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Have you met a fellow blogger before?
Well, I met LuAnn of Paint Your Landscape some months ago this year.
This gal is hard to reach because she’s always on the road. So when she finally hit California, I contacted this celebrity RV’er to make a reservation for an exclusive meet. A lot of RV’ers, who I pretty much envy, always organize a meet whenever they find a chance to be in the same location. So having to meet a big favorite RV blogger of mine, it was such an extreme excitement and joy for me. And for one day I also felt like I was in their click.
We met halfway between where we were from each other which is Dana Point. Well I recently broke my GPS, and I have a poor sense of direction. So when I got closer to Dana Point, this awful guy had to call her for directions. (Way to go, Rommel). She got there early, and I, on the other hand, had to be waited on. It was really my initial plan to give her a bad first impression so I can swoop in later on with my winsome personality. (For the record, I’m only kidding)
We greeted each other personally for the first time at the Ocean Institute. We saw an octopus passing from one tank to another tank through a tube. She dipped her hand to feel the starfish. There were children learning how to dissect a squid. We wander around eyeing more aquatic animals.
After that, we decided to look around the area to see more of Dana Point. We took a walk, talked trash about other bloggers (I kid, I kid), and spotted a bed of familiar birds.
She got so bored with me that she decided to just ran away from me. (I kid again)
At some point, I felt like she was thinking that I’m only trying to exhaust or test her willingness. And so I did the same thing and ran away from her as well.
We ate a nearby restaurant, talked some more trash about bloggers (I joked for the nth time), and then parted ways.
Before all these, I warned her that I might suffer a panic attack out of social discomfort. I think the only sign was that I snickered a lot. Well at some point, a homeless guy asked us for some spare change. Me and Lu looked at each other. Here we are, two strangers, only were connected through blogging and were meeting in person, and this random event occured…. Neither of us pulled anything from our pockets. Personally, there are just other ways to help these people. What I’m really getting at is I think it says a lot about how we approached each other. There was no measure of modesty, no pretentiousness, or we don’t have to act like we can walk on waters. We were in our normal selves. That’s exactly what I wanted. I have to know that I can be whacky, make mistakes, or be serious, in order for me to be comfortable around someone I just met. I’m glad I didn’t have to use a paperbag I reserved in case of palpitation.
THANK YOU, LuAnn!
Now, I can look back at Dana Point in a more distinctive way than my other California travels.
As for my Throwback Thursday picture… For your amusement ….
Me, my cousin, my father, the city mayor, some extras and my mother who was crowned Mrs. East Rembo (my hometown district) of ’91.
No, I’m not complaining. I am actually very very lucky with the weather when I travel. *Knock on wood* You see me and the weather god have a deal going on. He won’t turn on the sky’s shower. As a return, I have to share to the world the beautiful sights I see unless he interferes my ganders with bad weather.
Weather is such a worthy adversary when it comes to traveling. I hate waking up hearing that there’s rain outside that will ruin my travel plans. Great thing though that whenever I’m already out, the weather god is most of the time very cooperative with me.
But of course, even the weather god is not perfect. There are some minor hiccups.
First, I wanted to see Morro Bay Rock in a clear day…
But instead, I saw it as this …
Good thing the tree was there to help me out get a decent capture.
Fog was also covering most of the coastline that it was hard for me to appreciate it and take pictures of it. It was hard for me as well to drive California 1 as it was blocking my view. Tsk Tsk Tsk..
Some area I was still able to get a clear view…
Second… When I toured the inside of Santa Barbara Mission, initially the weather was not bad at all…
It started drizzling. You can see the ground is now wet. You can also see christmas trees on the door. I continued gazing around but stopped taking picture ’cause don’t want my camera to get wet. I didn’t get to take a picture of the little fountain and the church together.
You can read some more about Santa Barbara from my great blogging friend Debra – here. She very knowledgeable of the different missions in California.
This one is partly my fault. The hike sources clearly stated that the waterfall is usually dry and that it’s better to view after the rain. Feeling lucky and dependent of the weather god :D, I decided to hike Nojoqui Falls in Solvang anyway. You know how it turns out…
Urgh! Can you imagine that with water actually falling down!? Urgh!
So when was the time that a bad weather ruined your trip?
