Death Valley Road Trip: Ghost Towns and a Sunset

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Yesterday I arrived in Death Valley California. I have always wanted to visit this exotic part of the country so I’m very excited to be here! I will publish a “proper” blog that has more details including important travel tips, where to stay and what to see, but for now I’ll share some of the highlights in photos. The photo of the house was taken in a long forgotten ghost town…one of the amazing views:

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And the sunset shot out in the middle of no where while sitting on the back of my SUV:

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Death Valley Road Trip!

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I have always wanted to visit Death Valley. So as I’m driving from San Diego back home I had a change of plans. I stayed in Ramona with my fabulous college roommate last night, and after heading north on highway 15 to avoid the LA traffic, realized I’m not so far from Death Valley. So I’m off, or I should say, we’re off. I’m share photos and my adventures along the way!

San Diego Road Trip: Manhattan Beach Homes & The Beach House Hotel

Manhattan Beach Home along The Strand
Manhattan Beach Home along The Strand

The Strand, which runs between Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach California, has some beautiful homes. (It’s actually longer but on this trip we’re just walking between those two towns)  The house which is in the photo above and below, are two of my favorite, although there are some beautiful smaller ones too. I wanted to show them to you along with some additional photos of The Strand and the beach:

Manhattan Beach Homes
Manhattan Beach Homes

You can see the contrast!

The Strand at Manhattan Beach California
The Strand at Manhattan Beach California
The pier at Manhattan Beach California
The pier at Manhattan Beach California
Surf ini Manhattan Beach California
Surf ini Manhattan Beach California

In addition, there is a beautiful hotel in Hermosa Beach called The Beach House Hotel. It is the only hotel in the area that actually sits right next to the beach.  If you stay there you can watch the volley ball players, joggers, skaters and it’s really quite beautiful. www.beach-house.com

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California
The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California
The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California
The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California
The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California - Lobby with gas fireplace
The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California – Lobby with gas fireplace

I’m just about packed and then we’re off to San Diego!

San Diego Road Trip: Sunrise Walk in Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise
Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise

The early morning sun offers amazing light if you’re shooting photography. If you’re following along, yesterday we drove from Los Gatos to Hermosa Beach California via highway 101 and some backroads.  This morning I got up at around 6am and headed off to Starbucks which is located in downtown Manhattan Beach.  That involves walking along The Strand for about 2.5 miles. I stayed on The Strand for awhile and then walked over the sand to the ocean’s edge.  The morning light was enchanting!  Here are some of the pics I shot on my walk including breakfast:

Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise
Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise
Surfer entering the water by teh Manhattan Beach Pier
Surfer entering the water by the Manhattan Beach Pier
Breakfast in Hermosa Beach
Breakfast in Hermosa Beach

Road Trip to San Diego Road Trip: Sunset in Hermosa Beach

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Fabulous day! Watching the sunset and listening to the waves. Sweet dreams everyone 😉

San Diego Road Trip: Los Olivos & Route 157

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We are on a 1200 mile round trip drive down to San Diego. We just left Morro Bay, jumped back on the 101, and then exited on an other back road to Santa Barbara. If you do this trip take route 157 toward Los Olivos. The town is fantastic! I had a grilled tri-tip sandwich from the general store. (PS, the pea soup place is Anderson’s and I changed my mind and explores Los Olivos instead 😉 Off to Santa Barbara! (The last picture is where I am right now!)

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