Itinerary: Utah’s Mighty Five

Utah is well known for its 5 National Parks, namely Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Some people choose to visit all five in 1 trip because each park is relatively close to one another. It actually makes for an epic road trip, if you'd ask me! My husband and I had planned this trip for 6 whole months, and it was kind of a tedious task to pick and choose which campsites to stay in, which parks…

Photo Set: Casey Grimley’s Dancing With The Stars

Prior to our Mighty 5 Trip to Utah, I met this amazing landscape and dance photographer on social media. His name is Casey Grimley, and when I saw his work on Instagram, I instantly knew I had to work with him. If you know me personally, you would know that my first love is dance.  Dancing and exploring the great outdoors serve as my two outlets in life, and having such great passion for both makes me feel like I…

VIDEO: Hiking Simi Peak via China Flat Trail

Simi Peak via China Flats Trail is a 6 mile out-and-back hike which features panoramic views of the surrounding cities. It is also the highest peak in Simi Hills, with an elevation of 2,405 feet. You can get more info about this trail in my adventure post in The Outbound. Looking for other mountains to summit or trails to try in Los Angeles? Check out my post about Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the L.A. county with an elevation…

REVIEW: Destination Big Bear Cabins

Going on an outdoor trip and staying in a rustic cabin always excites me. I simply love the ambiance and the overall feel of it. If you only have a few days to spend in an area with a big group, and don't feel like going through the hassle of setting up tents, then renting a cabin is the way to go! It's also the perfect choice if the place you're visiting is too cold for camping outside, like places with snow.…

5 Road Trip Planning Tips

In the past 6 months, since my husband and I got our National Parks Pass, we have been planning road trips here and there. Fortunately, we haven't ran into any major problems yet during our trips, and I'd say it's because we plan carefully for weeks or months ahead prior to the trip. This helps us avoid any mishaps that could turn a great trip into a really awful one. Of course, there will be some unforeseen events that could…

Exploring Big Sur

I've heard so many people say great things about Big Sur, so I've always wanted to go. Whenever my family visited San Francisco, I would ask if we could pass through Big Sur along the way, but I guess driving through the Pacific Coastal Highway (PCH) was not as easy and convenient, compared to passing through the 5. After 5 years of living here in California, I was finally able to visit this place, and despite the nauseous drive along the PCH, I…

Adventures in San Diego

I love San Diego. I think it's the most laid back city in all of California. I love checking out the beaches whenever I'm here, especially when the weather is perfect enough to take a dip. If you ever get a chance to visit, and you only have one day to explore, here's my one-day itinerary to make the most out of your trip. First, get an early start to your day and hike up Mt. Woodson, also known as The Potato…

A Visit to Big Bear Mountain in Spring

Took a short trip to Big Bear Mountain a couple of weeks ago, and it was a relaxing one. I loved it. It was my mom's birthday, and to celebrate, the whole family requested for me to plan an adventure for all of us. I opted for a comfy & cozy cabin in Big Bear Lake, that was in the middle of all the activities, so it would be convenient for everybody. It was already close to the first day of…