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Alex is a Software Engineer at Google, an educator and an amateur photographer living in the beautiful Orange County

A Day Trip at Valley of Fire, Nevada

About an hour drive away from the overly crowded Las Vegas, Valley of Fire offers the world renowned 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone. You can easily get away from the artificial neon lights of the Las Vegas strip and enjoy a day trip hiking in this beautiful […]

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Bryce canyon after sunrise

Bryce Canyon: Sunrise at Paria View

Bryce Canyon National Park offers many breathtaking views from above but Paria View is the best of all. After scouting multiple views from Sunset Point to Inspiration Point, we decided Paria View was the most beautiful place to take sunrise picture of Bryce Canyon due to its panoramic view of the entire canyon. Paria is a […]

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Maui: Waterfalls along the Road to Hana

On April 2018, we went to Maui on an incentive trip. With only 4 days in Maui, we would like to spend the most of our stay, and we spent the whole day driving on the Road to Hana, an unforgettable trip to more than Southern half of the island. The spectacular trip took us […]

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Cherry Blossom in Washington DC

Early April 2018, we took the flight from LAX to DCA, Washington DC for RWDevCon 2018, a conference for iOS developers. Luckily, we were right at the peak of the famous Cherry Blossom in Washington DC that drew millions of people here every year! The spectacular Cherry Blossom had been on my checklist for a […]

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Zion: Hiking into The Narrows

Even though we went to Zion National Park more than 4 years ago, before all the hypes from the Internet made Zion become National Parking Lot, we didn’t dare to finish The Narrows, the narrowest section at the end of The Temple of Sinawava trail as we didn’t prepare enough. During the Spring Break 2018, […]

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Tet Festival 2018 at OC Fair

Tet Festival (Tết) is a Vietnamese traditional event to celebrate Lunar New Year during 3 days of Tet. It’s like Christmas in the US as we often travel to our hometown and have a big family reunion during Tet. However, as we live an ocean away from Vietnam, we rarely celebrated Tet in the past 10 […]

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Tioga Pass: Scenic road in Yosemite

One of an unforgettable memory in Yosemite trip was driving on the mountainous path Tioga Pass (Highway 120)  from Half Dome to Mono Lake, as we passed many beautiful scenic stops like Tuolumne Meadows, Lembert Dome or several crystal clear lakes along the road. Road closure Due to its high elevation and some dangerous parts of the […]

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Valley View

Before leaving for San Jose after a whole day of driving to East Yosemite, we decided to stop at Valley View to take picture of the Sunset since we spot the cloud would make some dramatic view of the scene. Valley View is close to Tunnel View (about 3 minutes away) but at the ground […]

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Las Vegas for Nerds: Food and Musical shows

My co-workers got surprised when I told them that we would go to Las Vegas for the holiday as we are super nerdy. Of course, we never gamble or party heavily as in Hollywood movies, so why would we go to the sin city? Well, the reason we often go to Las Vegas is because […]

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Slot Canyon

Cathedral Canyon Guided Tour

I had always wondered where some famous photos of the reddish sculpture from. After booking some non-refundable hotel room in Las Vegas, I stumbled upon Antelope Canyon on Google Maps and wow, it was what I had been looking for a long time! Since our trip would be in 2 days, I thought it would be […]

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