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Day 2: Zion (Watchman & Angels)

So, as I was getting ready to type this. I lost all of my notes that I wrote from Day 2 to Day 6 & I’m pretty distraught about it. I have had an exhausting day & getting back in the groove of things in life have been difficult when living so carefree (:

Anyway! I’m not going to let technology hinder my spirits of sharing my journey! Day 2 of Zion we wanted to wake up early in order to do Angel’s Landing & the Watchman Trail. Since we had such a horrible first night trying to sleep, we decided to sleep in a bit. We sort of regretted that decision when we headed to the shuttle line. The line was as long as Disneyland lines! Maybe not like waiting in line for the Toys Story ride (wait times up to two hours), but took about an hour to get on one. Instead of waiting in line, we decided to hike the Watchman Trail since it was nearby and hoped the line would die down.

The Watchman Trail

Roundtrip: 2.0 miles

Elevation: 456 feet

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These pictures don’t do any justice! The views were amazing and there was an optional loop that we ended up doing to return back down. The trail was fairly easy and we enjoyed seeing cacti and adoring the rocks all around us!

From the top of Watchman, you could see the line for the shuttles and they were still pretty long. So, we decided that we just needed to tough it out just like you would to ride the Cars ride in California Adventure and all of the fast passes are gone. It was getting close to 10AM and I was worried about starting Angel’s Landing any later because I didn’t want to get caught hiking uphill in 104 degrees >__<”

Angels Landing

Roundtrip: 5 miles

Elevation: 1488 feet

We were lucky enough to catch some shade as we climbed up along the canyon wall, switchback after switchback. Once you reach to the top, it was a pleasant walk through Refrigerator Canyon. It was shaded and cool, just like it’s name! While we were walking, we spotted an owl taking a nap in the trees! During this stroll, I was mentally preparing myself for the uphill battle in the sun and wanted to take the shade that was on my skin and let it soak in.

The next part of the trail was the amazing Walter’s Wiggles — 21 switchbacks that are short, but steep. Every sliver of shade I found in the corners of the switchbacks, I thanked. They were my saving grace.

We finally reached the chains and I knew that it was time to face one of my biggest fears — heights. I am not a fan, especially when you are on a narrow trail with an edge of a cliff on one side of you. The trails were so crowded that it made me even more nervous. We took our time climbing the chains and let groups above us finish making their way down before climbing up. Jordan held onto my backpack, ready to throw me against the canyon wall in case I slipped off the edge. That is true love everyone ❤

There was one moment where we were on our way going up and a huge group decided to start climbing down. They all stood against the chains and told us to go up first, but there was no way I would climb up without holding onto anything. I froze and asked a stranger if I could hold their hand since I couldn’t reach the chains and that I was deathly afraid already. Soon after that, the person behind them reached out for their hand for me to grab. These kind souls were the real MVPs!!! I seriously thanked every hand I held and so did Jordan for having them help me up the trail.

GOPR0472.JPGWe reached to a viewpoint and we thought that we made it. We even celebrated! We started taking pictures and then the moment we turned to the left… We saw another narrow ridge, with chains, and people climbing to the top of Angels Landing Summit. Of course we weren’t there yet lol.

These chains were no joke. They were also a little hot since it was 104 degrees out. As we climbed our last chain up, it was the biggest feeling of accomplishment I have ever felt!

We thought that after this hike we would do another, but we were ready to lay around near the water by our campsite by the time we finished our snacks on the top. The sun was unforgiving on our way down and the shaded areas that blessed us on the way up, were completely gone. We ran out of water on our way down and by the time we reached the bottom, Jordan dipped himself in the stream nearby and I used my filtered water bottle to desperately drink water. It was sooooo hot!

This is definitely a hike you don’t want to do midday or else you’ll be miserable. At least we were feeling the heat on the way down and not on the way up. On the shuttle back to camp, we overheard on the park ranger’s radio of someone having a possible heat stroke on the Angels Landing’s trail.

Things I learned hiking in the desert:

  • BRING WATER!
  • Shade is your friend
  • Watch out for cacti, sometimes the trails are narrow and they are right at the edge of them
  • You can actually see dried up salt from sweat on your skin that has evaporated back into the air – waaaaaw, science!
  • Wearing a hat to shade you will save you
  • Wear long socks because you will get A LOT of sand everywhere, especially in your shoes
  • Trying to catch your breath while smelling/inhaling horse poop has got to be the worst thing
  • BRING WATER!! + electrolyte tablets (these saved me from cramping!)
  • Take breaks when needed to prevent heat exhaustion that can lead to heat stroke

Thanks for reading!! ❤

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Day 1: Zion

We landed in Las Vegas and we were in a big rush to get to Zion in order to fit in a few of the easier hikes before it got too dark. We grabbed our backpacks from the carousel, took the rental car shuttle to get our car, drove from Las Vegas, Nevada through Arizona, and finally to southern Utah after three hours of driving to Zion National Park!

