So Long Summer

Summer may be long gone for most of you (and hopefully will be gone soon here in SoCal- I can't wait for a 60 degree day), but since I took most of it off from blogging, I thought I'd share my favorite moments from our summer adventures...

The mister and I celebrated my 33rd birthday with a short trip to Santa Barbara. We camped, played on the beach, and saw one of the most spectacular sunsets I've seen in long time (sadly, the amazing color was due to some wildfires nearby, but it was so stunning).

Thanks to my friend Kristin (aka The Cuisinerd), I had the opportunity to enjoy a Friday Night Wine Tasting at Barnsdall Park. The view was amazing and the wine delicious. If you're in LA, I recommend checking it out next summer. 

While we were visiting Seattle, I was honored to teach at School House Craft, and style the venue. After co-organizing the conference in the past, it was so fun to be involved again. I'll have another post all about it up soon.

{Photo: Melissa Lee}
One of the highlights of our Seattle trip- an afternoon at the zoo with our best friends and their awesome little girls! While the grown up's have been known to spend entire days at the zoo, it was so much more fun (and not nearly as long of a day), to do it with the girls. We even saw a baby giraffe! 

On the way home from Seattle we took a detour over to the coast and spent part of a day in Monterey. Though it's mostly just shops now, I still enjoyed seeing Cannery Row- even just being in this part of California had me wishing I had brought some Steinbeck with me. It's really a beautiful area- I encourage a visit if you ever have the chance.

{Photo: Bill Horst}

As we headed back to LA, the views of Big Sur and a quick little picnic at Pismo Beach seemed a fitting way to say farewell to summer.

What were your favorite moments this summer?

All photos by Danae Horst for Gather and Hunt, unless credited otherwise.