Chip and Dale

Photo Friday IV

We’ve got all kinds of friends and relatives in town this week, which means lots of trips to Disneyland! I just went yesterday with Eric’s siblings, and we’ll be going again tomorrow when his best friend comes in to town. In honor of all these Disney trips, today’s photo is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken in the park. It’s also one of the first photos I ever took with a 50mm prime lens, borrowed from a friend. I purchased my own not long after.

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Currently, vol. 1

I’ve decided to give the “Currently” series a try. I’m hoping to use it to give you all a monthly update on what I’ve been up to, what I’m planning for the upcoming month, as well as other things that I’ve seen around the web and around the world that I think are cool.

January was an exciting month; hopefully it will set a precedent for my entire year. I went on several exciting adventures, many of which I’ve already shared, and many more that I’m looking forward to telling you all about!

Without further ado, here’s what I’m currently…

Reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m going through the series again, so this is the second time I’ve read HBP. For whatever reason, I didn’t re-read the whole series before Deathly Hallows came out, so it’s kind of exciting reading the entire series for the second time, knowing where it all ends. I also finished up Order of the Phoenix this month.

Watching: [Movies] Sunset Boulevard, Frank, Chinatown, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Ishtar, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, [TV] Bob’s Burgers, Half in the Bag. Eric and I started going through the Bond films a few months ago, and this week we started up again. For whatever reason, I had never seen any of the classic Bond films. We didn’t make it to the movie theatre once this month, and watched all these films from home. We’ve also been watching Half in the Bag, a movie review show on YouTube that we’ve gotten into. Very funny, and the guys have great insights.

Playing: Mario Kart. We have an ongoing challenge with our friends, and they are currently kicking our asses.

Adventuring: Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Scuba Diving

Eating: Upon returning from Breckenridge, we did the VOX Anti-Detox Diet, which was actually pretty great. My only piece of advice, though, is if you’re doing this with more than one person, don’t just double the grocery list. They round-up the ingredients and we ended up with a ton of extra food. Eric also made some awesome chicken tacos this month. I’ve decided to do a bit of a sugar detox for the month, leading up to my birthday on February 13. I’m only cutting out added sugars, so fruit and things like honey (in moderation) are totally fine. Just no candy, baked goods, sugar in my coffee, or junk food with excessive added sugars. Additionally, we tried a few new restaurants in Breckenridge: Park & Main and Crêpes à la Cart.

Wearing: My Tinkerbell Half Marathon athletic shirt with jeans. Keeping it casual today.

Purchasing: GoPro accessories. Eric got me a new GoPro for Christmas and I’ve had a lot of fun with it on our many adventures this year, and I’ve already posted a video from my ski trip. Can’t wait to show you guys some more videos soon!

Planning: My birthday. I’m turning 30 in a few weeks and I’d like to do something fun and a little special! It’s tricky to come up with good ideas, though.

Linking:

A selection of brilliant new years resolutions for photographers
Want to see a stunning photo? You’re welcome.
I’m always looking for little ways to keep my apartment clean with basically zero effort
How cute is this “Walking on Sunshine” lyric art print?
We all need a little workout motivation. Here it is in app form.
I never knew I needed beer pairings for Girl Scout Cookies, but now I’m not sure how I lived without them.
I absolutely love this challenge to make time for 12 trips in 12 months!
The foxes at the Zao Fox Village are adorable! Just another reason to visit Japan.
This surf & bike retreat in Bali looks absolutely fabulous! Sign me up.
A collection of excellent tips for getting the cheapest flights to anywhere in the world. You’ll want to bookmark this one.
These 22 spectacular and bizarre Airbnb rentals look pretty wonderful. I’m especially keen on the castle in Ireland and the clock tower guest suite in London (though I’d also be down with sleeping in a beer barrel).

Instagramming:

I’ve been killing it on Instagram this month. I made a goal to post at least once per day, and so far I’m doing well. Here are my most popular photos in January. Follow along for more!

January Instagrams

Crepes a la Cart

Crêpes à la Cart

During our stay in Breckenridge, our attention was often drawn to a tiny restaurant nestled in the middle of Main Street. On every trek past, we couldn’t help but notice the astonishingly long line of people waiting outside. The restaurant was called Crêpes à la Cart, and we knew we would have to try it.

Crepes a la Cart

On our last afternoon in Breckenridge, we realized it was now or never. Even though we arrived around 2pm — reasonably late for lunch — the line was substantially long. We waited for about 45 minutes until we got to the order window.

Crepes

As the name implies, Crêpes à la Cart serves a variety of sweet and savory crêpes. Eric and I each ordered a savory crêpe, plus one sweet crêpe to share. I had the Crêpe Atlantic, made with smoked salmon, spinach, and onions. It was warm, creamy and delicious; extremely satisfying after a morning filled with snowshoeing. We shared a sweet crêpe made with Nutella and strawberries. So. Freaking. Delicious. But I love Nutella, so I knew it would be wonderful. This absolutely did not disappoint.

I’m glad we took the time to stop for crepes at Crepes à la Cart, and I would definitely say it was worth the wait. Are they as good as crepes in France? Well, no, but stateside they’re the best I’ve tried. Definitely an excellent, warm snack for a cold afternoon in Breckenridge. Don’t be dissuaded by the line — I assure you, you won’t be sorry you waited!

Crepes Interior

PS: My New Favorite Restaurant & Learning to Ski in Breckenridge

Me Posing on Snowshoe Trail

A Breckenridge Snowshoe Adventure

After four solid days of skiing, Eric and I were hoping for a less strenuous activity to enjoy on our last day in Breckenridge. We briefly considered sledding, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing, but finally decided on snowshoeing. I’d never been snowshoeing before and I was excited to try something new!

We hopped in the car with my cousins and headed up to the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

Breckenridge Nordic Center
The Breckenridge Nordic Center is a facility offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through some of the area’s most beautiful forests and mountains. Thirty kilometers of cross-country ski trails plus twenty kilometers of snowshoeing trails wind through the adjacent Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve, offering some seriously awesome views. If you don’t believe me, just look at some of these photos I captured during our trek:

Trees on Snowshoe Trail
Winding Road Past Snowshoe Trail
Panorama Scenic View
Stunning, right?

We each rented a pair of snowshoes and purchased a trail ticket for the day. The cost for each of us was $40, which is a steal when you consider how much it costs to do many other winter activities in the area. My cousins opted to cross-country ski, which was the same price.

A friendly guide helped us put our snowshoes on, handed us a map, and sent us on our way. There were several round-trip trails to choose from, each one color-coded with adorable signs. We opted for the slightly longer, more challenging trail. The guide told us it would take two to three hours, but actually took us about ninety minutes, and that was with me stopping every thirty seconds to snap a picture.

Snowshoe Trail Sign

I love these signs.

My only minor disappointment occurred when we received our snowshoes. I had imagined the ones that look like tennis racquets strapped to your feet, but I suppose those are too old-school. We received newer, more modern (and less exciting) versions instead. They were easy to walk in, even in deep patches of snow. Probably easier to walk in that the tennis racquet type.

Snowshoes
Regardless, we had an amazing time on the snowshoe trail. I highly recommend this activity to those on a budget or those who need a break from skiing (or just those looking to try something new)! You can go at your own pace to enjoy the scenery and can even hike multiple trails. Your trail pass is good all day! Don’t forget to bring a camera, and enjoy!

Gondolas Overhead
Snowshoe Trail
Eric on Bridge
Me in Bear Hat
Me and Eric Snowshoeing
PS: Learning to Ski in Breckenridge & A Walking Tour of Breckenridge

Beach at Sunset

Photo Friday III

I’ve posted this photo on the blog in the past, but as it’s one of (in my opinion) the best photos I’ve ever taken, it seemed right to feature it for Photo Friday. It’s also appropriate for my weekend activities: I’ll be getting my scuba certification in Catalina!

The beach pictured here is El Matador State Beach in Malibu. It’s by far my favorite beach in Southern California, especially after Eric proposed to me here two years ago!

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