Author: Anna Harris

Anna works an average 9-to-5 job as a Mechanical Engineer, but on the weekends transforms into a wilderness wandering mermaid. Combining her passion for aviation and wanderlust, she explores the world with unique adventures and has a knack for finding great travel deals.
Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

Sacramento was my home for almost a full year, and it really grew on me over time and I began to love the whole “Midtown life.” I had so much fun living down the street from tons of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and being able to walk everywhere. Below are some of my top places in the Sacramento area to check out!

Photo by Diana Elena

Temple Coffee

I grew up on Starbucks my whole life, but after being exposed to Temple Coffee, which also happened to be right across the street from my apartment, I was hooked. Not to mention, it’s such a fun and trendy industrial atmosphere, and the floor is made out of pennies! Try their Affogato Nitro Float for a shot of quality espresso with some delicious in-house ice cream.

Photo by Diana Elena

Lowbrau

Located in the gay district of Midtown, it’s rather amusing they put a sausage restaurant in the middle of it all. This intersection with the nightclub Faces along with all the other bars and restaurants is the place to be on a Saturday night! I definitely recommend the bratwurst on a pretzel bun with a side of duck fat fries paired with their beer cocktail, the Shandy.

Man, I’ve turned into such a foodie living in Midtown…

Photo by Diana Elena

Biergarten

Another German place down the street! Yes, a German beer garden with all sorts of great snacks! They’re known for their beer slushies, where they give you a giant boot of beer topped off with slushie deliciousness. And you have to try either their garlic fries or the giant pretzel!

Photo by Diana Elena

Cantina Alley

This place just opened up down the street and I am hooked on their happy hour selection of Mexican tapas! It gets insanely crowded so expect to put your name down for an hour wait. My favorite is the elote, which is juicy yellow corn on a stick rolled in mayo cream, cotija cheese, and Mexican spices (my mouth is watering just thinking about it). Their La Sandia drink is the best, and dangerous because of how good it tastes. They serve the drink in a scooped-out mini watermelon with watermelon puree, silver tequila, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice topped with a sprinkle of Tajin chili-citrus salt for an extra kick. I’m also a huge fan of prickly pears from cacti so I love their bright pink prickly pear cocktail!

Photo by Diana Elena

Clementine Dam

Shifting away from food (I love food, if you couldn’t tell) I wrote a previous article on the Clementine Dam hike, and it’s a great place to check out for an afternoon hike. Read about it here!

Sunflower Fields

And if you get the chance to visit in the summertime (I encourage you not to though since it gets unreasonably hot), you have to see the sunflower fields of Dixon! The best time to take photos is at sunset since they always face East. Be careful though, farmers place hives next to the fields so there’s tons of bees.

California Road Trip

California Road Trip

A few weeks ago I went down to Southern California one last time to visit friends and family before departing for the Peace Corps. One of my cousins who had never been to California before came out to visit and I decided to make a fun road trip out of it of all my favorite sights in the Golden State. 

Day 1: Hollywood

Any first timer to California of course wants to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame but honestly it’s a little disappointing and dirty. It’s still fun to drive down Hollywood Boulevard so they can see it, so we decided to do that and head to Melrose Avenue to do some shopping. Be sure to catch the sunset at the Griffith Observatory for a beautiful view of all of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood sign. Once night begins to fall, check out the street lamps at LACMA. Oh, and don’t forget some In n Out, animal style ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2: Santa Monica & Venice Beach

One of my favorite restaurants ever is True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica. It’s more of a trendy vegan eatery, but I love how fresh all the vegetables are and the dishes are so different! From there you can walk over to the Santa Monica Pier and then do some shopping at Third Street Promenade

Venice Beach is only a few minutes driving down the road for all things California and weird. People always say that Californians are crazy, but where does it come from? Yup, Venice Beach. From street performers, to people selling children’s reggae (The ABC song, reggae style? What?), and ridiculously overly buff people working out at Muscle Beach, it’s a must-see! 

Abbot Kinney is only a few blocks away, which has some trendy shopping and one of my favorite ice cream shops, Salt & Straw. Where else are you going to find goat cheese and olive ice cream?!

Day 3: Malibu

Growing up in Thousand Oaks, which is only about 20 minutes away, Malibu is the go-to place for the best beaches. Early in the morning we went surfing at County Line, and even though the waves were small it was great being out on the water. It reminds of the high school days; getting up at 4:30 AM to catch waves with my group of girlfriends before having to go to class. 

