Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Palm Springs Dream

You can find such simple joy in celebrating a friend. Such was the case in venturing down to Palm Springs to celebrate B's birthday.

Palm Springs is already amazing. Truly an oasis in the desert that offers an oasis from the daily grind of work and adult life. But to visit Palm Springs with good friends and no real agenda is an extra special treat.




We flew down Thursday post-work. Landing in LA, we grabbed our rental car and drove east toward the desert. The crew dropped me off at the Ace Hotel and continued on their way to camp in J Tree National Park. I utilized the wifi, enjoyed surprise (!!) chips + salsa in my room (thanks, Meg!) and enjoyed a very hip stay at a very hip hotel.

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After killing some time at the Ace Hotel (we highly recommend the chilequiles !!), we finally got the green light to go check into our Airbnb. And boy, was this place vibey! Step one: Don our swimsuits. Step two: Maximize pool time. Step three: Explore the record collection. Step four: Make tacos. Step five: Make cocktails and test out the hot tube. Step six: Repeat for the next 3 days.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Another Reason to Visit Tahoe

It is a privilege to live in a city with such access. I often joke that San Francisco is a post-grad playground. Move here after college and find your fellow group of young tech/hipster millennials who work hard and play hard. Whether your vibe is drinks every night after work, trending restaurants with organic farm-to-table fare, or a wilderness escape each weekend, this city will make it VERY easy for you. Having a means to get out the city is equivalent to an all-access pass to popular parks like Muir Woods, Big Sur, Yosemite and Tahoe. Honestly, to those of who can afford to live here, we are quite spoiled.

I can't even pick a favorite between Tahoe, Yosemite and Big Sur. (Note: Joshua Tree purposefully excluded.) While Yosemite is pretty much perfect each quarter of the year, I eagerly await for ski season and Tahoe is just too convenient. (Another note: 3-4 hour drives are a piece of cake for Texans.) Until this summer however, I haven't accepted the other reason to love Tahoe... lake days.


Up until this point, lake days for me have been synonymous with the rolling Texas hill country and the annual 4th of July celebration at the Johnson house. The race to finish popsicles, the shimmy up tree trunks to find the rope swing and the inevitable farmer's tan or blistering sunburn. Whether you're getting tube rash as you float down the Frio or catching the wake on Lake Austin or McQueeny, Texas knows something about lake days.

But when someone suggested a Tahoe lake trip back in April or May, our little friend group of Texans were game. We had high hopes for a boat rental, for some beach games and for some guaranteed sun that SF cannot always offer. So we loaded up a three car caravan and headed North.

And the following pictures pretty much sum it all up. Tahoe lake days are *almost* as good as Texas. Minus the choppy water, the lack of an all-day boat... Hmmm, the weather could've been hotter too. But for a lake escape just 3 or 4 hours out of San Francisco, it'll do just fine.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Once Upon a July

Sometimes the summer months fly by while somedays you feel stuck in the doldrums. I state this as a weak attempt to rationalize my lack of writing here. Each month, I make same apologies and set the same news promises to myself—and to whoever still stumbles across this page—that I will try to blog and share and photograph and write more consistently. Well, it is what it is.

So tonight, November 5th, I will play an instrumental playlist on Spotify and dig in to writing about the past few months of adventure. And maybe it (this whole blogging process) will feel easy enough and I will be able to maintain it in the months ahead.

Once upon a July, I went to New York for work (see below), then returned for a Napa party, to learn develop film and to acclimate back into the normal SF routine, Land's End included.

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Written November 5th. Post dated August.