Potato Chip Rock Hike

I am in San Deigo for the Weekend, celebrating one of my besties birthdays and we wanted to make sure to get in a little physical activity before over indulging!

You will begin the hike at Lake Poway. During the week parking is free but on weekends expect to pay to park in the lot.

We started hiking around 11 and finished at 2:30. We probably hung out on the summit for 30 to 45 minutes.

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There are trail markers all along the hike, but the mileage can be odd, sometimes it will tell you how far you have come and other times it will tell you how much further you have to go.

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When we reached the summit we were pretty dang tired… the hike is about 90% uphill and in full sun. We were excited to chill at the top and enjoy our summit beer.

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I brought 32 oz. of water and could have been happy with more! Keep in mind that it is all uphill to the chip rock and then completely downhill back to the Lake.

If you can get there early I would recommend an early start instead of hiking in direct sun!

Happy Hiking and enjoy the green!

Additionally Resources:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/potato-chip-rock-via-mt-woodson-trail

https://www.yelp.com/biz/potato-chip-rock-poway

Cotopaxi Quest

img_0110img_0112img_0118A few months ago, 4 friends and I signed up for this crazy 24 hour Adventure Race called Questival!

We have been racing now since 7 pm last night and it has been non stop fun! We did manage to get 4 hours of sleeps…. but we have much to do before we can rest again!

Go team Hamburgalugeruger

A Wedding Weekend in New Awlins

A few weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of going to New Orleans to be a part of my best friends wedding!

This was my first trip to New Orleans and it won’t be my last…might be last time in August…the humidity is real.

We stayed at the Hotel Provincial which had a great location for heading out to the French Quarter. Friendly staff, quaint courtyard and one of the most haunted places. I fortunately did not encounter any ghosts while we were there. The bar on site was really fun and had one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had.

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One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the beautiful buildings and plants.img_9407img_9408

My friends wedding took place at Muriel’s, right here on the Balcony outside. The day of the wedding was perfect. By far my favorite part of the day was the Second Line Parade. I loved the experience of celebrating their commitment with a parade around Jackson Square and down Bourbon Street. img_9409

No trip to NOLA would be a trip without hitting Cafe Du Monde. We came here daily and I miss their strong chicory coffee and sweet sweet beignets.img_9410img_9411img_9414img_9416img_9417img_9418

Jax Brewhouse is a fun place to stop and grab some go cups for the road. img_9420img_9422img_9423img_9426

Bourbon Street was pretty quite at this time of day/year and I can’t imagine being here on Mardi Gras or Halloween! img_9427

A must visit is the Carousel Bar & Lounge – fun experience and great cocktails.img_9428img_9436img_9438img_9439img_9440

We went to Domenica for their Rehearsal Lunch and the food was really amazing – fresh local flavors were paired with delicious wines.img_9442img_9444img_9445img_9446img_9449img_9451img_9454img_9457img_9459img_9460

Not photographed was our time spent on Frenchmen Street, I had so much fun dancing on the street to amazing musicians. It was such a cool experience to hear such great music at every corner. The Frenchmen Art Market is a must hit – unique, one of a kinda art, photos and craft.

I absolutely loved New Orleans and would love to go back and explore more.

 

TRI-rrific weekend in Malibu

I am currently coming down from the high of an amazing weekend!

Two of my best friends were competing in the Nautica Malibu Tri  and being the good friend that I am I decided I would join them to cheer em’ on! Didn’t hurt that it was taking place in a beautiful spot.

We had the fortune of staying in my friends parents airstream at Malibu Beach RV Park. They had the spot booked for months but it seemed that there were many open spots.

The park was very clean ( probably the nicest camp bathroom I have ever seen )  and we met really friendly people!

They have nice hiking trails near the park that we used to hike down to Malibu Seafood as well as the beach and up to a peak for sunset views.

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Here was the Tiny Tin set up! Amazing people and a great view set the backdrop for the best weekend. img_9931

I have been on the side lines of a few Tris before by chance but have never watched any friends compete. It was such a fun experience to walk around to the different areas to wait for your friends to race by! We lucked out and were able to see them compete in every leg of the race.

Here is their section getting ready for the swim! The ocean was super bleak at 8 am.

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Bikes, on bikes on bikes.

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Really awesome sand sculpture.img_0009

We caught them before the race!img_0011

Here they are ready to go! img_0013

Laura got the top box for her age group! It was PRICELESS to witness my best friend do so well. img_9977

What is a race without post race grub?!! Loved Malibu Seafood! It is so fresh and our fav… BYOB!

Fear not the 76 station .5 miles away will have beer if you ran out!img_9988

A WELL deserved post race BREWSKI!img_9993img_9996img_0001img_0004

Also noteworthy but not photographed was Sunlife Organics  – amazing backstory, great products and delicious fresh juices and foods!

Santa Breezy

A little over 24 hours in Santa Barbara and you are left wanting more, trying to find a way to get back to this little slice of coastal heaven. I am no stranger to Santa Barbara as I grew up about two hours North but this was my first rendezvous as a post 21 year old…shameful I know! On this particular weekend the weather was perfect and I had the most amazing guide who showed me the best time, thanks Baby Krause!

We began the day with breakfast downtown and then headed to Montecito for a little hike and beach time!