I met up with my favorite skin & hair care company, Organic Fiji, to do a photoshoot at Point Mugu beach. Rather than just having product shots they wanted to have someone actually using their coconut oil in the photos. You can get 25% off all their products with my code ‘annaharris25cocotribe’ ๐Ÿ™‚ 

There are so many interesting rock formations and sea caves in this area to explore! And after a long day at the beach, my favorite smoothie place near Zuma is called SunLife Organics. And to top it off, it’s always fun to grab your best pals and have a bonfire right on the beach while looking at the stars. 

Day 4: Up the Coast

The first place we stopped at road tripping up the coast was Ostrich Land in Buellton, where you can feed all the different ostriches and emus. Kind of a fun little spot to stop at along the way! Close by is the little Danish town of Solvang, and don’t forget to pick up some pastries like Kringle or Butter Ring!

My favorite place to get clam chowder is Splash Cafe in Pismo, where they have bread bowls toasted perfectly with butter. And down the freeway is San Luis Obispo, which is a cute little town and has the famous Bubblegum Alley. I think my favorite part was watching parents freak out as their little ones tried eating the gum off the wall. 

Last stop for this road trip was San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge! You can get a great view of the bridge from Baker Beach, but be cautioned! There are nudists! I had no idea until a large nude man started sprinting towards us out of nowhere…

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

One of the best things about living in California is getting to go on weekend trips to Mexico! Cabo San Lucas is about a two hour flight from LAX, making it a perfect 3-day getaway for warm ocean water, beaches, amazing nightlife, and awesome diving. Below is a day-by-day itinerary to help you plan your trip!

Day 1: Arrive Cabo San Lucas

There aren’t that many flights that arrive and depart at convenient times for Cabo, so try to get there as early as possible! Unfortunately the customs line can be horrifically a couple hours of waiting (make sure you don’t even look at your cell phone, otherwise officers will catch you and send you to the back!) and the airport is about 45 minutes from the actual city. 

When you rent a car online, you might see deals through big rental companies like Hertz or Budget that only have you pay $2 per day for the car, so of course you’re thinking, wow what a steal! Unfortunately what they don’t tell you is that you’re required to pay for Mexican car insurance, which is actually about $40 per day. 

The best places to stay are near the marina since it’s the closest to all the nightlife! There’s tons of shopping in downtown, and make sure you always try bargaining since they give you extremely high prices if you’re not a local. Some of my favorite places to hang out at during the night are the Giggling Marlin, where they can hang you upside down and give you 3 shots for $10 while spinning you around, Squid Roe, which is the ultimate dance scene, and lastly Cabo Wabo, an older crowd but they have the best live entertainment and drinks rather than 16 year olds running around.

Day 2: Diving

If you’re an avid diver, Cabo is perfect for warm waters, 85 degrees during the fall and the best time to go is September through November. One of my favorite dive companies is called Cabo Trek, found at El Tesoro Resort right on the marina! The dive shop is run by a foreigner that has quality equipment and you can even get the boat all to yourself so you don’t have to worry about other divers getting in the way. 

Some of the best dive sites are the Arch at Land’s End, of course, where you can see colonies of sea lions. They act like dogs since they’re so curious and will tug at your equipment and try to mess with you. Another favorite is the Sand Falls, where you can dive down to about 90 feet and see a bend in terrain, like the horseshoe in Niagara Falls, and sand falls off the very edge into the abyss. 

Day 3: Heading back home

It’s awesome if you can get a flight later in the day back to the states, but unfortunately for us the cheapest flight available was early in the morning. Remember to take into account the extra 45 minutes it takes to get to the airport if you’re renting a car. And have a blast!

Below is my latest vlog on YouTube of Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy!

A Weekend in Buffalo, New York

A Weekend in Buffalo, New York

Over Memorial Day weekend I flew to New York for one of my best friend’s weddings! Spending three days in the area was the perfect amount of time to explore and see all the sights. Here’s a day-by-day account of my trip along with my favorite things to do in Buffalo!

DAY 1: Wedding Day in Lockport, NY

We flew out from California on Friday afternoon and got into Buffalo at 1 AM on Saturday and drove to our hotel in Lockport, NY. I was so excited to see two of my wonderful friends, and the next morning we met up at the maid of honor’s house to get ready for the big day. 

