I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: the ocean is one of my favorite parts about living in California. It’s crazy when I think about how there are people who live in places like the middle of the country who haven’t seen the ocean. I know I am lucky and therefore I take full advantage of visiting as often as I can. Which is why when it came down to deciding what I wanted to do for my birthday, I chose camping by the sea. I originally had planned on Big Sur, mainly because I haven’t been there yet. I was crushed when I discovered all the camps I wanted to stay in were booked solid–even while trying to reserve months in advance. Not to be deterred, I did some more research by word of mouth and people’s suggestions on other similar places. That’s when Glenn’s dad’s best friend recommended Ocean Cove. He frequents the area often to Abalone dive and spear fish. In fact, he offered to go with us and lead the way. I promptly said “yes!” and so this past weekend Rich, Glenn + his dad and I packed up the truck and headed towards the coast to Jenner, CA.
As you can see, it was gorgeous. Completely void of reception, we welcomed the weekend sans social media and text messages (although I still played Candy Crush on one of the days when I woke up before everyone else during a nap). The weather was warm but crazy windy during the day and freezing as soon as the sun set, but the wind died down. Basically I spent two days in leggings and a hoodie because, ain’t nobody got time for that. There was a hiking trail right next to our campsite with incredible views, not to mention the not-so-shabby view from our tent as seen in the very first photo. It was better than the pictures I’d obsessed over online. If given the opportunity, you should all see it for yourselves! We stayed up until (way past) midnight on Friday to wish me happy birthday complete with Fireball whiskey shots. We ate hobo omelettes for breakfast and cooked chicken fettucini with
homecamp-made alfredo sauce complete with roasted jalapeños and heavy whipping cream. It. Was. Divine. Not bad for camping food, eh?!
The rest of the weekend we equal parts relaxed + explored and I toted my DSLR along for the first time in a long time. I really, really enjoyed playing around with the manual settings on the camera and am excited to keep learning. I haven’t really gotten the aperture part down yet and that is something I’ve been wanting to become proficient at. In fact, there’s a lot I want to learn more about in this 28th year of life. So, here goes nothing. I’m 28 and feeling great.
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