All posts tagged: road trip

Japanese Tea Garden in San Franciso

As you visit the Japanese Tea Garden, you’ll enjoy gorgeous landscapes and scenery complete with kaleidoscopic floral arrangements, waterfalls and koi ponds.  You will also see a rich display of Japanese culture by prominent structures such as the pagoda, a drum bridge and a tea house. What you probably won’t be able to see, however, is its rich history of the past – a past that many would rather forget. Most of the structures that you’ll see, such as the Mount Fuji landscapes, the pagoda, the Zen Garden, among others were actually additions made from 1960’s through 1980’s. The original gates, which are rich in history and culture, were restored in the 1980’s. It is a pretty big place to walk around and explore.If you get hungry or thirsty, there is a place inside where you can eat and drink tea while enjoying the scenery. Having a cup of Japanese tea while enjoying the sunshine is a wonderful experience. The small shop is worth taking a look too. I bought a Japanese wind chime, incense, …

The Flower Fields

Carlsbad Flower Fields is one of the spring picnic spots if you live in SoCal. The flower field is around 50 acres and has a burst of colorful flowers to watch. If you love flowers (like I do) then you must go and see this even for once in your lifetime The Flower Fields was truly a fun experience. It’s not something that lasts all day, but it’s a great way to kill a few hours… Beautiful flowers, the tractor is cute, and there is a beautiful photo opportunity at the top of the hill with the ocean in the background. There was a sweet pea maze when we went which was also pretty cute and fun. You’ll have a great time actually if you don’t take with you many great expectations. Just a fun, relaxing pretty day. This is a good activity for the entire family and those who just enjoy being outside with natural beauty and outside of the tulip fields in Holland, this was one of the best open air flower fields I’ve …

Cachuma lake

I am imagining myself camping here on a summer day, go fishing and go trailing if there are any and maybe swimming. But as I read some reviews, swimming isn’t allowed as it is the main source of Santa Barbara’s water supply. And just excuse me again if this panorama isn’t as good as it should be, well it’s my first time to do panorama, the real truth is I don’t really know how to do stitching. Thanks the iPhone made it easier for me take this through its camera lens panorama feature. 🙂 Don’t forget to click on the photo for larger view and to appreciate. In one of my researches, Cachuma Lake is located in the Santa Ynez Valley and is about 12 miles east of Solvang, CA and because we came from Solvang, this is how we discovered this nature’s gem. It is 22 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, CA. and it would just be basically a short drive up. Lake Cachuma is a non-body contact reservoir lake with a shoreline stretching …

Arts in Venice Beach

Venice Beach is known to be the a hub of artistic inspiration and creativity. One thing that you must see when in the area is the Venice Art Walls, located in the sand of Venice Beach. Again, I’m warning you, there are tons of them… you have to click on the photos for larger view and did you know that you can also comment on a certain photo while on the carousel show? just sayin’ 🙂 I am not sure how it’s called, I mean the ladies in the metal hula. They were really good at it and gave us a magnificent show. Also, I’ve postponed posting today’s coffee as it will make this post longer and will be too much of a scroll.

road trip highlights

Pacific Coast Highway Total miles: 361 (++ the miles we got lost in Santa Barbara and a few when in Oxnard) Date: November 9 and 10 Here’s the map and the points where we stopped for a few minutes or hours. Points B & C and F&L are overlapping as they are relevantly close to each other. (click for larger view) A. Starting point, where we visited the church first to thank God for another brand new year. B. Venice Beach, let the fun and excitement begin here! C. Venice Canals, it’s called Venice for a reason… D. Malibu PCH, 27 miles of scenic drive E. Oxnard, for lunch and a little rest F. Screaming Eagle Hwy, Ventura PCH, ahhh… just in time for that magnificent sunset and was charmed by the RV’s that were parked right on the seashore, what a nice way to relax eh? G. Santa Barbara, where we planned to get lodging but the city was so confusing with all the one way streets and every time we drive on to …