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Steep Cliff Ravine Pt. 2

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Man it's been a while... so here's the rest of mine and Mike's weekend at the Steep Cliff Ravine Cabins. On Sunday we had to check out of our cabin early so we drove down the road to Stinson beach to have a good yummy breakfast. Best part of breakfast was a loud guy sitting near us telling his friends about his eggs benedict sauce has like "Three cups of cheddar cheese... you know to get the sauce yellow!" His friends tried once to correct him that there was no cheese in the sauce but you could see them easily give up. Haha I really love listening in on some peoples conversations like the creep I am.

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After the beach we drove up and up and up to Mt. Tamalpais to go hiking around the redwoods, and walking in the grassy fields. I love Mt Tam, but of course like most everything here I want to go there more often but can never find the time, aw sadface. Such a poor little girl who lives in San Francisco... haha

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I absolutely love redwood pine cones, they're soooo tiny yet make the biggest trees! I had a gold coated necklace with a little redwood pine cone on it, and it was my favorite until I lost it :(

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Anyway we hiked a bit to a little waterfall, unfortunately the drought made the fall nice but not spectacular like pictures of it in years past. We didn't hike much further because Mike had a twisted ankle, but I know I want to go soon!!

Can you believe these photos were taken in January, I swear the winter here is the most beautiful... If only the summer was warm!!

Huggles,
Lauren
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Steep Cliff Ravine pt 1



About a year ago Mike, Adam, Brit and I got up very early to go to some natural hot springs along the coast... It was what I'll say an interesting experience, but the real take away I had from it was peering down the beach at these little cabins on the shore hundreds of feet below the road sitting right above the water. They were the steep cliff cabins, part of Mt Tam State Park, that were built in the 30's and getting reservations there seemed impossible. Enter a month ago when one of my new coworkers casually said, do you know anyone that would want my steep cliff cabin reservation... UM YES ME!!! So I bought the reservation from her and Mike and I decided to call the weekend outing an early 2nd anniversary... Wait I can't believe we've been dating for that long.





One day was a bit rainy which was beautiful. Each cabin (there are only 10) has an incredible view and hug windows in every room and a little wood stove to heat the place up. These are bare cabins so no water, no bed (there a platform to sleep on), no luxuries except a table, bench and stove. But with the view that's all you need.

The first day we got there late in the evening but it was super quick getting set up in the cabin. They were a lot bigger then we thought, they can sleep up to 5 and have two bedrooms and a bed platform in the living space. One thing you definitely need to bring are curtains or sheets to hang in the windows, they're huge and don't offer too much privacy at night. But it's cool the cabins have curtain rods to hang you fabric. The next day after walking around in the sprinkling rain. Then we went into the small town down the road during the day and bought provisions, and made hamburgers on the little wood stove.




We spent the whole weekend cozying up in the cabin or going on walks on the beach (I know so cheesy), and walking around the paths. Unfortunately Mike had hurt his foot so we couldn't go on any extreme hikes. But on sunday he hid his pain and we walked to a little waterfall on Mt. Tam. I will someday hike to the vista point but that'll be another time.




If you ever are in the bay area or planning look these place up... But the are near impossible to get a reservation, you can only get one 6 months in advance on the 1st day of the month starting at 9am... See near impossible. I'm so grateful that my coworker sold me her reservation and we were able to experience a beautiful magical weekend.




We also watched the Hobbit while there... seemed fitting to be cozied up in a cabin in a place that is as magical as Middle-Earth.

The next day we hiked and drove around Mt. Tamalpais... More on that later!


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Another SUPER LATE Post

I never showed you my Halloween costume!! It's wasn't as out of this world as last year... but it did have some throw backs in it.



I have to check the droppings.



Every six weeks... Even the barista at Starbucks knew who I was (even though co workers didn't notice I was dressed up!)



And of course Tripp is a ferocious T-Rex... he does have short legs.

Huggles,
Lauren
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Wedding in Michigan

This past November two of my most amazing friends from college, Matt and Maureen got married!!! I can't believe it and am so excited that I got to be invited to their wedding which was in the same place, Cobblestone Farm, as Sara's wedding last year!

So I thought I'd share what I wore, and photos from their amazing wedding!! And it's fitting that I'm posting this on Valentines day, hope these lovebirds are having a great day!

So I found this amazing dress at a resale shop in Oakland. I had no clue what to wear and since the wedding was in November I was worried it was going to be cold, but it was really crazy warm, and to make everything so much better there was a huge rainstorm and tornado watches... Some people may not get excited about that stuff but when you're in SF with no weather, this little midwest girl gets ansy for something else!




