Neon signs, BBQ, and Elvis.Read More
Comfort food & country music.Read More
Final days of summer on film, after the tourist crowds had gone and it was just us and the deer.Read More
Whenever an opportunity presents itself to me to visit filming locations, I always jump on it. I couldn't pass up exploring North Bend, the town where most of one of my favorite TV shows, Twin Peaks, was filmed.Read More
Shi Shi Beach, Cape Flattery, and a bunch in between.Read More
I hesitantly followed my friend Lindsay down a steep, desolate trail for about three quarters of a mile in the middle of the night, along railroad tracks, with minimal knowledge of what was to come, other than that we were going to a unique place.Read More
Though Austin has plenty of spots to cool off, we wanted to expand our horizons outside of the city.Read More
I came to Austin with no expectations, and left eager to return. This city has an abundance of creativity, great food, and outdoor activities to offer. Here's a rundown of my favorite places I hit during my short stay...Read More
My first road trip through the south: Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Virginia.Read More
Cruising along California’s Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway, is known as one of the most essential road trip routes in America. This was my third time taking the scenic route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Big Sur is repeatedly my favorite stretch of land to break up the drive through Los Padres National Forest.Read More
Upon check-out, the staff was kind enough to gift each of us room key tags as souvenirs. This place was a little taste of heaven, and I can’t wait to return someday.Read More
California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part II
Top left: A ruby beauty spotted in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Here, we stayed in a beautiful Victorian home, which is something I can now cross off my bucket list.
Top right: If you’re an Elliott Smith fan, head to his Figure 8 memorial mural in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to catch it on a day when it was recently touched up with fresh paint, as most of the left side of the wall has notes written by fans in remembrance of ES. So glad to meet you, Angeles…
Bottom left: Records and music stuff galore. This place is huge! You could easily spend hours aimlessly browsing. I almost always end up shipping myself something home from here. This particular Amoeba is in Los Angeles, but there is also one located in San Francisco.
Bottom right: Cafe Lizzi in Oakland was a great morning pit-stop on our first drive north. The staff here is extremely friendly. It’s always great to start a day of driving off with a positive attitude, and the dynamic duo who served us at Lizzi was chock full of sunshine.
California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part I
California has an abundance of many things that I love: flea markets, retro cars, and coffee. I spent a week driving down the coast with two friends earlier this month, as I have done similarly in the past. However, this time, we started further north - in the college town of Chico. California is the one state that I am obsessed with revisiting, because it seems like there are always new and exciting things to do and see each time I return. It feels close to impossible to truly do it all, but I certainly have many pins in my map thus far!
Top left: In Los Angeles, we discovered Melrose Trading Post, which is a weekly open-air market consisting of vendors selling mostly antiques and vintage goods. I highly suggest giving yourself at least a few hours to browse. There are dozens upon dozens of vendors containing an abundance of hidden treasures at very reasonable prices. I couldn’t pass up that vintage Super 8 camera! Later than night, we made our way to the Darkroom, a gastropub in West Hollywood. As a photographer, I felt right at home, given the name. Here, we made some new friends from Montana and took full advantage of the old fashioned photo booth!
Top right: In Oakland, and numerous other times throughout our trip, I fell in love with a bright red ruby beauty.
Bottom left: In the Silver Lake neighborhood within Los Angeles, there is an amplitude of fantastic coffee shops. We returned to Intelligentsia, a coffee spot we had uncovered our love for on a previous trip. They make a rockin’ soy latte. This spot remains my favorite!
Bottom right: In downtown Chico, a few hours north of San Francisco, our friend Andrew brought us to his personal favorite coffee shop: The Naked Lounge. The decor in here is warm and welcoming, and so are the baristas! Not to mention, the brew is top-notch.
Road tripping cross country felt like a right of passage for me the first time. Both times I’ve set out for the west in tiny cars have been nothing but extraordinary journeys. However, there are times when long stretches of barren land seem never-ending. White Sands gave us an otherworldly, unexpected experience in the midst of an eight hour drive through the desert.Read More
Driving along the sides of cliffs for 30 miles while seeing nothing but clouds and the tops of pine trees certainly got my adrenaline pumping.Read More
HEEEEY YOU GUUUUUYS! I had way too much fun reciting lines from one of my favorite childhood movies, The Goonies, as we drove along the northern coast of Oregon through the towns of Astoria and Cannon Beach.Read More
“If somebody gave me $100,000 a week to move somewhere and live in a mansion and be a big shot, I’d refuse it. I want to be right here. It’s amazing, isn’t it?” -Leonard Knight (1931-2014)Read More