Wednesday, April 21

Travels with Michael

Rosarito, Mexico
Travels with Michael

Rosarito, Mexico

So it's that time again. February 18th! That means two things: my birthday and time to travel! And we all know how much I LOVE to travel for my birthday! So last year I traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico with my roommate Todd, and we stayed at an all-inclusive resort. That was nice. But, of course, as soon as we returned we were hit with Covid. So as we slowly return back to normal, I knew that my trip this year needed to be more scaled back. So I decided to take my birthday trip to Rosarito. It is easy to get to. It is actually closer to drive to than Las Vegas; it's Mexico so it is still international; and I heard that it was beautiful - so it seemed like the perfect verdict. So let the planning begin! I researched AirBNB and found an awesome and affordable room just out of Ti...
Solo Travel
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Solo Travel

So, I travel for work - a lot! I work in the film industry and sometimes I am required to work out of town. I am also sometimes require to work out of state - and if I am lucky - out of the country. When I travel for work, it can anywhere from a few days to a few weeks - and there have been times that I have had to travel with just a couple of days notice. [Putting your life on hold for 5 weeks with just a couple days notice is tough - very tough!] But, it has helped me prepare myself for solo traveling. Also, I should mention here that I grew up as a twin. I have a twin sister; therefore, I have spent every birthday sharing it with someone else. So, to celebrate my birthday, I try to book a trip every year. [Sometimes, it could just be a road trip a few hours away] But, it is defin...
Zion National Park
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Zion National Park

One of the best things about working in the film industry is that there are times when I get to travel for a project. Besides filming - and photography - traveling is one of my most favorite things to do! So much so that I created a whole new instagram account just for my travel photography! Travels with Michael C For this job I was taken to a small town at the Utah/Arizona border called Kanab, Utah. I did not know this at the time, but this town is known as the Little Hollywood of Utah because they have shot many, many films there, especially a lot of the western films from the early days of film! And I am not going to lie, the landscape out in that area is truly stunning. It is, after all, only 30 minutes away from Zion National Park. Actually, the awesome thing about Kanab is ...
La Jolla, California
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La Jolla, California

So as Los Angeles goes into another lockdown - as Corona Virus cases are rising - I needed to do something to help keep me sane. I am used to staying at home a lot due to the virus. After 9 months, this is sort of the new norm now. And I honestly do not mind wearing a mask. With photography, I can take a nice day trip to enjoy some fresh air and still stay socially distanced - because I like to get out of the house and take photos. So this time, I decided to take day trip to La Jolla, California. It is south of Los Angeles near San Diego. Taking day trips is kind of my thing. I love road trips, especially when I can drive for about two hours and see something different. Or enjoy a new scenery, or even grab a nice glass of wine at a restaurant I have never been too. So that...
1870 Haunt Manor
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1870 Haunt Manor

During the time of Covid, we are facing our first Halloween that is being shut down due to the virus. Normally, I would have already been to Universal Halloween Horror Nights and perhaps have gone to another larger event or horror maze in the area. This year, however, for safety concerns - and having to social distance and avoid large crowds, most events - including the massive Halloween Carnivale - in West Hollywood have been cancelled. Luckily, I was able to attend an awesome horror-themed Escape Room in Fullerton, California: Zoe, by Escapade Games. That was definitely kick-ass - if you are local to Los Angeles or Orange County, I highly recommend it. But one thing you need to check out is 1870 Haunt Manor in Anaheim, CA. Created by 16 year old Mike Fernandez - it is a so...
Yacht in Los Angeles Harbor
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Yacht in Los Angeles Harbor

During these unprecedented times, it is definitely hard to stay focused and sane. The weather is getting warmer - much warmer! - and it's hard to stay indoors. Our natural reaction then would be to flock to such places as the beach...or a park...or a pool...BUT then we risk of contracting the Corona virus OR run the risk of infecting others. Also, many folks, like myself, are not working that much and our stimulus has run out. So it is no wonder that folks are restless, scared, or just numb now to everything. I know that I am. Recently I have felt more isolated and alone. I do visit people but not as often as I used to - and definitely very socially distanced. I miss working, especially when my bills are due! And I miss traveling! Like...a lot! So when my friend texted me the ot...
Road Trip to Wisconsin
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Road Trip to Wisconsin

Day 1 - May 30, 2020 California We are on the tail end of a global pandemic, there are riots all over the United States because of the deaths of three unarmed black people in the last few weeks, and we are entering into hurricane season on the East Coast.....but my father, older nephew, and I are about to embark on a road trip for a week to visit my sister and my two younger nephews. Yes...it is a long drive for only a few days. But since my father and I had to cancel our trip to London last month and after being on quarantine for two months, we are eager to get out and do something! Today I drove to my parent's house in Riverside, California. Went and got the rental car and have been here with my family. It was nice to finally see my mother. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic [and ...
Los Angeles Arboretum
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Los Angeles Arboretum

So as the shelter-at -home order in Los Angeles slowly begins to lift, there are still places that are still not open; and some places are open but at half capacity. We have been on lock down for approximately nine weeks. It has been a LONG two months. [Some states have only been on a lock down for a few weeks and I know a few states never went on lock down - which is crazy to me, to think about.] After May 15th (our initial reopen date here in LA) parks and beaches have reopened - again at half capacity. I have been keeping creatively busy here at home. I have been using writing as a way to stay sane.....BUT the weather is finally nice in Los Angeles, since we had so much rain and gloomy weather when the quarantine first started, and now Angelinos are starting to venture o...
Lighthouses of Los Angeles
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Lighthouses of Los Angeles

Today I decided to escape quarantine and take a nice day trip to view a couple of the lighthouses we have here in the city of Los Angeles. I love light houses and I have been wanting to photograph one for a while now. So I was excited that there were two really close to one another. Sadly the first lighthouse - The Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse was a bit too far from where I was at [since it sits at the end of a long jetty] and I do not have the right telephoto lens yet in which to photograph it. So I sat enjoying the beautiful waves crash against the rocks. It was nice to have time to self reflect. After the first lighthouse I took a drive around San Pedro - just turning down streets, seeing what I could find. It was so quiet. Since it is an industrial area, and it was ...
Bioluminescent waves of Southern California
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Bioluminescent waves of Southern California

This isn't a post about traveling out of town. This is a post, however, about an awesome event that happens in Southern California when a bioluminescent algae. According to the CBS 2 website: The bioluminescence is known as “red tide,” or  an algal bloom, which is a large concentration of microorganisms in the water. On sunny days, the water gives off a murky reddish hue, and at night, when the organisms are agitated by movements, they emit a neon blue glow. I went the first night with my friend Gary, who had went previously a few nights earlier. I tried to take photos [as I have been studying photography] but was unsuccessful. So I went the following night with my roommate Lachelle and just took time to stand there and enjoy the evening! It is definitely something...