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I never look at the weather report whenever I’m about to travel. I basically let the chips fall where they may be, or just hope to weather god it’s rain that is falling. Since he didn’t live up to the deal on these particular days, I am, in turn, still sharing the pictures.
Halloween Extra Post:
This is from the floor of the building I stay in here in Japan. I don’t believe in ghost because I never saw one before (Duh, it’s a ghost). You can question the validity of this video but…
For one, it’s such a short and unclear appearance that if it was a made up video why not make it longer and clearer. Second, they really do keep the camera up and running there. Third, well this ine is not a “but” statement, behind the door is a mechanical door and next to it is a laundry room that it might just be some smoke coming out of the vent…
Though, you will see a thin smoke-like something that is moving. Then, you will see a footstep on the floor as if it is entering the door, and it will disappear…. Ooooh ….
Throwback pic… This next ghost happened to appear on the camera. I guess it wanted to eat the food we left on the floor.
It is soooo not me.
Unlike me, hermitsdoor managed to get clear shots of Morro Bay. Follow him to his adventures. Be amazed by his words and poetry. Get your mind running by good conversations and your eyes pleased by his photographs.
Work has been put off due to a typhoon, more like a heavy rain, and so I get the extra time to catch up and write a post.
Whenever I go take other people to places I’ve been to in California, I’m always gravitated towards touring them to Griffith Park. It’s an hour and a tad more minutes from Ventura. It’s building is cool-looking. It’s kids appropiate. It has the Hollywood sign. You get to see LA’s cityscape from the top. It has one of the best spots to see the golden California Sun. To top it all off, it’s free!
We spotted an astronomer who was preparing his telescope out in the middle of the park’s ground. He was fixing to locate Jupiter. And we got the chance to see it up close through athe telescope. He even said that it is visible with the naked eye. Problem is, you just need an expert who know where and when this grand planet is going to be at.
Jupiter is 2.5 larger than the rest of the planets combined. It’s circumference is 11 times bigger than the Earth. That’d be a lot lot lot of places to travel to if it was livable.
Can you stomach this side trip?
When I was driving back from up North down to Ventura, I was in a sticky situation of whether to stop here or not.
Somewhere near San Luis Obispo’s Mission is … dum dum dum … Bubblegum Alley. That’s right! Two walls filled with sticky and icky bubblegums glued to it. The amount of rain we have here today amounts to nothing compared to all the saliva grossly welded into those walls.
More disgustingly so is how people stick other more repulsive, ghastly stuffs to it.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE is advised.
Did you see it? A real yucky and ew moment.
That’s it for the first Throwback Thursday and the second Side Trip post. I’ll leave you with this FB throwback picture.
The boy ended up to be a stud afterall.
102. Let me introduce to you magiecrystal, a true travel writer. Though her hometown is San Francisco, she goes out travelling to different parts of the globe. Check out her seasoned explorations from the sweltering heat of Asian countries to the cold winter in Paris. Her Spain posts are my favorites, but you got to see her California post Yosemite, the Girl Next Door.
One of the awesome things of being in California is the opportunity to experience stars and glamours. That’s it, the entertainment media. I have never really exploited it nor have shown much of it throughout this blog. Well now, I am enthusiastic to present to you a minute museum that showcases props and costumes seen from WB TV shows.
Here’s what we do. I won’t put any caption and just let you see if you recognize any of the paraphernalia and clothings they exbihit in Paley Center of Media.
This next one, I’m sure Jo Bryant of Chronicles of Illusions will be pleased to see …
My favorite is their set pieces of the sitcom FRIENDS. WEEE!!! I get to see Central Perk!
If you’re a big fan of the show, see if you can remember which episodes these appeared in.
The outfits …
Paley Center for Media is located in Rodeo Dr. where you can also visit California’s version of Rome’s Spanish Footstep. Look for free one-hour parking around the area. The entrance to the museum is $10. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.
How did you do at the TV knowledge? Did you get bamboozled?
I thought I’d make a collection photos first before I bid sayonara to this land of the setting sun.
Well here’s the deal. I started writing, and I was mumbling and babbling so much cliche’s about my stay here in California adding excessive buttery words on how much I love it. Screw that :D. I’m gonna make it simple.