It had been raining before we arrived, but it cleared up and the sun came out just in time! Everything was laid out so beautifully for the ceremony on the Erie Canal, and afterwards we all piled into a paddleboat for cocktail hour and went through the locks on the canal. 

DAY 2: Buffalo, NY

We did a little bit of exploring around Buffalo, and for your morning coffee and pastries you should definitely try Tim Horton’s Iced Capp! Walking along Canalside there’s some food trucks and a lot of water sports you can try out, and fun areas with giant board games. One of our favorite things to do was going brewery hopping, my favorites including Big Ditch Brewing Company for some great food to pair with drinks and Thin Man Brewery, which is also a late-night bar with live music. And, of course, you have to try some buffalo wings while you’re in… Buffalo! So head to Anchor Bar!

Day 3: Niagara Falls

The best way to see Niagara Falls is to view it from the Canadian side, and you can hop over the border and back in a matter of a few hours. We parked near the border on the American side of Rainbow Bridge and walked over to the other side into Canada, which has a beautiful view of the falls as well. Make sure you bring your passport! 

After going through border patrol we walked down the road about 20 minutes to the Canadian visitor center, where we bought tickets to Journey Behind the Falls. The self-guided tour is a great way to see the falls from the bottom. I’d rather do this tour than the Hornblower, where you usually wait in a line that’s 3 hours long, since you’re packed like sardines on a boat ride to get drenched. At least with Journey Behind the Falls you can get drenched on your own time!

After seeing the Canadian side, we headed back to the falls on the American side to see Goat Island, another viewing point. It’s a pretty area to walk around but unfortunately you’re looking down at the falls so you don’t get to see much of the actual waterfall.

Our flight took off in the evening so it was a great weekend trip to see all the main sights, and of course to see my beautiful best friend get married! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I also made a vlog on my YouTube channel so check it out!

A Weekend in SEATTLE

A Weekend in SEATTLE

Since I’m only about a month away before departing for the Peace Corps, Caleb and I decided to fly up to Seattle to visit one of my best friends since childhood! A lot of the following will be great activities to fill your weekend trip but there are also personal touches here and there since we were visiting friends and catching up. 

First thing’s first: Din Tai Fung, the best place for dim sum and dumplings in Seattle! The location at Pacific Place Mall is brand new and we preferred going there over the original since we could leave our car in the parking structure and walk around afterwards. 

We headed to Pike Place, which is super touristy but I love going there every time I visit to see all the seafood, fresh vegetables and flowers, and all the crafts lined up in the shops. It’s a great place to get souvenirs as well! 

For a good view of the city, instead of going to the Space Needle, you should check out the Skyview Observatory – Columbia Center. Even though it’s not a 360 degree view, it’s the tallest viewing point west of the Mississippi and it doesn’t disappoint!

Gasworks Park is an old gasification plant that’s now a nice park to walk around and see the Seattle skyline from across the sound. You can also see lots of seaplanes taking off ๐Ÿ™‚ Close by is the Fremont Troll, which is a short walk away! It’s a fun sculpture to take photos of, and then afterwards we headed down to some breweries! 

 

Fremont Brewing Company has a great selection of craft beer along with some tasty snacks to go with your drinks. My favorite was down the road at Schilling Cider House (because I love cider) and they have some interesting flavors including Habanero Raspberry, which was actually really good! It’s a fun spot to hang out with friends and play Jenga as well.

The next day we spent prepping for a Filipino party! My best friend decided to throw me a going away party since I’m leaving for the Peace Corps and invited all my friends in the PNW! It was a wonderful time eating my favorite foods and belting out karaoke!

On our last day we headed back to Pike Place to get some hum bao (steamed pork dumplings) and went to check out the Ballard Locks to see all the ships moving in and out of the harbor and the sound. Nearby there’s a farmer’s market on Sundays that has great food and crafts to check out! 

My best friend also persuaded me to try vlogging so check out my YouTube channel! 

SpringLocker: From SoCal to Worldly Explorer

SpringLocker: From SoCal to Worldly Explorer

Hey Everyone! 

I’m starting to incorporate more collaboration articles into my blog so I have them all in one place to reference later. Awhile ago I was interviewed by an outdoorsy company called SpringLocker, which is a website that crowdsources the best outdoor gear and experiences. So for example, you can add a review for your new La Sportiva climbing shoes so other climbers can figure out what the best climbing shoe is for them. 

