Drinking Beer in San Diego

From Carlsbad, we took the Coaster to San Deigo and got off at the Santa Fe Station. Meer steps from the train depot is Stones Company Store. Great patio and selection of beers. On a warm Saturday is was super low key.stonenexttosantafestationstonepatiocutestonetaproomstoneflightstonetaproom

Our next stop was Half Door Brewing, close proximity to Petco Park and has great food and beers. Would love to come here again when its not so packed.halfdoorkeg

The Super Dank Pale Ale and their IIIPA were to die for… can I go back now???halfdoorbrew

A hop, skip and drive away from downtown SD is Vista.. which is home to many amazing breweries. Barrel Harbor is one of those.  Our friends picked up these amazing ceramic mugs that hold a pint and then some! With free popcorn, games and delicious beers you are in for a solid afternoon of fun.barrelhouse

San Deigo is a beer lovers destination. Can’t wait until my next visit to try more breweries!

Dewey Point Snowshoe – Yosemite

Get ready for a round of drool-worthy pics.

I love adventure and when my friend suggested a weekend trip to Yosemite I was all in.

It is rough.. the drive from Oakland to Yosemite Valley took a little less than 3.5 hours and that in itself is exhausting, but since all you have is Saturday and Sunday you are going to make the most of it and pack as much splendor in as you can during that time.

We had to take 140 since 120 and 41 were both closed. The National Park Service keeps an up to date record of road closures for your convenience. Make sure to check out this page before planning your trip as google maps will most likely not be updated.

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A short jaunt to check out Bridalveil Falls… gorge.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3868

No trip to Yosemite is complete without a stop at Tunnel View… this view really will just stop you in your tracks … no selfie stick toting tourista can take away the magic, try as they might.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3872YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3784

After our Tunnel View moment, we headed towards Badger Pass ( it has a new name now but I refuse to call it by that ).

Badger Pass has a dope snowshoe/ cross country ski trail. You can take this trail to Dewey Point which on a Saturday was so un-crowded it seemed like we were the only people out and about.

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We left Badger Pass area at noon and got back around 5 pm. We did take ample time, about an hour, at the vista for a summit beer and to enjoy the view.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3885YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3795YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3878YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3887YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3854YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3861

Brought some Fieldwork cans for enjoying at the top.

This ceramic mug is an AMAZING creation of my friend, Ceramics Life For Me.

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Loved snowshoeing! This was my second time snowshoeing but this was my longest trip at 8 miles and the most in elevation gain, around 2000 feet. Challenging – but so worth it.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3875YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3853YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3824YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3883YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3826YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3858YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3829YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3830

Don’t forget your gaiters! They will keep your legs nice and dry.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3849

Went to the Bar at the Majestic Yosemite Lodge ( LOL ) for dinner. We just really needed a hot meal… we were sustaining off protein bars and homemade energy balls.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3836

Had a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp and bowls of chili. Hit the spot.YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3837

Then on to Curry Village to enjoy one last beer for the night before turning in!YosemiteDeweyPointIMG_3896

Other resources for snowshoeing Dewey Point:

http://californiathroughmylens.com/snowshoeing-dewey-point

https://socalhiker.net/snowshoeing-to-dewey-point-in-yosemite/

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/dewey-point-trail

http://lastingadventures.com/yosemite-day-hikes/snowshoe-badger-pass-dewey-point/

 

Valencia Peak – Montana de Oro

For one last bit of steeze we hiked up to Valencia Peak Saturday morning. Epic views and a bit of elevation gain led to an amazing hike. valenciapeaktrailvpmorrorockfromvpvalenciapeak

Met a really cool couple on the trail ( who took this pic of us at the top) They were in their 60s and training to hike into the Grand Canyon with their grand Daughter. The husband hikes every Saturday morning before sunrise, lets talk about goals!besties-onvalenciapeak

After our hike, we went in to Morro Bay for coffee and an Acai bowl!acaibowl

What an amazing few days on the Central Coast… filled with hikes and brews I really couldn’t ask for anything more!

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Last weekend my friend and I took a trip from the Bay to the Central Coast. We lived together in SLO during college and were looking forward to a weekend of all our favorite SLO area things.

First stop Firestone, dinner and a flight were a must after nearly three hours in the car. Have really been loving the sours coming out of Firestone. firestoneflight

Next morning up and ready to go early, gotta get our Black Horse and SLO Donut Co. fix.  They even have gluten free donuts these days… so no excuses not to go!blackhorseandslodoco

Chels and I both had work to do in the morning but once the afternoon rolled around we were raring for a hike!  We found the Cuesta Ridge Botanical Hike and couldn’t believe we hadn’t done it before. Equal parts up and downhill but filled with epic views from start to finish!cuestabontanicalgardenimg_3387cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9152

Even waterfalls! cuestbotanicalgardentrail

A well deserved summit Brew! cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9155cuestabontanicalgardencuestridgetrail

Wooooweee does life getter better than these views! So amazing.cuestaridgetrail

What is my favorite thing to after a bunz busting hike? Drink a brew or two of course…

We headed to Bang the Drum Brewery. Great space, indoor and out. Really friendly staff and most importantly great beers!bangthedrumbbangthedrumbbrewingimg_3439

We went back to the hotel to freshen up before heading downtown for the night.