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We arrived around 3:30pm, checked into our campsite, set up our tent, quickly changed into hiking clothes, and jetted off to Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Hidden Canyon. We took the shuttle and we first hiked to the Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools.

Lower, Middle, & Upper Emerald Pools

  • 3 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation gain = 350 feet

This trail was very crowded and felt very touristy while we were there. We both thought that we would feel isolated being out in Zion, but it was the opposite of that. There were a bunch of people here! It was our first time hiking in the sand and I learned really quickly that this sand gets everywhere (socks, shoes, eyes, mouth, clothes, tent, etc.) and doesn’t seem to ever leave you.

On the shuttle, we were looking at the map to see what other hikes we could squeeze in. This guy on the shuttle asked us if we had done Hidden Canyon and told us that it was a great hike to do and that it required using chains to get in and out of the canyon. Chains & heights = adventure!

Hidden Canyon

  • 2.4 miles roundtrip, out & back
  • Elevation gain = 931 feet

The beginning of the trail was steep with some switchbacks, but finally had some relief in the shade once we hiked into the canyon. There was a moment while we were hiking that we heard these loud noises and thought it was some huge animal, but the closer we walked… We realized that it was a bunch of frogs in the water and their ribbiting was echoing off of the canyon walls. LOL.

After reaching a viewpoint, you reached an opening to a canyon that required a lot of rock scrambling. I hit my head a few times on some rocks trying to squeeze in between rocks and logs that were in the path. Very typical of me, unfortunately. The trail was beautiful and hiking in these canyons were incredible. It was the first time hiking somewhere else that didn’t have evergreen trees surrounding you, but instead a lot of rocks and sand! We saw some arch formations and enjoyed our time scrambling in and out of this canyon. The end to the trail was a sign that said, “End of Canyon Travel Turn Around Here.” It was kind of disappointing that there wasn’t a viewpoint or something at the end of this canyon, but the trail was fun at least! We started hiking back to the shuttle around 6:30pm and thought we would have enough time to check out Weeping Rock before the shuttle buses ended for the day.

Weeping Rock

  • 0.3 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation gain = 78 feet

This trail was super steep, but once you reached the top it was well worth it! We thought because of how hot it was, the rock wouldn’t be weeping, but once we kept hiking closer we could hear water falling from the rock. Due to the impermeable layer, it forces the water to find a place to penetrate such as at Weeping Rock. The water has been in the rocks for about 1200 years! I never learned much about rocks until this hiking trip and sort of wish I took “Rocks for Jocks” at UW when I had the chance. That information would of been actually valuable for a trip like this!

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The views from our tent!

We made it back to our campsite and I had my first freeze dried dinner meal of lasagna with meat sauce and chili mac. 10/10, would definitely recommend! The wind was roaring throughout the entire night and since we were in a rush to get hiking, we didn’t put stakes down on our tent. Rookie mistake. You can hear the wind coming before you actually felt it & it woke me up the entire night. I felt like I only slept for a solid two or three hours. However, looking at the stars in the middle of the night felt like it was the only silver lining. THE STARS ARE AMAZING OUT HERE! I have never in my life seen so many in the open sky and I knew I could never get tired of looking up at them.

More to come about our day two in Zion, which includes The Watchman Trail & the craziest hike we have ever done — Angels Landing. Thanks for reading ❤

The Beginning of an Epic Adventure

Today is the day! Jordan and I leave for two weeks and venture off to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Alstrom Point, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Havasupai, & end it with partying in Las Vegas for a day! I haven’t taken this much PTO to do anything like this & so excited for a much deserved break from the daily routine. 

