California to Texas

Day one, after an early morning scramble to get the last few items in the car, I headed to the store for snacks. Now stocked up with a very full car and the open road before me, I started east feeling a little sad but excited for the next chapter in my life. Lazarus, my house plant that was still […]

California in Summary

This beautiful state has many things to offer. One could easily spend a lifetime exploring all the beaches, attractions, and hiking trails. I was fortunate to find such good friends equally excited about seeing everything California had to offer. From the restaurants in North Park to Moonlight State Beach, there’s something to do every weekend. The warm weather and hilly […]

Potato Chip Rock

Potato Chip Rock. A steep two-mile climb to an impressive overlook. Parking on 67 near the fire station, my friend and I gathered our things and set out. We walked alongside other hikers, excited to see the famed Potato Chip Rock. Nearing the entrance, we paused to take a couple of photos then started up. The trail was wide and […]

First Chinese New Year’s Celebration

My first Chinese New Year’s celebration was a night to remember. Seated at the table, we passed around plates of traditional meals learning the history of each dish. The food was complemented with red wine from a local winery followed up with an assortment of fruits for dessert. Lastly, I learned of the good luck tradition where one dumpling has […]