Jul 15, 2011

hiking, hot dogs, and a bit of hoopla!

Hi Ocean Dreamers! I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying your week! Happy almost Friday - I still have a few hours to go but I know some of you are already there.


Thank you so much to my amazing and wonderful friend Selma for guest posting a few times while I've been off having fun in the sun. She'll be back to entertain you with another one of her delightful posts again early next week while I am in Las Vegas and then I'll be back!

So I'm still in sunny CA enjoying the time with my love. Tomorrow I'll get to take a break from my normal work schedule to see a few friends in Orange County and I'm looking forward to it. Some of them I haven't seen in over six months! I'm also excited to see this lady.

I mentioned that I've been on a couple of hiking adventures, and I want to begin to cover part of my adventures with BK in Northern CA on this post. We just got back from Northern CA a few days ago and we were there for about a week. I love road trips but I admit it was nice to come home. I had so much laundry to do and fold for both of us!! But thankfully I got it all folded today and I just have to repack for Vegas at the end of this weekend and I'll be set. I'm kind of getting used to living out of a suitcase with all of the traveling I do, but it is very nice to be organized at home after coming back from new adventures.

So here are a few pictures summarizing what I have been up to and believe me - more pictures will come later!
 
While in Northern CA I had BK snap this picture of me in front of these artful flowers on the side of a building! I thought my maxi dress matched pretty well - don't you think so too? Now if only those flowers were real - wouldn't that be so much fun to go running around in?! I love all of the colors!
I have a huge weakness for...hot dogs. But this one I can justify because we had this amazing hot dog and baked beans on the 4th of July. We also bike rode to the beach during the day where there were tons of people! I'm actually kind of glad we stayed in doors and opted out on watching fireworks later that night - I had fun just walking around and putting my feet in the ocean water during the day time! It was very farm due to our hotter temps in Southern CA. Plus, I got burned that day too from bike riding around in my swimming suit. Oops. ;)
Okay...I can't believe I am posting this but I ate a chili hot dog too - and finished it! I promise I don't eat like this all of the time. I also ate this several days later after the 4th of July. But enough with the excuses, the fact of the matter was it was good and after I finished this hot dog we went on an 8 mile hike so it definitely was burned off! Wow was it good though. Oh, and I skipped the fries and let BK dig in. Thought you might want to know, lol.
Here I am right before the hike. Aren't the walls cool? It has every carved signature imaginable on this wall!
After eating the biggest chili hot dog in history we headed for a land of nature. We were greeted with this gorgeous site. Then we began a hike into the mountains. At times we were hiking for a mile straight up a hill that didn't stop! My thighs and legs definitely hurt a few days after the hike.
 
The sun was shining so beautifully through the trees on our way up the mountain. What was wonderful was for most of the time we were covered in shade so we didn't have to worry about the added sun exposure.
I'm a hiking girl who is happy!
Here's a glimpse of our trail...gorgeous trees, leaves, nature, water, and everything you could want and more on a hike! I can't wait to explore more trails in Northern CA in the future.
Look - we even crossed delightful bridges!
We reached the top and now we need to make our way back!
Look who decided to visit us once we reached the bottom? Yep, Bambi and his family. Look - they are all grown up! ;) There was about six deer and they were all so tame - BK and I sat in the car for about a half an hour after and just watched them interact and eat. They are so sweet and peaceful, as I mentioned in My On Going Journey to Happiness post. 

So after this hike we went on another hike a few days later on Angel Island! However, I will cover that in a future post. Right now I need to head to bed to get up and meet some amazing friends tomorrow! 
And after getting together with some friends...well, then I'm going to Vegas with BK for a few days! Weeeee!! Sorry - just doing my hoopla dance. :) See you after Vegas (a few guest posts are scheduled during my absence) and I'm most definitely going to catch up on your blogs when I'm back. You are all missed!



13 comments :

  1. Love your pictures, and that trail looks inviting!!! Reminds me of one near here. ;)

    Have a fun Friday girl!!! :)
    Thanks again for letting me post!

    xoxo

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  2. Love all your pictures!! Sounds like a fabulous time.

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  3. that chili dog looks amazing. YUM!! have so much fun in vegas with bk!!! xoxo

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  4. Looks lovely (and so do you)! So glad we got to spend some time together today, lover. I've missed you.

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  5. I love hiking! There's not as much of it this side of the Mississippi and that makes me sad. Looking at those pictures makes me a little homesick for the west! Hope you have a blast in Vegas. Talk to you when you get back!

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  6. Absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos! Sounds like a great hike! That chili dog looks awesome, too!! :0)

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  7. Great post and pics...so glad you are enjoying your Cali time....I think I'm going to have to have some hotdogs for lunch =)))

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  8. wow looks like you had a blast. those hotdogs look delicious sista! I am a completely in love with a good dog as well :)

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  9. Looks like a blast! I want a hot dog now, thanks.

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  10. looks like lots of fun :)

    glad you had a great trip!

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