The Flower Fields // Carlsbad, CA

The Flower Fields have been blooming for over sixty years! They display a wide array of colors and beauty season after season: definitely worth a day trip.

“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends” -Okakura Kakuzo

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IMG_1603 IMG_1609Admission into the field is $12, but it is only open a couple weeks a a time in order to grow the new seasonal flowers.

My friends and I made a little day trip in Carlsbad: driving along to coast, eating some bomb fish tacos in the cute beach town 🙂

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Not much to say because I think the pictures speak for themselves ! nothing but California loving

Beach Sunrise

A while back, my friends and I took an early morning trip together to see sunrise at Laguna Beach. We got up around 5am, grabbed some blankets and Starbucks, and watched the horizon as it shifted from black, to jeweled purples, to soft pastel paints.    It is so peaceful to watch the world slowly awake. IMG_5089 IMG_5094 IMG_5100 IMG_5103 IMG_5105 IMG_8794 IMG_8798

California Cold

I think I forgot what the cold actually feels like, but my feeling towards the annoying, pinchy chill hasn’t changed.  Yet, since I’ve applied to some colleges that actually get seasons, I’ve been trying to like-or at least tolerate this little storm were having.

I did have a blast in the snow! Took a little day trip with the family up the mountain 🙂


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This cold weather has been a constant reminder for me that things are changing.  Not just the weather or time, but my entire life is about to be flipped all around in just a short six months.  Like the initial piercing touch of the winter air (ha, at 47 degrees…I’m such a wuss), its shocking.  As much as you would like to try to prepare for it, is something you never really will be prepared for until it’s forced upon you.  There is so much unknown: where I’m going to college, what is going to happen to my friends and family, and what am I going to do with my life?.  I don’t have control of whats going to happen, but just to hope and believe that the best is yet to come.  For now, just trying to seize every moment left of my senior year-to enjoy every patch of snow as it all beings to disappear.

But, the melting snow also hydrates all the life of the spring 🙂 pretty flowers and green grasses.  The snow is absorbed into my roots, and although everything is changing, my home will always be a part of me.  That is one thing I can count on.

hahaha I think I’ve gone a little too far with this metaphor, anyways

Happy New Year!

Much love,

Maddi

Anaheim Packing House

To celebrate the new month of July, my friend, sister and I went to the Anaheim Packing House.  It is labeled a sort of farmer’s market, but its more of a little promenade full of those ‘homemade’ restaurants, and cute places to sit and just chill.  There are a bunch of secret rooms and corners, and it is still under renovation for new shops to open!

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after wandering around and admiring we decided to eat at the Indian grill

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Where we sat for lunch

Where we sat for lunch

Veggie Curry

Veggie Curry

Little sister got the chicken masala....FULL meal, and ate it ALL

Little sister got the chicken masala….FULL meal, and ate it ALL

Since the place is new we pretty much had a private area to ourselves, most of the other people were out in the big room watching the World Cup game-Belgium vs. USA

After that we got ice cream, sat outside, and had a little fun with my new Canon EOS Rebel SL1

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content with life~

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Much love,

Maddi

 

Beach adventure: Victoria St., Laguna Beach, CA

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Look how sick that is. A couple days ago me and my friend decided to go secret beach searching, and we came across this beaut.  Only the locals know about it around here apparently, and I know many would like to keep it out of tourists reach.  Our original plan was to go to Shaw’s Cove tide pools, but there was absolutely NO parking..so I guess we’ll have to save that for another day!

It tools us about 40min to an hour to actually find Victoria’s beach once we got to Laguna..and all the while worth it.  The stairway to reach the beach is tucked away in one of Laguna’s many residential neighborhoods; we had to (nonchalantly) follow a resident to find it.
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it opened up to the semi-private beach..SO pretty! The water was so clear, which is surprising for other beach standards.  Huntington the water is almost black (yuck): just going to show how secluded and uncontaminated it is in comparison.
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After we got to this spot we wandered for a bit until we caught sight of side tidal rocks, and followed that direction.  After some climbing and wandering over private resident beaches (still open to public, we did not trespass), we found it.

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There was NO ONE there except me, my friend, and another stranger.  The beach is quite small, hugging the cliffside.  The tidal rocks circled the area (you can kind of see here), and when high tide comes in, the sand is almost completely taken over so you got to be careful about the timing!  Definitely not a swimming beach, just a “touch my feet in” kind of thing.  We had a wonderful time just sitting and admiring the scenery.

 

me and the tower

me and the tower

The tower was built in 1929, by a resident at the time.  There is a spiraling stairway inside, but the door is locked (forever I assume).  So so crazy that it is still here. If you’re ever feeling adventurous, and have a day to waste, you should check it out! If you can find it ; )

Happy Summer days
Much Love,
Maddi