San Diego! Here I come.

2016, summer, Uncategorized, vacations

Happy Labor Day! Put away those white jeans and sip on that last summer sunshine.Labor Day was always the unofficial last day of summer when we were growing up. Summer started on Memorial Day and ended on Labor Day. Speaking of Memorial Day, back in May, hubby and I took a trip out to San Diego during the Memorial Day break.

Having lived in Dallas for 3 years now, I miss having access to the beach. We either have to drive a few hours to Galveston (4 hours) or about 12 hours down to South Padra for a ‘decent’ beach.

The flight to San Diego was short and sweet. As soon as we stepped out of the airport, we were greeted by gloomy clouds that threatened to rain, but never did.

The more time we spent in SD, the more we realized how awful the drought in California was. The trees, shrubbery, and grass was gone. Coming from lush Dallas, where rain has been abundant this year, the comparison was stark and quite honestly shocking.

 

During our trip we went to La Jolla, Coronado, San Diego, and also drove up north towards LA and hit Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove.

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#FBF: In-Laws come to visit

Family, Flashback Friday, In-Laws, travel, Uncategorized, vacations

As many of you might know, my in-laws live in India while hubby and I live in Texas. The distance makes it quite difficult for us to see each other very often as vacation schedules, and monetary constraints add up (it’s about $1500 a person to fly to India, yikes!).

In November 2014, hubby and I went to go visit them in India. But before we went to see them, they came to see us! My mother-in-law, father-in-law and my darling sister-in-law took a month long adventure in May 2014. 

Hubby & I took some time off from work, convinced our managers to let us work from home for a while and adjusted the days we had to be at the office so that we could maximize the time with them. 

We traveled a lot together! Here’s a look at some of the amazing places we went. 


New York! New York!

My in laws flew into Houston, and we drove to Dallas. After spending a few days in Dallas, we flew to New York. 

New York is one of the most popular destinations for out of country people. I grew up in New York so going back was a blast! I got to share my childhood with my in-laws. Show them the streets I walked as a teenager, the house I lived in as a child and the areas where most of my mom’s family still lives.

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View from the top of the Empire State Building

Ok, so I’m a little obsessed with tall buildings and looking at skylines. So much so, that this was my 5th time going to the Empire State Building and heading to the top to see the skyline of New York. There is something just breath taking about city skylines. Can you imagine the creativity and intelligence that must have been behind each and every building?!


031.JPGFrom the metal jungle, we went to witness the beauty of Nature. We drove from Queens, NY to Niagara Falls. 

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It was an 8 hour drive each way and hubby & I  were both exhausted. We didn’t anticipate how time consuming and tiring the entire trip was. 041 (2).JPG

We had originally anticipated staying at Niagara for the night and heading back to Queens the next day but my in-laws couldn’t bare the cold and wanted to get back to the city. 042 (2).JPG
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Mountains Galore!

sight seeing, travel, vacations, wanderlust

Sorry for the hiatus! Last week I accidentally cut my finger in an immersion blender. It hurt and I needed 10 stitches. I finally got them taken out today.

Last weekend, hubby and I took a short trip to Colorado. We’ve always wanted to spend some time in the mountains. Growing up, I was surrounded by mountains of a whole different kind- steel mountains as I would call them!

Our first day was spent driving through Denver and admiring the beautiful landscape. The mountains set in the background against the tall city skyline are breathtaking. Even when you see the skyline, you are drawn to the creation of God. There is something so humbling about standing in front of 14,000ft tall mountains.

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Rocky Mountains, Colorado.

Rainbow Falls is hidden away in a small part of Manitou Springs about 10 miles away from Colorado Springs. The parking is a dirt lot suitable for about 5 cars leading up to the entrance of the park. The waterfall is hidden behind a bridge. The bridge has been vandalized with graffiti. Even that cannot retract from the beauty of the gushing water that runs into the stream.

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Stream heading downhill at Rainbow Falls, Colorado

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Bridge over Rainbow Falls! The graffiti art was beautiful!

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Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Red Rocks Amphitheater

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On the way to Boulder, Colorado

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Hubs & I on top of the Garden of God observation declk.

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Garden of the Gods, Denver — looking onto Rocky Mountains

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Fresh Snow covered Mountains!

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Hubs & I had coffee on this ledge overlooking Garden of the Gods

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En-route to Colorado Springs

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The snowy Mountains captured my heart!