Hey y’all it has been a while!
This is the 1st opportunity i am getting to not be rushing through life to sit down and write about our trip to California. I wont go to crazy with the detail. i will add some images and locations, maybe a few details and you can ask questions if needed from there.
Kevin and I usually take early morning flights but to make the most of our trip we took a late night flight out. To our surprise it is impossible to get a beer after 9pm at the airport…. we were both fairly disappointed by this, I mean we aren’t alcoholics or anything we just enjoy beer. With determination we got the Beer! The late night flight was so incredible i cant even begin to explain it…. The stars in the night sky were so Vivid i cant even explain it. I have always loved space and the stars, there is so much up there to discover i can never stop looking for more in the night sky. Star photography is so amazing to me, it never gets old ever and i wish i could have just stopped the plane in that perfect moment to capture what i could see with my own two eyes.
Well anyways we made it to Cali at about 2:03am on Friday 6/16/17, grabbed our crap and headed to the rental car. We stayed at Knights Inn at Berkeley it was actually quite perfect for what we needed and would most definitely stay again. I book most everything now through bookings for the best rate i can see to find. We checked in quickly and hit the bed for as much shut eye as possible. I will avoid rambling on and on in this blog, i just want to give you tips about what we did.
Friday we started at this amazing little breakfast joint by this marine in Richmond ( will hyperlink all locations to google so you can easily find them). It was called the Bubbaloo Cafe. The place was kind of hidden but DAMN was it sooo good, i highly recommend you get a breakfast burrito, bagel and a caramel macchiato coffee. The cafe had really amazing art on the wall…. And i failed and didn’t take a photo…opps! Next stop was Point Reyes Ship Wreck. I’ve seen SO many photos of this place it is crazy. Almost weekly someone had a new photo on my Instagram feed, so of course we had to stop. The tide was low so we could actually walk around the boat and see the damage that some careless people did while trying to take steel wool photos. Even now i say that these photos do not do justice to how beautiful this was in person.
And trust me this is one of a few others i still have to edit, even videos too! The mysterious beauty this amazing ship holds never stops amazing me… It seems as if it is such a hidden beauty but it right in front of your eyes as you drive into Inverness. Located behind a store, easy to park at and surprisingly a small amount of foot traffic.
Point Reyes National Seashore sure has a lot to offer and really is quite beautiful in many ways. Definitely buckle up for the bumpy road and start your GPS ahead of time as most the time you will not have service. As we head to the next stop at the Famous Cypress Tree Tunnel yet another unexpected find while driving out. This stop was very simple yet super pretty at the same time, parking was easy to get to and again no cost to get in but they do close at 5pm. I wanted to capture the tree tunnel in a very different way, everyone always seems to make it look the exact same and i didnt want that.
This next Stop at Point Reyes Lighthouse will probably top the whole trip for me the experience we quite amazing, as it was something I had never seen before. I set out on a mission to see a light house because being from Colorado we don’t have light houses. It was quite the drive out as it literally is on the coast of California. We got closer and closer realizing it was very foggy, I was becoming slightly disappointed as I really didn’t want the fog to ruin my experience… The wind was blowing so fast alls I could think is well shit I didn’t bring a jacket and I am going to freeze out in this weather (I had shorts and a tank top on, again I am a Colorado girl), well I was quite wrong it was very nice to hike up a hill in. Be prepared if you are not a walker/hiker you are about to walk a good amount, the stairs are equal to climbing up a 30 story building.
Oh boy it was more beautiful than I could have EVER imagine!!!! This pictures make me so proud of what I have become today as a photographer and prove all the more never to give up on what I was meant to do with my life. Like this stair climb there will be many hard steps you have to take but never let the wind knock you down. I will forever pursue this undying passion I have no matter how much people hate.
Of course I had to do a photo like this for my Cousin, he is the King of these photos haha. Plus I feel like this might be better than his 😉 I could have sat on the edge of this cliff for hours… It was a whole new world for me and it felt so good knowing what would come from this trip. To this day i will never truly believe this trip happened, it was so much like a dream… Maybe why they call is a ‘California Dream’?
Next stop was In-and- Out burger!!!! Only the best freaking burger EVER! I love in-and-out i could eat there all the time, but luckily Colorado doesn’t have these otherwise i might weigh 300 pounds!
Saturday was day 2 of the trip! We started off with another amazing breakfast joint in the Berkeley area. It was pretty freaking awesome… It was an old fashion diner with just the best food and people ever, it was called Bette’s Oceanview Diner. If you haven’t been able to tell already Kevin and i Love food but most of all Breakfast is our thing. California definitely can do a great breakfast but anything else is EXTREMELY expensive or not that great. We spent the day walking the pier visiting a verity of stops. I will add our favorite stops/ shops we visited. Be well prepared to spend a good chunk of money on parking if you drive over i think we spent 40-50 dollars for the day to park… Look at parking down by Pier 39, that was more reasonable when we parked there.
The Hyde Street Pier, USS Pampanito, Musee Mecanique, Pier 43 Ferry Arch, Wonderful sushi joint with a great view on the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge (Hana Zen), We walked all the way up and down all the piers and shops also. These are some of the best ones we visited.
I do have many other photos to share that I will add to this Blog at the bottom to our gallery link where you can purchase prints, and digital downloads.
We later took a cruise around the bridges and also Alcatraz Island. I cannot remember for the life of me what company we selected for the cruise around… Alls I remember is a white boat with red on it… Sorry guys! We finished off the evening with a Trip to a restaurant also on the Pier called The Crab house… I was not impressed with the food or the price so I wont even tell you more.
Our last day was spent at The Golden gate Bridge/ Fort point again, in-&-Out, and finally the San Fransisco Zoo…. I do not recommend wasting your money or Time on that zoo… I would rather pay $800 to fly to Florida and see a zoo down there over paying $60 for another trip around that zoo!
That is about the end of our San Francisco Trip! We are about to head out on the next trip of the year so I will make sure to blog that a little quicker. We are going to try some new stuff so stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook Page (also hyperlinked).
Like I said before if you want to purchase prints of our California Trip hit this link (California Gallery)or Contact us we are always happy to make order for you 🙂 I have tons more on there to share that I have been waiting to show you all!