Roadtrip ~ Los Angeles to Portland

Yosemite

I remember growing up I used to watch these films wherein the lead characters would go on an epic road trip somewhere. I guess this is what compelled me to go on one with my two of my best friends.

2,766 miles. 19 stops. 8 cities. 7 days. 2 states. 3 people. 1 awesome adventure. — The formula for one unforgettable and epic trip!

After scouring what seemed to be hundreds of images, reading multiple blogs, and looking at dozens of destinations and mapping down routes with countless variations; we’ve finally decided on a route for this journey. Have you seen the video above? Let me know what you think!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Greeneries and Histories

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

If you’re looking for a place to visit during the spring in Los Angeles then look no further, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the perfect spot to hangout and visit during any season, actually! But I think you’ll enjoy the hues of the trees and flowers better when it’s spring time!

It’s a whole different world once you step inside the Arboretum. You will be able to enjoy the different landscapes from various continents such as Africa, Australia and Asia. The place will give you a glimpse of the rich and diverse environment of the world. Aside from this, you will get to enjoy a historical site that includes Native American, Rancho period and  genuine artifacts/treasures from the 19th Century.

Tucked in the hills near San Gabriel Mountains at Arcadia, California. This place is very accessible to everyone. It is perfect for those who want to have a quality with your family, friends or just yourself, like I did!

With just a $9 Admission, you get to enjoy this wonder of nature and history. Don’t worry about food as they also have a Café if ever you get hungry while walking around this 127-acre botanical garden – grab some refreshment or good snacks from Peacock Café.

Check out some of the photos I took during my quick trip to LA Arboretum.

For more information, visit their official website at http://www.arboretum.org

Hope you’ll get the chance to check out this awesome place soon!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Food Festival! Need I say more?

626 Night Market

While browsing my social media – Instagram, I came across a short video of an IG user, @Hungryhugh whom I have been following for quite a while now. It featured a food festival of some sort that’s quite near my place. Coincidentally, I have a friend visiting from the Philippines and knowing her, I decided that we’d go there and check the festival out. And it did not disappoint!

The OC Night Market is the original and largest night market in the United States. It features over 200 vendors from food, crafts, retail and merchandise. Below are snippets of the awesome day we had at the festival!

I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos but there are a lot of stores that sell novelty items and you’re sure to find nifty things that you’ll surely love like handmade stuff toys, artworks such as paintings and sketches, flowers that live forever, Unique Jewelry, Accessories and so much more.

Aside from the vendors there are pop-up booths for entertainment too. Such as the live concert which features great music from local bands/artists and awesome booths for games for the whole family to enjoy and we definitely did enjoy all of ’em!

Of course, there’s a ton of Food vendors! Like seriously! My friend and I didn’t know what to do at first – should we go around and buy the food we like right away or should we scout the whole area first and take note of the standouts then buy them later. Prepare yourself and make sure you use your time wisely and better come early too, as people multiply by the minute. Literally.

We were in a mess. A beautiful kind of mess. The type of mess you’d want to be in. We just decided to do both of the strategies when it comes to food hunting. If we really like the food we buy it right away, if it’s interesting; we take note and save it for later – and that’s how we did it. Check out the snaps of the foodventure we had at OC Night Market!

 

We capped the night off with a bang. We watched a street dance battle between two awesome crews! There are times when even the audience joined in including an adorable little girl! How awesome and cute is that!!!

Potatoes are awesome

Aside from hash brown and french fries, you might want to add Potato Mountain in your list of things to try that’s got something to do with Potatoes. You read that right, there’s a  mountain with that name located on the far east, I think, of Los Angeles County in California, USA. Check out the video of my trip to that awesome place below. Potato Mountain offers a scenic view, vibrant trails, a few wild animals and lots of greeneries and beautiful flowers…

Again, excuse my editing and videography skills. I make do with what I have. Haha! Hope you’re trying out new things this 2017.

Cheers to more adventures and memories!

Best,

Ardent Wayfarer

Firsts

Hi, everyone!

This is my first attempt on Vlogging. I decided to try new things this 2017 and one of which is to video blog and document my upcoming trips and adventures. I thinks it’s a great practice:pushing ourselves to learn something new every now and then. I hope you’ll do the same. Look for things/activities that you’ve never tried before, or something that you’ve always wanted to try and just do it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the experience and rush that one might get from doing unfamiliar and new things.

The video above shows some of the highlights of my trip when I decided to hike Mt. Hollywood. Luckily, the famous Griffith Observatory, SoCal’s portal to space, is located within the area. I got the chance to visit the place I have seen in movies, most recently in “La la land” (which is by the way, a fantastic film)

The hike to Mt. Hollywood’s peak is relatively easy. Just follow the trail from the observatory’s parking lot. There are a few stops you can make along the way wherein you can take a break, a photo op, or just enjoy it as it is. Such as Dante’s view, Berlin Forest, and so much more. Check some of the photos I took below:

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Random strangers on this beautiful trail
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A stunning view at Dante’s. Perfect spot for a well-deserved break
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A randome stranger walking his two adorable buddies
Beginning of the trail (Charlie Turner’s Trail)
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Palm trees lined up on the side of the trail making this a good spot for your lovely photos
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Leads to another peak in Griffith Park

Finally, I hope that you try out new things/experience soon! 🙂

PS. Excuse my amateur skills in videography and editing. I promise to learn and be better at it in the next few travels.

Cheers,

Ardent Wayfarer