We lugged two large hiking backpacks, two day packs, & one suitcase in a Lyft SUV at 4:30am this morning. I was ready to pay the overweight fee of $100/each, but surprisingly each of our packs were under fifty pounds. YAY! We packed (unpacked & packed like four times) 8 days worth of freeze dried food, clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hammocks, a tent, electrolyte tablets, four packs of beef jerky, a ton of clif bars, GoPro, portable chargers, lanterns, headlights, extra batteries, towels, swimming gear, a compass, my ankle brace, sandals, trekking poles, water filtration systems, kitchenware, card games to play, a frisbee, duct tape strips, rope, lots of sunscreen, dry shampoo, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable wipes & soap, toilet paper, garbage bags, a pocket shower (probably will be the best seven minute stream of a shower), body glide, ziplock bags, a machete, and of course, feminine hygiene products (because of course that time of the month would happen during this big trip).


This is the first time I packed light for Vegas. One swimsuit, one day dress, one night dress (because usually I bring four and need help choosing only one), one pair of false eyelashes, one pair of heels, a curling iron, a sticky bra, one eyeshadow palette (because for some reason I bring two or three) & other makeup essentials. My top priority when getting to Vegas? Eat at Shake Shack. Then party. 

In my bullet journal, I started a hiking log in the beginning of Spring. After writing our planned hikes for our adventure, we will be hiking about seventy miles in two weeks. We will be Vegas-bod ready in no time!

Now that I’m typing this out, I think I forgot deodorant. Anyway, I am super excited to share with you all this exciting adventure! ❤ More to come!

First Time in the Big Apple

My cousin & I booked round trip flights from Seattle, WA to New York, NY for around $275 just for the heck of it. YOLO. We stayed for six nights and five days and it definitely wasn’t enough time to do everything!

We traveled the weekend after a huge winter storm, so we are grateful to have dodged that bullet. Thank you Mother Nature! However, we did get caught in a massive downpour the day we decided to get on a ferry to go to Liberty Island & Ellis Island. Being a Seattlite, I was actually feeling a bit miserable being soaked head-to-toe (especially my underwear) for the rest of the day walking around the big city.

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Signature Favorite (scallion cream cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce, onion, & capers) on an everything bagel

We stayed at an Airbnb in New Jersey and started our first morning in New York at Ess-a-bagel. We ended up sharing their Signature Favorite and it was the absolute best bagel I have ever had. The staff were super friendly and told my cousin and I that we looked like we could be on Glee because we looked so cheerful. So cheerful because it was our first freaking day in NY!!

My cousin and I bought a CityPass for $127/each that included admission to a lot the main touristy attractions we wanted to see during our visit:

Top of the Rock

The Metropolitan Museum

The Empire State Building

The Natural History Museum

Note to self and to others – admission to this museum is FREE. We ended up not being able to finish the entire museum one day since we got there late and ended up coming back the next day and made a charitable donation admission of a whole $2.00/each.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

There was this awesome pop-up art exhibit in Brooklyn called Dream Machine that we bought tickets to before they ended up selling out. There were smoke bubbles to pop, a ball pit to jump into, a laundry mat room where workers handed cotton candy for you to take pictures with, huge “clouds,” and a lot of creative lighting in each room. It was truly all a dream ❤ We had a lot of fun “doing it for the ‘gram.”

Being in Times Square and Grand Central Terminal was eye-opening for me. It was kind of like those moments you have when you stare out into the horizon on a sandy, white beach and have some life-changing realization about who you are as a person. Well, it was exactly like that, but surrounded by a concrete jungle. Like, “Wow. I am really here. I never thought that I would be able to visit NY, but I am here and I feel alive.”

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It is funny to think that I wanted to live in New York City. I remember I told my mom that I wanted to be a journalist, write articles for some company, and live free in a wild city like NY. Just like Jo Koy would say, “My mom shit on my dreams.” (Just kidding, I love my mom). Instead, I decided to be the very typical Filipino nurse. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do! I just thought a change of lifestyle would be nice *shrugs*. While applying for nursing schools, I even thought that maybe if I didn’t get into any in Washington state, it would be a chance to see what it would be like to live in NY that way.

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I always told myself if I were to move somewhere, it would have to be something completely different than Seattle (this desire probably came about me being a sheltered, private schooled, only child TBH lol). However, after visiting I realized that all of the amazing hype was real, the lights were bright, the buildings were gigantic, & the streets were alive; however, I couldn’t imagine myself caught in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle.

