Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas
& Happy Holidays!

I hope you are all having the most wonderful holiday season,
spending plenty of time with family & friends.

I know we are...
It feels so good to be home!*

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The perfect day for a hike in the mountains...

California really stepped it up for our last weekend living here...
the weather was amazing!

We spent all day Saturday hiking in the Cleveland National Forest.  We had so many great views along the trail and the visibility was so clear, we could see the ocean!  We hiked up to Sugarloaf Mountain, plopped down on a huge overlook boulder, ate some oranges, and took in the awesome scenery.  I'd chalk this up to one of my favorite hikes we've ever done in California.  And how fitting that it would be on our last weekend living here.  Going out with a bang!*

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday morning at the beach...

Just a few snapshots from Crystal Cove.  This beach is just a 10 minute drive down the street from our apartment.  While living here in California, we tried to make it down to the beach as much as possible.  This is one of my favorite spots.  It's always a lot quieter than the rest of the beaches and there's barely anyone ever there.  I want to remember this spot when we move back to the east coast.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

Dinner at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach Friday night

Spent Saturday hiking in the Cleveland National Forest

It was such a gorgeous day!

Views of the ocean from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain!

Made our way down to San Clemente after our hike
and was pleasantly surprised with all the Christmas lights on the pier!

Dinner at Pizza Port of course
(getting in as many visits as possible before we leave!)

Sunday morning coffee at the beach

I'm going to miss this being right down the street from our place

The rest of Sunday was spent brewery hopping!
Rough Draft, Saint Archer, Hess, and Ballast Point!

Can never have enough beer tastings!

Hess Brewing had a gigantic Jenga game!

Perfect sunset to end our last weekend in California

Well, thus concludes our last weekend living in California.  We made sure to live it up doing all of our favorite things.  I'm sure going to miss having the beach right down the street from our place.  But I'm looking forward to getting back to Pittsburgh to do all our favorite things there!  This week is going to be busy, busy.  My last day of work is Thursday.  And besides working, we've got a lot to do: start packing and cleaning our apartment, plan our cross-country road trip back, finish up our Christmas shopping, and hopefully hit up a few more of our favorite places one last time.

I'm going to need a lot of coffee to power me through these next few days...
Then it's time to hit the roooad!
Let's get to it!*

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Joshua Tree!

We've been wanting to go to Joshua Tree ever since we moved to California, but it has always been too hot.  Well, we just had to make sure we visited before moving back to the east coast, so what better time than this past weekend!  It was pretty chilly and hella windy, but we had a lot of fun!

Wandering around...

Climbing around on all the rocks...
(Can you spot the tiny specs of Brett and Brandon in some of these pictures?!)

We did a steep 3 mile hike to the top of Ryan Mountain
as the rain loomed over us, but thankfully never came down!

(Brett planting his imaginary flag at the top of the mountain, ha!)

We got done with our hike right in time to catch a bit of the sunset from Keys View...

We ended up only staying for a small part of the sunset because it was so insanely windy.  We could barely stand still without getting knocked over.  Sand and dirt were flying in our eyes and that wind was cooooold.  But that's okay because it was pretty cloudy anyway.  We headed out of the park right as it was getting dark.  We had a great time at Joshua Tree.  Cross that off the bucket list!*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Where We Belong...

This quote is perfection.

In all of our travels, adventures, and experiences,
 we have come to realize where we truly belong.

This is why I love traveling and exploring so much.
It never fails to put everything into perspective
and always allows you to appreciate the life you're living.

We will never stop adventuring.