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Arch Rock near White Tank campground

The famous Arch Rock!

We first came to the White Tank campground because of the Arch Rock that I saw on Los Angeles Times in Spring 2015. At the time we arrived, the sun was setting and they ran out of campsites but we hiked a bit into the arch and stayed till after the sunset. Since it was […]

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Wine tasting trip inside a real castle!

On the last days of July, 2017, we decided to come back to our favorite castle in California: Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley because I was craving for their grape juice since the last time we visited it in 2013. Besides their famous grape juice, the castle is also well known for their only authentic medieval […]

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Three Sisters Mountains from Dee Wright Observatory

A short stop at Dee Wright Observatory

On our way to Diamond Lake campground from our hike to Proxy Falls, we made a quick stop at Dee Wright Observatory, located about 25 minutes of driving from Proxy Falls on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242). The unique feature of this place is the moon like surface of 65 square miles of black lava rocks on […]

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Camping at Ainsworth State Park

I had been planning to visit some waterfalls in Oregon for a long time but I didn’t have time to make some road trips to Oregon due to our busy schedule. I heard that it would be best to visit the waterfalls in the Summer so it would be easier to hike and see water […]

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Proxy Falls

We drove to the magnificent waterfalls after seeing many beautiful photos on Pinterest. The drive from Hillsboro was about 2-3 hours through the forest. When we arrived, we were surprised that we had to hike through the rugged and rough trail to the lower waterfall 🙁 As we were not prepared enough, some members of […]

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Little Tokyo

[gmedia id=37] What to do here Little Tokyo is the ultimate destination for some of the best Japanese food and goods in Southern California! We frequently stopped here for our mochi fix. With lots of Japanese restaurants and stores here, this is a perfect place for anyone craving for sushi, red bean cake or mochi […]

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Mono Lake at night

Mark Twain described Mono Lake at best: Mono Lake lies in a lifeless, treeless, hideous desert, eight thousand feet above the level of the sea, and is guarded by mountains two thousand feet higher, whose summits are always clothed in clouds. This solemn, silent, sail-less sea–this lonely tenant of the loneliest spot on earth –is […]

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Bixby Creek Bridge

Duration: 5-20 minutes As we continued to travel on the Highway 1 to Southern California, we passed one of the most photographed bridges on the West Coast: Bixby Creek Bridge. The bridge is pretty easy to recognize in Big Sur due to its historic and pleasing aesthetic design: It is a reinforced concrete open-spandrelarch bridge. The […]

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Milky Way at Grand Canyon

“As dawn leaks into the sky it edits out the stars like excess punctuation marks, deleting asterisks and periods, commas, and semi-colons, leaving only unhinged thoughts rotating and pivoting, and unsecured words.” ― Ann Zwinger, Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon Except my country side hometown in Vietnam, I have […]

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Chinatown, San Francisco: little HongKong in California

Duration: 1-2 hours of walking It has been a long time I came back to Chinatown, San Francisco since I moved to Orange County. I always feel overwhelmed whenever I walked in Chinatown as there are so many people here. San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest and 2nd largest Chinese town outside of Asia. One […]

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