Places to visit in Seattle

Places to visit in Seattle

Check these places out if you are visiting Seattle soon. These are places we enjoyed when we went on our trip to Seattle, WA. If you have any other recommendations for places to eat, hike or anything please send them my way! I need another reason to go back to Seattle and I also have to make it on a ferry ๐Ÿ™

  1. Rattlesnake Trail

    ย Check out more pictures of this hike here.

  2. Space Needle

  3. Pikes Market/ Gum Wall

  4. Rachel’s Ginger Beer

  5. Pike’s Clam Chowder

  6. Glo’s Cafe
  7. Molly Moons Homemade Ice Cream

  8. The Great Wheel

Rattlesnake Hike in Washington

Rattlesnake Hike in Washington

First Hike in Seattle

This was my second time in Seattle and one thing I really wanted to do is go on a hike. Washington is a very green state and I want to enjoy the beautiful views it has. Before this trip I had planned on going to Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, but I was told it would be better to go camping out there to actually enjoy it for a few days. So I asked my friends roommate about some nearby hikes and she was so helpful!! She also suggested this website which was amazing because you can filter your search depending in what region you want to stay in, the distance, difficulty and more. So if you are in Washington and want to find a trail check this website out! ย If you aren’t in Washington and you want to look up trails this website is very good too.

After looking at the Washington Trail we decided to do the Rattlesnake Trail. We saw the pictures of the lake and were sold on it right away. My boyfriend and I stayed with my friend in Seattle. He lives very close to Seattle University. From there it was about a 30-minute drive to the trail.

One thing I love about this trail is that there is good parking. They have a lot of spaces and even an extra lot in case the main one gets filled. The trail was very straight forward and labeled by a couple of signs. There were people going up the trail ahead of us so we also just followed them. The trail was about 3 miles roundtrip and I loved every single part of it. There were so many tall trees and it was just green everywhere!!


I recently haven’t been doing too many hikes at home, just some running and yoga, so I did get a bit tired going up. Especially since we were all talking the whole way up and that made it a bit more difficult. Anyways, when we got up, the view made the whole hike worth it! The view was breathtaking and the lake was so blue next to all the green trees! I had never seen anything like it! I’m used to seeing a city view, beach view and mountain view but nothing like this.

The Views

Excuse my hair that is all over the place, it was a bit windy up there.

There was a higher point but we decided to stop there since we knew taking pictures was going to take a while and this area was a view directly over the lake and the other one was overlooking more of the mountains. So we decided the lake view. There was a lot of people just sitting taking a break at the top enjoying the view. It makes me so happy seeing that many people going on hikes and enjoying the beautiful views nature has for us.

To me hiking is more than a workout and a beautiful view.ย It is a beautiful place you work hard to get to and you know that once you get to the top, to this beautiful view, you know all your worries and struggles will just go away. Hiking brings me to a serene state of mind and that is all I want in life. I really hope others find this feeling with hikes as well.ย I fell in love with everything about this trail!! Are there any other trails you love?

Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA

Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA

One of my favorite trails that is in my hometown! Daytime & night time views.

Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA is one of my favorite trails for many reasons. One of it being that it has such a wonderful view of Carp (as you can see in the picture). You have a good view as you go up too, not just at the end. You can stop and as you catch your breath, you can take in the beautiful view as well. I love it because it takes me about 5 minutes to drive there from my house, it is A-M-A-Z-ing! Aside from that, you get such a good booty/leg workout in and you don’t even feel it (until the next day).

The trail itself is a bit difficult because majority of it is incline, but its very easy coming back down. I’ve only been to the first part of it that takes you to the fence, that is about 2 miles one way.

I would like to keep going but I always go when I have something planned afterwards so I don’t know how much longer the 2nd part is. The first part always takes me about 45 minutes roundtrip, if I’m busting my ass up, but when I go with my friends/ boyfriend, we end up talking on the way up and that always adds a few more minutes haha.

I convinced my boyfriend to go with me later in the day to catch the sunset and let me tell you it was amazing!!! The hike wasn’t hot, it was cool and fresh, less people on the trail. The only down side is that we were attacked by mosquitos. But we got good pictures !!

