School stars again on Monday. School … as in I’m a teacher, not a student. Actually, let me rephrase. I, as a teacher, have already been working for a week, but students start class again on Monday. I don’t really consider teacher prep days as “work” because I love planning and scheduling and setting up my classroom. The trouble comes when all the students get there!

As a last hurrah before summer ended though, I got the chance to go down to Santa Cruz and visit Seabright Beach. In fact I haven’t spent that much time in Santa Cruz before so it was a nice to get away (even if not that far away from San Francisco), spend some time on the beach when it wasn’t too hot nor windy, walk barefoot over to the lighthouse, and just relax. School is here again!


Santa Cruz’s Seabright Beach


The lighthouse


Summer’s last hurrah!

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 goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbormoana’s public beachmoana’s tall fallcity eats

{upstate new york} falls

August 16, 2017

In upstate New York Finger Lakes region, we visited a few falls. These were not exactly on the scale of Niagara Falls, but at least, worth one visit. Come to think of it, does Niagara Falls really need multiple visits?

Buttermilk Falls – one of the smallest we saw

Pratt Falls                                                   Chittenango Falls

Treman Park Falls

Watkin Glen Falls – multi-feature falls

Even though we were now staying in the city and didn’t have car access, my mom and I still wanted to see some of the beautiful nature that surrounds Hawaii’s capital. We decided to take the bus, which ended up being quite easy since we were staying here the major terminal Moana terminal station, up to the head of the Moana Falls trail. From there, we hiked through fairly thick jungle on a very muddy trail to Moana Falls. I was a bit disappointed with the waterfall itself just because it wasn’t that big, even if quite tall. The hike though was pretty awesome, though you definitely want grippy hiking shoes since it’s very muddy and slippery!

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 goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbormoana’s public beach

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

One of the great things about the airBNB location that we stayed at while in Honolulu is that it was right in Moana and close to everything! The best part is that it was quite close to Moana Beach, which meant we were able to go there to hang out at the beach and then head back to shower, etc. without much hassle. Here, it was relatively uncrowded, much less touristy than Waikiki, the water was warm, there were some but not too many waves, and the sunsets were beautiful. I just love Moana Beach!

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 goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbor

A Oahu-style photo adventure: