Part 1: The Beauty of Yakushima Island

 Trip date: June 24 – July 10, 2016

Part 1 of 3 will cover our first destination in Japan – Yakushima Island. We spent four days here.

Part 1: The Beauty of Yakushima Island

In love with the peaceful vibe here.

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5 Reasons to Hike Potato Chip Rock

Location: Lake Poway (Use this address: 14644 Lake Poway Rd)
Hike: Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
Distance: 7 miles
Duration: 3 to 4 hours

I’ve been wanting to hike Potato Chip Rock for a while now. Glad we were able to make this happen on a beautiful and sunny, Saturday afternoon! It provided a refreshing start to my hiatus from work.

N and I had a $200 Hilton Hotel voucher to use before it expires this weekend (yes, last minute people we are). I thought SD was close enough for a last minute getaway. Since Potato Chip Rock was on the way down, we could do the hike before spending the rest of the weekend in SD. I was also in desperate need of nature.

This hike turned out to be one of my favorite! I recommend it if you’re looking for scenery and a challenge!

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Off the Beaten Path to the Hidden Beach of Las Islas Marietas

Trip Date: April 2016

Watch my short video of the Hidden Beach!

Recap

Before our trip to Puerto Vallarta (Punta Mita to be specific), I came across a post about the Hidden Beach of Marietas Islands on Pinterest, the site for a lot of my travel discoveries. I scrolled through the pictures, and they looked amazing! I didn’t look into how accessible it was because our intention was to stay inside our all-inclusive resort the whole time and chill pill it out. Funny enough, we talked to a couple at dinner on the first night, and they recommended we take a tour to Marietas Islands/Hidden Beach. The tour could be booked through the resort. With that said, it was a done deal.

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Hiking the Hollywood Sign!

When anyone visits you in LA and wants to go hiking, you say, “Let’s do the Hollywood hike!” The Hollywood sign is still as famous as it ever was, and as “meh” as I am about Hollywood, I do enjoy this scenic hike, where a good, angled picture of the sign in the background is your take-home accomplishment. Allie’s friend, Lauren, came to visit, so inevitably, the H-hike was a to-do.

Our uber dropped us off near Sunset Ranch, one of the entrance points to the hike. You can choose to do a group ride on horses up and down the trails. However, if you are an unlucky human on two feet, in the first 15-10 minutes of the hike, you cannot avoid the smell of the horses’ poopsicles. After you get past that though, you’ll be okay. The hike winds around the hills’ edges, allowing you to see downtown LA from afar on one side and what is probably skims of the Valley on the other. It was such a clear and sunny day, which makes for perfect hiking!

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Explore the Northern Region of the Philippines

Trip date: April – May 2015

Overview

To preface this post, I’ve been dragging my feet a bit to write about the Philippines, almost not wanting to. The main reason is that the health gods decided to punish me with all sorts of illnesses for the majority of the trip, so I wasn’t able to enjoy it all without feeling like death. Despite the suffering, I still pushed myself to experience this beautiful country. We explored a bunch of different areas from the mountains to the countryside to beach islands to the city that I can’t NOT share with the world. No pain, no gain, right…

This trip came to fruition when Nicholai’s parents asked if we wanted to go to the Philippines to attend his cousin’s wedding. He still has a ton of family back there and hasn’t been back since he was a teenager. So, we thought this is the perfect occasion to make a trip out of it.

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