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Video: Big Sur, CA

Video: Big Sur, CA

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.

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Mobile Diary: California Part II

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. 

Mobile Diary: California Part I

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.

Video: White Sands, NM

Video: White Sands, NM

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.

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