I had such a great time taking pictures with him!! Oh and I made him carry me ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like more information on this hike or directions how to get there click here.

If you haven’t been out to this hike, make sure you go and take some pictures of the beautiful view!ย Tag me on Instagram, @mypursuitofhappy, if you get to go on this hike. I’d love to read all about your experience on this hike ๐Ÿ™‚


Monday’s New Workout

Monday’s New Workout

Monday…. the start of a brand new week!! Finally done with my online class and my work schedule has calmed down a bit. So I will have more time to workout and post more on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

My brother bought a dummy (Century Bob Body) to do some boxing then ended up getting a membership for MMA (mixed martial arts), so I decided to make use of the dummy and do some boxing to mix into my workouts.

Equipment I used:

  • Wrist wraps/ boxing gloves
  • Something to hit …please don’t use a real person.
    (Preferably a punching bag, or dummy)
    If you don’t have either you can always punch the air
  • Jumprope
  • & Music which makes the workout that much better

I did 3 sets of each in this order:

  1. Started with 1-2 minutes of jumprope
  2. 10 Burpees
  3. 10 pushups
  4. 20 high kicks or body kicks (10 with left leg and 10 with right leg)
  5. 10 squats
  6. 10 jabs with left and right
  7. 10 jab & cross combination (left and right)-
  8. 10 jabs, cross & hook combination (left and right)
  9. 10 jabs, cross, hook & upper cut combination (left and right)
  10. Then ended with a few stretches

If you aren’t familiar with the combinations I found a short ย 6 minute youtube video that explains the combinations.ย

I am not an expert at this, this is just what I add into my workouts to tone my arms. I’m still working on form and keeping that guard arm up. Also, if you try this workout be very careful of how you are hitting and make sure you protect your wrists with wraps. I hope you’re able to try this. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

**Yoga Update

I had crazy 12 hour shifts and finals so I wasn’t able to do yoga too often or post my progress. I am currently on day 25 of YBC Tone Up Program and aside from the boxing today I will be doing day 25 of the program. If ย you’d like to see my progress stay tuned and I’ll be posting it shortly after on Instagram on @mypursuitofhappy so go follow me ๐Ÿ™‚

I also just wanted to share with you my delicious sandwich I had for lunch since I love food ย and it had bacon and avocado ย <3

Not all Monday’s have to be Munndays that drag along..

Have a lovely Monday!!

Sycamore Canyon Trail

Sycamore Canyon Trail

This was my first trail I had been to in Newbury Park and I definitely want to go back. I loved how they have easy parking unlike Inspiration in Santa Barbara. It isn't too difficult and it is good for all ages. When I was going up I saw a group of about 15 people with younger kids and they did just fine on the trail.

The trail is flat for the first 10 minutes then it will go in a slight inline (See picture below)

Then once you are up the hill it goes into an incline but there is a bench halfway incase you need a break. It's an easy trail after the inline. It will be about 20-25 minutes to get to the waterfall.

It was very pretty sight, but there were a lot of people around making it difficult to take pictures. Luckily we snuck one in.

You are able to climb up along the waterfall but there was a lot of Poison Oak. So for those who do go up more, be careful!!

There was a nice big rock, which was great to set up for pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

There were other paths when we went up so I will be going back for those!!

Getting Back to Running

Getting Back to Running

Happy Friday ๐Ÿ’—

Today I started running again, which felt soo good. I ran along the beach and I have to say it was a bit difficult since its my first day getting back to running. I ran 3.1 miles in 31 minutes (and stopped a couple of times to take pictures ๐Ÿ˜)

I ran all along the beach, next to the 101 Freeway with a beautiful view.

My goal for this run was to run 3 miles. I didn’t set a time goal because I just wanted to get into the rhythm of running, so I felt like making it under a certain time would set me up for failure.

For me running is very relaxing. It gives me time To think and to eventually let all those thoughts go, so by the end of the run i feel amazing. If you enjoy running you will understand how you can compare these long runs to a therapy session.

How will you not want to run with a beautiful view like this?!