San Francisco City Guide

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.

Every time I think about San Francisco, my heart skips a beat. It comes in a narrow second behind Copenhagen on my list of cities I love. Today I’ve teamed up with my friend Marie to share with you my San Francisco City Guide. This is not meant to be an end-all city guide, but more so to showcase a few places I like in the city I love.

San Francisco Skyline, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.

Glamping in an Airstream

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When I was approached by KOA about a glamping trip, I have to admit I was a little hesitant. You might laugh at me, but for some reason growing up I always thought KOA was for boy scouts? I don’t know how I got the idea in my head, but it always stuck with me. After learning more, we were pretty excited for our trip. We booked one of their airstream units because I’ve always wanted to go glamping in an airstream. They just seem like the perfect mix of past and future. Toyota set us up with a Highlander for our trip and it was the perfect size to fit all of our gear comfortably. Steve couldn’t get away from work, so my mom (our beloved Nana) came with us.  Unpacking was a breeze and the kids settled in quickly.

Travel Light Requests?

Fort Bragg California Glass Beach Coastal Hike

I started making my travel light guides in September of 2012 and have since covered a lot of ground with them. I feel like I’ve shown quite a few different types of places, but I still get requests for new and different locations. It’s hard to keep track of requests when they are sprawled out across the internet, so I’m using this post to centralize them.

How to Photograph Fireworks

How to photograph fireworks and other fun 4th of July photos

With the holiday coming up, I thought it would be nice to take a moment to go over some fun Fourth of July photography techniques. Fireworks are illegal where we live due to fire hazard, but they still host free fireworks shows in nearly every city. One time Steve thought it would be a good idea to go for a night hike above the valley (Silicon Valley) so we could view the fireworks from above, but we ended up getting lost and getting a parking ticket, haha. Another year we spent the Fourth in Denmark so we missed out on fireworks entirely. This year we’re headed to visit my family in another part of the state, so we might get to have some fun with sparklers. Today I’m sharing my best tips for how to photograph fireworks and other fun Fourth of July photo tricks. I’ve touched on long exposure photographs before in this post about how to capture motion, and photographing fireworks is very similar.