Traveling To Meet the Sun: Off To California

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The beginning of my California adventures....

 Like I mentioned, this trip came together at the absolute last minute. You see, a few months ago, Joy the Baker and Tracy Shutterbean, two fabulous food bloggers (Joy just published a butter-and-joy-filled cookbook) who I follow, announced they were teaching a one-day Food Styling and Photography Workshop in Berkeley, California on July 21st. Instantly excited because I'd actually been thinking about going to CA anyway for my senior trip, I told my parents about it. They expressed approval, so I went back that night to check the workshop tickets, but sadly, they had sold out. :( I put my name on the waiting list, even though I knew it was a moot point.

 I sighed and resigned myself to the fact...besides, the chances of me ever meeting some of my favorite "big" bloggers were slim. Things got crazy quickly, so I also decided not to go on a senior trip because the timing just wasn't going to work out.

 But God....God is so amazing. He is such a wonderful Father who sees deep into our hearts, reads our innermost wishes, and the secret, crazy dreams and hopes we don't even whisper aloud to ourselves because we think they're too audacious to ever come to fruition.

 On the 17th, four days before the workshop, I received an email from Tiffany Moore, owner of the Teahouse where the workshop was being held. She emailed to let me know that a spot had opened up (there were only 15!) in the class - and my name was next on the list! Everything happened next very quickly. I told my sweet mom who didn't skip a beat, but said, "Yes, do it!" I decided to take full advantage of it and make it my senior trip after all, with my mudder (and best friend) along for the ride.

So off we went - carpe-ing some diem...all the way to California!

 It was utter insanity - just like the majority of the memorable, important events of my life (birthday parties, Confirmation celebration, graduation, etc.) - but the most delightful blur. My mom and I raced around packing, making lists, looking up food and sights recommendations, and averaging 3-5 hours of sleep for the rest of the week.

 Friday was especially jampacked: a morning spent on photography, last minute booking and packing, finishing paperwork, finding an outfit for a Murder Mystery Masquerade, attending said Murder Mystery party, and then rushing home early to finish packing. We finished frantically at midnight, threw everything in the car and headed off to a major airport at 2 a.m. in order to catch our 6 a.m. flight to Phoenix, Arizona!

 Dashed through the airport, scrambled through security, and made it to our flight just before they closed the door, thank the Lord! We made it safely on board and were further blessed by the sweet flight attendant who allowed me to sit up in First Class with my mom, who had a free ticket thanks to her miles points.

All the planning stress, urgent scrambling, and lack of sleep was worth it - I was so excited!

Could finally sit back, relax, and delve into His Word with some #SheReadsTruth

Love, love this verse. All the glory - and possibility - of this trip was due to Him!

Morning smackerals: 
oj for my mom, water for me, and pretzels for both of us!

Carbs + saltiness on an empty stomach = delicious.

 The face of a 19 year old running on no sleep, little food, with an aversion to bangs in her face when she's tired, and the horrifying realization at 6 a.m. that she forgot bobby pins. 

But I managed to enjoy the flight anyways. Before long, this....

...turned into this - Arizona mountains. (heya, Gina!)

We landed in Phoenix. Coffee was found. Sun was rising. 

Cool air felt. Cardigan appreciated. Iced latte sipped.

  We caught our next flight to Oakland, where I ended up seated next to a chic, artistic woman, named Elizabeth, who turned out to be in charge of an architect design firm. We proceeded to have the loveliest conversation about college, doing what you love, exploring opportunities as a young person, what education should truly be like, public school versus homeschooling, and the difference of generations. We laughed and swapped stories, and I soaked up her thoughtful advice. Couldn't have asked for a nicer seatmate! 

Finally, we arrived! 

Hello, California!


  1. That's quite an adventure! Glad you got to go in the end :) What is a senior trip? haha

    1. Hi, Felicity! It was very adventurous....gloriously so. A senior trip is what a lot of high school seniors take after they graduate to celebrate being done with high school. Not everyone takes one, and most go with friends in groups. I wanted to go with my mom. ;)

    2. Oh cool, figured it was something of the sort. That doesn't seem to be something we do here but it's a really nice idea :)

    3. Yes, it's not a mandatory thing in the States, but very nice like you said!

  2. I hope you had an amazing time out here! I'm sorry we couldn't get together, but I thought of you while you were on California soil. It was cool knowing that you were that close. Next year, maybe? God bless you, sweetie!

    1. Ohhhhhhh, how I did. I left my heart there...and can't wait to go back! I thought of you this week too. :) Yes! Next year! I'll buy my ticket as soon as I know the date. Love you!

  3. What an amazing trip! I can't wait to hear more.

    When my daughter was growing up, I told people I was "raising my own best friend".

    Both my daughter accuses me of doing a Vulcan Mind Meld with her (as in Spock) when she was born. ;)

  4. Looks like the beginning of an awesome trip. (I love my SMP CYB!) (=