What does traveling mean to you? I always thought of traveling in terms of going across the world. But traveling doesn't mean you have to go all the way across the world to experience something wonderful. It could be in your own backyard.
My friend and I decided to take a day trip to Half Moon Bay yesterday, which is really amazing considering that we managed to wake up early and I'm terrified of driving on highways (let alone a mountain with sharp turns.) I decided that adventure was more important than being afraid and staying in my comfort zone, so I took the chance, built some courage, and shortly after we were on our way to Half Moon Bay.
Warning: This post will be a series of photo dumps. There were over 1,000 photos taken on my camera and I actually had to delete some to make more room. I hope you'll enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! Also this is a super lengthy post so thank you for taking time out of your day to read and look at my blog!
We spent the late morning walking around downtown Half Moon Bay (really cute town). There's a yarn shop called fengari fiber arts (shown in the picture above) and you should definitely check it out if you're ever in the area! There's also a lot of other local shops like the wine & cheese shop, a few bookstores, a good amount of eateries, a painting gallery, etc. It was a lot of fun just walking and looking around; we didn't buy anything, but there were a lot of things that would make a great gift for others!
We met this really cute corgi named Buzz outside the local coffee shop and the owners were nice enough to let me take pictures of him! Isn't he adorable?!
I used to be really shy about taking pictures (I still am, but I am actively working on this). Yesterday, I decided to take as many pictures as my heart desired and not worry about the occasional stranger staring at me, and it turned out to be a lot of fun! After a while, I even forgot about other people looking at me while taking pictures. It also helped that my friend was with me and carrying a camera around as well.
When I was thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this year, one of the things I wanted to focus on was doing my own thing and not worry about what other people might think about it. If we are always within our comfort zones, then we aren't being challenged. Your boundaries aren't being pushed, you don't get that much of an opportunity to learn more about yourself and what you can accomplish, and you end up limiting yourself. So this year, I am trying to push myself out of my comfort zone even if it makes me uncomfortable (because that's the point.)
We headed to Venice Beach after grabbing lunch at Sushi Main Street. It was really foggy and windy when we first got there, but it started clearing up a bit. My parents never really took me to the beach that much when I was younger, so when I was growing up, I didn't enjoy being in the sand (partly due to laziness). But now I love it. I love the sound of the ocean waves, how the sun feels on your skin while laying down on your beach towel, the shiny little grains of sand, and just looking out to the horizon and seeing the waves.
It was an afternoon well spent and we didn't end up leaving until 5 pm when it started getting more foggy and dark. I loved the drive back; the sky had tints of pink and purple, mix that in that in with the silhouettes of pine trees, and you get an amazingly beautiful view on the highway.
We took some pictures on the way back home and they turned out beautifully for phone image quality.
Overall, it was a really nice day trip to Half Moon Bay. I'm really glad we did it; I realized that freeway and highway driving isn't that scary and the view is worth it. Also, everyone we met yesterday was really nice and friendly (not that people around here aren't nice but they normally don't take the time out of their day to say hello or good morning to you).
- Do you have a favorite place to get away for the weekend?
- What is your favorite way to relax and destress from life?