Trip to the Shore

Brent surprised me with a Sunday outing to the beautiful coastal town of Pt. Reyes. There is nothing a little drive out of town to the shore with some sun fog won’t do to clear your head.

Although it was extremely foggy, it was a truly gorgeous site. There are rolling hills covered in grazing dairy cows, creeks leading the path to the Pacific and jagged cliffs lining the shore as far as your eyes can see.

IMG_3126IMG_3149Daisy had a little too much fun while out on the beach and when she sufficiently tired herself out, we headed over to downtown Pt. Reyes station.

IMG_3146IMG_3142My love of cheese is what first put Pt. Reyes on the map of places I must visit and when I realized Cow Girl Creamery was based there as well, there was no question as to where we’d be stopping.

IMG_3165IMG_3158IMG_3164 If you find Cow Girl Creamery fromage blanc or truffle tremor in the cheese aisle, stop whatever you’re doing it and buy now!

We ended our trip with dinner in Santa Rosa. We’ve always loved visiting breweries together and sharing a sampler; so we ended our anniversary weekend how we started out six years ago, over a brew.

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6 Fabulous Years and Counting….

I am a happy girl to say Brent has been my man for the past 1,2,3,4,5,6… yes, 6 YEARS!

So in honor of the past 6, here are 6 things that I love about him!

 

JB San Diego1)  He is the yin to my yang, the calm to my crazy! I have never met a more low key, calming person and he fits me perfectly!

 

JB Hawaii2)  He is my #1 fan and the ultimate supporter.  He is always there to remind me that I can do anything I put my mind to and to shoot for the stars.

 

JB Oregon3)  Hands down makes the best chai lattes in the world, and not a Saturday or Sunday morning passes by without him lovingly making me a cup.

Brent and Jaqui CocoHead4)  He LOVES to travel as much as I do and is always down to plan our next adventure.

 

JB Grand Canyon5) He lets me be me without ever passing judgement and loves me and all my quirks.

 

Bowl JB6)  Not a day goes by without him making me smile and I know he’ll be the reason I smile for many more years to come.

 

Bowl Champagne toastCheers to the past 6 and to our future!  Happy Anniversary my sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Road Trip: California Coast

I am so sorry for the radio silence this past week!

To be completely honest, while I am loving the world of blogging, I’m still getting the hang of writing posts every day and finding ways to push through the occasional writer’s block.  I also found it a bit difficult to post while on the road.

This past week, Brent and I took some time off work and drove down to Southern California to enjoy the 4th of July holiday, Brent’s birthday and my dad’s wedding in Newport Beach.  Since Brent’s birthday is July 1, and therefore always during a holiday week, we have made it our annual tradition to take the full week off and take a road trip.  In the past we’ve toured Oregon, seen the Grand Canyon, visited Death Valley in 110 degree weather and camped in Lake Tahoe.

The choice was obvious as to where we would be driving this year because of the wedding, but we had a wonderful trip  visiting with friends and family and then took our time driving back and stopping along the beautiful California coast.  We ended up getting back up to the Bay Area a couple of days before the 4th and took some day trips the rest of the week.

IMG_1747We visited our dear friends Jenna and Avery while on the trip and Jenna baked created this beautiful donut cake for Brent’s birthday!

IMG_1751Per Avery’s recommendation, we stopped at Bates Road and enjoyed the scenery.
IMG_1759Brent enjoying a fine brew from Firestone Brewery during his birthday dinner.

IMG_2985 IMG_1763We then headed to PCH to visit the beautiful Hearst Castle and lounged at the Neptune pool.

IMG_3080And we finished our road trip by visiting one of our favorite places on the planet, the Julia Pfeiffer State Park just south of Big Sur.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Although we already miss our vacation days, I’m happy to be back and writing!

Summer Time!

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I don’t mind admitting that I have a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD.   What event planner doesn’t suffer triumph from this right?  I’m detail oriented, organized and can’t get through life without a checklist, usually color-coded.   So since it was officially the first day of summer last Friday, I thought it was only appropriate to compile a list of all of my summer “to-dos.”

  1. Go camping in the Redwoods
  2. Master the skill of BBQing and make these and these
  3. Rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast
  4. Get in the habit of reading one book a month
  5. Hang twinkle lights in our patio and eat outside every chance we get
  6. Try out different workout classes to see what’s right for me.  I’m most interested in spinning and boxing so far, but the list is endless.  I even own a pair of these.
  7. Truly make yoga a part of my life. I feel so great when I practice; I’m not sure why I haven’t made it a daily habit.
  8. Re-institute Sunday day trips
  9. Host a picnic in the park with friends following a few games of bocce
  10. Visit at least three wineries in beautiful Northern Cali. Wine country, starting with this one

And the bonus to do….

11.   Learn to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the scenery.

photo via Clement Demarquet

Travel Bug

Last night, Brent and I had dinner with our friends at Figo in Palo Alto.  Isn’t the name of the restaurant fun to say?  It makes me want to throw my hands up and say Figo with a thick accent like how a little old Italian man would say it.

Over some La Fin du Monde beers and a Bulleit Old Fashioned (which our server called the mullet) we started discussing and dreaming about upcoming travel plans.  I have had the travel itch for a while now, since it’s been several years since I’ve been out of the country.  My last trip was to Costa Rica and that was almost 7 years ago! And confession: Brent has NEVER been out of the country (except to TJ which really doesn’t count).

So now comes the fun part: Where do we go?  Should we do a European vacation(we’re thinking starting in Amsterdam, then traveling to Belgium, Germany and ending in Prague) or perhaps take a trip to Southeast Asia and go to Thailand and Indonesia?  How about staying a little closer to home and going to Vancouver or taking an Alaskan cruise?  And then again there’s always my favorite place in the world, Paris!

Where do you think would be the best place to visit for someone new to traveling?

Here are a few photos of the beautiful world we live in that are at the top of my list.

Thailand Belgium  Italy

From top to bottom (Ko Thao, Thaliand via ThatBohemianGirl), a tree tunnel in Belgium, Lake Sauris, Fruili, Italy)