CALIFORNIA 2018 // SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018
SAN DIEGO 2018

I had planned on writing something of decent length about our 4 day trip to San Diego, but after thinking long and hard about it, I decided to forego the effort. Now that we have a little one in our lives, time is really of the essence and I have to use my time wisely, if not more efficiently. I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up, this not writing thing. Probably for a few years. So I'll just let the photos do all the talking in the meantime. Don't worry, I'll still add the logistics and recommendations to all our travels!

This was actually our first out-of-town trip with our 3 month old infant. We got invited to a wedding in La Jolla and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to test out the waters with baby in tow. Due to several requests, I wrote about our 4 Day Infant Travel Experience here.

And of course, I would like to thank those who have sent recommendations my way. Especially from the locals! It's been over a decade since I've been in this wonderful city, so it's much appreciated that the Instaworld stepped up and delivered on what's hip and new these days. As that saying goes, "Ask and you shall receive!"

Special Thanks: Heather + Martin, Akula Kreative, Ashley Cho, Jacob Fu, Ahline, Rizmash.


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TIME: July 2015
TEMP: 75-85F
CITIES: San Diego, La Jolla, Coronado
DURATION: 4 Days
TRANSPORTATION: Rental Car
STAY: Residence Inn by Marriott

INSTA SPOTS in NORTHPARK: Holy Matcha, Communal Coffee, Pigment, San Diego Mural
INSTA SPOTS in LA JOLLA: Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Scripps Pier, La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Torrey Pines Gliderport, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Windandsea Beach
FOOD in LA JOLLA: Bobboi Gelato, Shorehouse Kitchen, El Pescador, The Cottage
FOOD in SAN DIEGO: Taco Stand, Kindred, Donna Jean
HAVE TIME? CHECK OUT CORONADO: Coronado Island, Hotel del Coronado
LOOKING FOR MORE INSTA PLACES TO CHECK OUT?: Old Town San Diego, Carlsbad Flower Field (Seasonal), Chicano Park, Potato Chip Rock, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Botanical Garden and Lily Pond in Balboa Park, Museum of Contemporary Art

CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE

CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
CALIFORNIA 2017 // PALMDALE
Did you know that you can find fun and local activities through Airbnb? Thanks to Airbnb Experience, we had THE best time hiking with the wolves, while receiving the occasional wolf kiss, and learning about each pack member’s story. Such an eye-opening experience!

Up until that trip, I had no idea wolf dogs existed. Let alone illegal to breed and own in The States. Neither full wolf nor full dog, they are caught between 2 worlds where they don't belong. So this is where they go when rescued, to a cozy wolf sanctuary to live out the rest of their years. Some of the wolfies have a pretty sad story, so it's good to know that they are in a better place now.

By the way, the entire wolf pack really do howl in unison! (Just like in the cartoons!) When one starts, the rest follows ... and they don’t stop howling! Arooo!

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Check out the experience if you're ever Airbnbing in the Los Angeles area!

Walk With Wolves!
$150 / person
29063 Aliso Canyon Road, Palmdale, CA 93550

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** This Airbnb Experience was sponsored by Airbnb and Collectively.
Though all thoughts and opinions are my own. **



-jin-

CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN

CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
One of the trippiest 'pilgrimmage' experiences I've had to date. Like a page out of a Dr. Seuss book. It's a surreal feeling standing on top of a rainbow mountain and seeing endless brown, brown desert land surrounding you. As far as the eye can see. Profoundly strange and yet, reassuringly peaceful. How very curious. These desert oddities never ceases to amaze me! Well worth the day trip out here, in the middle of nowhere. You will come mystified, but leave inspired!


-jin-

CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE PARK

CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // JOSHUA TREE.
We day tripped it out of Palm Springs to spend a few hours in Joshua Tree National Park with sunset photos in mind. It was pretty much a race against time. The golden hour photoshoot disappointingly cut short. But totally worth coming out here! The desert is all kinds of magical when the sun slowly slips behind the mountain tops. The landscape softening and changing hues before your eyes. Next time we're camping/glamping here! Would love to get to know the Joshua trees on a more personal level!


-jin-

CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS

CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
CALIFORNIA 2016 // PALM SPRINGS.
If Downtown Los Angeles looks like it's stuck in the 80's, then Palm Springs is in the perpetual 60's. A very pastel and very modern Mad Men 60's. It's like being in retro unicorn heaven! Be still my beating heart! There's not much to do in Palm Springs other than go on mini photog hunts for the colorful oddities, which I'm more than OK with. That alone pretty much sums up my perfect vacation. Oh! And it's a great base for day trips. Joshua Tree National Park is about an hour North, Salvation Mountain a 90 minute drive to the South. Who knew being in the middle of the desert would be a quirky, vivid experience? Desert life is suddenly looking not so bad!


-jin-

CALIFORNIA 2016 // SANTA BARBARA

CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
CALI 2016 // SANTA BARBARA
Visual snippets from a photo retreat for photographers:

Photo Field Trip!
El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara
February 22-26, 2016

Glamped it up in a luxury log cabin and attended numerous creative classes with fellow photog hipsters, while occasionally taking pretty pictures of a tranquil nature reserve. Can't say that I totally hate it, but was it worth the professional/personal growth? Meh. I don't think I terribly benefited from it. Befriended a wedding photographer from New Jersey who echoed our sentiments: the field trip felt more of a giant hangout for the already close-knit California photog community, if not the entire West Coast photog community. Ah well, we did leave with a handful of new Instagram friends and a nice swag bag. And perhaps a wee bit rejuvenated. The nature zen vibe is refreshing out here!


-jin-

CALIFORNIA 2015 // SAN BERNARDINO

The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015
The Unique Camp // May 2015

Jin likes to take pictures. A lot.
Jin also likes to take trips.
Jin likes to take a lot of pictures on her trips. 
Jin is unable to edit her pics because she's already on the next trip. 
Jin is left with thousands upon thousands of images to cull through at the end of the year. 
Don't be like Jin.

In the meantime, as I play photo editing catch up, my travel writing suffers. 
Sorry, Friends, I gotta get outta 2015!
Less words. More non-words. It's faster that way.

But I will say this: 
The Unique Camp was quite the sensory overload! 
The fellow creatives. The forward thinkers. The rule breakers. 
Yas. Yas. Yas! 

Everything - and everyone! - was just so unique!

Can't say that I've gained personally (or professionally) from the classes, or even applied what I've 'learned'. Networking was not a breeze, and honestly, it may be due to the surprising fact that there were a lot of people who thought they were 'too cool' for you. But the laidback social aspect and constant inspiration fodder was truly a daydreamer's playground.

If you're a unicorn looking for unicorns to kick it with, 
You're in the right place. 

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