On our way DT we stopped at Central Coast Brewing for a couple baby beers.centralcoastbrewingimg_3444centralcoastbrewingimg_3443centralcoastbrewingimg_3445

Next stop, Barrelhouse Speakeasy. This is one of the coolest spaces I have ever been to. A fully functioning barbershop and then a full on taproom downstairs.

Super crowded on a Friday night but really fun.barrelhousespeakeasyimg_3446barrelhousespeakeasyimg_9202

Looking forward to sharing the rest of our weekend this week!

Guest Post: Big C and Lil’ C take on Point Reyes!

It is your lucky day, Ladies and Gents! My best friend, Chels went away for the weekend to Point Reyes with her main man and she has agreed to share their experience with all of you!

A little introduction on Chels – We have been friends since 2010! Woohooie started as roomies and now I can’t imagine life without her! She is currently working, living and laughing in the South Bay and loves exploring the Bay Area!

The Deets –

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore (Point Reyes, CA)

Plan for full days of exploring and trekking!! Be prepared to be ON YOUR FEET!

Restaurant suggestion: Farm House Restaurant – I got the Grilled Ranch Burger, Niman Ranch Beef topped with Farmstead Blue cheese and avocado! BigC, he got the crab sandwich was a special for the evening…let me tell you, that crab tasted like it was just caught that same day! Mmmmmmmm.

So this trip came about when I expressed to BigC, my longtime boyfriend of almost 5 years (wow, that’s a long time–but is has truly flown by!), that I missed my Southern California roots and that I was in desperate need of a coastal trip.  On that note, for my birthday he got me a trip up to Point Reyes, but suggested we go sometime in January to see the whales migrate down the coast to Baja, Mexico.  Let me tell you, I had been anticipating this trip since September!!
Anyway, we both took this past Friday off from work and detoured up to Petaluma, where our favorite brewery resides, Lagunitas!  We were so ready for the weekend that we were ready to indulge in the Around the World Flight, featuring 16 beers, but were advised we should maybe take it easy since we planned on taking a tour through the brewery, where they served 5 more samples!  So we listened and each got a flight of four beers – mine were IPA variations, of course!
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Saturday we woke early to head out to the Point Reyes lighthouse and whale watch.  We were staying in Olema, at the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge (pricey, but quaint, not to mention the trail head to endless hiking!!). However, a bus had broken down in the middle of the main road and ruined our chances of whale watching anytime soon – they bus tourists in and out from Drakes Beach (Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center) to the lighthouse as Winter is actually the peak tourist season due to whale watching! Who would’ve known!? Anyway, instead of waiting around we hit Drakes beach and walked along the coast, climbing on huge branches of driftwood (all were too big to take home and decorate with ceramic flowers unfortunately), watching an elephant seal sleep – we thought he was dead, until we finally headed back to drive out to Tomales Point.
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Tomales Point is the upper peninsula of the Point Reyes coast, and the only way to physically get to Tomales Point, is park at Pierce Point Ranch and hike in 4.7mi Tomales Point Trail! Remember, this is one way only, so really a 9.4mi trip and then some if you find your own private beach like BigC and I did;) This was a wonderful hike, unexposed to the salty air as the ocean and Drakes Bay surround you at all times – oh and the Tule Elk!  Don’t forget that sunscreen though! I rocked SPF70 and still got toastyyyy! But let me tell ya, this hike was one for the bunzzz, man we’re we hurtin’ on the way back!
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Saturday night we had an intimate dinner at the Farm House Restaurant (also a bar – so yes, if you need to watch your OKC basketball you’re all good!) and indulge after a long day.
Sunday the plan was to wake up at 7AM and hit the Coast Trail to Alamere Falls (yes Falls means WATERFALLS!!), however we were in pain from the previous day’s hike and a 8.2mi hike sounded daunting.  So, instead we made it out to the lighthouse and climbed the 300+ steps down (and back up!) to the lighthouse – take about a bunz burner!! And of course we got some whale watching in – we spotted a whole 5 grey whales on their journey south!  They were breeching and frolicking – tails and all – it was pure excitement.
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At this point our muscles had warmed up and we were ready to take on Alamere Falls. We packed some snacks and started along the Coast Trail (Mesa Road trailhead) which literally hugs the coast before turning inland to pass two lakes (one had a rope swing which I imagine would be perfect during the summertime) and finally reach the falls. Climbing down right alongside the falls was exhilarating to say the least. The trail leads to a plateau full of flowing baby falls which drop off over the cliff down to the beach.  We immediately climbed down (careful – loose rock, bring shoes with good grippies!) to the beach to take in the setting sun and plummeting falls.  This was pure heaven.  We took it all in, savoring every minute – sometimes, you have to stop and live in the moment, enjoy the present before it passes you by.
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Until next time, Point Reyes…I’ll see ya with my bestie J:)

Thank you Chelsea!! I can not wait to visit PR! Looks like you had a great time!!