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Beachy Bonfire

One of the many days I spent in Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach was spent there around sunset. We had a bonfire and climbed around Whale Rock to see the sunset. Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

A cool trick we figured out is that you can put a plastic bottle of sparkling water (our bottle was green,) or a plastic cup filled with liquid, over the flashlight on your phone and create a sort of makeshift lantern to diffuse the light.

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Do you have any bonfire or beach tricks?

A Walk at the Beach

There's not much better than a sunny day at the beach. We took the dog for a walk at Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, CA. It's such an amazing beach. I love going there. Most of the pictures I took that day there didn't turn out very well. But I'll post some more pictures from other days soon! Northwest Pearls: A Walk at the Beach

Heisler Park in Laguna Beach

Northwest Pearls: Heisler Park I spent part of one of my days in Laguna Beach at Heisler Park. The beautiful park overlooks the ocean and the day we picked couldn't have been any nicer. The photos I took are some of my favorites from the trip.

The park has a massive whale sculpture, "Breaching Whale," by Jon Seeman. You can watch the lawn bowling club practice, or just take a walk around the park.

Northwest Pearls: Heisler Park

Northwest Pearls: Heisler Park Northwest Pearls: Heisler Park

What's one of the prettiest parks you've been to?

Strand Vista Park

Northwest Pearls: Strand Vista Park The day I went to Strand Vista Park, the fog was so thick you couldn't see the beach from the railing up above. On a sunny day you can see the ocean and beach.

There are tile fish set into the sidewalk and fake starfish decorating the benches and wall. The sidewalk is ombre.

It's a nice place to hang out and enjoy the view.

Northwest Pearls: Strand Vista Park

And here's some similar Sperry's too!

Is there somewhere you enjoy just looking out at the ocean?

Brouwerij West

Northwest Pearls: Brouwerij WestFull disclosure: My cousin works at Brouwerij West. For my aunt's birthday, we had a family outing to Brouwerij West in San Pedro, CA. We drove up to see the new brewery where my cousin worked.

It was pretty fun. We went on a Saturday at 1pm and it wasn't too crowded. The brewery is in this old World War II warehouse where they think that soldiers' personal effects were stored while they were overseas.

I tried a sip of each beer they had, except for Super Orange, which they were out of. I'm not usually a beer person, but I did enjoy a few of their flavors, and had two glasses myself.

The coolest part of the brewery was our tour which included a trip up to the roof. The view from the roof is great, plus it's sunny and who doesn't like that?

Northwest Pearls: Brouwerij West

There was a food truck in the courtyard and they had great food. I can't remember what I tried, but it was all yummy!

Afterwards I went to the craft fair in the next warehouse over to see what was going on. They had some cool crafts and artwork. I almost bought some really pretty rocks from one of them for a friend's birthday.

I'd definitely go to both again. It wasn't my first time at a brewery, but it's the most I've enjoyed a brewery.

Have you been to either? What have you thought?

Anaheim Packing House

Northwest Pearls: Anaheim Packing House While in Anaheim, California, I got to go to the Anaheim Packing House. It's a little hard to explain, but essentially it's a gourmet food court inside an old fruit packing house.

It was so amazing. They asked that no pictures be taken inside, so here's a picture of the lava cake I took home with me! :)

Northwest Pearls: Anaheim Packing House

Besides the lava cake from one vendor whose name I forget, I also ate gourmet grilled cheese from The Black Sheep, a gourmet food vendor. It was so delicious. It had goat cheese, grilled onions, and more on it. I was in heaven.

But the best part of the Packing House was the speakeasy. The Blind Rabbit is located on the bottom floor. It's behind a secret door. It was probably one of the highlights of my whole trip to California because how often do you get to go to a hidden speakeasy restaurant?

The drinks there were good and the atmosphere was pretty cool. It was small so they recommend reservations for some days and times. If you go to the packing house, I'd highly recommend finding The Blind Rabbit.

Have you ever been to The Packing House? What have you thought?

Lunch at the Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

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image While in San Clemente, California earlier this week, we went to the Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar. It sits on the pier over the water. There's outdoor and indoor seating, and of course we chose outdoor.

I ordered the salmon tacos. The view was incredible. I mean, look at it. You're right above the ocean. I could spend hours looking and that view.

They also have a location in Seattle. Have you been to either location? Is there something you recommend ordering?

A Day in LA

While in California I took the train up to Los Angeles to see a friend. The train schedules that weekend were different than normal but I was able to get to LA and back pretty easily. The train ride was nice, I saw parts of California I hadn't seen before. I arrived in LA just as the sun was setting and managed to take a picture of the skyline.

Northwest Pearls: Los Angeles

Once at Union Station, I went out and got a taxi. I debated between Uber and a taxi but because I hadn't used Uber before and I've taken taxis before I went with a taxi.

I got to my friend's place and had trouble finding her but once I found her we put my backpack in her room and off we went to find dinner on nearby Sunset Boulevard.

We decided on getting Mexican food and stopped at Señor Fish. The three of us all got Fish Taco Samplers. It was some of the best Mexican food I've ever had. Even the rice and beans were amazing which is seriously saying something. If you're ever debating about where to go, check out Senor Fish. I wish I could eat there weekly.

Northwest Pearls: Señor Fish

After our amazing dinner we walked back to her place and watched a rom-com before going to bed.

In the morning I figured out that you can see the Hollywood sign, the observatory, and downtown LA from the building. It was cool seeing sites that I'd only previously seen on television and in movies.

Because my friend works with a non-profit in LA we went to two government housing projects in the city to take some kids to church. It was humbling for me to see the city projects because I hadn't seen much like that in the US. After church we went back to her place and waited for another friend to join us. Originally we were going to see the Getty Center and go to Pink Taco but because of the train schedules, we had just enough time to drive to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk the few blocks, grab lunch at In-N-Out and then drop me off at the train station (with 13 minutes to spare.)

The Walk of Fame was super crowded and had lots of characters out and about. It wasn't what I was really expecting but it was cool to see. There were tons of tourists taking pictures with the stars and it was pretty hard to walk down the sidewalk. Especially when you're worried about making the last train.

We also saw the Bates Motel Art Installation (the building and palm trees and everything have been painted white,) the Church of Scientology Los Angeles (it's very blue), the high school where a few scenes from Grease were filmed, and Olvera Street. We just drove by Olvera Street a few times but it looked pretty cool.

I wish I had been able to stay in LA longer and see more. Except for that 20 hours, I haven't spent any time there. Maybe one of these days I'll go back and see a few more things.

Have you been to LA? What did you think?