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

THE LAST BOOKSTORE:


Every frugal bookworm's paradise...










One of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to start a book and become so immersed and connected to its characters, plot, and underlying message that you don't know what to do with yourself. To finish a book feeling very satisfied and enlightened is an undertaking I often take for granted. Visiting The Last Book Store, located in Los Angeles, led to me to believe that there was still a hope in the tangible book industry even during the rise of Kindles and the dwindling number of Barnes & Nobles. I love flipping pages, annotating important lines, and even smelling that all-to-familiar-homey smell of books that you all know what I'm referring to.

This bookstore actually contains a lot more than just books--the two floors contain various artworks and stations that sell materials and hold workshops. Basically, anyone searching for some therapeutic alone-time (or if you're on a date, that works too!) can enjoy everything The Last Book Store offers. They offer a plethora of books, new and used, for reasonable prices that will keep your wallet smiling and bookworm heart full of content. Even if reading is not your thing, this place will keep your creative, artistic mind jogging as you venture through book-filled mazes and interestingly decorated rooms.

I bought four novels to read during the time in between classes when I'm not reading my Bible or catching up on homework. After reading Haruki Murakami's novel, 1Q84, and getting that odd sensation where I can't quite catch up to reality--where I'm caught in a limbo, still processing the author's masterpiece--I told myself that I'd read more of his work. Along with two of Murakami's books, I bought two classic pieces: All the King's Men and The Road. I will probably do an Opinon post on one or two of the books after I've finished reading...so look out for that!

Hope ya'll have had a great weekend,

Rachel