Spainers

Last summer my family and I took a trip to Paris and afterwards flew to Spain for an additional three weeks of fun. We stayed in beautiful San Sebastian and Barcelona. When we arrived in San Sebastian we were in the middle of a tropical looking area at a sketchy small airport. We took a cab into the city and eventually found our smaller than expected apartment. Once we all got all unpacked and ready to be comfortable we found out that there was no wifi!…

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To make up for no wifi the family and I went to the beach daily and went out to dinner. The beaches in San Sebastian were among the prettiest iv’e ever seen during the day time, but undoubtedly are prettiest at sunset. San Sebastian offers so much to do, like go to concerts or hike to the top of the local mountain and go inside the old military fort that once defended the city from invaders. all of the food was very fresh from the sea and prepared expertly at almost all restaurants. while in San Sebastian I was forced to use the little Spanish vocabulary I had, but I did learn a lot too. photo3

After our amazing time in San Sebastian It was time to head to Barcelona and experience some big city culture. We did much of the same stuff but this time we had wifi:) The food was honestly even better in Barcelona. We only stayed in the city for one week but

Beach Days

Going to the beach is one of my favorite things to do, especially when there are some decent waves. Unfortunately it was recently winter and the water has been very cold so I haven’t gone in quite a while. However my friend that I usually go with talked me into going this weekend. photo2 (7)

We headed down to Hendry’s beach in the morning after getting a delicious breakfast at Spudnuts and Bagels. when we arrived there weren’t very many people besides the surfers and people at The Boathouse. The water was a bit to chilly when we first wanted to go in so we ended up taking a stroll down the beach quite a ways until the sun warmed us up more. To ease into the water we started skim boarding, and challenging each other to various tricks and maneuvers. One might think that skim boarding is hard, which it really isn’t but you sure do fall a lot. photo3 (9)

After a few hours of chilling on the beach, getting tan, and messing around in the water, and playing some beach volleyball we sure were tired and hungry. fortunately The Boathouse is on the beachfront just a few yards from where we were. Since The Boathouse doesn’t serve sandy sun baked hooligans we were forced to eat from the small overpriced snack shack, but convenience and “quality” comes at a price I guess. photo4 (5)

After my friend and finished our lunch we went on another walk down the beach looking for something to do. We weren’t feeling the best after the mediocre meal we just at minutes ago so we thought that non-vigorous  activities would be the best idea, so we walked up to the Douglas Family Preserve. It was getting late by the point we got the the Preserve so we just walked around, explored, and eventually ended up at the end of the walkway just as the sun was going down. By then we were getting ready to get going so we headed back down to the beach to get picked up, and boy was the sunset beautiful.

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LAX life

Lacrosse is a huge passion in my life and I play it any chance I get. I haven’t been playing for that long, just one year with the local Santa Barbara Lacrosse program, one season at the terrible school San Marcos on JV, and now this year on the SBHS Varsity team!

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several of the varsity lacrosse players decided to bleach their hair in honor of the San Marcos rivalry game, including Myself… On monday night I decided that I was going to bleach my hair and show my dedication to the team. I thought that getting a do it yourself kit would do the trick, so I had my dad pick one up at CVS on his way home. My dad began the process of making the bleaching mixture, that composed of powders, oils, and other chemicals that I was about to put in my hair. As My dad began to coat my whole head of hair with the toxic concoction of bleaching chemicals I has beginning to have to serious thoughts that I had made a very bad decision. photo2 (6)

Once the bleach was in my hair I had to leave it in for at least 30 minutes, but I knew that wasn’t going to be long enough, so I kept it in for about an hour. After the hour was up my head was burning and I couldn’t wait to get in the shower. Once i did shower I couldn’t help to notice that my hair turned out golden yellow. I went to school the next day and got a tremendous amount of hate and extreme responses toward my hair. To fix this problem I though it would be a good idea to redo my hair to get rid of the yellow. Luckily for my one of my friends mom if a hair stylist that could do it for me for free and professionally. My friend and I both went in to his mom and gout our hair bleached, for me a second time. The trick is to keep it in for as long as possible and of course having salon grade hair products help too.

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Once I was done with the process my hair was actually white! The next day people shared their opinions, on it like last time but at least they were good opinions this time

Spring Boarding at Mammoth

Going to the snow isn’t something that I get to do very often, so when the opportunity comes my way I am sure to take it up and have a great time. I did just that this spring break with my family and some friends at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

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My Dad and I headed out from our house around 12:00pm and only got to Summerland before having to turn around because we realized that we forgot a few things… I got to get about four hours of driving in on the Mojave stretch, while my dad decided to sleep on me. The drive to Mammoth along the 395 is full of very beautiful scenery to gaze at.

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Luckily for El Nino California received some decent snow this year which was a great change. The first two days I was there there were storms that provided some pretty good snow to board in, but often times there was so  much snow in the air that you couldn’t see.

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Right when I got on the lift I felt so happy and ready to start boarding. I thought that I would be rusty, but I was actually doing very well and felt comfortable. After a few hours of boarding by my self I felt that I had already improved so much and I  began to jump off of everything that I could and go through the trees. Unfortunately going through the trees is a risky thing to do when you are going fast and I managed to hit a tree, twice! Luckily they were small and I only boarded away with a sprained wrist.

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I wasn’t snowboarding alone for the whole trip gladly, on the second day my dad and I went everywhere on the mountain. He was really interested in my snowboarding so he would follow me through the trees and record me. On the last day it was very hot and slushy, so I had to unclothe quite a bit, if you know what I mean.

Mammoth always delivers such a great family snow experience, whether you are actually on the mountain with your family or not.