We lazed on the beach for a while before renting some paddle boards. Gazing up at the coastline and foothills/mountains ( prob foothills – I don’t think they have mountains ) was truly breathtaking and I thought to myself ‘What a lucky life’ moments that are simple but beautiful really make you appreciate what you have and for myself contentment with the life I have created for myself.

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No trip would be complete with out a little brewery hopping and while SB has a ways to go before they are a beer destination ( def more options for winos) I enjoyed sampling what they had to offer while working on my sun burn ( sorry future self! ).

Pure Order is a fun spot with games as well as live music and a food truck on a Saturday afternoon. img_9337img_9338

After we spent some time at Pure Order we walked to the Funk Zone and tried Brass Bear. I tried their beers as well as one rotating tap that was really delicious.img_9342

At this point it was high time for some grub so we ordered a meat and cheese plate it was satisfying and helped us make it to dinner time! img_9346

Right across from Brass Bear is Municipal Winemakers tasting Room. Fun decor and great outdoor space. I hear their Rose is amazing but on this fine day it was sold out so we opted for the Bright White – cool, crisp and so refreshing!img_9348img_9349img_9350img_9354

If you haven’t been to Lilly’s Taqueria head there – now – or at the very least make an effort to hit it when you are in Santa Barbara. I am pretty sure all they do is Tacos and they do them really well. img_9392img_9358

No weekend in Santa Barbara would be complete with some wheel action. They have fun little beach boardwalk where you can blade which is my favorite pastime and something I don’t get to do enough since I am living in Oakland… not too many blading trails… img_9363

Finally, to close the weekend we hit up a hybrid bar coffee shop and got the most delish cold brew. Melissa had the smartest idea of doing half/half sweetened cold brew and unsweetened cold brew. Such a genius idea!img_9365img_9366img_9367img_9369

SO sad to leave and can’t wait to go back!

Links I Love

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

As the nights get longer and colder I am dreaming of making these chili recipes.

Family lives in Caravan and the results are positive.

Another family ( of six )  in a renovated bus!

Small towns that are affordable… interesting, but they are probably affordable for a reason.

This list of healthiest companies to work for in the US, pretty cool to take a look at what companies are doing.

Greetings from Bahstan!

I am recently back from my trip to Massachusetts and have a lot to share! I stayed in Somerville which is really close to both Tufts and Harvard as well as a short Red Line trip away from Boston.

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Harvard Yard. What dreams are made of… not mine but a lot of other peoples!IMG_3449 IMG_3450 IMG_3451 IMG_3455

I think there is something really amazing about being somewhere so old with so much history. People that were on the titanic went to Harvard… comeon thats crazy!IMG_3457

Slumbrew is a fun brewery in Somerville.  Not my favorite beers of the trip but I enjoyed the beer and atmosphere! IMG_3463

OMG Boston Burger Company. Get in my mouth. We tried ‘The King”peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas dusted in cinnamon and sugar  IMG_3626 “Vermonster” maple mayo, sharp cheddar cheese, carmelized granny smith apples, red onions, maple syrup, bacon IMG_3627“Killer Bee”topped with american cheese, bacon, a stack of beer battered onion rings and honey BBQ sauce. Have a burger or three you will not be disappointed.
IMG_3629Boston, the old, the beautiful, the historical.
IMG_3634 The new State House. IMG_3637 IMG_3639 IMG_3640 IMG_3641 IMG_3644 This may or may not be the oldest street. It is famous and cobbely. IMG_3645 IMG_3648 IMG_3650 A city with free sun screen?! I dig it… even if it got a little messy!IMG_3651 IMG_3652 IMG_3653 IMG_3656 IMG_3657 IMG_3658 IMG_3659 IMG_3661 IMG_3664The Boston Public Library is amazing!  I think I could spend some time here studying.
IMG_3665 IMG_3666 IMG_3668 IMG_3669 For Dinner we went to Stephanie’s on Newbury. It was a nice evening so we set out on the patio. I got a Shipyard Pumpkinhead with a sugar/cinnamon rim… I was skeptical but it was seasonally delish.IMG_3670 My first Lobster Roll it was really good!! I ate everything and was STUFFED.IMG_3671 Dessert! Not once but twice on this trip I went to Mike’s Pastry! This trip I ordered the Lobster Tail. The filling is outta this world.IMG_3677 IMG_3678 IMG_3679 IMG_3693 IMG_3694 Looking for a fun place to go for drinks in Boston? Head to Drink. Where you tell the waiter/waitress what you like and they bring you a cocktail of your dreams. Not more expensive than other places but a really fun atmosphere. The fries were also delicious.IMG_3701 IMG_3702 Great Quote!IMG_3703 IMG_3704 I like big brick buildings a lot!IMG_3705 IMG_3706 IMG_3707 The Lawn on D is free and fun for all ages and dogs too. IMG_3709 IMG_3710 They have amazing hitech light up tire swing things, large jenga, bocce, corn hole, food and drink.IMG_3714 Next stop – Harpoon Brewery! I was pleasantly surprised at Harpoon. I was imagining a big corporate brewery which it is in a way but their beer options were very crafty.IMG_3716 IMG_3718 and Pretzels! IMG_3720 IMG_3722 The Barking Crab in Boston. IMG_3724 Were we hungry… not really, but we wanted more lobster. Lobster sliders and Lobster Mac n cheese.IMG_3726 LOL I made them do it!IMG_3730 Cool outdoor art installation.IMG_3731 IMG_3734

That is a wrap for this post but the rest of the trip will be continued next week! Cheers.