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Chasing Waterfalls in Yosemite


We're well into fall, but I figured it's never too late to share my family trip to Yosemite from the summer. Plus, it sure still feels like summer here in Los Angeles with temps in the 90s last week! 

As you know, Mother Earth is always a huge inspiration for my designs so this trip was extra special that I got to breathe in the crisp, clean air while hiking up mountains with my family. T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli, I love you girls but some waterfalls are worth chasing. See for yourself from my pics! 

Mist Trail YosemiteThis was on our way up the Mist Trail. That perfect rainbow was sitting pretty between the beautiful river rocks. 

Mist Trail with some Misa Jewelry

I'm never without some sparkly rings. Yes, even on rigorous hikes.

Mist Trail Yosemite

We made it to the very top of the Mist Trail! Do you see where the powerful rush of the waterfall starts at the top? We were there! And pretty rainbow makes another star appearance on the right. 

Hiking down from the Mist Trail Yosemite

My dad and I proudly hiking back down after reaching the top. I was so proud of him and my entire family for that matter. My 6-year-old niece had to be carried down by my brother-in-law but she deserves the princess treatment after a steep hike. 

Our Yosemite cabin

Our sweet cabin in the woods. It was the perfect resting place to kick up our feet after a long nature day. And most importantly, we were able to build a campfire to make delicious smores. 

Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite

I have an entire hard drive full of pictures from Yosemite from all the hikes that we went on and our Father's Day Brunch at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, but I hope you find yourself at this magnificent park some time in your lifetime so you can see for yourself how awe-inspiring it is. May the powerful rush of the waterfalls purify you. May the clean air heal you. And may the campfire smores satisfy your sweet tooth.


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Spontaneous Spring

Moonstone Beach, CA. Photo by: Misa Hamamoto

On Friday evening, Jason and I came home from work, plopped on the couch and we both telepathically said to each other, "We need to take a trip." Telepathic powers come in handy when you're too exhausted for a vocal exchange. Thanks to the internets, we booked a pet-friendly room for Saturday night and on the road we went to the California central coast the next the morning!

Misa Hamamoto of Misa Jewelry in California central coast wine country

Niner Winer Estates. Photo by: Misa Hamamoto

No central coast road trip is complete without a beautiful drive through Paso Robles wine country. Most wineries in Paso Robles are very pet-friendly, so while we humans enjoyed our wine tastings, our furry baby Shima enjoyed getting ridiculous amounts of attention. Thank you to Eberle Winery and Niner Wine Estates for the extra Shima love. For those of you planning to take a trip to Paso, Eberle has wine cave tours guided by their friendly staff and Niner has a lovely restaurant for a lunch stop.

Misa Hamamoto of Misa Jewelry with Shima

Shima on Moonstone Beach, CA

Misa Jewelry Moonstone Cove Ring on Moonstone Beach.

Shima on Moonstone Beach, CA

Misa Jewelry's Journey Treasure Mermaid Ring

Moonstone Beach, CA sunset. Photo by: Misa Hamamoto

Moonstone Beach was just a stone's throw away from Paso Robles and home to the most breathtaking sunsets. It was also apparently home to thousands and thousands of these wondrous blue jellyfish washed up on shore. Don't they look both prehistoric AND futuristic? Style points, jellyfish, for being so timeless.

 Moon jellyfish. Photo by: Misa HamamotoMisa Jewelry's Evolve Mermaid Ring

Misa Hamamoto's Moonstone Beach road trip

Sharing laughs until our stomachs hurt, having great talks, singing along to good and awfully-good music and rolling around in the sand with Shima were exactly what we needed after many weeks of long work days. No telepathic powers needed.

And Happy Earth Day! Thank you, Mother Nature, for creating such magnificent places for us to visit. 


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