HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH:


Get ready to be bombarded by
all things Disney...













   



    



 


Last month, my friends and I visited two of our favorite destinations: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. With the sun beating down on our faces, we waited in endless lines to ride all the various attractions, each provoking a sense of childhood nostalgia. To be quite honest, I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be a SoCal native and to have such a magical place practically next door to me. Disneyland is truly an experience that strikes all of your senses: the smells, the sounds, the movements all work together to perform a perfectly orchestrated adventure. 

One thing I tried differently for these two trips was to focus on the food. My friends and I researched beforehand and found a couple places we definitely wanted to check out before returning. I've listed some of the best dishes and snacks below; click on them to follow the links!

-Dole Whip @ the Tiki Juice Bar 
(this is a MUST, especially on hot summer days)
-Fried Chicken @ Plaza Inn
-Mickey Mouse Beignets @ Mint Julep Bar 
(donuts are my weakness, but Mickey Mouse shaped beignets? Hand me about 50 please)
(just typing this out made me drool)

Visiting the most happiest place(s) on earth can also seem...expensive. That's why we decided to pack lots of snacks and even a small lunch to ease the constant flow of cash that seem to jump out of our wallets. If you're not one of the lucky few who own seasonal passes, make sure to plan ahead and list out all the places you'd want to visit first within the parks. Keep cool by staying hydrated and take breaks when necessary. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Yours truly, 

Rachel

P.S.-I unfortunately forgot to bring a memory card to California Adventure--hence, the quality difference as I had to upload photos using my iphone. But hey, it's the experience that counts!

4TH OF JULY AT MAMMOTH:


Nothing like good ol' nature
to enjoy America's Independence Day...





















This year, my family hit the road to Mammoth Lakes, California to celebrate the day America gained their independence. The drive up was much longer than I expected, but the next couple of days made the hours in the car all worth it.

Most of our time in Mammoth was spent hiking along the many beautiful trails that led to even more breathtaking views. Various shades of green and brown dominated the scenery and the sky remained bright blue the entire time we stayed in the mountains. I was continuously carried away by God's creation and stood in amazement while viewing the various pine trees and lakes that scattered the land. Some highlights were: Devil's Postpile and Rainbow Falls. All natural and handmade by God's own fingers!

Despite the popularity of Mammoth (the 4th of July weekend is supposedly their busiest holiday), it was nice to take a break from the city--or suburban--life and breathe in the fresh air while working out our bodies. Even without the snow, Mammoth in the summer seemed alive: people were everywhere, the birds were high in the sky, and the leaves of every plant were stretched out to the sun.

I hope your summer is treating you well so far!

Check out some more photos of my trip HERE on flickr!

Adios amigos, 

Rachel