Antelope Canyon

Our last stop was Antelope Canyon in Arizona. You have to purchase tour guide tickets and they only allow a certain number of people into the canyon as it can get quite crowded in the narrow canyon. We did both the Upper and Lower Antelope tour. All I can say is that it was a surreal photogasmic experience. 

Adeline, LAX

Arches National Park

Day 2 of hiking. After Bryce Canyon we drove to the other side of Utah and hiked parts of Arches National Park. This was different because the numerous arches were spread across this massive area, and you had to drive then sometimes hike to see the actual arch. We started early to avoid the heat. The first photo is North Window Arch, part of the Windows Loop trail which was extremely easy. The sun had just risen, so we got this natural fiery red color. The second photo is a panorama of the delicate arch. This was a very hard walk up a hill. The tiny people in the middle of the canyon, shows you how massive this arch and canyon is. Surrounding the arch is miles and miles of red mountains and shrubbery. The last trail we did was the Devils Garden trailhead. We saw about 7 individual arches on this trail. By the end of an entire day of hiking, the arches pretty much looked the same. I recommend this park only during non-summer months and definitely go during dusk or dawn, so you can catch incredible colors.

Adeline, LAX

Bryce Canyon
Independence Day long weekend was a perfect opportunity to do another road trip. This time, I wanted to see the canyons and do some hiking. I have so many photos of Bryce Canyon, I didn’t know which one to choose! I opted for this panorama to show you guys how massively beautiful this canyon was. The formations that the rocks have formed are called “hoodoos”. There is no where else in the world that has so many hoodoos in one area. We hiked the Peek-A-Boo Loop and Queens Garden and ended with the Rim Trail all in one day, which covered the most interesting parts of the canyon.
Adeline, LAX

Bryce Canyon

Independence Day long weekend was a perfect opportunity to do another road trip. This time, I wanted to see the canyons and do some hiking. I have so many photos of Bryce Canyon, I didn’t know which one to choose! I opted for this panorama to show you guys how massively beautiful this canyon was. The formations that the rocks have formed are called “hoodoos”. There is no where else in the world that has so many hoodoos in one area. We hiked the Peek-A-Boo Loop and Queens Garden and ended with the Rim Trail all in one day, which covered the most interesting parts of the canyon.

Adeline, LAX

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
When you go to Cabo, the one thing you have to see is this arc. There’s essentially nothing else to do in Cabo except relax at the resort and drink. I wanted to see a bit of the city so we took a tour down to Cabo San Lucas. What I actually loved most was standing on the beach, turning to one side, and watching the crashing waves from Divorce Beach, then turning to the other side, and watching the calm waters of Lovers Beach. It is here that the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. There was also no shortage of sea lions out here.
Adeline, LAX

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

When you go to Cabo, the one thing you have to see is this arc. There’s essentially nothing else to do in Cabo except relax at the resort and drink. I wanted to see a bit of the city so we took a tour down to Cabo San Lucas. What I actually loved most was standing on the beach, turning to one side, and watching the crashing waves from Divorce Beach, then turning to the other side, and watching the calm waters of Lovers Beach. It is here that the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. There was also no shortage of sea lions out here.

Adeline, LAX

Venice
I had a friend visit me back in April. I love SoCal. Palm trees and blue skies in April. The Venice skatepark is in the background. Somehow I managed to get a picture without the bums that generally wander in these areas. 
Adeline, LAX

Venice

I had a friend visit me back in April. I love SoCal. Palm trees and blue skies in April. The Venice skatepark is in the background. Somehow I managed to get a picture without the bums that generally wander in these areas. 

Adeline, LAX

Sturtevant Falls, San Gabriel Mountains
What I loved about this hike was that it was not crowded and full of interesting paths. Mini cabins, rock trailed streams and wood bridged chill out spots all amongst massive tall trees, really felt refreshing and made me forget that I was in LA. It was a relatively easy hike, hiking shoes was not necessary. Best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Adeline, LAX

Sturtevant Falls, San Gabriel Mountains

What I loved about this hike was that it was not crowded and full of interesting paths. Mini cabins, rock trailed streams and wood bridged chill out spots all amongst massive tall trees, really felt refreshing and made me forget that I was in LA. It was a relatively easy hike, hiking shoes was not necessary. Best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Adeline, LAX

Big Sur

So why did we decide to do this road trip in the first place? It was to see first hand what was the big fuss about big sur. And boy it did not disappoint. Truly one of the most beautiful drives we have ever been on. Rolling lush hills contrasted with the rocky blue ocean was just a fantastic display of nature. This is a late post. It was to conclude our LA to SF road trip. The images here are of the Bixby Bridge (featured in many car commercials and movies), McWay falls (stunning waters on a tiny beach with a mini waterfall… yes I could live here) and a house I would love to live in with the ocean as my backyard.

Adeline, LAX

The destination
And we finally reached San Francisco after 2 days of driving. The last time we came here it was too dark to take a picture of the bridge. This time round, we waited in peak hour traffic and drove up all the way to the hills in order to get this view. I took the stereotypical picture of the bridge, but I like this one because you can see the city and Alcatraz in the background. To get here, go north on the Golden Gate Bridge and turn into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and keep driving up Conzelman Road. From there its pick and choose your rest stop. Next time we’re here, we’ll have to take a picture at sunset, sunrise and when there’s fog.
Adeline, LAX

The destination

And we finally reached San Francisco after 2 days of driving. The last time we came here it was too dark to take a picture of the bridge. This time round, we waited in peak hour traffic and drove up all the way to the hills in order to get this view. I took the stereotypical picture of the bridge, but I like this one because you can see the city and Alcatraz in the background. To get here, go north on the Golden Gate Bridge and turn into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and keep driving up Conzelman Road. From there its pick and choose your rest stop. Next time we’re here, we’ll have to take a picture at sunset, sunrise and when there’s fog.

