The travels of Kyle and Erica!!!
Erica: I think I caught the travel bug. I love to travel, explore new things and experience how other cultures live. Lucky for me, I found Kyle. He likes those things too. I’ve also come to realize, you are not your stuff. Less Stuff. More Life. I want to reach my dreams and fill my life with rich experiences through traveling.
Kyle: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- Mark Twain
April 4th 2012
Obviously a city in Mexico comes with some preconceptions from a typical person's point of view. Some might expect it to be dirty, completely unsafe, and in shambles. To be honest, the city we visited was one of the most beautiful places we've been to. Guanajuato is a hidden gem in central Mexico. It’s architecture, churches, squares, and allies are very charming making it feel more like an old European city. The entire downtown colonial area is a UN World Heritage site, which is a prestigious status to have, yet it deserves it. The city itself means, “Places of Frogs” and is situated in a valley. The heights here add to the awesome panoramic views of the colored buildings. I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s as if time stopped and you are stepping back into ... read more
November 8th 2011
If New York and Los Angeles are America's most famous cities, generally seen to symbolize the dreams that can be the universal impression of the United States, then surely San Francisco is the middle ground, a quieter, more stable type of paradise. San Francisco meets the preconceptions, and perhaps exceeds them. The steep streets are steeper, the coffee shops and thrift stores more hipster and off the mainstream cuff. But there's also a side to San Francisco that's unexpected. A city layered with history and diverse cultures and people that can only be experienced by walking the streets of San Francisco. We arrived on a cold Friday night and took a taxi into Union Square. Quickly, I learned that San Francisco was not a city designed for motorist. It's a place that encourages those on foot, ... read more
February 23rd 2011
Vail was picturesque! The snow capped mountains, the towering trees, and the atmosphere of the ski village was breathtaking. It was a weekend of amazing powder on the slopes, along with rest and relaxation. The perfect combination for a great vacation. We arrived in Denver on Thursday night after a small flight delay and a few hiccups with our rental car. All in all it ended positive as we drove out in a fully loaded red mustang. It was a sweet ride and one Kyle couldn't pass up. Waking up the next morning we headed out on the road to downtown Denver. Denver: Denver is nicknamed "mile high city" sitting exactly a mile or 5,280 feet above sea level. Thursting above the skyline, in the foreground are the unique glass buildings that make up the downtown ... read more
November 16th 2010
No other city in the United Stated is more iconic than New York. New York is awesome! This city meets your expectations, exceeds them and surprises you all in one. The streets are lined with tall buildings, running together like an endless wall. There's history in the old style turn of the century buildings, with their stone facades mimicking a more romantic period of time. The buildings, their magnitude and presence are unfathomable unless there. Then there are the people of New York. Most are either bankers or tourists. People are either very excited to be in New York or slightly crazy from having been there too long, and this gives the place a sense of character. When you walk around the city, there always seems to be something happening, someone to look at or someone ... read more
September 30th 2010
What a weekend full of pure chaos. Four days of a sneak peak into the life of a "river rat." The culmination of days, weeks, and months of planning rolled into four days of river fun. We were a group of twenty mostly made up of some type of asian descent from the suburbs of southern california. Our vices: a houseboat that slept 12, a Tigre wakeboarding boat, two high-powered fussy Yamaha waverunners and more cases/handles of liquor that one could comprehend. We were in for some trouble. The weekend started off great. Most of us had arrived early, checked in the boat, loaded the boat, and launched the two waverunners. By late Thursday night, we were waiting on two cars, one of which had the boat. Then the dreaded text came in, "ughhhh we're lost." ... read more
June 13th 2010
95% of Americans wouldn't dare cross the southern border and enter in Mexico. What did we do? Exactly the opposite. With the advice from Kyle's friend at the Mexican Consulate we decided to embark into the unknown. We were headed into dangerous territory where we could've been killed by crossfire from rival drug cartels, or perhaps even kidnapped or robbed while driving through Tijuana. With the negative stigma associated with Mexico, we told our parents we may not come back home in one piece(note: only one set of parents were advised of this :)) The drive down from OC was a breeze. It took us a little over two and half hours to get from Costa Mesa to Ensenada. We left around 8 am and arrived around 10:45ish. Navigating through the border and getting to the ... read more