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Month: March 2017

Remembering Pearl Harbor | Tips to Make Your Visit to Pearl Harbor Memorable

Remembering Pearl Harbor | Tips to Make Your Visit to Pearl Harbor Memorable

Many of you probably aren’t fully aware but Hawaii is my 2nd home. I have been traveling to the Aloha State once or twice a year for about 27 years now to visit family that lives on Oahu. I moved to Hawaii when I was 18 to go to college and lived on Oahu for a little more than 5 years. I’ve lived in areas like Saint Louis Heights, Moiliili, and Makiki. Hawaii is magical to me and holds a place very near…

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Lanikai Pillboxes Hike | Hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes | Kaiwa Ridge Hike

Lanikai Pillboxes Hike | Hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes | Kaiwa Ridge Hike

Explore the Lanikai Pillboxes! The Lanikai Pillbox hike is a great way to start your day on the Windward side of Oahu. A lot of people hike this to view the sunrise. However, me and my girl gang are on island time so we opted for a late morning hike! The hike is very clearly marketed across from Mid Pacific Country Club with a sign that says The Pillbox. This hike can also be referred to as Kaiwa Ridge Trail….

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White Plains Beach | Surfing at White Plains Beach | Beginner Surf Spot Oahu

White Plains Beach | Surfing at White Plains Beach | Beginner Surf Spot Oahu

Surfing at White Plains Beach So I’m good at a good deal of things, but there are some things I’m just not that great at. I usually even shy away from the things I’m not great at because I like people to think I’m amazing at everything. I get embarrassed to be mediocre. I know I know I got issues! 😉 For example when I was younger I went to meet up with all my little neighborhood friends one morning…

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Makapuu Lighthouse | Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail | Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline | Makapu’u Tide Pools

Makapuu Lighthouse | Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail | Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline | Makapu’u Tide Pools

 Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail Always amazing to fall asleep on a plane and wake up in my former home state of Hawaii. My heart has always been split between my home in Ohio and my home in Hawaii. It’s a treat to arrive on Oahu to visit friends and family.  Every time I arrive I quickly realize I don’t have near enough time to go to my fav spots, eat the best grinds, and see my old friends. My time…

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Chino Hills State Park | Hiking Chino Hills State Park | Wildflowers at Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park | Hiking Chino Hills State Park | Wildflowers at Chino Hills State Park

We’ve turned into total hippies… just running aimlessly in fields of flowers! And man it feels so good. Walker Canyon just fueled my wildflower obsession and as soon as the tiny monster and I were driving away I immediately felt the need to research another wild flower location… to get my flower fix! And don’t fret I waited till we reached home to start my research on my next wild flower location Such led me to…. CHINO HILLS STATE PARK…

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Walker Canyon Wildflowers | Hiking Lake Elsinore Wildflowers

Walker Canyon Wildflowers | Hiking Lake Elsinore Wildflowers

I have not one bit of shame in the fact that I’ve become crazed…obsessed…captivated by all the amazing wildflowers appearing in Southern California. Since the “super bloom” I’ve been on the hunt for the best flower power spots around. Location: Flower Heaven….Just Kidding…Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore California…Off the 15 Freeway. I was on the 15-South so it was Exit 81 Lake St. You currently can’t miss it. 1) Because the poppies are a poppin and…2) There are crowds of peep in…

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Visiting Los Alamos | Union Hotel | Alamo Motel | Los Olivos | Dog Friendly Winery Fess Parker

Visiting Los Alamos | Union Hotel | Alamo Motel | Los Olivos | Dog Friendly Winery Fess Parker

An overnight getaway in wine country, just what the wine doctor ordered. (Yes…I’m aware there is no such things as a wine doctor, but let a girl dream!)  I love exploring places that are slightly off the beaten track. These small, quiet, charming, down to earth towns have so much to offer visitors. Sometimes that’s how I feel about Santa Barbara Wine Country. This area has so much to offer but people think they need to travel to Napa to…

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Winter Camping Tips | Yosemite National Park Camping | Winter Camping in Yosemite National Park | Preparing for Winter Camping

Winter Camping Tips | Yosemite National Park Camping | Winter Camping in Yosemite National Park | Preparing for Winter Camping

Camping Yosemite National Park in the Winter. Tips and suggestion for camping in the snow. So I went to bed in the rain and woke up in the snow! Now I’ve been camping and backpacking in some not so friendly weather before, but camping in actual snow?!? Now that was a first for me! And this wasn’t just a little bit of snow. The snowflakes were massive and by the time we really woke up and made our way out…

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Newport Beach Back Bay | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve | Dog Friendly Trails in Newport

Newport Beach Back Bay | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve | Dog Friendly Trails in Newport

Since we got massive amounts of rain here in Southern California every hiker, adventurer, and outdoorsy person I know is on the hunt for wild flowers. Well we found em! We found a whole heck of a lot of them…let me tell you!!! I had heard some rumors that the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve was covered with beautiful wild flowers. So I packed up little Lemon, got our new nifty Cannon camera and headed out to….hopefully, catch a glimpse of some…

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Hiking Yosemite National Park | Vernal Falls | Mirror Lake | Winter Hiking Yosemite National Park

Hiking Yosemite National Park | Vernal Falls | Mirror Lake | Winter Hiking Yosemite National Park

Hiking Yosemite National Park So I went over a lot of the benefits of visiting the park in the winter, however I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that there are also some drawbacks. Some of those drawbacks being that some trails are closed, some roads are not accessible, and the quickly changing weather can make for dangerous conditions all around you! We ran into some of these drawbacks when wanting to hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Vernal…

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