Northern California Road Trip

Last month, my best friends and I went on a hiking trip up Northern California. Jess flew from D.C. and Cate traveled from Denver to meet up with me in San Francisco. We then drove from the Bay Area to Etna, California.

It was a 6-8 hour drive, but the journey was worth it for these stunning nature views. It’s been a few months since I have seen my best friends, so it was a memorable trip to catch up.

 

Santa Cruz

We said farewell to summer at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The hour and a half drive was a nice escape from the Bay Area fog as we were greeted with 75-degree weather and the warm sandy beach.

The boardwalk reminded me of a smaller Atlantic City, although the seagulls were nicer and less aggressive. Yes, the same amount of funnel cakes and ice cream vendors. It was very nostalgic of my childhood summers spent at the shore in Jersey (please refrain from sending me any Jersey Shore jokes).

Exhausted

This week, I am exhausted.

I am exhausted because this country was struck with 2 mass shootings in one day.

This blog post isn’t about my urgent request for gun control or my frustration with the President. This blog post is merely expressing my exhaustion.

I’m tired.

I’m exhausted.

I need to take one deep breath of relief.

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves.

Bisti Badlands

We traveled to the Bisti Badlands in San Juan County, New Mexico. The journey from Denver to NM was a long one, but it included several bathroom stops and pitstops for snacks. The Bisti Badlands, which means “among the adobe formations” is 45,000 acres of badlands (south of Farmington). The unusual, but vast rock formations will make you feel like you have the whole place to yourself.

White Sands National Monument

 

A few weeks ago, I went on a road trip with my best friends from college. We all met together in Denver and then drove to New Mexico. Our trip involved a few stops along the way, but I thought I start by posting one of my favorite spots from the trip. White Sands National Monument in New Mexico looks as breathtaking as it does in the photos. We hiked barefoot and rolled around the sand.