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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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Barker Dam Trail in the morning

Hiking to Barker Dam

We woke up at 5AM and drove from Sheep Pass to catch the sunrise at Barker Dam Trail, which had a small foreign-looking reservoir within the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. We arrived when the sun was already above the horizon but it was still a bit dark and nobody else was there. […]

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Castello di Amorosa

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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Calla Lily Valley: The hidden gem in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Duration: 1-2 hours Location After leaving the scenic 17 Mile Drive in Monterey Bay on the last day of December 2016, we drove about 10 more minutes to Garrapata State Park, on Pacific Coast Highway 1. The park is easy to find but parking may be easy to miss! You may notice the little sign […]

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