Leaf Peeping

It’s been over two weeks since I returned from my first autumn trip to New England, and I find myself dreaming of its changing leaves, crisp air, and apple orchards.

I was visiting the East Coast for the early American history and to see friends. I was not out there specifically to leaf peep – a term I had learned shortly before I left from a friend originally from upstate New York – but inadvertently, I ended up doing just that. How could I not be impressed by the northeastern autumn when it was so different from the kind of delayed and unremarkable Fall I was used to in Southern California?

(To give you perspective, it’s mid-November now and the maple tree outside my house is still 90% green.)

Thanks to my friend Tracey‘s urging and hospitality, I had the opportunity to see more than Boston when I headed up to Massachusetts for the last leg of my trip. And it was such a good decision. I went to places I wouldn’t have thought to visit, and I finally understood why leaf-peeping in New England is on so many people’s travel bucket lists (for example, it’s on my mom’s!).

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Beach Birthday Bonfire

Living in Southern California, it’s easy to forget the beauty of the beach, the privilege it is to be relatively coastal – just like how it’s easy to take for granted the temperate weather and abundant sunshine.

I hadn’t been to the beach in ages, and so for my birthday this year, I asked my friends to join me for a day by the shore. We went to Huntington Beach in Orange County, famous for its year-round surfing conditions – hence the nickname “Surf City.”

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