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Muir Woods National Monument + Overlook

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I had very high hopes for the Fourth of July weekend because I had two extra days off from work. I thought about traveling up north to Oregon or driving down south to L.A. like last year to watch the fireworks at Grand Park. However, life (and a little bit of procrastination) got in the way and I didn’t end up making any solid plans. By the time the holiday crept up on us, all flights were either sold out or way too expensive for me to splurge. So I had to suck it up and quickly find an alternate option locally.

Muir Woods National Monument has been on my bucket list for a while so I decided to take a morning hike with Cheuk. Initially, we expected a light walk through a woodsy trail, observing the lush surroundings and making our way to the Muir Beach Overlook — we were in for a surprise. We ended up getting lost and hiking uphill for a good 2+ miles before realizing we were getting hangry and tired. We met couple of other lost souls along the way and decided to head back down the trail to call it a day. The entire hiking trip probably took us around 4 hours and we headed straight to the Muir Beach Overlook in our car.

When we arrived at the overlook, it was very windy and foggy. I was slightly disappointed by the amount of fog covering the landscape but oddly, it created an eerie aura to the scene. We patiently waited there for what seemed like an eternity for the overlook area to clear out so I can capture some still photos without any tourists taking selfies while munching on a bag of Doritos.

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