Oregon – Over the River and Through the Woods

A few weeks ago, my mom, brother and and I flew to Oregon to spend a long weekend with my Grandmother. We arrived in Medford and drove through the redwoods to Brookings where my Grandma lives on the coast. We spent most of the time talking, watching her favorite shows and looking through old pictures of when she was young. Brookings is a bit of sleepy town, but the slower pace was welcomed break from life at home. My brother and I went for a morning run everyday. It was nice to spend some quality sibling time together…even if he ran ahead of me (too cool to run with his little sis). We watched the waves, drove out to Lobe Park to skip rocks in the calm river, ate burgers at Fely’s Cafe and spent some time at the public library. It felt like a weekend from the 90’s and I loved it.

Flying over Mt. Shasta in all its glory.

I went for a morning run on the beach infront of Grandma’s house. She had a big storm roll in few weeks prior and massive waves brought giant logs onto the beach….just a 100ft or so from the houses along the beach.

OR Run
Morning runs with my brother. That tiny black figure on the road in-between the trees is Bran. He amazes me how fast and far he can run without taking a break.
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Brookings OR coffee shop
The Bell & Whistle Coffee House
We picked up some coffee-to-go before we drove out to Loeb Park. It’s a cute little coffee house near the docks in Brooking harbor. I tried the toasted coconut mocha and Grandma had the kahlua latte. Both were fantastic.

Loeb Park ^^^The park is nestled in a grove of myrtlewoods and evergreens, many of which are well over 200 years old.  The icy blue Chetco River run through it – crystal clear and prefect for skipping stones with Grandma 😉

^^^Back to Grandma’s beach to enjoy a sunset walk with mom.

^^^My mom admiring the view of the mossiest tree we ever did see. We were on our way back to Medford, when we pulled over to check out a little trail leading to the river. We found this beauty at the bottom of it.

Vegas Road Trip: Calico Ghost Town

We took a last minute road trip to Vegas to meet up with some friends. On the way home we thought it would be fun to check out Calico Ghost town!

36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miner’s packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a “ghost town.”

California Road Trip With Tia Ofelia

Tia Ofelia came out to visit us for the first time (my mother-in-laws sister)! Stella was born and raised in Colombia. She came to the US before Dan was born, but her whole family is still back in Bogota. In the 20 something years Stella has been here, this is the first time one of her sisters has been able to visit! Ahhh it was wonderful getting to meet Tia Ofelia for the first time. She’s lovely. There’s a bit of a language barrier between us, but it doesn’t matter…she is a gorgeous and loving Auntie. She gives the best hugs and lots of “ay que linda” and “mi corazon”. She’s pretty awesome. And I love getting to see Stella with her sister. ^^^Here we are on Our CA road trip…show Tia Ofelia all of the best! This was at Morro Rock in Morro Bay. Dan loved surfing here whenever we would visit our friend Evan at Cal Poly.
^^^A little further down the road we stopped at Pismo Beach to drive along the shoreline and show her the dunes.
^^^Then we went to check out the lazy elephant seals in San Simeon.
^^^We got tickets to tour the Hearst Castle guest houses, wine cellar and kitchen. “William Randolph Hearst, the man who conceived Hearst Castle, was a media genius whose influence extended to publishing, politics, Hollywood, the art world and everyday American life. Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. In 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250,000 acres. By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection. Hollywood actors, influential politicians, notable historic figures, Hearst has hosted them all. To name a few: Winston Churchill, Calvin Coolidge, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Cary Grant were a few guests at the castle.”
^^^Invitations to Hearst Castle were highly coveted during its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. Here is a guest room just as is was in the 1920’s.
^^^Stella and Ofelia enjoying time by the lily pond <3
^^^Day Two: We stopped off at the most magical campground in the middle of Big Sur called Riverside Campground. You follow a steep road down into the thick forest. Each site has their own stone fire pit and a twinkly ewok bridge runs over  the little river that cuts through the camp. We’re definitely coming back here! So cool.
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^^^And of course no CA road trip would be complete without seeing McWay Falls
^^^The bottom of Ragged Point.
Day 3: We made it to San Francisco! It was a gorgeous time to visit! View from Telegraph Hill with Lombard Street and the Golden Gate in the distance! I just love this city.
Dan and I drove Stella and Tia Ofelia off at the Pier for a bay cruise while we went Tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf! Angel Green, Eastern Beauty, Rose, Jasmine Pearl and Blue People Ginseng Oolong.

3 Fun facts:
Rinse loose leaf tea before steeping to rid it of any impurities from the shipping process.
Most quality teas only need 20 seconds to steep…leaving it in hot water for too long will make it taste bitter
You can re-steep tea a few times… 3rd steep is usually the deepest flavor with optimal health benefits.
Yay that was fun! Thanks Vital Tea Leaf
^^^Washington Square Park. It was a record breaking beautiful summer weekend.
^^^Exploring Chinatown. Dessert from the Eastern Bakery “Jian Dui” – crispy sesame seed treat with a chewy rice and sweet red bean center.
^^^The BEST coffee in town! Philz Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. Awww it’s so good!
Day Four: We left San Francisco and started our drive back home through  Yosemite.
What a fun Trip!

Our Jalama Adventure

About a month or so ago ( I know I am super behind on posts!) we went on our annual trip to Jalama, CA. It was a wild weekend with 60 mph winds, sand storms and broken tents. But we always try to make the best of things right? Here are some pictures from our weekend in Jalama.
{Coming down the road}

{A pit stop at The Habit in Santa Barbara}

{Beach camping}

{Our attempt at blocking the wind}

{Ev and Dany <3}

{Mmmm Margaritas}


{Strawberry banana s’mores}


{The beautiful beach}

{Broken tents after a night of 60mph winds! Fun times}

{Beautiful countryside}