San Francisco … the entire Bay area, really, has just gotten really warm. It’s perhaps gone from winter straight to the beginnings of summer, which means the flowers have blossomed out of control everywhere. There are pink and yellow and red and purple blooms every direction you turn. I also just love seeing the green everywhere, too, which actually fits with the warm weather. It’s currently bloomastic here and I’m so glad I’m not someone who struggles with seasonal allergies. Otherwise, I would certainly be miserable!

Right outside my apartment



A few times a year, the White House grounds open up to the public in continuing its legacy as “the Peoples’ House.”

A few weeks ago, a coworker and I got to attend the White House’s Spring Garden Tour. While there were fewer garden plots with flowers than I was expecting, given the name, it was still a fun time on the beautifully maintained White House South Lawn!

Up close and personal with the White House!

Tulip garden patch in front of the White House

View of the lawn and fountain facing away from the White House – you can see the Washington Monument in back as well!

The White House Kitchen Garden

Until next time,


{dc} slightly past peak

April 25, 2018


I’ve heard that springtime in DC is when the city awakes from its winter slumber and really comes alive with activity. This spring, the weather has been a little temperamental, literally. Although most of the winter was warmer than average, March saw a stretch of way-below-average temperatures. This means that the iconic DC cherry blossom peak bloom forecast started off in mid-March and was pushed back several times. Peak bloom ended up being over the weekend of April 7-9.

Of course, I happened to be out of town that weekend, but I went this past weekend and was able to catch the tail end of the bloom around the Tidal Basin. Many of the blossoms had already started dying, but my friend and I were still able to catch a few good ones!

As you can see, there are a few different varieties ranging from white to darker pink.

With the Washington Monument in the background!

We lucked out and went on a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 80s, but if I do say so myself, springtime in DC is just beautiful!


One of the last places my mom and I visited on Maui was Ali’i Kula Lavender, a beautiful farm in the hills. I was excited to visit when I found out about this place because I remembered all the beautiful lavender fields in France when I visited last summer and was hoping to see something like that here, too. In that respect I was disappointed because they just didn’t have any large lavender fields covered in purple at the time we were there. It was too early in the season. They did have a fun lavender scavenger hunt that I’m guessing usually kids try and find all the stamps for, but we did it anyway and then got free lavender cookies!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goats

A Maui-style photo adventure: