First day back on the slopes of Eaglecrest in March. Fresh powder and awesome scenery. This is what I call home.
One of my first days in Juneau we hiked up to the Mendenhall Glacier in the sun. Even if the glacier usually keeps temps colder than elsewhere in the valley, I was so warm, I actually lost my glove on the way while fiddling with too many loose items and my camera. I’ve been hiking, skiing and kayaking to this glacier for nearly 18 years now and it just keeps on receding, so that soon you can’t even reach it without an actual climb.
Hiking out to the wetlands by Fish Creek. This is where you can enjoy some of the nicest views of Thunder Mountain and the Gastineau Channel. The planes landing and taking off at the airport are an added bonus. Southeast Alaska at its best.
One morning the fog was so thick, the chairlift seemed to disappear into the mist. You couldn’t see much, but the snow was once again fabulous under my board.
My friend’s mom made us breakfast one Saturday morning. What was special about it were the sourdough pancakes she had prepared especially for us. Her sourdough is legendary and has been going strong for close to 20 years already. YUM.
My last day of snowboarding at Eaglecrest, I followed these peeps up to Pittman’s Ridge for another extremely sweaty hike. Up top I was met with the below view. I stood there gasping for air as tears ran down my face. This is the most beautiful sight I have EVER seen. On the way back down I was further rewarded with magnificent thigh deep powder turns while descending into Heavenly Valley. I love Alaska and miss it every day.
California & Arizona
Skateboarding in Santa Monica and Venice, exploring the SoCal skateparks and witnessing some of the most beautiful sunsets at the beach and Santa Monica Pier. This evening was simply amazing, though I had brand new skate shoes on my feet and they kept cramping. Just had to keep on going faster to ignore it.
Visiting my SoCal family Nancy, Janine and Paula at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. This is where my aunt spent half of her life. Even if my aunt already passed away some time ago, we’re still in touch and get together every time I visit. Love you guys!
Leaving LA at the crack of dawn for a roadtrip through the desert to see the Grand Canyon and having breakfast at this adorable 50’s diner was one of the most memorable experiences on the road. I love road trips and couldn’t imagine traveling without them.
Experiencing a thunderstorm right smack in front of us at the Grand Canyon was the craziest thing ever. I didn’t know whether to be scared or excited, so I was probably both. The girls too judging by their expressions.
Arriving in Palm Springs after dark, taking a dip in the pool under the stars and waking up to this. What the…? Ah-mazing!
Visiting Yosemite. I’ve been craving to go back nearly every day since. With my eternal love for mountains and nature, I can just wonder how come I hadn’t been there before?
After all the stuff that went wrong in San Francisco, Pigeon Point Lighthouse was just what I needed to set things back on the right track. My friend Suvi said the scenery made her feel like being in one of my banner images. I agreed. I absolutely loved it.
Sunset at Big Sur and HWY1. We had to stop and take so many pictures along the way, that we ended up driving a portion of the way to San Simeon in utter darkness. It was well worth it though. Look at those colors!
Our last night in LA we got takeout sushi at our favorite Los Feliz restaurant, Starfish Sushi, enjoyed our rolls at dusk in Griffith Park and admired the amazing skyline.
On our last day in LA, we set out early to hike up to the Hollywood sign. From Beachwood Canyon, it’s about an hourlong hike uphill. This particular day though, it was especially warm and as we finally made it to the top sweat was pouring down my arms into my hands. Another one of those well worth the effort moments.
We enjoyed coffee above the city in Barcelona with my mom. You can always pay a bit extra for a view, right?
Montserrat – I already told you all about it in last week’s installment of IG Travel Thursday. Simply wonderful.