Read about my story here about how I fell in love summiting mountains, starting in California and now all over the world!

FROM SOCAL TO WORLDLY EXPLORER

Eyjafjallajรถkull, Iceland

 

My Peace Corps Application Timeline

My Peace Corps Application Timeline

From what I’ve observed through other bloggers in the Peace Corps and on the Reddit thread page, it seems like Peace Corps application timelines are really popular. Everyone who goes through this long process (sometimes taking up to a year!) is curious about when they’ll hear back, or when they should expect to reach the next stage. I’ve divided mine into a general timeline of main events along with a detailed sub-timeline with my medical and legal clearances, so, here goes! 

General Application Timeline

For those who want the general main sequence of events:

October 9, 2016: Submitted Peace Corps application

October 27, 2016: Under Consideration for Panama leaving July 2017

November 4, 2016: Interview request with placement for Environmental Engineer & Water Resources Coordinator position

November 10, 2016: Skype interview with placement officer at 9 AM EST for 1 hour

February 8, 2017: Received official invitation to serve and accepted! 

May 10, 2017: Received medical clearance

May 15, 2017: Received legal clearance

July 10, 2017: Depart for staging in Miami

July 12, 2017: Depart for Peace Corps service in PANAMA!

Detailed Application Timeline

For those that want all the nitty gritty details because you browse the Reddit thread everyday on the hour, hoping you’ll hear back soon:
 
October 9, 2016: Under the new application that takes a fourth of the time to fill out from the previous system, I was able to complete all the supplements that were sent shortly after submitting the main application.
  • Submitted Peace Corps application
  • Received and completed Health History Form
  • Received and completed Peace Corps Service Preferences
  • Received and completed Soft Skills Questionnaire

October 27, 2016: Received Peace Corps Application Update email saying they reviewed my application and placed me Under Consideration for Panama leaving July 2017.

November 4, 2016:

  • Received Peace Corps Interview Request email with placement for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Extensionist position in Panama leaving July 2017. I compared this with the Environmental Engineer & Water Resources Coordinator position and they were the exact same description, except the latter required engineering. I emailed my Placement Officer to ask about the differences and if I could be placed in the Environmental Engineer & Water Resources Coordinator position. My Placement Officer emailed back explaining the positions and moved me based on my request.
  • Scheduled Skype interview for November 10, 2016 at 9 AM EST
  • Received Peace Corps Interview Confirmation email with policy attachments and an outline of what will be discussed in the interview

November 10, 2016: Skype interview with Placement Officer at 9 AM EST for 1 hour. Great interview, told me since I was the first round of interviews I wouldn’t hear back until after December. For a detailed account of the questions they asked, check out this Reddit page and there’s also a Wiki Links page with questions. Since they had sent an outline in the email beforehand, I had prepared answers for each question, so make sure you do your homework and it’ll go smoothly! My Placement Officer said she hadn’t received my second reference letter yet and to send it in soon. I followed up with my second reference, my professor from college, and she submitted it that day (talk about a quick reply!)

November 18, 2016: Met with my local recruiter to talk about the Panama WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) program, ask questions about Peace Corps, and had her look over my resume to see if there was anything I could do to become a more competitive candidate. 

November 28, 2016: Received legal packet in the mail. Was supposed to receive it within 3 weeks, but there was a problem sending it out. Made an appointment for fingerprinting at the local police station.

December 9, 2016: Followed up with my Placement Officer to let her know I had uploaded an updated version of my resume to account for some volunteer work I did with the Nepalese Humanitarian Help Organisation to provide support for their water resources sector. I also added some advanced Spanish classes I was taking at the local community center and provided the syllabus. 

December 16, 2016: Fingerprinted at the local police station. Was told to keep the documents aside until I receive my invitation to serve.

