This is a post on Life Lately. Our friend, Brent, flew in last Wednesday night and the three of us have just been having a grand old time back together again doing our usual ridiculous stuff. One of the last adventures we had together in NH was to hike to the top of Mt. Carrigain on a Friday night, starting around 9 PM and reaching the summit around midnight where we then camped. You know, normal stuff. SO, knowing that that kind of nonsense is our M.O., hopefully you won’t think we’re too bananas by the end of this post.
We drove down to Santa Cruz Saturday morning since we’re only about an hour away from the beach and the forecast was GORGEOUS (75 and sunny, sorry New England!) We walked down and around the beach, watched some surfers, hopped some fences, and watched some CRAZY waves for about 3 hours.
For lunch we drove up Hwy 1 until we found some beach access and ate a picnic of Collin’s homemade Japanese curry (you’ll have to ask him for the recipe or be patient and keep your fingers crossed that I post it here!) while watching dolphins play in the waves. YEA. DOLPHINS. OVER LUNCH. NO I DIDN’T TAKE ANY PICTURES, WHY DO YOU ASK?
After lunch we drove maybe 30 min to a Redwood grove and basked in the glory of the biggest and bestest trees at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. We didn’t pay the parking fees, don’t tell!
THEN (I know you’re getting tired but stick with me) we drove 4ish hours including a Chipotle break up into the Sierras. We had originally planned to spend the whole weekend up in the mountains but with the snow the way it was (read: nonexistent), it didn’t seem worth it. We got to the hotel around 11:30 (I think?) and then went on a nighttime hiking adventure so C and B could play with some nighttime astrophotography. It was very cold, very dark, and very very awesome.
SUNDAY (I know, you never thought we’d get here):
The boys went snowboarding. I decided that it wasn’t worth it for me to buy a lift ticket and instead spent some time reading outside in the sunshine (it was 65 degrees out) and took a little snow hike in the afternoon. Even with the unseasonable warmth, there was still several inches of snow cover everywhere and I couldn’t make it very far without snowshoes. But heck, any day is a good day to be outside!
After work we drove up for dinner in SF. We went to Herbivore which was not bad but not great. The key to a Great vegan restaurant is that they don’t try to be Not vegan. Like, having Penne and “Meatballs” on your menu is not something a Great vegan restaurant would do. Still, it is a good compromise to go to these types of vegan restaurants when you are hosting non-vegans. But I digress.
After dinner we drove around the city for a bit. We drove down Lombard Street which I had never heard of before and which was a little terrifying. Our end game was driving over the Golden Gate and up into the Marin Headlands park for more night photo taking. It was such a calm, warm night it felt like summer time stomping around the park. We were there until about 11:30 PM and then had an hour drive home. Worth the exhaustion, without a doubt.
Probably the most exciting part of my weekend was making Brent’s website portfolio with my Stance in the Redwoods. Check out the rest of his work at www.brentdoscher.com. He’s real good with a camera.
Also check out Collin’s blog soon, he’s got a lot of sick shots waiting to be posted as well. I assume. This could be awkward if he never puts them on the internet……………………………
It’s been so so great having a friend here to explore our new turf with. I’m looking forward to more visitors and for repeat trips (cough Brent cough)!