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Update (continued…)

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Our second hike was the Pfeiffer State Park hike. We took both the Valley View and Pfeiffer Falls trails. I’ll admit, however, that I could not complete the Valley View trail, because the further up we went, through narrow, rocky, unsteady paths that kept climbing steeper and stepper, the more and more I felt as though ants were crawling all over my hands and feet. At one point, I could not force my feet to move at all. I’m telling you folks! They had glued onto the ground on their own accord. As you must have guessed by now, I have a deathly fear of heights. Ask me to do anything–anything!–and i’ll do it. Lasso a wild horse and ride him naked. Hell yea! Do the tango with an angry bull. Let me at the beast. Drive through the streets of SF blindfolded. Ah, the daredevil me. But heights, no can do my friends.

However, we did manage to finish the Pfeiffer falls hike, get a lovely glimpse of the waterfall, and soak in some greenery. While my husband leaped and bounded from one rock/path to another, like an agile mountain goat, I crawled after him like a wheezing sloth. Ah, sexy sexy. Just what a man wants to see in the woman he loves. Sweaty, red-faced, athletically challenged…and people wonder why women hate to do strenuous activities with their men. It kills the desire right out of a relationship people! Unless the both of you have climbed Mt. Everest time and time again, and a hike barely causes you both to break out in a sweat.

Enough with the chatter. On with some pictures!

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A lighthouse on our way back to the city.

So there we go guys. Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. My next blog entry might contain some more pictures of another trip we’ll be taking soon. But that is a surprise for a different day. With this, I sign out and wish you guys a good night!

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Update!

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As promised, here are some pictures and updates from Big Sur. What a weekend that was! Wish it had been much longer. We set out in the morning in a hail of wind and crappy weather. I was worried that this crappy weather would follow us all the way to Big Sur, ruining all our plans, but the truth of the matter is, San Francisco happens to be a tad tempermental. As soon as we got out of the city, the sky cleared and our way ahead was bathed in wonderful sunshine. For those of you traveling from the city to Big Sur, stick to the Highway 1 route. It takes a little longer to get to Big, but the view is beautiful. The road hugs the coast all throughout, and you can stop the car in numerous stops to get some wonderful pictures. Like the ones below.

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This was a coffee place we stopped by before entering the highway, and I just had to have a picture! An actual train engine, converted into a cafe. How quirky is that?

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Our first stop was the Glen Oaks Cabins where we stayed the night. Although I was a tad wary of the reviews (great place, but really thin walls and hard beds), I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find out that individual experiences are different, and mine were fantabulous. Our cabin was clean, with modernistic decor that was completely made up of recycled materials! The bathroom floors were heated, which was awesome, especially the next morning. The bed was super comfortable, and we crashed as soon as our heads touched the pillows, and there was not a disturbance in sight or sound. It was perfect.

Few pictures of our room, for those of you who might be interested to stay here sometime.

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Our first stop, after checking-in and filling our stomachs, was to spend the day at the Pfeiffer Beach. We wanted to catch the sunset, have some wine, and just relax. I think the pictures do better job at describing the beauty and calm of the beach than my words ever could.

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The next day we decided to hike. Being that I’m pretty much a newbie at hikes, we decided to take the easiest hike Big Sur had to offer. The McWay Falls hike at the Julia Pfeiffer State Park. The trail was flat and short, and for those of you who aren’t avid hikers, this would be your place to start. It’s a good warm-up to the enormous feats of strength and agility you will have to display on the more challenging hikes that follow this one. (Although my version of challenging could possibly be far far different than yours. I’m what you call an avid work-couch person. I like to watch work-out videos from the comfort of my couch and revel in the joy of having worked out at least some part of my body. In this case, my eyes and my brain.)

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A long weekend!

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The sun has been shining a lot more these days, in my usually cloudy, muggy San Francisco city. Along with sunlight came the Bay to Breakers Marathon that brought out hordes of people who bravely defied the normal conventions of society and either 1) dressed up in daring costumes that would make my grandmother’s eyebrows disappear into her hairline, or, 2) came out completely stark naked, wearing their respective birthday suits. No matter if the suits were tight, stretched, wrinkly, or toned. They were proud to wear it, and proud to show it. 

Of course, since I haven’t commonly seen such…freedom prancing around the streets, I spent majority of my time with my head hanging out the window (like a bloodhound distracted by too many scents), shrieking and hollering with delight (much to the embarrassment of my husband, who pretended he did not know me for those couple of minutes).

Apart from that, we discovered the best Sandwich place in SF (Ike’s Sandwiches near Dolores Park), spend a glorious weekend doing laundry (what fun!), and threw our first dinner party for ten. Never has throwing a party seemed such a daunting prospect. Partly because I have always been a guest at other people’s parties, but never had the chance to throw one of my own since I moved here. Let me tell you something, no matter how much military precision you put into the planning on the days prior to the party, on the D-day, when you wake up, you turn into someone you do not recognize. A raging, hormonal, stressed out monster with lungs that become insanely powerful, with patience that has all but evaporated into the air…you become someone who family members look at with trepidation, with their stomachs and hearts in their hands. Thankfully, the party went well, and my stress levels have come down to their normal levels. I’m human again. 🙂 Tip to significant others : What you’re doing–keeping silent and helping–is the right thing to do. Just keep at it and know that your partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband will come back into their minds and bodies very soon.

On another note, the long weekend is coming up and me and my husband have planned an impromptu trip to drive down to Big Sur. When the idea struck us, we all but discounted the fact that with the sun out, people would probably be making similar plans like us. Boy were we in for a shock. Most of the cabins and campsites there have been booked through UNTIL SEPTEMBER! By some luck, we’ve managed to find a room for one night at the Glen Oak’s Cabins. So this is something I’m definitely super excited to check out. You can be sure there will be some good pictures for my next blog post. Along with some suggestions and tips for those of you who plan to go there some time in the foreseeable future.

 On an end note for today, here’s a list of books to check out for those of you who have a passion for the written word.

– The Book Of Lost Fragrances : M.J. Rose

– Buddha In The Attic : Julie Otsuka

– Peony In Love : Lisa See

– Half Of A Yellow Sun : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

– Daughters Of Fortune : Isabel Allende

– The Place At The End Of The World : Janine Di Giovanni 

With this, folks, I shall let you get on with your day. Have a wonderful week/weekend !!