February 8, 2017:

  • Received and accepted official invitation to serve in Panama July 2017 as an Environmental Engineer & Water Resources Coordinator!
  • Medical tasks were populated in the portal and started organizing and making appointments. What helped me was printing out each document and labeling each one with “to-do tasks” (yes, for every single document) to help me stay organized. That helped me to figure out what I already had done in the past and which tasks I needed to complete and appointments to make, and made my medical clearance an incredibly smooth process. Make your appointments ASAP since it can take a few weeks to see your doctors!
  • Learning Spaces tasks were populated in the portal, such as “Orientation to Safety and Security” and “Peace Corps Core Expectations.” I completed these in between waiting periods of medical tasks.
  • New Volunteer Portal tasks were populated in the portal (there are so many portals!), which have to do with press releases, banking information, and other legal/ monetary details
  • Sent in my legal packet

February 14, 2017: Met with the passport acceptance agent at the local library, since you could do walk-up appointments. Once completed, sent in all my passport documents to Sato Travel, the agency that handles all our passport and staging documents via FedEx. Since I knew that I would be traveling before departing for the Peace Corps, I had to jump a few hoops and fill out the DS-11 form so I didn’t have to submit my current passport. I brought in the following documents to the passport acceptance agent:

  • DS-11 form (NOT signed)
  • 2 passport photographs
  • Colored copy bio page of current passport
  • Birth certificate (I didn’t have mine so I had to order one online from VitalChek and rush ship it a few days earlier) + a black & white copy
  • 2 completed copies of the Passport Block Letter

February 15, 2017: A few days earlier I had called my pediatrician to request my vaccination records so they faxed me the results. From what I received, the following medical tasks were submitted:

  • Vaccination records: I sent everything that my pediatrician had faxed me under this file
  • Varicella: Since I had both strains done under my pediatrician vaccination records, I basically made a copy of what I sent for the vaccination records, highlighted the varicella boxes, and sent in the file
  • MMR: I did the same thing as I did for varicella since it was already done in my pediatrician vaccination records except highlighted the MMR boxes
  • Polio: Again, same thing as the previous two except highlighted the polio boxes
  • Medical Care Compliance form

February 16, 2017: Received email that my legal packet was received and my background investigation had begun

February 27, 2017: Met with my primary care doctor for my physical exam. I filled out and completed (some of) the following tasks:

  • Medical Examination Form: My doctor filled out most of this form, but could not sign it off until I completed the attached blood tests so he could analyze the results
  • Reported Medication Verification Form: Since I was not taking any medication, I just had him write “Not Applicable” and sign & date the form.
  • HHF (Health History Form) Positive Response Form: My doctor just looked through this since we had filled this out when we submitted the application and then signed it off to verify all responses were true
  • Physical Examination Lab Work Form: My doctor gave me a form to take to a lab next door (which I did right after the physical) for all the blood tests. He couldn’t sign it off until we got the results back
  • G6PD Lab Form: The doctor also included this blood test in the form to take to the lab.
  • Yellow Fever: The doctor wrote me a referral to get this shot
  • TD Immunization: The doctor wrote me a referral to get this shot
  • Polio Booster: The doctor wrote me a referral to get this shot

March 3, 2017: Met with my optometrist for my eye exam and submitted the Prescription Eyeglasses Form

March 6, 2017: Met with my OBGYN doctor and my dentist the same day to submit the following tasks:

  • Pap Screening Form: Called a couple days after the exam to have them fax me the results
  • Dental Exam Form: I go to the dentist every 6 months so this was a pretty routine check-up for me
  • Dental X-Ray Form: I had the bitewing x-rays done during this appointment but I also needed to include a Panorex. Fortunately when I had my wisdom teeth removed they took a Panorex, and since it was less than 2 years old I could use that. I called my oral surgeon and they emailed me a copy and I submitted it with the bitewing x-rays.

March 8, 2017: Went to Safeway to get my shots. Even though I had a referral from my primary care doctor, they said I needed to go through their doctor for the referral, so it cost extra. Luckily my insurance covered the cost of all the shots. 

  • Polio Booster: Even though I had all my polio shots done when I was a kid, they require 1 booster shot over 18. When submitting this task I just uploaded a copy of my receipt that said I got the shot
  • TD: I had all my TD shots done when I was a kid, but they require 1 booster within the past 5 years. When submitting this task I just uploaded a copy of my receipt that said I got the shot
  • Yellow Fever: Make sure you submit this task with the bright yellow World Health Organization card

March 13, 2017: Follow up appointment with my primary care doctor to discuss lab work results and sign off the rest of my documents. Submitted the last of the following medical tasks:

  • Medical Examination Form: Everything else was filled out from the previous appointment so the doctor just had to fill out the blood test section
  • Physical Examination Lab Work Form: I attached the lab results and had the doctor sign each page
  • G6PD Lab Form: Since this test was done in accordance with the other lab work, I made a copy and highlighted the G6PD section and uploaded it.

