2016 Year in Review

It’s MAY 2017, and you know what that means? It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated my blog! I see it as both a good and bad thing, because it means I’ve been so busy (in a good way), busy (in a bad way),  exhausted, fatigued, and/or depressed to push myself to write. But now I’ll finally post this pending draft that I had planned to post sooner because people were genuinely always confused about where in the world I was for the latter half of the year.

It’s mind-blowing thinking of how much happened and changed in my 2016. Despite all the moments of unhappiness or generally negative emotions, I’m grateful to have been able to experience those feelings.

Here are my 2016 highlights:

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May 2016 Highlights

May was also a crazy good month.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

First time here! The weather had been pretty gloomy all day, but Amy knew it would turn around and–sure enough–the sun popped out at around 3pm and we were able to take great photos with the flower fields and my mom’s DLSR.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Victoria and I finally made it out to Anza-Borrego for some good ol’ fashioned glamping! I’d never been camping before, and this was a great intro to camping (with facilities equipped with running water, sinks, bathrooms, and even hot showers for a fee).

Day 1: We drove out (2 hours), stopped at a viewpoint, the Visitor’s Center, set up our 7-person tent for the two and a half of us, checked out the sculptures, went to the liquor store in town, got firewood, then cooked dinner and S’mores over the campfire.

Funny story: we actually got stuck in the sand by the Indian Head sculpture and almost had to wait an hour for AAA in the middle of the desert, but were saved by a kind stranger and his Jeep and tugging rope.

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Three Sisters Falls

I loved the Three Sisters Falls trail! However, I will say that is is more challenging than many other San Diego hikes.

There is a very steep section with deep sand that will definitely get into your Nikes. You will get dusty and should wear sunglasses to prevent sand from getting in your eyes. It is also quite confusing getting to the falls because there is no clear signage (although some people have spray painted arrows on rocks). Best to go when there are others around so you can use the group-buddy system.

Bring a camera, lots of water, and a swim suit! (And watch out for snakes!) If you have time, go to Julian and get some pie a la mode.

Check out some of the photos I took with my iPhone 6s:

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April 2016 Highlights

A lot of great things happened in April!

Rain the Musical at the Old Globe

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Victoria and I got great balcony seats for the $20 under 30 program ($20 tickets if you’re 30 years or younger). The show was really intense/emotional and incorporated lots of humor as well as drama.

Three Sisters Hike

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Definitely challenging, but so worth it on a beautiful day. And you can take a dip at the end! Check out more photos here.

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