A Day of Hiking

We spent a day hiking at New Port Beach since the air quality of San Gabriel area has been really bad in the past week. And we did find a lot fun just hiking on fresh trails every Saturday in the cities or deep in the mountains and by the beaches.

This Saturday we chose Inspiration Point at Corona Del Mar.

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Weekend Hiking

It has been another intense week. I just realize how important to disengage a little bit and have a little refreshing time over the weekend. So I can prepare myself well for a new week. This weekend we decided to hike Zuma Canyon Trail, Malibu. The trail is rated difficult but we took a rather easy approach this time. So we can spent more time to enjoy the views and interesting things along the hike.

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Weekend Hike

This Saturday we hiked on Paseo Miramar Trail. Althiough it is said the trail is moderate difficult. Considering the high temperature, it is not really that easy. Parker Mesa Overlook offers panoramic views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The coastline spans from Palos Verdes to Malibu, with nothing but blue in between.

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Weekend Hiking

This weekend we hiked Arroyo Seco. It was so much a fun since we got a lot of chances to cross the little streams. And the terrains are quite diversified.

Here I was standing in front the skyline of JPL. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in the city of La Cañada Flintridge with a Pasadena mailing address, within the state of California, United States

We really love the stone bridge–quite interesting to see one here in the wildness!

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A Weekend Hike

Since pandemic crisis, we have being more focused on local hiking. We will have to say that it is actually pretty cool experience to explore some of these local tails and wonder how come we didn’t do this type of local hike before. It is much easier and relaxing and allow us to have a hard-core workout on very next day. We explored Santa Fe Dam last weekend. Read on to see where we headed to this Saturday.

So, this Saturday we hiked Carbon Canyon Park in Orange County this Saturday. Carbon Canyon Regional Park is a regional park in Brea, California that was created after the Carbon Canyon Creek was dammed. It links up with Chino Hills State Park on the east side. The reason we hiked this park because of the Redwood Grove. But it turned out there were more fun here.

Yes. It was just amazing to visit this Butterfly Garden in Carbon Canyon Regional Park earlier in the morning. In the photo above, I was standing by a California Sage. They often call this white sage. But we just love the color.

Here comes the famous Redwood Grove in the park. Redwood is native to Northern California thanks to the rain and humid weather over there. We have been to Redwood forest in Northern California. It is pretty amazing but very dangerous too. Here in SoCal, these redwoods don’t grow as tall as those in Northern Cali and they are not as green either. But we can really appreciate this redwood grove right here.

We will say it is quite spiritual by just walking through the nice shade of this redwood grove.

Find some amazing mushrooms here.

Time to go to the wildness.

Our gym just closes again due to the Corona virus spike recently in SoCal. . We usually go to Sauna or Steam room for a heat treatment for the body in our gym. Since it s impossible to do it now. So we think it will be good for us to expose out body in the sun by hiking in the wildness.

It is hot hot, hot here. But we really enjoy hiking in the wildness.

Have a pose with these lovely California sunflowers.

Now we come back the end of the hike.

Hope you enjoy our hiking trip.

Happy Weekend

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Our Backyard Cocktail Party

Our color of July is color of bright red. If you haven’t read about it, you can click here to learn more. Color of bright red is classical in fashion, passionate, romantic, trigger a dose of positive cheerful energy. That is why I am dressed in red today to just feel good! I like to layer reds in different patterns and forms.

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Our 4th of July Celebration

We started 4th of July celebration by hiking in the deep mountain in our neighborhood. And it’s fun to see all sorts of wild lives–squirrels, birds, rabbits, snake… Yes, that is a little bit scary. But overall we had a wonderful experience.


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Great Outdoor Living II—-Lu Lu Powers’ Charming Outdoor Kitchen

Two years ago, Quintessence visited Lulu Power’s home in Los Angeles. The house is full of color, pattern, books, greenery and fresh flowers. And we totally fell in love with her outdoor bar—small, neat, layered with full of charm. If you haven’t heard about Lulu Power, here is a little info about her on her instagram: The Entertainologist. Cooker,Creator,Cocktail maker. Food Editor for House Beautiful. She is a well-known entertainer and we were very lucky to go to many events entertained by her before COVID-19. With approaching of 4th of July, we probably will have to stay at home again and spend quite some in our backyard for celebration. So we all need some inspiration to make sure we will have some fun time. We kicked off our great out series last Friday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more. Today is our series 2. And yes we will talk about Lulu’s outdoor bar by sharing Quintessence’s youtube video below. Before we share the video, here are several things we think that really make her outdoor bar so cool:

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Greater Outdoor Living I–Friday Vibes

Think about your 4th July celebration? We know that we will continue to stay at home and enjoy our backyard life besides earlier morning hiking. Just in case you have a similar plan, we will kick off our 4th July outdoor series from today. Why not? It’s summer time. New design styles and ideas for outdoor living is blooming like no time particularly under the current pandemic crisis. Read on for our thoughts on sprucing up your outdoor living game.

  1. Chicken coops are a thing now.
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House Tour–A Newport Beach Abode With A Modern Farmhouse Look

At the beginning of this year, we wrote an article about the trends in 2020 and modern farm house style is one of them.  You can click here to read this article.  Today, we will take you to a Newport Beach house with full of  design  features for a dreamy modern farm house.

The Front of the House

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