Adeline, LAX

Davenport Beach

We stumbled upon this as we were nearing San Franscisco. Still on Highway 1, we saw this massive rock in the middle of the ocean and all I could think of was “I want to go there”. It was a steep climb down to the beach but I’m glad we hiked down. We discovered mini mussels, starfish and of course more seals. Out on the distant rocks there were waterfalls forming. I climbed the big rock and just sat there and meditated. Guys were fishing off the rock and I’m amazed they managed to climb down there. Though the actual sand was nothing incredible, the blueness of the ocean and the grandeur of the cliffs were what took my breath away.

Adeline, LAX

Seals, seals and more seals

One of the best things about this road trip was the number of seals we saw. I squealed with joy when we first spotted them. It was so incredible seeing them altogether. The first bunch we saw was at Monterey, near the Monterey Fisherman Markets. They were all resting on rocks looking as cute as pie. We then continued up to Santa Cruz and stopped by the pier to follow the sounds of a major seal orgy. There was about 100 seals and I kept wondering why we kept seeing so many seals. Apparently its mating season so if you wanna see seals, around March is the best time on the Californian coast. Santa Cruz is also a super cute beach town. You must go to The Picnic Basket for the breakfast burrito.. YUM!

Adeline, LAX

Mr. Hearst is a Baller
So another stop we had to make was to the Hearst Castle. This guy has the most amazing house perched on top of a winding mountain, overlooking part of the Californian coast and the juicy green hills. You can read all about this guy online. I love how he donated his house to the Californian Parks for other people to enjoy. This picture is of his ballin’ outdoor greek style pool. Pity we couldn’t swim in it. How I wish I was famous and living in the 20’s so that I could be invited to party in this castle ;)
Adeline, LAX

Mr. Hearst is a Baller

So another stop we had to make was to the Hearst Castle. This guy has the most amazing house perched on top of a winding mountain, overlooking part of the Californian coast and the juicy green hills. You can read all about this guy online. I love how he donated his house to the Californian Parks for other people to enjoy. This picture is of his ballin’ outdoor greek style pool. Pity we couldn’t swim in it. How I wish I was famous and living in the 20’s so that I could be invited to party in this castle ;)

Adeline, LAX

Pismo Beach, California
One of the first stops on our road trip from LA to SF. It takes at least 2 full days to travel one way if you are wanting to make stops, and I suggest reserving accommodation months in advance. This is one of those road trips that you MUST do. About 80% of the trip was coast, coast coast. It was so stunning. More pictures to follow. Loving the individual character each of these pillars have, that are used to hold up this jetty. No filter, no post-processing. 100% nature.
Adeline, LAX

Pismo Beach, California

One of the first stops on our road trip from LA to SF. It takes at least 2 full days to travel one way if you are wanting to make stops, and I suggest reserving accommodation months in advance. This is one of those road trips that you MUST do. About 80% of the trip was coast, coast coast. It was so stunning. More pictures to follow. Loving the individual character each of these pillars have, that are used to hold up this jetty. No filter, no post-processing. 100% nature.

Adeline, LAX

Disneyland, Anaheim California
Growing up watching Disney films, it has become my mission to always visit Disneyland. The iconic castle was what I had always wanted to see. Slightly disappointed by the size of California’s castle, it was still a fun place to go and feel like a child again. I went on the rides that mattered, took pictures with Pooh bear and co, took pictures with the Disney Princesses, watched the colorful parade and hung out with Mickey and Minnie. This is a picture of the castle at night. All thats missing is the fireworks but I’m saving that for when I check out Florida’s castle ;)
Adeline, LAX

Disneyland, Anaheim California

Growing up watching Disney films, it has become my mission to always visit Disneyland. The iconic castle was what I had always wanted to see. Slightly disappointed by the size of California’s castle, it was still a fun place to go and feel like a child again. I went on the rides that mattered, took pictures with Pooh bear and co, took pictures with the Disney Princesses, watched the colorful parade and hung out with Mickey and Minnie. This is a picture of the castle at night. All thats missing is the fireworks but I’m saving that for when I check out Florida’s castle ;)

Adeline, LAX

Gyeongbokgung Palace
This was taken in Seoul, Korea at the center of the downtown area. The palace grounds have been burned down many times from war with the Japanese since it was first built in the 1300s. It is great that an old treasure can exist amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Seoul. Usually in Asia I always see double red doors - I thought this green was quite unique to Korea.
Christine, HKG

Gyeongbokgung Palace

This was taken in Seoul, Korea at the center of the downtown area. The palace grounds have been burned down many times from war with the Japanese since it was first built in the 1300s. It is great that an old treasure can exist amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Seoul. Usually in Asia I always see double red doors - I thought this green was quite unique to Korea.

Christine, HKG

Belur Temple
I recently went on a work trip to India, without my SLR. I managed to visit a variety of old temples in India and wanted to kick myself for not bringing my camera. This is Belur Temple, completed in 1117 CE (over 850 years old) and estimated to take 100 years to build. When you enter the temple area, you have to take your shoes off. Each piece of stone is carved individually and the detail of each piece is amazing. Of course, in India.. the locals are just as interesting to observe. 
Christine, HKG

Belur Temple

I recently went on a work trip to India, without my SLR. I managed to visit a variety of old temples in India and wanted to kick myself for not bringing my camera. This is Belur Temple, completed in 1117 CE (over 850 years old) and estimated to take 100 years to build. When you enter the temple area, you have to take your shoes off. Each piece of stone is carved individually and the detail of each piece is amazing. Of course, in India.. the locals are just as interesting to observe. 

Christine, HKG