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:











The California 1 pretty much runs along the coast of California, which makes for amazing views along windy roads, especially in the Big Sur central coast area. There’s really not much more I need to say other than there’s nothing more breathtaking than sandy beaches, ragged cliffs, and the blue green surf hitting dark craggy rocks! This drive along Highway 1 has definitely been one of my favorites ever!

A big photo adventure: