Yosemite National Park in the Winter

Yosemite National Park in the Winter

At the tail end of last year we finally managed to make a trip to Yosemite National Park. We live just a few hours away, but for some reason it’s never high on our priority list. The weather had just left us with a dusting of snow, and although there were lots of signs that mentioned chains required, we did not see a single bit of snow until we were well into Yosemite Valley. It was almost as if someone flipped a switch, and we went from dry and snowless to a Winter wonderland. My car is all-wheel drive, so I did not have to chain, but I can see how others might have needed to. Some of the parking areas were icy in places, and our first stop was no exception.

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Guide to North Shore Oahu

Sharks Cove / Guide to North Shore Oahu

I’ve always been pretty harsh with my opinion of Oahu. We spent time there for our honeymoon in the Summer of 2009, so it was pretty busy and crowded. We didn’t do much exploring, so when we decided to go back this past October, I was really excited to see some less-touristy sights. I’m happy to say that we had a much better experience this time and today I’m happy to share a guide to North Shore Oahu.

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Highway 1, San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Lexus RC F, and the perfect road trip outfit.

Fall is my favorite time at the beach in California. It’s always less crowded and more fun to visit when you’re not baking in the hot Summer sun. This Fall I partnered with Lexus to do a drive down the coast in their RC F model and had a blast driving it down my favorite part of the beautiful California coastline. I brought my friend Elisabeth along, and we drove down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The weather was beautiful and the traffic was light as we left San Francisco. We stopped along the way at Devil’s slide, Half Moon Bay, Redondo Beach, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Natural Bridges, and West Side Santa Cruz for dinner. We also made a ton of other little stops too, because Highway 1 is breathtaking.

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