We went to the beach. I know, you’re thinking, wow this class goes on a lot of field trips. This is true. Most of these, however, are with other classes, which means my class generally goes along with what the general education classes have already planned. This time was different though. My class, we planned our own trip this time. Well, let’s be honest, the only planning I did was deciding was putting in a field trip request form and then deciding that we were going to take the MUNI city bus all the way to the ocean and then getting off there. What we were going to do once we got out there, that was entirely up in the air.

It turned out pretty amazing though. The students loved looking for sand dollars and drawing in the sand. they loved making strange forts and houses with the sticks. And they loved piling the sand into what they called volcanoes. Of course our ghetto school lunch picnic was also the bomb. What a great day!

A beachy photo adventure:

One of the great things about California is that all the beaches are public. And since California has an incredibly long coastline, this means there are just about a million (ok, not actually a million) beaches along the coast open for everyone to enjoy! One of these beaches is Montara State Beach between Half Moon Bay and San Francisco. I love how you have to walk through some wildflower fields to get down the cliffs separating the road from the water. The rock formations around this area are pretty neat. And even though it was a pretty windy day (as it often is along west coast beaches) it was nice and warm so many families were laying around and enjoying Northern California beach weather.

A montara photo adventure:

{tioman} island love

October 8, 2016

During my stay in Malaysia, I really wanted to spend some time on the beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. I decided that one of the best ways to do this was to combine this with an island getaway so I decided to travel to Mersing (southeast) and take the (2 hour) ferry over to Pulau Tioman, one of the larger island off of Malaysia’s eastern coast.

There are a number of small villages on Tioman that are ferry-accessible. I decided to go to Kampong Salang, which was absolutely beautiful. I loved that the area was not densely inhabited. There are lots of tourists who spend time here (many for extended stays), but definitely the place was not crowded and did not feel overly touristy. I had such a nice time hanging out on the beaches, scuba diving and seeing all the fish swimming in the clear waters, and just taking in the island life. This place was hard to leave!

Read about our other Malaysian adventures: a tunnel through timetemple colorsgereja st georgehidden cakes @ china housejetty villagelocal hawker eatstemple lanternsmansion that’s blueup to penang hillsights atop penang hilltemple atop penang hillblack-domed mosqueincensekek lok si is pure bliss, part 1kek lok si is pure bliss, part 2red christ churcheating jonker streetreflectionkampung mortenup to st. paul’s hillinteractive street artview from the water

An island love photo adventure:

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