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.
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!
Trip Date: April 2016
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.
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!
Alas, Nicholai and I went hiking in the Laguna Beach area a few weeks ago. I originally thought we would have to hike to a high point called Top of the World, but you actually drive to this point and then branch out on different trails. It’s pretty much the highest point in the area, and many gather here to watch the sunset, which we did. Top of the World showed a wide view of the ocean in between the hills. Although the trails weren’t as impressive as I thought they would be, I still appreciated the sunset view on the ocean horizon at the top.