Thanks to Sara for taking amazing photos of me, I miss having such great friends taking great pictures. Maybe that's why I haven't been blogging much cause my blog friends are now sooo far away!!!

Anyway, my camera died right after I got to the church... story of my life. So here are some iphone photos and pictures I took from Matt & Maureen's flickr page :)






Maureen's dress was AMAZING, it was Vera Wang and fit her so beautifully, it seriously was the most beautiful I ever seen her and she is a gorgeous girl. These two... I don't even know what to say, I mean look how cute these two are? They also just bought a house a month before this too... Crazies. Everything was great, I had a mini college reunion, and had so much fun talking to everyone that I didn't get any pictures... Not even with Matt and Maureen. Bummer. But I do feel like the less photos you have the more fun was had.

The end of the night we all ended back at Matt and Maureen's having some drinks, laughing and throwing ninja stars... Kinda the best ending to a great afternoon and evening.



Till next time I have a moment and photos to share :)
Lauren
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Oh Hey 2014

So Sara tagged me to say 10 things about me... Well since I haven't been online much lately I thought I'd tell you 10 NEW things about me! Well maybe some old ones too? We'll see.



Here's the rules:
-Either use the award logo in the post, or create your own.
-Link to whoever nominated you.
-Write 10 fact about yourself.
-Nominate bloggers
-Tell the bloggers so that they know they have been nominated. 

1. I GOT A NEW JOB!!!
I am happily the new web designer for Weather Underground!!! Now don't judge me by the current site, we've been working on so many exciting things on recreating the entire web experience (this is our ever evolving BETA forecast page) and being able to more readily share the wealth of information the Weather Underground has. This company is somewhat amazing, been publicaly online since 1995, but the database is a few years older. I can't imagine being happier at anyother job. The people are amazing, and I feel now that I'm really doing what I'm supposed to be doing and it's so fullfilling. Now if I'll ever get to redesigning this blog... Haha isn't it the saying that the cobbler has the worst shoes. Oh well.

At my desk on the 6th floor looking over chinatown and up Sacramento


2. I GOT MY OWN PLACE!
After 2.5 years living with 4-5 other roomies I moved into a flat in a beautiful old duplex... a block away from my old place. I love it! The house has it's issues since it's so old and the landlord isn't very hands on, but he doesn't mind me making improvements and it's HUGE, and AFFORDABLE... Well maybe not for other places but for the Oakland/SF area is. AND NO PET RENT! That's the stupidest concept that is way too common out here.

In the dining room looking towards the living room, look at that fireplace and those ceilings!


3. I turned 28. I feel old. And I still am confused how I got this old all of a sudden, I was literally just 25.

4. I'm running out of new things in my life, on to the old. I'm doing the same as Sara, I'm a total control freak. At work, at home, anywhere. I just see people milling about and I just want to make them walk on the correct side of the sidewalk or correct them on the Bart escalators... At work I just end up making meetings and stuff like that... I dunno hopefully that's not too bad.

5. I play the flute and recently started learning Clawhammer Banjo. I really like it, I'm good at the clawhammer part but trying to get my fingers in the twist to hold down strings, I'm not so good at.

6. I've realized I'm pretty handy. Tonight I even stumped a Home Depot guy about pocket joinery... I feel pretty proud of that. I've already taken on many new building projects at my new place and also did many at my old place. But then I can be "girlie" and sew and bake shit up.

7. Everytime I walk out of the underground in San Francisco I want to recreate the opening to the Mary Tyler Moore show and throw my beret in the air, cause "She's gonna make it after alll!" But I don't think I can turn the world on with my smile...


The Mary Tyler Moore Show Opening and Closing Theme 1970 - 1977

8. I'm very shy, but also really loud. I don't really know how this is possible, but it is. I'm always worried that I'm doing something wrong, but then sometimes I have no filter. I think I need to find a middle ground.

9. I have recently realized I'm the dog equivalent to a crazy cat lady. I dress Tripp up and I LOVE IT!

Tripp naps on beaches.


10. I think snoring is really gross... I know it's so stupid but I cannot fall asleep if someone is snoring, I just concentrate on the noise and how I hate it. But who knows I may snore, that would be karma I guess.

Now who to tag in this? I only know of two other friends who have blogs (other than Sara) so I might as well tag them!
Kate (an old old friend of mine... can you believe we've know eachother for... I dunno know how many years) This Wheezy Beefy Life
Jen (bestie from college!) She's Filled with Secrets