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Big Sur Road Trip: Part Two

April 7, 2016 • By

Technology has become such a big part of our daily lives that, at times, it can be suffocating. Desperately wanting to disconnect, Gerred and I packed up our car and headed North for a 4-day Big Sur road trip. We found peace away from the buzz of normal life by hiking and taking in the sights during the day and gazing at the stars at night. So much peace, I can understand why a celebrity might want to visit Big Sur just to get away.

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Big Sur Road Trip: Part One

April 5, 2016 • By

Free weekends and time off are hard to come by with a spouse in the military. So when Gerred was awarded a long weekend off in February, we knew we had to take advantage of it. Upon hearing the news, we immediately pulled out a map of California and traced our fingertips across the west coast until they came to rest on Big Sur. For our 4-day weekend, we wanted to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and each other on a Big Sur road trip.

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DIY Food Passport

March 31, 2016 • By

We write our history each time we shovel grilled octopus into our mouths at a trendy restaurant or throw back tiny cups of hot beverages in coffee shops. We see brunch hangouts as battlegrounds and stacks of gluten-free pancakes as conquests that we document diligently in our DIY food passport.

DIY food passport, food journal, restaurant log

Want to cultivate your appreciation for local cuisine or chart your restaurant bucket list? Now is the time to put pen to paper and create your own food passport.

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San Francisco in 5 Hours

March 29, 2016 • By

Sometimes there is comfort in a perfectly mapped out trip and sometimes you just have to embrace spontaneity head on. On the first day of our Big Sur road trip, we did just that. We passed our intended destination and continued on North towards San Francisco. The catch, we wanted to reach our campground before sundown, so we set a goal to see San Francisco in 5 hours.

So what did we pack into our 5-hour San Francisco day trip? A mix of the must-see sites and a sprinkling of underrated spots that caught our eyes along the way.

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