Chilao Campground & Mount Hillyer

Chilao Campground is a hidden gem, and the perfect weekend getaway from the bustling city of Los Angeles. This campsite is located in the Angeles National Forest, about 26 miles north-east once you exit the 210 freeway in La Canada, just before Pasadena if you're driving from the west. I heard this campsite was rebuilt just recently, after it got hit by the station fire in 2009. I spent the night in Chilao with my husband on Halloween to serve as a trial-run…

VIDEO: Last Minute Trip to Zion

Me and my other dance friends spent our Labor Day weekend in Zion National Park as our last summer getaway. It was a last minute thing, so we ran out of campsites in the park. Luckily, one of our friends had a house in Las Vegas, and we decided to stay there each night and just drive to Zion each day. It was more than an hour away from the park, but it's Zion. C'mon. Totally worth the drive. On…

Honeymoon In Hawaii

My husband and I picked Maui, Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was our first time there, and with only a week to spare, we knew we had to plan it out very well. Our trip was in July, and that month is usually a peak season for Hawaii. We wanted to make the most out of our trip and do everything we wanted to do, so we booked things in advanced. Here's what our trip looked like: DAY 1 - Arrival. Car Rental. Check in.…

Sunrise On My 27th

I have come to a point in my life where waking up extra early to see the sunrise was a leisurely thing. If I knew I slept in late that night, I'd still make it a point to open the blinds wide enough for me to see the skies change color while the sun was rising, while I was laying in bed. Now that the sunrise came later than it did during the summer, I didn't have to wake up…

Vasquez Rocks

This Natural Area Park is located north of Los Angeles, in the Sierra Pelona Mountains. The rocks here were formed by two tectonic plates bumping into each other, causing the land to push upward in a diagonal direction. One of the perks of living in the valley is you get to be so close to all these hiking trails with gorgeous backdrops! Aside from the rock formations in this park, Vasquez Rocks is also known as a popular film location,…

The Valley Of Fire

Our last day of summer spent in a very hot state park in Nevada. The name speaks for itself.. The Valley Of Fire This place is so surreal. Driving from Las Vegas, we had to drive an hour east, and the views on the road were nothing but flat desert land with brown mountains in the horizon. We drove through the mountains to get to this park, and once we've crossed the canyons, the mountains opened up and we saw a…

Exploring Zion: Angel’s Landing

A place so high, only angels could land on it. Researching about this trail gave me second thoughts about doing it when we were almost at the top. To this date, there have been 6 reports of people who have died from falling off the side of this very steep trail. When we got to the top, before the last part of the trail, it was certainly no joke. It was a shark's fin shaped mountain, with a 1,488 foot drop.…

Exploring Zion: The Narrows & Canyon Overlook

What. A. Magnificent. Place. This is all I have to say about Zion. This is the 3rd National Park I have visited here in the United States, and by far my favorite. I wish we had more time to keep exploring, but all we had was a 3-day holiday weekend. Not the best time to go, I'd say. It was kinda packed, and reserving a campsite was way too impossible. (We ended up staying at a friend's place in Las Vegas,…

Photo Set: Outdoor Dance Photography

I have two obsessions in life: D A N C E  +  N A T U R E For some reason, my heart is always full when I get to express through movement, and when I explore the outdoors. And to merge these two together... I am totally in my element. Took these photos along Stoney Point trail, in Topanga Canyon. The Amtrak train passes through here, and we had to make sure no train was passing by as we were…

Hiking Sandstone Peak

Sandstone Peak, aka Mt. Allen, is one of my favorite hiking trails in Los Angeles. The view here is spectacular! It is also the highest summit in the Santa Monica Mountains, so you will definitely feel like you're on top of the world when you're in this place. Rising to an elevation of 3,114ft and with full 360 views, you'll see mountains and hills on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The best thing about this trail…