Things I learned while visiting New York:

  • I say “Sorry” too much (even when people bump into me).
  • The battery on my iPhone goes from 100% at 0700 to 50% at 1200 – something about being in the city drains the life out of it.
  • If you want to take the bus to New Jersey, you have to “go up the stairs, take a right, get a ticket at the counter, come back down, & then ride the bus.” Moral of the story behind this inside joke — people are direct af with you. Don’t take it personally.
  • The food scene in Seattle needs to step up their game! Also, Shake Shack in South Lake Union needs to open sooner because I have been having serious withdrawals.
  • Safeco Field > Yankee Stadium
  • The commute from New Jersey into New York is a real journey
  • I am definitely a grandma living in a 25 year old body because I couldn’t hang (especially on a damn weekday) at the clubs. Ya’ll wild leaving around midnight to go out and leave at 4 A.M.
  • Bring an extra suitcase if you want to be a hypebeast and buy stuff from Supreme, Stadium Goods, etc. (the resell game is real doe)
  • People really do fall into the gap between the subway and the platforms (I ran and helped pick up a stranger with my superhuman strength to get her leg out).
  • Central Park is beautiful ❤
  • Wearing a romper to go out feels like you are underdressed.
  • Subway rides are very entertaining – no matter what line you take.

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Thank you NY for the experiences, good food, and amazing memories! Also, thank you for reminding me to embrace the trees and mountains that I love to call home. Until next time!

Winter Wonderland Trip – Boston, MA

Why, hello there (:

I have been seriously MIA, but I am back to share with you my trip to Boston!

DAY ONE

We took a late flight out of Seattle and ended up landing around 5:00 am. We picked up our rental car and snow was pouring down. We told ourselves that we wanted to experience snow in a completely different state and we sure did get our wish.

We killed time by strolling around the snowy, empty brick streets, the multiple parks that were around our neighborhood near Tremont, and had some awesome breakfast burritos at a small diner. For a moment, we thought we were literally insane doing this trip because it was 10 degrees and couldn’t feel our hands, toes, or faces (we ended up sucking it up). We stopped at a nearby grocery store to pick up breakfast food, which helped save us money during our time there by eliminating one meal out of the day.

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When deciding what we wanted to do, we got our tickets through Go City Card. We ended up getting tickets to:

  • Skywalk Observatory
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • ICA Museum – absolutely had no time on our trip to actually go D:
  • Paul Revere’s House
  • Freedom Trail Tour

SKYWALK OBSERVATORY

Definitely try to go when it is a clear day out. The views are amazing up here! Since it was the middle of winter, the Charles River was completely frozen and it was so beautiful to see Boston in this wintery wonderland feel.

DAY TWO

PROVINCETOWN, MA

Commuting around Boston was easy using the subway, but we rented a car so we can drive all the way to Provincetown to check it out. It was about a 2 hour drive away from the city and the town was quiet since everything there was seasonal. We walked around and imagined how cool it would be to come back here in the spring or summer.

We walked along Race Point Beach in complete awe of this place. We picked up rocks, beach glass, saved clams from seagulls by throwing them back into the ocean, and appreciated our alone time being the only people on this beautiful piece of land.

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On our way back, we adventured towards Seaport and ended up going to the Harpoon Brewery. Tours for the brewery run at the start of the hour Monday – Friday and only costed $5.00. The tour lasted about an hour and near the end of the tour, they give you 20-30 minutes to be able to sample all of their beers on tap. (I definitely had too many samples).

We ended up finding a Groupon for ice skating at The Boston Common Frog Pond and definitely wanted to go at night to experience all of the pretty lights (:

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DAY THREE 

BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Be prepared to be trapped in this amazing, four-story museum ranging from paintings, statues, mummies, and thousands of artifacts. We were happy to be able to be there for Takashi Murakami’s special exhibit and Monet! Also, if you ever took AP U.S. History, going through and looking at the paintings will bring you right back into the classroom. By hour two or three, we ended up wanting to only see the “starred” items on the brochure because we were exhausted.

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HOUSE OF BLUES

This venue was huge and nothing like anything in Seattle. I took a hard fall when getting inside the venue because of some steps going down from the bar into the general admission area :/ We waited about an hour outside in the snow, but we did get to see Majid Jordan!

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DAY FOUR

FREEDOM TRAIL

Again, it is the middle of winter in Boston and not a lot of people were willing to do a Freedom Trail tour. However, because of this our tour guide ended up giving us a private tour! We walked around the Boston Commons, saw the Old South Meeting House, Granary Burying Ground, Old North Church, Boston Massacre Site, and it ended at Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail is doable on your own, but it was nice to have a tour guide explaining the rich history behind every site. He was nice enough to talk to us inside places that had heaters, so we didn’t freeze to death outside. Since the tour ended at Faneuil Hall, we ended up doing the rest of the Freedom Trail on our own.

