MALIBU // SANTA MONICA


My last free day of Spring Break 
was oh-so-satisfying...















I think she wore that shirt on purpose...jk <3




Vacation is over and my last quarter as a Freshman in college has begun...where has time gone??

For my last day of spring break, I joined my church's college group for a day out in Malibu and Santa Monica. We started off with an adventurous (and kind of dangerous to say the least) hike on the Escondido Falls trail in Malibu. Why was this hike dangerous? Well, if you noticed the 4th photo I posted, you would see a "no trespassing" sign in the midst of various bushes and rocks--we accidentally walked on the wrong path that lead us to a gravel-filled hill so steep that we had to get down on our knees to keep from falling.

Nonetheless, it was quite the experience and the day kept getting better with our trip to the beach. Now, for those who know me, biking at Santa Monica was only the second time I ever rode a bicycle (the first time was in China...story for another day). I think I'm almost a pro now...just kiddin'.

We ended the day with a meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--I found out, after a quick google search that this restaurant was actually inspired by the movie Forrest Gump (a movie I highly recommend)! I had previously thought the movie came after but I guess I was wrong!

I had a wonderful time at home this break and I'm ready to start this new quarter with a bang! What did you do this break, or, if you are on break currently, what do you plan on doing?

Have an awesome day folks,

Rachel

DEATH MARCH TO POTATO CHIP:


Sometimes, expectations do not always
become realities...












"Let's go on a hike," they said. "It'll be fun," they said.

A couple weeks ago, my family group from Palomar Korean Church (PKC--a church I attend when I'm at school) decided to bond a little with the help of good ol' nature. I had heard a lot of Potato Chip Rock and the amazingly breathtaking photos I could take once I reached the trail's peak. What I did not hear a lot of, however, was the actual hike up to the scenic stone.

For someone who, on average, hits the gym less than 5 times a month (but that's going to change now OK) this hike was definitely not a "walk in the park"--it took about 2 1/2 hours to climb up and down the rocky mountain. Determined to reach the top, we took minimal breaks and relished in our sweat until finally, FINALLY we got to the famous Potato Chip, and let me tell you: it was worth it.

There was already a long line of people waiting to have their picture taken on the most thin slice of rock I had ever seen. Our group tried to take as many pictures as possible before starting our trip down on the trail. It was nice to see people arriving and being completely awe-struck by not only the rock, but also at their achievement of reaching the mountain's peak.

Climbing down, we took some time to take photos of ourselves against a backdrop of God's beautiful creation. The weather was perfect as well, which allowed for many great, clear images. All in all, the entire experience--despite the dust in our nostrils, sweat on our backs, and aches in our legs--was incredibly fulfilling and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge. Try out your New Year's Resolutions and endurance down here in San Diego and you may find that completing a challenge is in itself the most satisfying accomplishment you could ever experience.

Hope you are doing swell,

Rachel