- Black’s Beach/Gliderport in La Jolla, San Diego -
- Ocean Beach, San Diego -
I did have options – roads, birds, people, trip highlights, flowers or trees. But in the back of my mind, ever since, I always planned to come to this point and gather all my shots of California sun. I knew this is good enough to show the culmination of my stay here in California.
This is the very first one that I got proud of…
- Channel Islands, Ventura -
Since then, I always make sure to catch the sunset during my travels. I really set it up to stop at a beach or high areas before the sun goes down.
- Half Moon Bay -
- Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California -
- Tamalpais State Park in San Francisco
- California coast/Highway 1 -
Believe you-me, I have chased the sun before and came out empty handed. It’s okay. The golden California sun, to me, is always worth the wait.
Last Call …
- La Jolla, San Diego -
Whenever I travel, I always like knocking out two (or more) birds in one stone (what a morbid idiomatic expression!). That isn’t seem to be the case with me and Monterey, Ca. Whenever I hit the road, I never had a concrete plan on my stops. Maybe I stop by Half Moon Bay. Maybe it’s time for me to hit Morro Bay. Maybe a quickie in Carmel will do for my travel fix (awful euphemism, Rommel, way to go). Monterey Bay seems to be always drawing me in whenever I pass by its sign when I approach the peninsula. And everytime, it’s as if Monterey teases me into just hitting one major spot at a time so I can come back to it again. The first time was the best aquarium in by book, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The second time, returning back South, I went to the California’s lesser-known Old Fisherman’s Wharf.
Last month, I hung out at Pacific Grove and the pier.
Other than parking fee, time and a little bit of gas, I definitely have no problem with Monterey Bay reeling me in all the time. I know there’s plenty more to explore there. Maybe I hit the non-touristy areas. Maybe I’ll go seek a hike there. Maybe actually get to a water activity. Whatever it is I do or go there, the case won’t be just maybe’s, I’m certain that I’ll have a great time for Monterey, California never fails to mesmerize me ….. each time.
My weekend with Marilyn and the rest of Palm Springs was kind of a shoot from the hip, spontaneous runaway act. It’s just that I had a choice to either mope around or go somewhere for 14 days. I got out of the house and, with zero plan in mind, I started driving.
I took the road by surprise and the road ended up surprising me.
I only figured I’d avoid the heat in “high desert” and so I went during winter season. I didn’t dream of White December. However, the Aerial Tram in Palm Springs ascended me with an elevation of 8,516 feet. Ahoy! I was standing on the snowcapped mountains I used to only stare at from the windows.
I was then greeted with forests of palm trees in a place named Palm Springs. Fancy that!
During my weekend with Marilyn and the rests of Palm Springs, it was really the time where I think of something deeply – travel is fun and being confined inside a square is not. I urge everyone to just Nike do it from time to time.
Do you do one cool thing every weekend?
If not, Snook Chaipornvadee will convince you otherwise. Head out to One Cool Thing Every Weekend and experience cool activities, embark on unique and adventurous travel destinations, and jump into the world of wonders. Some words of encouragement straight from the blog – “No matter how overwhelming or heavy life is to you, try to make the time to enjoy yourself at least once a week. One cool thing every weekend shouldn’t be too hard to do!” My favorite - 9 Best Unusual Things To Do in Southern California.
Don’t forget my blog now.
Here’s to another of my Absolute Must travel destinations in California.
Joshua Tree is much more than the intriguing tree for which it’s named for, which isn’t even a tree but of species of yucca. It is a mecca for hikers, mountain climbers, campers and nature lovers. Because of its jumbo rocks, Joshua Tree becomes a most sound rock-climbing destination.
Here’s the deal, Jessica Biel. Joshua Tree is an instant favorite of mine because of the many hiking trails for all ages. It’s just amazing when you can witness outdoorsy people, noobs or elite, all in front of you doing the same interests like you do.
My favorite part of my time there, however, was when someone from cloud 9 1/2 decided to flick the switch into tungsten lighting in different areas of the park. It made the puzzles of rocks even more magnificent than they already are.
So, who in this bizzar-o-world is this Joshua guy? And who piled up these rocks?
Eons years ago, this part of the desert was once the habitat of this muscular giant named Joshua. He got so bored that he started to play Tetris using these rocks. That theory is based on the wild imagination of Rommel of The Sophomore Slump. Geologists and archeologists, with their glasses and brushes, disagreed.