April 3, 2017: Received an email the previous week from our Country Desk Officer for a conference call on the Peace Corps Panama program and to welcome our cohort! It was a general informational meeting about what service is like in Panama.

April 26, 2017: Received an email about my medical clearance tasks. My assigned nurse said that clearances were backed up and they were currently working on those with staging dates in early June and would get to mine soon.

May 1, 2017: Received another email from our Country Desk Officer to join the Peace Corps Panama Duolingo Classroom so they can keep track of our Spanish progress and get an idea of where we stand when we have our upcoming Spanish interview for placement when we arrive in Panama.

May 10, 2017: Received an email from my Peace Corps nurse asking if I could verify the date of the 3 shots I got and to confirm I’m not taking any medication. I replied as soon as I got the email, and then within minutes I received my Medical Clearance! She said my organization was “stellar” and made the process really easy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve heard so many horror stories about medical clearances and how tough it is, but mine was a really smooth process.

May 15, 2017: Received my official email for Legal Clearance!

May 25, 2017:

  • Had another conference call with the Country Desk Officer specifically about the Panama WASH program and what we should expect our training to be like.
  • Received an email to schedule our Spanish interview.
  • Also attended the Peace Corps Send-Off Party in Sacramento! It was great networking with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and getting great tips for service, and meeting a few other soon-to-be volunteers.

June 12, 2017: Spanish interview

July 10, 2017: Depart for staging in Miami

July 12, 2017: Depart for Pre-Service Training in PANAMA!

 
 
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

One of my favorite things about California is being able to go on weekend trips to such diverse parts of the state! One weekend you could be skiing in Lake Tahoe, and another weekend you could be camping among the redwoods. In April, Caleb and I decided to spend the weekend surfing in Santa Cruz for his birthday!

We stayed in a beautiful art studio in downtown Santa Cruz, so it was only 20 minutes walking distance from the pier, beach, and some great restaurants. Our first morning we rented boards from a shop for $5 an hour, or $25 for a full day. Since we had planned on surfing the next morning too, we decided to rent them for the day. 

We headed to Steamer’s, which is a great spot for experienced surfers over by the lighthouse near the downtown area. It’s a beautiful picturesque spot where you can see the sun rising over the horizon with the lighthouse on the edge of the cliff, and ocean water like glass with bright green kelp forests swaying below your feet. A good spot for beginner’s is called Cowell’s, which is down the road a little ways. It was pretty packed when we drove by but it’s perfect for those learning how to surf! 

Another thing that I love about surfing at Steamer’s is that there’s a small coffee shop called Steamer Lane Supply in the parking lot right across the way where you can grab an acai bowl, a fresh smoothie, or other fresh treats right after a good surf. Even if you’re not surfing it’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee and walk along the coast in the morning! 

After surfing we rinsed off at our Air Bnb and walked along the pier, which had some great carnival rides and a beach to hang out. It was pretty packed with tourists so we didn’t stay long, but it looked like a fun spot to take kids. My favorite lunch spot was Pono Hawaiian Grill, where they have really tasty poke bowls customized to your tastes along with other great trendy Hawaiian fusion food. A great dinner spot is Lupulo, which is a brewery with all kinds of craft beers along with tapas. And for dessert, you have to check out The Penny Ice Creamery, where they make all their ice cream flavors in-house and have trendy flavors, and can even make ice cream sandwiches! 

Santa Cruz has a great downtown area where you can go bar hopping and check out live music! It’s perfect to start on one end and explore all the different bars down the road. There’s even windows of little pizza places where you can grab a slice before heading to the next bar! After another morning of surfing we headed back home, but it was a great weekend to celebrate Caleb’s birthday, being in the ocean, and eating our way through Santa Cruz!

How to Take Stunning Photos in Antelope Canyon

How to Take Stunning Photos in Antelope Canyon

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited that an article I wrote, “How to Take Stunning Photos in Antelope Canyon,” was featured on the travel website, We Are Travel Girls!

Be sure to check it out for some great tips on camera settings to use and the best time of day and season to visit Antelope Canyon! And, of course, to see my award winning photography ๐Ÿ™‚