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Best Shave Ice in Oahu and Kauai

What is better than getting shave ice on your trip to Hawaii? To cool down from the warm 80 degree weather, maybe a little sweet ice is on your mind. On a recent trip to Hawaii for vacation, I sought out the best shave ice store, from super popular places to a bit more remote, I have deemed the following to be the best shave ice in Oahu and Kauai.

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Northern California Adventure – Fourth of July

Sorry for the late post, which comes over a month late! Recently, I have been busy trying to plan out some other trips that happened spur of the moment. Right now, Australia is on the horizon at the end of the month for Labor Day weekend (in the United States, Labor Day is on the first Monday of September) and Japan for Thanksgiving (third week of November). There are other trips sprinkled in there and I hope to get you readers more content!

Hopefully you find this post about the far Northern California adventure to be inspiring to take a nature trip! Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I live in what people consider as “Northern California”, but there is often a place that is often missed farther north like Redding, Eureka, Lake Shasta, and the likes. There are so many outdoor activities up here and with a few hours outside of the Bay Area, you truly feel like you are in a whole other world. This time, I was joined by five other wonderful old and new friends alike on this trip as we embarked on a Saturday through Monday trip jammed pack with boating, road tripping, camping, strolling, and eating.

CAMPING: I would highly recommend camping in Northern California to truly enjoy the summer outdoors. We were able to do some camping by Lake Trinity.

Tent. Beer. Coal. What else more can somebody else want?!
Tent. Beer. Coal. What else more can somebody else want?!

From car camping to backpacking, there are enough options for everybody to enjoy their Northern California adventure. By choosing to camp, you are able to see all the stars, even the Milky Way! Unfortunately, without a more powerful camera, I was not able to snap a good picture of the Milky Way.

ACTIVITIES:
Boating – Renting a boat around Lake Trinity proves to be something quintessential Fourth of July activity. We rented a pontoon boat, but take a look and enjoy the sunshine and take it easy like the Northern Californian way!

Overlooking the water to see the Northern Northern California mountain range surround me!
Overlooking the water to see the Northern Northern California mountain range surround me!

Nature Viewing – From Fern Canyon and Redwoods National Park, there is not a limit on the number of national parks and national forests you can visit. Although some of them may be far out, we were able to get to Fern Canyon and Redwoods National Park. I must admit, taking pictures of these redwoods for this Northern California adventure was difficult. The sheer size and height of these trees require a very wide lens.

Fern Canyon with all of these fallen logs to climb over to continue on with the stroll
Fern Canyon with all of these fallen logs to climb over to continue on with the stroll

OFF THE BEATEN PATH:
Willow Creek – Can you find Big Foot? Do you believe in Big Foot? This small town can maybe turn you into a skeptic, to a believer, to a searcher! What kind of Northern California adventure would not include the search for Big Foot? With so much footage on YouTube, it’s hard not to become a believer!

Spend a little time at the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek, which features casts of Big Foot and other educational sightings about Big Foot.

Entrance to Bigfoot Museum
Entrance to Bigfoot Museum

Trinidad – A quaint coastal town that offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Often, people will take pictures at Big Sur to capture the California coastline, but Trinidad also offers something a bit more out there.

The California Coastline
The California Coastline

To wrap up a long and eventful weekend, there is still so much left to explore in this part of California. Surely, I can find Big Foot and get in more hiking in there next time I venture up on another Northern California adventure. Let me know if there are other recommendations for this part of California in the comment below.

Until next time everybody, keep thirsty for your next sense of adventure!

Glenwood Springs Weekend Mountain Escape

Home sweet home, Colorado. The concept of home is odd as I feel more connected with California than I do with Colorado, but I still find myself in love with Colorado and the beautiful Rocky Mountains as my first home. As summer time approaches in Colorado, the snow melts leaving for great outdoor activities such as hiking to white water rafting. A Glenwood Springs weekend is one that any outdoor driven person can enjoy!

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Philadelphia Getaway

While living on the East Coast, I knew that all the big cities were close to each other, so I took advantage of trying to get in the car and drive to another great location to explore. From where I was in New Jersey to Philadelphia, it was only an hour and some change!  With such new found freedom, it was great and off to Philadelphia I went on a cold winter day. I decided to make my Philadelphia getaway  a day trip due to lack of reserving an Airbnb and planning. But even in a day, this Philadelphia getaway was eventful and a great cultural experience in the United States’s birthplace!

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