California Dreamin’

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Currently experiencing withdrawal from my trip to California so I’m totally using pictures to take me back. I’m not really sure if it’s the progressive vibe that Californians have or the beautiful rocky Pacific coast. Maybe it’s the cool weather (year round…) or the baby seals basking in the sun with their mother, but it’s safe to say that California will never let you down! While going through my pictures, I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite part of the trip.
We hiked, we biked, we trolleyed, we drove, + most importantly, we ate, & ate… & ate.

One thing my family never fails at: staying active on vacation. It’s probably safe to say that we’ve walked nearly every big city that we’ve been to. We hit all the big tourist attractions, we find hole in the wall spots + everything in-between. Starting in San Fransisco… We took a beautiful bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito + rode the ferry back. Fortunately, San Fran is a very bike-friendly city so we managed to survive what could’ve been a very disastrous sight (think tourists riding mountain bikes on the road, in the middle of a big city).

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We rode the trolley to give our legs a little break. Incase you didn’t know… San Fran has to be one of the hilliest cities (I’m going to guess in the country)
P.S. This is possibly the most touristy thing you could possibly do but it was an attempt at a picture remake from the last time we visited.

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I wouldn’t mind waking up to this beautiful blue sky + amazing city view every morning…

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After spending a few days in San Fran, we made our way down Highway 1 towards Carmel, stopping about every 10 feet to get a different picture of the coastline. Although the drive took us much longer than it needed to, the sights were beautiful & we got to see sea otters!

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Once in Carmel, we drove 17 mile drive. Again, stopping every couple of feet to capture a different angle. I have to say, the rocky coastline & bright blue water is unbelievably beautiful! I now understand why the rich & famous build their homes in Cali…

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Fortunate for us, some of the beaches just recently opened back up after the baby seals were born. Although they spend most of their time basking on the rocks, it was so interesting watching them flop around on their bellies +  the little babies lay by their mothers is too cute!

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We then drove farther south towards Big Sur… Once again stopping to capture every rock along the coastline (I’m telling ya… You would do the same!) We also saw more seals… yay!

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On our way back to Carmel from Big Sur, we crossed the Bixby Creek Bridge. Earlier in the day, the visibility was limited due to fog but once it burned off, it had a beautiful view of the ocean.

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On our way back to San Fran, we stopped at Lovers Point. It had such beautiful clear water!

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As if breakfast isn’t already the best meal… We had some great food on our trip! One of the first places that we went to after we landed was Mama’s. They are known for their great breakfast, although you have to stand in line (sometimes for a couple hours) waiting for a table.

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These lemon ricotta pancakes were also noteworthy & totally delicious.

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All in all, it was a fantastic trip. The weather was beautiful, the food was great but the company (my fam) was the best part. San Fran is such a great city & there are so many things to see + do.

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