How To Have An EPIC Reunion Trip

It had been 3 years since I left California. Three long years. So it was destined to be epic. And it was. Let it be noted: this isn’t a trip recap. Because remember, I hate those. It’s a how to. It’s a photo dump. Here we go.

ONE. Try not to get your hopes up. But totally do.

I quickly learned that 78% of the time, the Golden Gate bridge looks like this. Oh, you can’t see it? That’s just Karl, the ever present fog of San Francisco. Karl has his own twitter.

But on day three, just when you’ve lost hope, this will happen:

TWO. Do not restrict your budget or your calories.

If my vegetarian diet suddenly included In-n-Out Burger, just imagine my decision making with regards to my wallet. I came home with enough stuff that I could not lift my bag into the overhead bin. Big thanks to the friendly gentleman on the plane who did.

THREE. Remember your time zones and use them to your advantage. Oh, it’s 9am? To me, it’s noon. Cheers.

FOUR. Remind the people who have forgotten just how ridiculous you are.

This hill is 47% steeper than it looks. Cars weren’t meant to drive on them. Trust me. I made my friends drive around them, or at least to less steep ones. This is also a sure-fire way to test how much your friends still love you. Mine obviously do.

FIVE. Plan at least one activity you’d NEVER do at home.

Kaylin and I hit up The Drybar and hell yes, I got the hair the look called “southern comfort”. Big hair, full of secrets.

SIX. Call up people you haven’t talked to in a while. If you miss them, chances are, they miss you too.

SEVEN. Anchor wave and feel no shame.

Delta, Delta Gamma, I’m so happy, that I am a.

EIGHT. Spend the most time with your most favorite.

From the moment I bought my plane ticket, I knew I’d spend 97% of my trip with Kaylin. If there’s one thing you’ll never regret, it’s spending time with your bestie. Then as soon as you get home, start planning your next trip together.

On another note, interested in finding out what the hell I’m doing in this picture?

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Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Chelsea from Crazy Bullies. I think we all know that if someone has a blog named after or about their dogs, I’m in.

Though we all know I didn’t need an instructional for this, Chelsea’s post on Spoiling Your Dog 101 describes our life with Archie perfectly. Chelsea was brave enough to write about what it feels like to be an outsider in blog world. We’ve all been there! Chelsea also lives and works with her man. I couldn’t do it but she gives some great tips about how they make it work. Are you a crazy dog person too? Then you’ll want to go meet her pups, Irene and Bubba. Want to see more of Chelsea (or Irene and Bubba)? Head on over to her blog or follow her on Bloglovin.

  • Your trip looked awesome, makes me wanna plan a trip to cali!!!! and thank you so much for the spotlight!

  • Glad you had a great time. Did you not live in San Fran before? The comments about the roads and fog surprised me.

  • Your trip looks amaaaaazzziiinnngggg. I’ll follow your rules next time I go on vacation which appears to be never.

  • Looks like a fun trip! I’ve been meaning to try DryBar; maybe I’ll go for something big and full of secrets too. 🙂
    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • All that food makes me soooo hungry! Also, I love visiting Cali!

  • I just had a fun “reunion” type trip last week too. So much fun! I miss everyone already!

  • I love seeing old friends, seriously the best trips ever! + Ive been DYING to go to the west coast and this has only fueled my wanderlust!

  • Haha, did not know you were a DG – I just started to like you even more 🙂

  • I love the idea of planning an activity you would not have done at home!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • my fav kind of posts are in list form.

    ahhh that beach, that bridge, those drinks..i need a vacay asap!

  • It’s been 8 years since I left Cali. I need to get back. I love the streets of San Fran…just beautiful. I love that they named that famous fog.

  • It looks like you had such a fun trip- we have a Dry Bar here in Arizona that I’ve been dying to check-out, but haven’t had the right occasion yet! I love California and have always wanted to visit San Fran. So funny that they named the fog! PS: I was drooling over all that amazing food.

  • ohh had no idea that a fog could have a twitter, that’s pretty awesome. i love dry bar!! sarah brought me there a few months ago!

  • I adore San Francisco, if I could live anywhere I would live there. Or in wine country. Either one would do for me. Looks like such a fun trip!


  • Oh, so jealous! San Francisco is absolutely on my list, I just haven’t made it there yet! Fingers crossed I will soon. Looks like you had a great time! 🙂

  • Looks like you had a great time! I am glad I found you! I am a CA girl re-located to the East Coast (and as much as I say I despise it – I do love the East – I do.) And I need to try a DryBar – need to!

  • oh girl, now I miss SF. Thanks a lot. Glad that you had a fabulous reunion in the Bay!

  • looks like your trip was fab! love bestie time 🙂

  • I’m so curious to go to a dry bar. It just seems like the process would be fun. And it’d make me feel fancy like Gwyneth Paltrow. Looks like you had an awesome trip! I’ve only visited California once around the San Diego area but I loved it!

  • Yes, this is how to have an epic reunion indeed.

  • Looks like you had a great trip!

  • I’m so glad you had a great trip and that California treated you well after three long years away.

  • Sounds like a bloody great trip, I want to go on a trip if only I had somewhere to go……

  • Great photos! California is beautiful. I want to go back and stay there for a month to really soak in all of its beauty. It looks like you had a blast!

  • We also do sorority poses to forget how long ago we graduated. It’s now getting to the depressing stage.

  • I miss San Fran so much…what a beautiful place to be! So..I always wonder if people ask you this but did you have an upset tummy after indulging in that burger? Just curious if that is a myth or not. Glad you had a great time!!

    xo Dinah @ Sunshine super glam

  • I just got back from Southern California for a reunion trip as well! What a coincidence! Looks like you had an amazing time in SF! Hope you “ghost rode the whip” at least once. 🙂

  • Looks like you had a great trip! And I had no idea you were a DG – me too! 🙂

  • GOD DAMN that looks beautiful. And fun. Take me away, por favor.


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