Catching Sun Rays and Waves {Lake Tahoe, CA}

After the conference, we headed back up north to Lake Tahoe with a few other family friends for a couple of days. This might be a long post with lots of pictures because we just had so much fun during out time! The last time I had been to Lake Tahoe was just with my family for a few days of vacation about 4 or 5  years ago. I remembered having a really great time and the water being amazingly blue. Although the weather forecast wasn’t supposed to be as clear this time, we still managed to catch quite some sun while out on the lake. We rented a house nearby and spent some time hiking, jet skiing, and  boating.

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The first two morning, we made breakfast in the house. All the kids were in charge of breakfast for day 2 and I have to say, we cameup with a pretty good meal. Breakfast consisted of berry pancakes, banana chocolate chip pancakes, chicken apple sausages, yogurt berry/cereal parfaits, ham/egg wheat bread sandwiches, scrambled eggs, and an assortment of fruit.

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My family decided to go on a walk in the evening and as we were strolling around the neighborhood, a kitten came out of nowhere and followed us home. We tried calling the number on its tag but since it was pretty late, no one picked up. It stayed at around our house for the rest of the evening and through the next day as well until we received a phone call back from its owners. Even though I’m allergic to cats, I couldn’t resist his charm. He was quite the adorable little kitten and seemed so lost.

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We rented out a boat for the last full day we spent at Tahoe and did some inner tubing. Thunderstorms were supposed to be rolling in for the afternoon so we made sure to head out early and catch the sun rays. The water was pretty calm and the weather turned out to be perfect for boating.

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Tubing took a lot of energy out of us so we headed back to the house to clean  up and rest. A lot of us ended up napping for a bit and sure enough the clouds rolled in as the thunderstorms came. It cleared up enough for us to drive up to Inspiration Lookout to take a look at the view and take a few photos.

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DSC_0601Before leaving our time at Tahoe, my family stopped for lunch at The Red Hut. Their burgers were really filling and just as delicious. It’s a must location to eat if you’re in the area and of course, don’t forget to order a shake!

 

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Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda

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Chicken strips, Two avocado cheeseburgers, and a cheeseburger

If your family is ever looking for a place with some sunshine and water activities, I really would suggest going to Lake Tahoe. Even though we don’t have a dog anymore, this location would be the prime spot for vacationing with pets. There were happy dogs everywhere we went. With content stomachs, we left Tahoe with full and happy hearts looking forward to the next time we would be able to come again.

West Coast Musings: Part II

I had every intention of blogging my trip while I was gone but due to busy schedules and terrible internet, here I am blogging the rest of  my trip after I’ve returned home already! photo 3 (5)

 

The third day of travels started out in Florence, Oregon and brought us down to Crescent City for the night. Florence is famous for its beautiful sand dunes along the coast. I’ve been here once before but it was years ago when I was much younger. Back then, we rented some one seater dune buggies and I got stuck….a lot. This time, we rented individual ATVs for each of us and I still got stuck….a  lot. The sand dunes were beautiful though and being stuck meant I had a lot of time to just sit and take in my surroundings while I waited for help. After the excursion, I had to empty myself of all the sand that had collected in my clothing.

DSC_1178We were all starving after we were done with sand dunes and decided to get lunch at Traveler’s Cove and it was delicious. The portions were just big enough to fill up the appetite we had worked up. If you’re in Florence and in need of a yummy, hearty meal, I would definitely suggest visiting Traveler’s Cove!

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I’m hungry again just looking at this!

The next leg of the trip was just to get to Crescent City for the night and take it easy. We were all pretty tired and just wanted to hang out in the hotel to relax for the next day which took us through the Redwoods and then to our destination of Sonoma for our conference.

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West Coast Musings: Part I

I’m attending a church conference at Sonoma State University beginning this Wednesday so a few of us who are attending together decided to make it a road trip. We left Sunday afternoon for Seaside, Oregon. I grew up going to the Oregon Coast at least once a year and haven’t been back in a couple of years. But I never got tired of the west coast and the soft sand along the shores. It may not be filled with as much sunshine as some of the California beaches but it’s vast and not nearly as filled with people. We used to take our dog to the Oregon Coast over spring break and some of our best memories with her were at the beach.DSC_0928

Stopping by Portland to pick up a few more people, we swung by Voo Doo Donuts in Portland before arriving in Seaside around 9 PM and got settled in our hotel. It was already dark but we decided to walk to the beach anyways. It felt so wonderful digging my toes into the cool, soft sand and listening to the sound of ocean waves.DSC_0932

Monday morning, we set out with Florence as our destination for the evening. Starting off with a hike in Ecola State Park and then some fun jumping photos at Haystack.

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

For dinner, we stopped in Newport Bay at the original Mo’s. We used to at least on meal at Mo’s every time we visited the coast so it was a nice nostalgic meal. I was debating whether to order the Cannonball or the fish and chips but went with the fish and chips and just ate some of Ben’s Cannonball.

 

We had really wanted to catch the sunset at the beach so instead of driving straight to Florence after dinner, we stopped along the way at a beach and managed to catch some beautiful photos.

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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We arrived in Florence pretty late in the evening and slept really well after a long day of playing and enjoying our time together.

 

To the South We Go: the people we meet

I promptly packed up my bags and hopped on a plane to Houston the day after my last final. After a long struggle with traffic, we arrived at the airport, experienced issues with the jetwalk, and finally went on our way to Houston. I have a bad habit of falling asleep before takeoff and this time, I was sure I’d make it through awake because I was fully awake when the plane started moving, but sure enough, I found myself waking after we were already flying through the air. I woke up just in time to see these mountains though:

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There was only two out of three seats that were filled in my row so it was a very comfortable flight. The girl I sat with (I never caught a name) and I shared some really interesting conversation. She’s completed three years at Brown University, took two years off to work in England and South Africa, is currently taking some credits at UW, and will be heading back to Brown to graduate next year. She majored in Ethnic and Cultural Studies and absolutely loves traveling. She shared some advice with me concerning traveling and where to work. It went something along the lines of “Travel to a lot of different types of places and find where you can thrive best” as well as “Sometimes you don’t need a reason to go somewhere, just an inclination. Go because you want to go”. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to travel the world like I want to in the near future.