Most people who move to Caltech are excited about how they’re moving so close to the ocean. I was lucky enough to grow up two blocks from the ocean, and now I spend most of the year deprived of it. Now that it’s summer, however, we have time for regular beach trips, and I know just the place to take all of my Caltech friends…
Going to college close to home has it’s advantages. So do parents who are cool with their daughter bringing thirty plus people home with them when they visit. The actual conversation I had with my parents for this trip went something like this:
Me: “So how many people can I invite?”
Parents: “Well you’ve never brought too many people home with you before.”
Me: “So let’s say sixty people show up, is that going to be a problem?”
Parents: “It might be difficult for everyone to find parking, but It will probably be fine. Just give us a heads up when you have a more concrete idea of how many people are coming.”
Sweetness. Now you may have noticed in the above picture a natural arch in the rocks. Through the arch is one of my favorite places in the world:
The most epic tide pools ever. We saw hermit crabs, sand crabs, shore crabs, barnacles, limpets, sea anemones, mussels, a variety of snails, chitons, opaleye and sculpin fish, knobby sea stars, and probably other species that I’m forgetting. The rocks are volcanic and riddled with quartz, and the cliff is eroding sandstone. Speaking of the cliff…
It’s pretty fun to climb. And there’s a pretty sweet view from the top…
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.