We had tickets to see Paul Revere’s House and continued past the Charlestown Bridge to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution. Make sure to check out the hours online because they vary. We missed the last tour which left at 3:30pm and had to come back the next day to check it out.

TD GARDEN

We got to check out the TD Garden and we were sad to miss out on Kyrie playing. Before the game we grabbed beers at a bar called The Fours, voted Best Sports Bar in America by Sports Illustrated. It was definitely packed, but we ended up standing around drinking a beer before we entered the game. One of the guys at the bar offered me a seat while he was waiting for his brother. He definitely was a Boston native and gave us tips and advice about our stay. Seeing a Celtics game at TD Garden is something you definitely have to try going to!

DAY FIVE

Our favorite meal of our entire trip had to be our experience at Neptune Oyster. They serve amazing seafood and have a variety of oysters to choose from. We ordered a dozen oysters, scallops, and their AMAZING lobster roll. Definitely worth the $30 for a lobster roll. We tried a lot of other lobster rolls from different restaurants, but this place was well worth the price for the amount of lobster they gave.

We went back to the USS Constitution since we missed the tour the day before. The tours are given by active US Navy men and women. The girl we had was her first tour ever and she was very nervous, especially when her officer showed up who ended up being a US Navy carpenter. He ended up continuing the tour for us and we were glad that he showed up because he was able to tell us so much about the ship itself, how it was built, and what it would be like in the ship during battles over seas.

We took an uber to adventure around Harvard and I felt like El Woods from Legally Blonde out there. From there we went to the Cambridge Brewing Company and tried out two flights. They had this chocolate raspberry stout that literally tasted like you were drinking liquid chocolate. We wanted to check out an arcade bar, but the one that we found called A4cade was hard to find because it was inside of a Roxie’s grilled cheese restaurant. When you entered the restaurant, there was a bouncer checking IDs, giving out wristbands, and opened a large freezer door where you were all of a sudden sucked into a different world. They had fun drinks and also sold bomb chicken sandwiches!

For our last night, we decided to go out with a bang and go to a nightclub called Royale. It was a huge nightclub that had three stories. We ended up being lucky enough to have one of the guys in the booth give away the rest of his alcohol, chasers, and water bottles to us (lol).

Well, that is it folks! We definitely fell in love with snowy Boston and plan on visiting again when the sun is out (:

Thanks for reading ❤

 

Mt. Rainier Tour

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary at Mt. Rainier! I bought tickets through Customized Tours that picked us up at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle and drove us to and from Mt. Rainier. It was nice not having to worry about driving, especially since neither of our cars have AWD. It was absolutely majestic! During my daily commute, Mt. Rainier is a landmark I see almost every single day. However, being so close to it is a whole other experience. Something so beautiful that is constantly changing due to mother nature, made me feel some sort of way.

Being locals, it seemed silly to pay for a tour, but having other locals on the bus made us feel a little better. We spent the day catching waterfalls, taking in the views, and our tour guide even provided us with snow shoes to go snow shoeing around Mt. Rainier in Paradise. Also, my boyfriend had a Rainier beer on Mt. Rainier – that is something special.

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Catching the sunset off of Mt. Rainier

After spending our whole day at Mt. Rainier, we were able to relax and treat ourselves to room service (: Five years is definitely a milestone, but I can’t wait for what else our love has in store for us!

Solo Adventure to Hawaii

One of my dearest friends got married to the love of her life in the most beautiful place in the world, Hawaii! I’ve never traveled alone to a place unknown, but decided to face my fears. Also, because it was for my friend’s big day ❤ In this blog, I’m here to share my experiences and traveling tips going solo to HI.

I booked a roundtrip ticket from Seattle, WA -> Kahului, HI -> Oahu, HI -> Seattle, WA for around $535.97. (I found tickets for $475.00 earlier on, but didn’t act on it fast enough… sigh). I spent 3 nights in Maui and 3 nights in Oahu to visit my friend Lyndsey (: Since I was going alone, I tried to make each day busy, filled with some type of tour or activity so I wasn’t cooped up in my hotel room.

I hate to admit it, but I am a princess when it comes to hotels. Since the hotel prices in Hawaii were expensive, I couldn’t be so picky. Especially since it was just me, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a room that I wasn’t going to spend a lot of time in. Since I bought my tickets through Expedia, they offered a hotel discount if I booked at least two days after I bought my airfare.

