Hiking in Malibu

Hikes with great views of the ocean are some of my favorites and Malibu offers plenty of those.  For me, there’s nothing quite like catching a glimpse of the ocean after climbing a steep trail. It makes it that much more worth it. This hike in Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains had some all around great scenery, including those ocean views I so love. 

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While in Santa Cruz, I stopped by Natural Bridges State Beach, which is another one of my favorite spots in the city. I was itching for a hike so I decided to check out the short, one-mile trail the park had. Luckily for me, the park is an excellent location to spot monarch butterflies! The monarchs migrate from the North and come to rest in Santa Cruz in the winter. There were more monarchs than I had ever seen in one place before; it was truly an incredible site. Unfortunately for you, I don’t have the world’s more impressive camera, so I had some difficulty capturing all of this, but I tried!

(Not bad, right?)

The hike (more of a walk) began with a boardwalk. The most butterflies were located in this area. 

View of the beach from the hiking trail. 

Hiking in Styria

Hiking is easily one of my favorite activities. A few weeks ago I FINALLY got the much anticipated chance to go for a weekend of hiking in the Alps. Austria is great. 

These pictures were taken in Styria, Austria near the town of Schladming. (The lighting, etc. is really strange in some of them because both my camera and my boyfriend’s camera died so I was forced to use my phone.)

We found horses!

Oh hey cow.

When hiking in Austria it’s apparently a requirement to stop at an Alm/Hütte and grab a drink and a bite to eat. Traditionally, an Alm is a pasture used during the warmer months to raise cattle, as well as goats and sheep, and produce dairy products (CHEESE…yum). These are found all over the Alps and although they still raise animals, today they are also popular among hikers. The Hütten (literally “huts”) provide thirsty and hungry hikers with ample amounts of alcohol and tasty food like “Schmalzbrot” (um…lard bread? Kidding about the tasty…)

I suppose this would be my vegetarian version of Schmalzbrot. It’s bread (with about an inch of butter) and Styrian cheese. I didn’t really catch exactly how it’s made, just that the tradition of eating it is really old and is just recently coming back into style. The cheese itself is also really old. Kind of like waxy blue cheese. Intense, but interesting. That’s a cider behind my bread. Don’t worry, I also drank water!! 

I STILL do not have normal internet. Austria is ridiculous.  The guy came to install it and said that we had different cables(in our wall…) than what that company uses.  Or something dumb like that.  On the bright side, I barely spend anytime online anymore.  Down side is that I’m never on this site.  

Bad news of the day part two.  I lost my camera.  Many of you know that I have also lost my wallet (3 times) recently, but it’s been returned to me.  Not so with the camera.  My pictures didn’t all upload last time I attempted which means that most of my pictures from August and September are gone.  😦

Random news: I’m moving to a different part of the city.  More on that later.

June 30th:

Sandcastle at Zuma. 

July 1st:

Gorgeous hike in Topanga Canyon with my friend Lynsey.  I miss hiking in California so much!

July 4th:

Back in Oklahoma!  Didn’t my camera take some awesome fireworks pictures?!  RIP camera.