this time in summer 🙂
xoxo

Jess

* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

5 Things to do in Seattle

16255128966_5425e19bc2_o.jpgSeattle has quickly become one of my favorite cities to explore. I have been there twice now, both times in winter, and for a coffee lover like me it is just one of the coziest cities. It is so easy to get around via public transportation, there are so many good places to eat at, and it is beautiful, even in rainy weather.

Here are five things that you could do on your visit to Seattle:

+ Visit the Pinball Museum
I know this might sound like an odd thing to do, but when my boyfriend and I visited Seattle, we stayed here for over 2 hours! It was just so fun checking out all of the cool pin ball machines and getting our fill of playing time. The museum is essentially a small arcade and you pay a flat fee to play unlimited games of pinball. They also have a few other older game machines too. I definitely haven’t found anything like it since!Screen Shot 2016-10-05 at 4.20.41 PM.png+ Check out the view from Kerry Park
This is the place to go for a stunning view of Seattle. If you have a car to drive here, that’s ideal, but it is also accessible by public transportation. It just requires a nice walk up a big hill 😉

+ Take a food tour
On our first trip to Seattle, we took a food tour of Pike Place Market and it was a lot of fun! It was a great way to try a lot of different foods in the market and to learn about the history of the area.16219062409_cfe5d7e4ea_o.jpg+ Visit coffee shops
Seattle is obviously known for its coffee, so I definitely recommend trying local shops whenever you get the chance. Highly caffeinated is the way to do Seattle! Since Starbucks is also from Seattle, they recently opened a Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Starbucks, of course, isn’t really considered “local”, but the roastery is pretty cool.16093524648_0d1525c49e_o.jpg+ Wander around Pike Place Market
This is the most typical “touristy” thing to do in Seattle, but there’s a reason it is an iconic place! Pike Place Market is a wonderful place to get lunch, pick up some fresh flowers, or shop for handmade gifts at, and a place you simply have to go to at some point during your visit.

Well there you have it! I hope that this is a helpful little guide for your next trip to Seattle! Now I think I just might have to take a look at plane tickets for myself…

xoxo
Jess

* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted