Hallo! I can’t believe the pace at which this week has gone by. I mean, is it really Thursday? Am I the only person wishing that today was Wednesday, and that tomorrow wasn’t Friday?
I think I am the only person. Ever.
I am SUPER excited about this weekend – don’t get me wrong. I am going to my first ever food blogging event thing and I can’t wait! It’s the Natural Foods Expo West and it’s just a few miles away from my parents’ house, so it’ll be really awesome to go to the expo and to see my parents. And as a super bonus, I get to see my friends Jessica and Beth and I am so excited!!
So this weekend is going to be great. But it just so happens that I had a TON of things to do this week, both personally and for work, and I’m just totally not ready. I need to do research, I need to write posts, I need to edit photos… so.many.things. And now it’s Thursday and I’m supposed to leave tonight ? #firstworldproblems
Anyhoo, AJ and I recently went on a hike/bike ride with our friend Scott, and I snapped some photos that I wanted to share. It ended up being a really neat afternoon. Instead of the normal clear skies we have in the winter, this odd bank of fog rolled in that blanketed the hills in whisps of cloud.
The fog was moving quickly, and it was really neat to watch it pour over the hill tops and start rolling down the back side. At the top of the hill we got above the fog and got to see what AJ calls CareBear Land – where he imagines, I guess, that CareBears frolic and play?
Either way, it was pretty neat to see nothing but the ground we were standing on, the sun in the sky, and an endless pillow of fog blanketing the little valley we live in.
When we got to the top we hung out a bit and checked out the cool scenery. Then Scott mentioned something about a bathtub up there and asked if we had ever seen it. A bathtub? What the heck is a bathtub doing on top of this not-easy-to-get-to hill? So Scott led us to what is known as “the bathtub,” what what I think should be more rightly called “the hot tub.” Someone (who knows who) took the time to build these two really cool hot tub-shaped holes in the ground, then lined them with rocks and made a place to sit. It’s usually really windy on top of that hill, so the little tubs provide a place to sit and enjoy the view while also hiding from the wind. Super neat – also super weird.
While we were up there, I cracked open one of my new favorite Naked Cold Pressed juices in my fav flavor, Cool Pineapple! And then I asked AJ to take a photo of me and he got these gems:
I really liked how fresh the Naked Pressed juice was at the top of the hill. It was like a little reward for getting there successfully. It also helps that my little “reward” is secretly a super healthy bottle of fresh fruits & veggies with no added sugars – no guilt there!
If you’re on the west coast and happen to spot some of these juices at your local store, be sure to grab a few. They’re such a fun & tasty way to get in a couple extra servings of fresh fruits & veggies. If you don’t live on the west coast – don’t despair, they’ll be in stores near you soon enough!
So by the time I was done with my Naked Pressed and the guys were done sitting in the hot tub, I was chilled to the bone and ready to get walking. The boys rode down the hill on their bikes and I took it by foot. I started to walk down the trail and immediately started to feel like I was lost because… the fog!
While we were enjoying the view at the top, we failed to notice that the fog had crept up the hill to where we were standing. It was super thick and made impossible to see more than 20 feet in the distance. I’ve definitely hiked this trail before, but with the dense for I found myself turning around every50 feet or so to make sure I didn’t miss my turn.
Fortunately, I had my trusty companion by my side…
We made it down the hill just fine and then went to meet the boys at our favorite taco joint in town, Taqueira Santa Cruz Express. They have the best veggie burrito in town. It has roasted peppers & potatoes in it! So good. Dedas likes it too – she usually gets a few bean and chip handouts whenever we’re there. Spoiled dog.
Days like these really make me appreciate the town we live in. There aren’t many places like this where you can go for a hike literally from town, then meet up downtown for dinner just 5 minutes away. And it doesn’t hurt that we have good friends (and pups) to share it with. We’ve got it pretty good ?
I have a fun recipe and VIDEO(!!) to share with you guys this weekend! I’ve been working so hard on it this week, and I’m so excited about the result. Stay tuned, and have a fabulous Thursday!
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