Friday, May 29, 2009

Random Detour: Lake Piru

A few days ago Daniel and I were antsy to get out of our apartment, but we had no idea what to do or where to go. Being indecisive, we just hopped in the car and hit the road.

We stopped by a house of caffeinated beverages aka Starbucks and drove off toward the sunset. The End. just kidding...

We decided to drive up the 126 toward Filmore -which I know isn't the world's most exciting place, but it was something new. However, on the way we saw a sign saying "Lake Piru 6 miles" so Daniel and I veered off the main road to follow a broken road full of pot holes and windy S turns and WABAMM! Lake Piru was HUGE! I had no idea there was a lake of this size so close to us!

Honestly it wasn't the prettiest of sceneries, but it was a breath of fresh air to see a large expanse of water even if it was man-made! :)

Living in Los Angeles, we aren't that far away from the ocean in the grand scheme of things, but when you grow up a hop, skip and a jump away from the Atlantic Ocean, when you can smell the salt in the air and wake up in the morning to see seagulls flying above your house, the ocean is far enough away to give me water withdrawals. So, Lake Piru, it's no ocean, but it's water and I was happy to spend a few moments enjoying it.

I took a few pictures and then we got back in the car to drive the rest of the expanse of the lake. At the end of the road we found ourselves next to Smokey the Bear and a Camp Site, we pulled a U turn. Once we turned around we both looked out of the drivers side window and what did we see?

A DEER! What a surprise! It stood still staring at us for just a minute or so, just enough time for me to get a shot of my camera!!

After that we drove back down the broken and windy road back to our apartment and got home at the perfect time to start cooking dinner. It was a lovely mini adventure....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Back from Paradise

Back from Paradise...

Daniel and I just got back from a week in Paradise a.k.a. Hawaii. We could have never gone if it weren't for Daniel's parent's amazing generosity and love! What an unforgettable invitation they presented to us, we, of course, RSVPed right away!! So thank you to Bert and Carol for such an AWESOME blessing!!

We had a wonderful time basking in the Hawaiian sun rays, laying out by the pool, reading a good book or two all the while experiencing some of God's most magnificent creativity. The ocean view of our hotel room balcony was breathtaking. The Pacific what a site to see, not to mention the palm trees, white sand beaches, lush green grass, beautiful tropical flowers, and roaring waterfalls... it truly is amazing. Creation should always put people in a state of astonishment and complete awe. Just look around! Seriously, stop and smell the flowers.

Daniel and I took a road trip around the island, just site-seeing and taking photos...ya know touristy stuff. However, we had no idea we were in for such a treat! As we were driving along the coastline road we 'randomly' stopped and pulled over to take pictures of this particularly beautiful beach, but once we got down to the sand we saw a crowd gathering near the shoreline. We wandered over to check out what was going on and what did we see? SEA TURTLES! It was so cool! There were about 8 of them swimming near the shore! What an special treat!

The next day we set out to go hiking at the Maunawili Trails which leads to the Maunawili Falls! Nature is so beautiful and what a necessary experience to escape from the human element and surround ourselves with a natural setting- to hear the birds sing and the leaves crunch under our feet, to listen to the river tumble over boulders, to be shaded by gigantic trees, to watch sparkling water slide over rocky cliffs diving into a calm placid pool... Time well spent.

The rest of our week in Hawaii we spent lounging, sounds a bit disappointing, but it was greatly needed. Daniel has just finished his first year at Graduate School so, it was good for him to relax and slow down from going 100MPH with a heavy work load and finals. it also gave us an enormous amount of time to "just be" with each other and not worry about the daily, fast-paced routine of life. We enjoyed our time together relaxing by the pool and at the beach listening to the waves crash, watching the sunset and eating delicious food, and letting the sand go between the toes...

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