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Manteca Road trip Northern California

Have an Epic Road Trip – Northern California

I was so pleasantly surprised by my road trip in Northern California earlier this fall that I figured I’d do a round up of some great spots you can drive to if you live in the area. With the incredible variety of landscapes and towns both big and small, there’s something for everyone, no matter your tastes! Manteca, California – Have to give it up to my original hometown! There’s a tranquility in the air…

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calaveras big trees state park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

I arrived in California that week with a faint idea of what I wanted to do, but no solid plans. Since I was traveling with family, I didn’t have 100% autonomy and did have to plan around other family outings and events. I had researched several options, like visiting Yosemite, but time and budget constraints meant that couldn’t happen. Ultimately I settled on a place that I had actually visited several years ago: Calaveras Big Trees…

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in the Malibu canyon airbnb

Airbnb In the Malibu Canyon

For my girls trip to Malibu back in June, we stayed in an absolutely stunning airbnb up in the Malibu canyon. We booked the “zen room,” which came complete with very zen decor and a beautiful 180 degree view of the canyon. One entire side of our room was windows, which meant beautiful light and a beautiful view during the day! It was a perfect complement to doing other things in Malibu, since most people…

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Matador State Beach California

El Matador State Beach

After doing a solo trip to Mexico, I was more than happy to have the opportunity to do a short, but fun girls trip to California. We only had a long weekend there, so we had to prioritize what we wanted to see. I’ve been in the Los Angeles area several times before, so beautiful and beachy Malibu sounded like the ideal getaway! We rented an airbnb in the Malibu mountains for one night and…

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Poor, Unfortunate Photographs

Poor, Unfortunate Photographs

As I near the end of the California posts, I’m feeling sad for all the unfortunate little photographs that haven’t fulfilled their destiny just yet. Sadly, they must remain in the Lightroom womb until I decide they have a time and place to be posted. Or is it Lightroom crib? Have I mentioned it’s slightly weird to think of photographs as babies? Please don’t judge me. This second to last set of photos comes from…

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Bottled Poetry II – Napa Valley

Bottled Poetry II – Napa Valley

Aaaand we’re back! Since we last saw each other, you drank a delicious glass of wine and I stumbled upon what could be the greatest find of the month! (Besides the new iPad) It’s called ROLLIP and it’s a website that offers free photo filters. They have about forty different filters and it’s ridiculously easy to use them. You choose a filter, upload a photo, and they give you a preview and download link. There’s…

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Bottled Poetry – Napa Valley

Bottled Poetry – Napa Valley

The trip to Napa Valley was definitely one of the most anticipated of all my stops in California. Luckily, it surpassed all my expectations and was just as stunning as I had expected. In the car ride alone I must have snapped at least 100 photos! But actually stopping at the wineries was the best part, by far. Below is the second and most beautiful stop of the day, the Chateau Montelena. It was built…

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If you’re going to San Francisco

If you’re going to San Francisco

…make sure to wear a jacket. I took a breathtaking but chilly sunset cruise upon arrival in San Francisco last week and was unfortunately stubborn enough to not bring along a jacket for the brisk bay air. So, if you go, seriously, take a jacket. I actually spent the entire week in California and got the chance to visit quite a few places. However, I have literally hundreds of photos so I’ll split the posts…

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