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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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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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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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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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