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Big Sur trip to Get MARRIED

12:07:00 PM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments


 Bixby Bridge
 A different Bridge in the distance
Hand feeding the squirrels cherries
 McWay Falls
A State Park, I can't figure out the name
Wild Lilies!
 Seals and sea lions in San Simeon
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This past weekend I got married in Carmel, California, at the start of Big Sur.  We traveled on Thursday to Carmel.  We checked out some possible marriage spots, ate, and did a little shopping.  Then on Friday we got married at noon in a little beach cove.  It was perfect.  I will post about the actual wedding later on.  This is mostly about the trip as a whole.  We drove down the coast of Big Sur on Highway 1 on Saturday.  We made a bunch of stops along the way (as you would).  Here are some photos.  






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Walker Canyon Poppy Fields

10:29:00 AM Andrea Ryan 5 Comments

super bloom
flower field
poppies from beneath
Purple flowers
Walker Canyon panoramic
Walker Canyon
Orange Poppies
Walker Canyon
Lake Elsinore
california poppies
scalloped skirt
poppies
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          Walker Canyon is every bit as magical as it looks!  This is one of those places where the pictures can't do it justice.  The mountains are literally covered in poppies.  It's not just the mountains that you can see, they go really far back.  Every bit in the distance in some places are poppy covered as well.  You can hike all throughout them on dirt trails.  Because we had so much rain this year in California, the flowers are just popping up everywhere.  I guess they are used to drought.
          If you are looking for a place to see natural flowers for spring, I recommend coming here.  It's located in Lake Elsinore, California.  It's about an hour and a half away from L.A.  You have to come super early though.  It gets so crowded and the highway gets backed up.  There is literally traffic from all of the people coming to see the poppies.  We managed to avoid a lot of it because we left at 8am.  It doesn't look like it in my pictures but there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of people here.  We hiked pretty far back to escape the crowds and do more exploring.  Most of the people just stay by the entrance, take some pictures and leave.  But of course they have to trample all over the flowers first.  I mean it wasn't as bad as you might be hearing, but it is definitely happening in some areas.  If it's sunny, be sure to bring sunscreen! Also, don't forget water.  In the midst of writing this post, I am reading that the city shut down the poppy fields, due to too many people.  If you are planning on visiting, avoid weekends and check Lake Elsinore Instagram account to see if it is open.  Also, leave early!!

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Whale Watching in Southern California

10:34:00 AM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments


           Since moving to California I have gone on two whale watching excursions.  They have both been AMAZING! If you are visiting southern California or live here and want to go, you should check out Davey's Locker! I know a lot of people will go on whale watching tours and not see anything but with this one, I promise you will.  It's also very affordable.  The cheapest one starts at $26 for 2 hours, but if you buy it through an ad, it's only $16.  You can just search "whale watching in Newport beach" and you should find an ad that say it's $16.  You can just click on it to go to their website for the special price.  The crew is super knowledgeable and really know where to go.  I recommend sitting at the bow of the boat because dolphins will swim right near the front and you can look down on them.  It also makes it super easy to see to the port or starboard side.  Whale season is year long.  You can just see different types, depending on when you go.  Gray whales are pretty easy to spot if you go around February and March.  Just do some research to find the best times.  I really want to go again in the summer when it is blue whale season.


           I went today with my fiancé and we saw seven gray whales.  I have ALWAYS wanted to see whales in the wild.  It's literally on my bucket list.  I've been going to various spots across the area to see if I can see any from the shore but hadn't had much luck (saw a spout of water).  This was such a satisfying experience because you can get pretty close to the whales.  We were much closer to some of them then the ones in the pictures but they are difficult to photograph.  For a while, the boat was riding along three that kept popping up for air.  You could see the spots on their bodies.  We also saw some sea lions hanging out on a buoy.  

          The first time I went whale watching was in early December with my sister.  We went with the same company, on the same tour.  We didn't see any whales but we did see hundreds of dolphins (yes, hundreds).  We ended up seeing several separate pods, and all four of the species that live in southern California.  They were jumping out of the water and swimming along the front of the boat.  It was so amazing to see.  It was honestly one of the coolest things that I have ever done.  Once again, if you go, sit at the bow so you can look down on dolphins swimming along with you.  Common dolphins are my favorite because they are the smallest and seem to have the most energy.  They jump like crazy and just look like a bunch of baby dolphins.  I plan on going again this summer.  I'm hoping to see a blue whale.  I'm not sure how likely that is but I also would love to see more dolphins like I did the first time.  





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