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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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Sunset at Sheep Pass Campground

Group Camping at Sheep Pass Campground

This is one of the three campgrounds inside Joshua Tree national park and there are towering rock formations and uniquely-shaped Joshua trees surround the facility. Joshua trees are a member of the yucca family that have long evergreen leaves, shaggy bark and bunches of white flowers that bloom in spring. The rocks were formed by […]

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Black Rock Campground

A sleepless night at Black Rock Campground

We camped at Black Rock campground about 3-4 times since it is the most convenient campground at Joshua Tree. With its proximity to the nearest town (about 5 minutes away), and with running water, it is easily the best pick if this is the first time you have ever camped in the desert! Even though […]

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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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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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Break-in in SF

Car break-in in San Francisco

Growing up in Saigon, I am always paranoid and careful of my properties to avoid being robbed. In addition, I lived in the Bay for about 3 years so I knew the area pretty well to stay safe. Unfortunately, I was caught off-guard after taking photos in Sutro Bath and going to Daigo Sushi for […]

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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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Seafood pasta with lots of salmon and meatballs with $20 for 2 people

Ristorante Di Pompello: Awesome Italian seafood restaurant in Oregon!

After setting up the tent at Ainsworth State Park campground, we were pretty hungry and we didn’t know where we should go for dinner. At first, we thought of going to a closest grocery store in Troutdale for some BBQ but we became lazy. I looked up Google Maps and found an Italian restaurant with […]

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columbia river

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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Camping at Diamond Lake

After hiking 3 hours in Proxy Falls, we drove to Diamond Lake with the intent of stopping by Crater Lake to visit the famous lake on top of a volcano. However, as I predicted that we would arrive at about 6pm (driving 3 hours from Proxy Falls), we skipped Crater Lake to put up the […]

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