I just recently arrived back in Northern Cali, staying in the Cupertino area with my Honey Muffin! It feels so great to be back. I was originally going to arrive on Valentine’s Day, because I thought that’d be super cute, but I was indecisive because of the icy, snowy weather on the East Coast. So I ended up arriving on the night of the eighteenth, and by that point I was tired, exhausted and craving a cheeseburger from In-and-Out. Thankfully there were many of them located shortly after leaving the airport. Yummy! Anyway, when I walked into the apartment I was greeted with a super adorable setup with lots of cute gifts, chocolate, and roses, which was so cute and sweet!
Okay, now regarding this blog stuff: This time I will keep up with my blogs and avoid posting them weeks later. I am also going to try and do better at putting passion into what I share so that it’s not just photos. I’ll try to put more effort and dedication into the writing part so that I feel like I am fully expressing my thoughts and feelings that I should feel confident about sharing, no matter how small or big the moments are, or what others may or may not think. Blogging is not just about photos, but writing about the experience. The photos can speak for themselves to some extent, but I feel kind of empty when I look back at the blogs that I’ve rushed just to get the photos posted, while leaving out some of the best parts of the experience. So I wanna get this blogging thing right!
All righty, so we had sent our main cameras away to get a good cleaning, so I’ve been shooting with my new point-and-shoot camera, which has been far superior than my previous point-&-shoot camera. The cool thing is that it shoots RAW format, so I feel like I have more freedom when editing the photos, and they just look really crisp compared to the old camera. It also makes me feel more confident about taking blog photos when walking around new places, because carrying around a big camera isn’t always easy and convenient, so I am very excited to have this high quality point-&-shoot to take photos of yummy food, cute menus, antique shops, and videos too. I just want to photograph the little moments when out enjoying the world!
So as you can see, I’ve been having fun shooting random little moments while cooking. They’re more like quick snapshots using the flash, but it makes me happy to have a simple little camera of a decent quality to capture the moments that mean something to me, and it also gets me feeling creative and productive. Anyway, I had chopped up some potatoes and sprinkled salt pepper and cooked them over the stovetop, and then I made cheesy scrambled eggs but the photos didn’t turn out how I wanted. And the cupcake was a little surprise from Indigo. Sometimes at his work they will have yummy pastries, so he sneaks one home for me, hehe!
On Saturday the 22nd, Indigo was curious about exploring further down the Stevens Creek Blvd street because of a reservoir up in the hills. There are many of them scattered around out here in the mountain hills but I did not realize how close several of them were. We headed up the canyon road and approached the reservoir, noticing it was very, very empty due to the drought Cali has been going through. It was actually quite dramatic looking. We parked and then and got out to go hike down into the dried lakebed; and it’s not until you approach it closely or hike down into it that it feels and looks massive. I thought it was kind of creepy to think that when it was full of water it would have just been a big deep lake. And then to look at the boat launch ramp and to see how it just drops off is pretty dang scary too. We want to go back when we get our cameras back but it might rain before that happens, which is good, but it will just be muddy and wet and the cracked ground won’t look as cool.
Sunday was an indecisive day. We got our day started a little late and kinda decided to go on a hike through Castle Rock State Park, but it was overcrowded and nowhere to park, so that was clearly a sign to not go, and that would mean that practically all the other main hiking spots would have been just as full considering the perfect weather. We kept following the road until we hit highway 17 and followed it down to Santa Cruz, and then we headed up coastal highway 1 and stopped at a few places along the way. The first place we had stopped at was Scott Creek Beach, which has some epic photo potential when we have our equipment with us the next time.
After the beach we continued heading north and pulled off the road shortly before the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. We stopped to get some shots from the near distance as the fog manifested out of thin air, and it became a little gloomy, windy, cold, and more humid. We then headed to the actual lighthouse and checked out the massive light that also made pretty little rainbows reflect onto the walls.
Before planning our drive home Indigo wanted to show me Pebble Beach where the beach is made up of tiny little rocks and seashells. It’s also a place for some incredible long exposures because of the massive tide pools. I definitely can’t wait to go back and take those photos!
As we headed up the highway we were talking about food. At first we were strongly considering sushi, but we were thinking of the places that were on the other side of the mountains, which was where we were headed but the traffic was kind of a mess, so I quickly found a sushi place just off Main St. in Half Moon Bay, where we thought we’d hangout until traffic cleared. When we first entered the parking lot of the plaza, Indigo was very intrigued by a place called Jersey Joe’s Cheesesteaks and Hoagies. After looking at photos on Yelp we decided that there are millions of sushi places out here that generally seem to be the same thing but with different names and prices. So we agreed to go try something new, because it’s not often you find a good place that serves real burgers!
Yes, they offer a delicious selection of hamburgers even though it’s not even in the name of the restaurant. Awhile back they were nominated for having the best burgers even though they were supposed to be more of a cheesesteak kind of place. Indigo was having a total foodgasm over the double Jersey Style burger, and I went for the double Bacon Burger. It was so tasty, especially with one order of large fries and a Blue Moon beer. Mhmmm! If you like huge hamburgers or have an appetite then you must try this place.
And those are all the little things and little moments from this last week. I’ll be posting a lot more as we go on hikes and try new places!