Arches National Park

On the way home from California, we stopped at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The arch in the above photo is the North Window.

Balanced Rock

Traditionally, hikers use these rock piles (cairns) to mark a path or trail.

The arch in the background of the above photo is the Delicate Arch. We walked up to the Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint. It was really hot that day though, so we didn't hike up to the actual arch.

Above is the South Window, taken standing under the North Window. 

I highly recommend visiting the Arches National Park if you get the chance. A few hours is the minimum you can spend there, since there is so much to see in a large area. You don't have to be a hiker to see some really cool natural rock formations. If you do enjoy hiking though, I would plan an entire day to spend at the park. You can also camp there.

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Ventura Pier

We stayed in the Ventura area for two nights while in California. On our second afternoon, after visiting Hollywood, we took a look at the Ventura Pier.


The beach looked nice, but we didn't swim. There were a few birds around (pictured above) and some people fishing along the pier. It was pretty clean and not super busy.

Since we had a late lunch, we decided to grab a small dinner at Beach House Tacos. It's located close to the beginning of the pier. I had chicken tacos with sour cream and cheese. They were tasty, but not a large meal. It was also quite busy, so we had to wait a little while for our food. We ate and watched the sun start to set before heading back to the hotel.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

I've lived in the United States for quite a long time, and although I'd been to Los Angeles before this summer, my family had never actually explored Hollywood. So we took this opportunity to see the Walk of Fame.

We walked the entirety of Hollywood Boulevard but not all of Vine Street as we were quite worn out by the time we made it there. The majority of the area is pretty dirty and a few of the stars were even stained by spills and possibly vomit. However, if you don't look too closely, it's nice.

Overall, I would recommend checking out the Walk of Fame if you get the chance. It's nice to be able to say I've been and to take photos with some of my favorite stars. 
*The following photos were taken on my phone, and obviously not by me.

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4th of July: Big Bear Lake

This summer, my family drove across the American southwest. We followed Route 66 to Los Angeles with a few touristy stops along the way. Big Bear Lake was our destination for the 4th of July weekend. We arrived on the 3rd and left for Los Angeles on the 5th. 

On our first day, we walked from the house into town to look around and shop. The town is quite pretty in the summer and I imagine it is at all times of year. The buildings are all very similarly designed, and give a rustic, village feel. 

We stopped in a little cafe/candy shop that my cousin had been talking about all morning. My mom and I shared a dark chocolate & caramel apple, which was delicious, but too sweet to eat all at once.

On the 4th, the house was filled with family and friends and good food. The lake quickly filled up throughout the day with boats of all shapes and sizes. After dinner, my uncle took as many people as could fit on his boat out to see the fireworks. We were at a perfect distance from where the fireworks were being set off, as we could see everything but weren't being covered in ashes.

Route 66 Midpoint

This summer, my family drove across the American southwest. We followed Route 66 to Los Angeles with a few touristy stops along the way. After driving on the Interstate for days, we decided to drive on the old Route 66 for a little bit. We were extremely lucky with our timing, because we drove right through the midpoint.

The halfway point of historic Route 66 is located in Adrian, TX (nearly 50 miles west of Amarillo). There's an old car and truck sitting outside of the Midpoint Cafe, which people have signed over the years with silver and black markers. The huge variety of countries written by visitors includes the United States, Canada, France, England, and even Australia.

The Midpoint Cafe has been around since the late 1920s.  The cafe was even visited by Pixar representatives when they were making Cars, and was an inspiration for Flo's Diner. The lady we met in the souvenir shop, and her dog were very friendly!