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Playing by a Lake

19 Nov

Every now and then, I get random whims.

Like, sometimes its 3am and I absolutely HAVE to have a jerk chicken patty and coco bread. Or, on a random Tuesday afternoon, I can’t focus until I hunt down and watch 1986 cinematic classic Short Circuit.

The best part of such whims is that, most times, my friends indulge me.

Which is basically how Big Bear went down.

A couple texts later, the adventure was planned.

Its not a far trek from LA, so we went up and back in the same day. We took one of the longer trails, which winded around the lake with some pretty spectacular scenery.

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A couple unfortunate things about me I should tell people before they do anything with me ever:

  1. I’m ridiculously clumsy. So, yea, a couple scratches and bruises definitely happened.
  2. I always forget to drink extra water the day before a long hike, so dehydration leg cramps happened as well.
  3. Food is an absolute requirement, so chicken tacos at a random Big Bear taco spot was mandatory before trekking home.

If you’re planning a trip to Big Bear for a day hike like we did, definitely plan it in advance. There’s tons of trails there and some are much tougher hikes than others. Get yourself a map, bring plenty of water, and load up on snacks. And keep in mind that the dark hits pretty quick and its really tough to navigate your way out in the dark (true story).

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Its a beautiful place with a slow, mountain lifestyle and I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed being out of the city for a day. This whim actually worked out much better for me than 3am jerk chicken patties. LA Jamaican restaurants, I’m gonna need you guys to get it together.

 

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A Boat Ride

13 Apr

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My little sister is my homie.

We shared a room for the first 10 years of her life and built a bond that’s spanned across the years (and now across the country).

So when her best friend flaked on being her “plus one” for a mutual friend’s wedding cruise, I graciously volunteered.

I know. I’m so generous. Not everyone would be willing to cruise to Mexico, but what can I say, I’m a unique specimen 😉 .

Since sis lives in Pensacola, I had to fly out to Tampa to meet her. Basically I landed, she picked me up, I had a few minutes to buy a pair of sunglasses (yes, I forgot mine -_- ) then we were headed to the ship.

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The first day was spent at sea, and was also the day of the wedding. It was a fun, small, simple ceremony. Then we all did fun cruise things, part of which involved swapping the heals for flats.

And how’s this for in-sync- sis and I both unintentionally brought matching dresses.

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Grand Cayman was our first stop. It was beautiful and, of course, a good time, but I wasn’t blown away. It really reminded me of certain parts of Key West. Essentially it was like every other Caribbean island I’ve been too with tons of touristy shops right on the docks, people pedaling tours and island paraphernalia.

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It did, however, provide sis with the perfect opportunity to trick me into kayaking. She dangled a chill afternoon on the beach in front of me, then hit me with the ol’ okie doke at the last moment. To be clear, I’m not necessarily opposed to tiny little boats. For other people. But, since I can’t swim, I try to avoid taking them into the ocean.

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Well, whatever. We went and I didn’t drown, so the day was chalked up as a win.

I insisted on coconut shrimp and she insisted on some souvenir shopping.

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The rest of the afternoon we sort of killed time and padded around the town with some of the other wedding peeps. There were plenty of little shops to peek in. I ended up finding a color-changing shirt for Little, which I kinda wish I’d gotten for me 😉 .

The next stop was Cozumel. This stop was the one I was most excited about because I’d been wanting to see the Mayan ruins.

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Despite the 6 layers or so of bug repellent (apparently, the mosquitoes there are insane and bugs just love our blood) and the long trek on foot for food, the day was pretty spectacular.

The bus ride to the ruins gave us plenty of opportunity to take in the island and there were tons of great spots to stop for photo ops.

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The food was amazing. We did tacos and margaritas and spending the day in town was a bit more of a unique experience than Grand Cayman. Its heavy to think on how heavily most of the locals rely on tourism. It made me more inclined to buy things that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise purchased.

I love that sis is always down for an adventure and, with us living on opposite sides of the country now, its always nice to have an excuse to spend a week together. And I totally forgive her for forcing me into a little plastic tube on water.

 

 

 

About Those Beaches…

4 Mar

Pacific

So…. Have I mentioned I love California? I really do. Its such a beautiful state and I feel like I discover a new gem every week. Like this beach. See how thoroughly un-overcrowded it is?

I’ve been a West Coast gal over a year, which I feel gives me full rights to make opinions now. Coming from Miami, I was a skeptic. But, I must say, I’ve never felt more settled, motivated, driven, and happy as I have since moving out here.

The views don’t hurt either.