Moody Beach Vibes

By now I am pretty sure it is obvious I love the ocean, I love clouds and hiking.. this past weekend my friend Nadia and I headed out to Sandie-a-Go. It was forecast to rain Sunday so we headed out Saturday morning. We were hoping that the sky would clear up throughout the day but it didn’t. I love going to the beach when its moody and cloudy, there is such a different feel that I can never get enough of.

This was our first time hiking at Torrey Pines, I had read that it was busy and they were NOT kidding. Once you get to the top the views are amazing and hard to capture it’s entire beauty but i tried, not really sure were we were going we ended up doing two of the trails. One was a loop and the other one lead to the BEACH! On our way back we ended up getting our shoes nice and wet, the curves on the cliffs vary. It was such a lovely walk on the beach a part of it was pebbled which i’d never walked on before.

After that we had lunch then headed to CRESCENT BAY! Which I had posted pictures of before I absolutely love that beach since the first day I went I try to go at least once a year. I was hoping we would catch a sunset but that didn’t work out due to the light rain.

Below Crescent Bay

Hawaii – Guatemala

One of the last things we did in Guatemala was a beach trip!! We didn’t spend that much time at my grandmas because we were always out doing things.. We also planned it that way because nothing scares me more than my grandmas. I will add pictures of her kitchen and the town, my parents both come from Nueva Santa Rosa (they’re not related i’ve asked and they asked their parents before they started dating…)

So here is the thing about my grandmas… her home is very open and there are HUGE spiders and what not, i love the silence and cold showers don’t get me wrong i can rough it out. But there are so many ghost stories that don’t sit well with me and terrify me. With that said the first night I did not sleep and almost caused myself a massive anxiety attack because that’s how my mind rolls.

We spent the last full day at the beach HAWAII in Guatemala WHAT? Seriously it was called Hawaii. We left my grams at like 5am and got to the beach around 9. Not before taking a fucking tiny little canoe with our van on it..we live life on the edge because that shit did not seem safe. Half way my dad was like oh there are piranhas here, so that happened.

We made it to the beach safely and I spent the whole day in the water (minus lunch time) the water was just so warm and clear, the waves weren’t knocking me down for a change. This was by far the best way to start 2016, there was something about that day that made the whole trip extra magical. Sometimes we get so caught up with life and take the little simplest moments for granted.

Without further ado.. here are the images!

(This is my grams stove from like the 1950s which is still being used)

Canal de Chiquimulilla

Can you tell I become obsessive? Also hey distraction

Guatemala – Dos

Here we go again. After Pana we headed to Antigua to spend New Years !!!! We checked into our hotel room and my mother and I went for a walk around the town. I couldn’t contain myself and had to get out and stay out as long as possible. I LOVE ANTIGUA! i love everything about it the people, the vibes, the cobblestone, the ruins! This has always been my favorite part about my trips to Guatemala. After our walk  I cleaned myself up and we had a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant then headed out to town.

Antigua, man oh man my new years eve will never be the same after this. EVERYONE gets together parties in the streets marimba playing, the good bye ceremony the grapes for good luck, dancing,fireworks and more fireworks. Just amazing. At midnight the fireworks go off and pretty much don’t stop till mid day!

New years day my sister and I woke up early to walk around take pictures while everyone was still sleeping.. I never sleep during trips it might be the adrenaline it just doesn’t work out for me. After breakfast I did some serious shopping (insert overly excited emoji here)

I’m really grateful for my parents love for their country and my aunt, they always teach us about the history. I think that is also the beauty of it all.

Please enjoy the images, I enjoyed photographing beautiful Antigua.

Guatemala – Uno

Cheers to the New Year! Been all over the place with my blog, but will try to maintain some sort of routine this year.

First up was Lake Atitlan, it was my first time here and as you can see was obsessed with the views. Our view from our hotel was this 5 min walk to the water, it was amazing. I am so going back to hike one of those damn volcanoes.. that is officially on my to do list. We didn’t have enough time this time around, but it will be done.

Enjoy the same view just different angles.

Maui WEST!

I’ve been absolutely horrible when it comes to updating my blog.. BUT ladies and gents Maui West aka the time my sister and I almost died #dramatic

Just like any trip I researched things to do must sees etc. I found a blowhole that was near our resort and decided to give a go. We started driving west and driving and didn’t see signs or actually knew where we were going for that matter. We stopped at a couple view points and kept driving.. At some point we decided we were just taking the scenic route and not bothering looking for the blowhole or beaches.

So about that “research” clearly it wasn’t that well since we ended up in a one way cliff to sum it up..We didn’t die obvs but did experience a traffic jam when a car was coming from the other direction and had to be guided by a local. There were 3 cars in front of us, which worked in our favor my sisters nervous wouldn’t have been able to handle all of that. Just imagine a little car on the side of a cliff… that’s exactly what happened to the car coming in the opposite direction. Maui West was stunning from every angle also extremely dangerous.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Perspective.

2015.

i’ve been wanting to do this post for quite sometime now.. But didn’t know how to start. Last year on my birthday I got into a very painful accident I was completely stopped and a man stopped on my car, leaving his licenses plate well imprinted on my bumper. I was in completely shock until I drove away from the scene and completely broke down. I just couldn’t believe it happened on my birthday aka my personal new year. I cried for about an hour had a busted lip and then still decided  go out with my friends, clearly running on adrenaline because the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed or move for that matter. This was followed by plenty of sessions at the chiropractor and a rental car.

Around this time last year i decided to leave a design job that I loved but wasn’t teaching me or letting me grow. I started 2015 jobless not really knowing what would come all I knew was that I was going to Paris in March and needed some sort of income. I’ve always been a hustler, my sister got me a temp job at USC for a while, I’m pretty sure I cleaned houses. There is no shame in my game you just gotta do what you gotta do.

I landed my job in February which was perfect that was my expiration date anyways so that worked out great. I’ve been extremely lucky, blessed, fortunate whatever you want to call it to be working for people who allow me to travel and some have encouraged it. At times I’ve felt extremely guilty for leaving for for a couple days, but honestly whatever needs to get done at work gets done.

All the trips I’ve taken thus far have been trips I didn’t think I would ever take, the Grand Canyon, Antelope canyon, Utah, Yosemite, Big Sur, Maui! And in a couple weeks Guatemala! For every single one of those trips I’ve known in my heart that it would work itself out and BOOM they have.

I’ve been super emotional about Guatemala because I haven’t gone in 5-6 years?  This is a place I’ve been traveling to since I was 5.. And the person to be waiting outside the airport won’t be there this time around. My grandpa the sweetest human that my mother loves dearly won’t be there. It’s such a bittersweet feeling because I get to see my grandma (they had been together for 60+ years) I’m both excited and sad about this trip. It’s my first time going with my dad. The first time I ever went, when we got back he was in the hospital because he had fallen off a roof (he was a contractor) and the last time I went…we got back he was in the hospital so I swore never to go back with out him. Overall I can’t wait to spend the New Years with my family (minus my brother and sister in law). I’ve spent a good amount of New Years in Guatemala and as much bitching (ungrateful teenager) use to do, I secretly loved going..

I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me. I’ve already purchased my ticket to Morocco !!!! I have so many plans for new adventures. 2015 was magical over all it taught me that I CAN do whatever I set my mind to. And I can’t wait to test that out next year.

Maui Part One.

I WENT TO MAUI! My sister the reason why I travel! decided she wanted to go to Maui so we went! One of the best birthdays ever! I’ll leave my awesome story telling skills for Snorkeling && West Maui.

SNORKELING!!! So as some people know I can’t swim at all (actually I can but NOT) I’ve never been snorkeling, I sorta tried it when we went to Oahu last year but it didn’t exactly work out blah blah blah. We took a tour  it was pretty amazing Molokini Crater is pretty fucking awesome (I was given a noodle HEYYY didn’t drown) such an amazing experience..wait for the GOOD PART it is coming! Someone went off to the danger zone where apparently sharks hang out no big deal at all… and we had to go rescue them because the current was starting to get stronger and that person got stranded nothing like a little drama to spice things up. So below are the pictures of that and by that I mean snorkeling not the rescue…:

Molokini Crater Corner ^

Zion – Emerald Pools 

From the beginning now! We left Los Angeles at 3-4am to do good time…adrenaline that’s what kept us going and tons of coffee. We arrived to Zion at around 1pm we had to figure out how everything worked and shuttles all that lovely stuff, also a HUGE rock had fallen and was blocking one of the hikes I wanted to do so that was a bummer but whatever still want to go back and do Angels landing. Rambling I ramble.. Anyways zion was extremely hot that day 90s hot which we knew and we knew that Bryce would be much cooler so we were well prepared. We hiked to the emerald pools (see pictures below) which was a 3.5 mile hike or so, that was a nice hike to get our feet wet it had its share of good shade which was much appreciated. We weren’t sure where we were going exactly we just went and thankfully didn’t get lost, always a plus. When we arrived to the upper pools it felt like a little oasis  we were surrounded by trees, rocks and grand cliffs. After this we had lunch then headed to weeping rock which I will get to on the next post 😁.

enjoy!