Saturday, January 31, 2015

Soledaddies

For Will's 30th birthday he planned a weekend getaway in Soledad, CA.  So random, so beautiful... we hopped into the car and we were on our way!


That was a long ass drive, but we were welcomed by friends, food and this amazing vineyard backyard.  Before we could get in, we had to solve a puzzle to allow our cars into the gate.  It involved a complicated lock, a code and a red piece... oh and no reception.  We all made it in!


We were high up in the mountains, above the clouds.  I didn't know this was possible.

Below are the highlights from the getaway:




Yoga class in the morning by the pool.  In the afternoon I help a swim lesson.


We tried to take the bikes out, but the hills were too steep and the gears were too weathered.  But we tried!


We epic meals!


No, I mean seriously epic.  We had home cooked curry for dinner and a breakfast spread designed for kings.


Charles and Jimmy both created amazing recap videos!  Interesting to see different perspectives from the same trip!



A Weekend in Soledad from Jimmy Raymond on Vimeo.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Pinnacles National Park Hike


The group split up into two.  One set went wine tasting while another went on an epic hike.  I know what wine tastes like so I decided to explore the mountains!




We hugged the mountain and got some pretty cool views, but the highlight was exploring caves.  We were crawling through small areas and using our cell phone flash lights to help us get through.  Jimmy was prepared with a headlight.


"Caution: Flashlights required, low ceilings, dangerous when wet"


We had time to do some photoshoots.  Jimmy got some great shots!


On our way back!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


This hike was pretty strenuous because of how long it was, but we made it to the ocean!  It involved running across a highway and steep hills.



When we made it to the coast, we were greeted by beautiful rocks and cliffs!


Oh man - I am so artsy!


The tide pool was fun to play with too!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Across the Golden Gate



Back in November, Jimmy and I planned a spontaneous trip to the bay area.  My number one activity was to bike across the bridge since it was something I've never done before.  The Sports Basement was the perfect rental with free parking and exceptional prices ($15 for 3 hours!)  Remember to check Yelp! for deals.



Before actually crossing the bridge, Jimmy and I discovered the many many views of the bridge stopping for many pictures.  Though Jimmy has all of the pictures of both of us, I have some cute pictures of him to share.  What a stud.




And off we go!  Here's a shot of us on the bridge.  Remember to stay on the side reserved for bikers for max efficient cruising.  It was windy, but we were well equipped!







We made it to the other side to discover Sausalito!  It's a really cute town, but we didn't have time to really explore.  We were exhausted by the hills and were in a rush to make our return time.  The ferry back option seemed like a bit of a cluster so we decided to bolt back!  It was a physical challenge!  And the bike lanes weren't as clear on this side of the bay area.  I found myself cramping up.  It seemed like most people opted to just get a ferry ticket so that they didn't have to deal.



We made it back!  And just in time to grab a dinner.


We returned to So for their famous spicy chicken.  But I noticed it had been watered down.  The waitress proclaimed that I was the first one to notice!  "Yes, we got complaints, people even walked out because it was too spicy for them to eat!"  Well, I have to say it was more manageable and enjoyable when we weren't dying from the heat.

That evening we went to the Castro and watched our friends get messy.




The next day we explored the Mission District and Valencia street with Mony.  Interesting to see the Latino community hanging on to a thread while Valencia gentrification spills over.  The sad reality.



All the grit is being replaced with artist anal chocolate and oozey pastries.





Got to spend a few minutes with JV and Andy before heading across the new bay bridge.  Not sure why this picture is so yellow!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park Hike in Monticito Heights

The views on this hike are amazing and it's pretty under appreciated like a lot of things in Los Angeles county.


Maybe it was because we were hiking during golden hour, but geezus it was so beautiful look at downtown from this view point.  Save that concrete jungle for New York So Cal is lush!


You wouldn't think that this hike we be interesting because of how easy it was, but there were lots of surprises.

You can see how the highway slices through the valley and then into the city but not before stopping by these cute neighborhoods


My turn!


If you take the correct route you will stumble upon a hidden lake.  There were kids running around, couples snuggling on a picnic blanket, people fishing.  It was like an oasis unaffected by the drought.


I'm really in love.