Their more boring explanation – result of volcanic activity. Pffft. Actually the Oasis Visitor Center has cool displays into how these piles of rocks uniquely came into form. And if you want to explore the entirety of it, a day cannot accommodate it. It’s okay, you can sleep under the stars as there are 6 campgrounds for individuals and groups.
More of my hikes in the future …
Last Call …
I know. I know it is sometimes hard, and can be so overwhelming. And that it is easier said than done. But look at the things I see …
Even just driving to the destination makes me think how being on the road, going outside, traveling can be oh-so rewarding ….
I know. I know that there’s is that fine line between living vicariously and living responsibly. But sometimes, stop worrying. It’s okay, there’s plenty of time to adjust. You really just have to get out there and stop thinking, contemplating. When you have the liberty to do so, then do. Take some smart risks. Remove all your attachments. Sacrifice, for yourself, you owe that. I know. I know you do.
The world is your lighthouse’s view. I say, get your binocular and scan it to the littlest part the best that you can.
‘Cause you never know what you might miss. For me, I don’t want to make the same regrets of missing travel opportunities. This time, I want to make at least an effort to go see and explore…
… to find serenity, quietude and peace …
… witness how the world operates …
I know. I understand. You can mope around the house, watch TV, stay online, or play video games. You can attend to your needs, your responsibilities and your problems. What I don’t understand are people who constantly are so caught up in achieving so much of the material things that they (think) need to worry about. I’m sorry if you disagree, they can have the physical wealth they can have but I don’t envy people who focus in one kind of success.
I beg of you …
Travel and go see the world!
Photography, Travel and Discussions?
If you don’t know this blog, then you are missing out, my friend. The (Semi-Regular) Roaming Lama focuses in one photo in each post. Carefully perfecting the composition of the image, and then expanding his subject with great inputs, whether it be informative, recommending, thought-provoking or entertaining, related or not to the picture. Mind you, though he only shares a picture at a time and that most of his posts are easy reads, he’s not one of those dull bloggers. He’s intellectual and can really make a conversation whilst you get dumbfounded by his incredible images.
This is just one of my favorites from his Photo of the Day section – Pillow Fighting in Berlin.
I’ll let LuAnn tell you more about Point Reyes National Seashore…
Some of my travels are minor excursions, side trips, that I don’t know where or how to post it. I did have some quick stops posted from before like Walt Disney Concert Hall, Marilyn Monroe’s statue, Drive-In Theater, Shell Beach in Pismo, etc. Mind you, side trips are not to be ignored. Some of my trips are even a collection of side trips like when I got my kicks on Route 66. Some of my side trips didn’t turn out to be what it supposed to or thought it’d be such as LA’s Arboretum, San Juan Capistrano Mission, Venice Canal, etc. In order for me to have one specific post for my side trips, this is going to be a running post every month.
For my first side trip… the world’s shortest railway, Angels Flight…
For only 50 cents, you get to ride a part of Los Angeles history. Oh yeah, it is very short, looks so charming, and going UP is just er? … a sweet ride. It looks cool now as it was before …
Angels Flight is in Downtown LA so it’s easy to make it a brief stop on your way to an event in LA, or maybe to Chinatown like what I did.
Read all about it from a previous Featured Blogger here.
Then to the top, I walked a little further and, by chance, spotted LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art .
Those are scraps of metal of aircraft. The museum was closed so I didn’t get to see the inside. it reminded me so much of San Diego’s.
This time it’s scraps of boats. And this time I went in.
I can’t put my finger on the one on the left. To be honest, I don’t really understand most art.
San Diego’s MOCA is very small. Definitely consider it just a side trip. Although it is smack dab right by La Jolla shores. And the good thing of the museum being small, it allows every exhibits to shine compared to other clustered and spacious museums.
That’s it for now. You see, side trips and quick stops are definitely not to reckoned with. A little bit of this and that will definitely do as my travel medicine.
Give way for this shining, glimmering and blooming blogger and her site, I am Super Star. Joycelyn has that zest for life that surely glows, and can be very contagious. Expect poetry, Philippine travels, journal entries, photoshoots (yup), beach, beach fun, fun, lots of fun, and the personalities she surrounds with . Here’s a post with lots of sun, smiles, poses and, of course, fun … Friends, Fun, Fridges at Boracay Part 1.
See you next month for more Side Trip.