After the day of my friend’s wedding, I booked a tour through Mahalo Tours to do the Road to Hana. A tour that was 12 hours long that went around the whole island. Brutal, but so worth the sights! The tour guides were locals and were so friendly. They treated me like ohana! I paid a little more extra through this tour because of the great reviews from other tourists. It was a smaller group of people, it was a much more comfortable bus to be on, they provided fresh fruits for snacks, it included lunch at one of the best BBQ places in Hana, and the tour guides were awesome.

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Wai’anapanapa State Park (the endless coastlines had me speechless)

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These pretty flowers that smell amazing once you squeeze them!

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Near the end of the Road to Hana

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Waimea Canyon – Maui’s “Grand Canyon”
The Road to Hana was unbelievable. I was afraid of going alone because of what others thought of me, but my whole group was filled with super cute couples that were celebrating 40 or 50 years of love! They made me feel very welcomed and didn’t think indifferent of me. I was happy to take their pictures at every place we stopped at too.

Watching one of my closest friends get married in such a beautiful place was amazing. I cried during every part of it – walking to the venue, the ceremony, the reception, the first dance, etc. I’m so glad that I ventured out by myself to witness such a selfless act ❤

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Maui Sunset – that started off the night of my friend’s wedding!
In Oahu, I stayed at an Airbnb with a lovely family with an adorable 1 year old. I watched the sunset for the first two days at Ala Moana (the beach near my Airbnb) and my very last day near Waikiki Beach. Catching sunsets and sunrises were a crazy thing for me. Being a Seattleite, there are very few moments of seeing any sunlight because of it being so grey all the time…

My friend Lydnsey showed me all around Oahu! She picked me up around 4:30am to grab some McDonalds before we hiked up the Lanikai Pillbox Trail. Also, by the way… EGGS, RICE, PORTUGUESE SAUSAGE, AND SPAM FOR BREAKFAST?! I wish that was a thing on the mainland. Anyway, we went to Waikiki Beach where we swam and sun bathed, got some shaved ice at Waiola, malasadas at Leonard’s bakery, and hot pot at Sweet Home Cafe.

What a life it was for the past six days. Sun, beaches, amazing food (especially the poke from Foodland), the nicest people, and especially meeting up with my friends in a place I’ve only seen pictures of!

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Sunset at Ala Moana Beach

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Lanikai Pillbox Sunrise Hike

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The view on top of the Lanikai Pillbox

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Diamond Head
Overall total = $1,318.78

  • Airfare = $535.97
  • Hotel (Maui) + Airbnb (Oahu) = $484.32
  • Road to Hana = $139.53
  • Car Rental = $158.96

If you haven’t thought about it before, rent a car from Costco if you have a membership. I received a great rate for $15.06/day, but since I am under 25 years old, I got charged with a $75 young renters fee :/

I brought about $150-$200 for food, shopping, and souvenirs. So, for just about $1,500…I was able to do a whole lot! Unfortunately, since I packed only a carry on I couldn’t bring back boxes of macadamia chocolates. I think that the pricey thing about Hawaii, is getting yourself there. However, a lot of the activities around the island like scuba diving, sightseeing, snorkeling, luas, etc, are very affordable.

Traveling will be the most rewarding thing you ever do. Even if you go solo, you learn a lot more about yourself. You become more independent and find yourself empowering. When you are surrounded by sights you’ve never seen before and realize how beautiful the rest of the world is… You realize that there is so much more to life than work and bills. Life is a much greater journey and there are more places to get yourself lost in.

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Chicago

My first time being a bridesmaid and we got to go to Chicago for the bride’s bachelorette party! This was the first time that I booked a ticket to the Midwest. I mean, the furthest I’ve flown East of Washington state is probably Texas when I was still a little kid. I think the weirdest thing for me was realizing how there were no mountains or abundance of trees. Their background was filled with lots of skyscrapers and buildings with history behind each and every one.

Our agenda for the couple days we were there were jammed packed thanks to Rhianna! Chicago was an absolutely fun city. There was so many things to do and the food there was amazing. Bottomless brunch?! Freshwater lakes?! Taking a taxi to places?! Yoga sculpt?! Bar hopping in the city?! I definitely had fun celebrating with the bride-to-be and the rest of the bridesmaids. I also fell in love with Chicago ❤

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A comedy show we watched on our first night in Chicago called #dateme

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Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
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That one time when we paddle boarded in Lake Michigan and did yoga

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The Bean!

Heather Lake

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I’ve been really sluffing on blogging anything, but here was one of my recent hikes to Heather Lake with some of my friends. Pictures can’t describe how beautiful this place was! So green and so peaceful (:

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