Fresno Zoo Trip

A few months ago, I felt adventurous and wanted to take a trip on Amtrak somewhere with my little sister. So I started looking places up and decided to take a day trip to a zoo. We decided on the Fresno Zoo because it was only one train away and we could be leave Bakersfield in the AM and be back the same day before it got too dark.

It was my lil sis’s first Amtrak ride and her first visit to Fresno and other than forgetting to buy drinks, it was a good trip. It was scary for us both because after exiting the Amtrak Train in Fresno, we had no idea where we were or where the zoo was. Luckily, it turned out to be a quick taxi ride away from the Amtrak station. We had fun visiting the different habitats and I saw her very excited for the first time in a long time.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the day:

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Now although I’m typically not a big supporter of animals behind bars, except for rehabilitation purposes or breeding programs of endangered species, I was more than willing to set aside my opinions to have a fun day at the zoo.

Hopefully I will be able to plan more trips like this soon. It was definitely an experience my lil sis and I will never forget.



Paige’s Confessions: My Bad Habits


I have a few bad habits that I would like to point out in the hopes that by identifying these habits, I will be able to stop them.

  1. Nervous Tics-I have never been good at hiding my emotions, especially when I’m nervous. Over the years I have developed many nervous ticks, such as excessively opening and closing my hands, biting my nails, pacing, and scratching my head (I mean, like literally raking my fingers through my hair until little bits of my skin come off-yuck I know, but it’s true). I have slowly been able to wean myself off of some of these habits, but I usually just end up developing a new tic. One day I’ll be normal haha.
  2. Eating Fast Food/Over-eating-Some of my family members work at a local fast-food restaurant and they frequently bring home fast food. I don’t know how many burgers and french fries I’ve eaten in the past month, but it’s way too many to count. I definitely need to cut back on the fast food and overeating in general.
  3. Procrastinating-I have a bad habit of making to-do lists and not checking every single task off. Some tasks that I often procrastinate on include: washing dishes, folding my laundry and putting it away, cooking (the microwave is just sooo much easier!), waking up, going to sleep…
  4. Avoidance-when things get tough, many times I find myself avoiding the person or situation that brought about the negative emotion I experience. In order to better myself, I must learn to face the music and deal with whatever problem I am facing once and for all. This is the only way I will be able to move forward confidently.Curse
  5. Cursing-I mean sometimes a four-letter word is just perfect for the situation. It could also be offensive to others. Sometimes I get so used to cursing that I curse during inappropriate situations or around people who may not know that I curse or are not used to hearing me curse. I’m working on this, mainly by replacing curse words with weird phrases. For example, instead of saying “Holy s**t!” I say “Holy french fry!” Surprisingly, it works.
  6. Being a Worry Wart-I have always worried excessively. It’s actually this worrying and anxiety that has brought about the nervous ticks and avoidance. I feel that I’ve become less of a worry-wart, but every now and then I’ll have  a panic attack where I’ll feel like the world is caving in on me, that I’ll never pay off my student loans or save for my own place. I just have to keep reminding myself to breathe and that change comes slowly.
  7. Being a Chatter Box-I’m a very shy person…until I start talking and talking and talking. My own family have learned to ignore me while I ramble. I’m not really sure of how to stop talking excessively, but I’ll look into it.
  8. Talking to myself-(mainly because I run out of other people to talk to).doctor
  9. Skipping Doctor Visits-This is a big deal. I mean, we only get one body, and I’m doing a pretty terrible job of maintaining the health of mine! I overeat, don’t really exercise, and, to top it all off, I rarely go to the doctor. I have recently applied for medical insurance, so maybe I’ll go for a visit sometime.
  10. Staying Out of Touch with People-this may be a part of the avoidance behavior I exhibit, but I feel it is slightly different. There are a lot of people who have helped me over the years that I no longer talk to anymore. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I just haven’t put any effort into reconnecting with anyone. I definitely need to start messaging people more often and going on outings with friends again.

What are you bad habits and how are you working on overcoming them? Feel free to post in the comments section below!


Ta Ta For Now!


Holiday Walk

Charlie, Sonora, and I went for a walk at Millcreek park today. It was pretty cold out and the trains were zooming past, but we had a good time. This was Sonora’s first walk-so it was a big deal for us. It started off a little clumsily as Sonora wasn’t too keen about walking when we first headed out the door. I ended up carrying her most of the way to the park (boy is she heavy after a few blocks!). Once we got to the park, Sonora began exploring, she sniffed leaves and even tried to eat a couple!

Beautiful Sonora
Charlie & Sonora sniffed everything they could get their noses around!
A quick water break for my pups!
Sonora followed her big sis Charlie everywhere during this walk
I love her big smile

Walking Around Town

Winter has come and I hate it!! Bakersfield is really cold right now. My body doesn’t like the cold and so I have grown to despise winter. It’s not too bad yet, there isn’t even frost on the grass, but the cold is tough on my joints, especially my knees.  I made a trip to Walmart yesterday and got a pair of bright purple sweat pants and a bright blue sweatshirt (that were on sale -yay!)

Although my family wasn’t fond of my color scheme, I love the pretty bright colors and I ALWAYS mismatch (like, seriously, especially my socks). Who would have thought that a simple change of attire would change my outlook on winter? These are so warm and cozy, they make me want to curl up on my bed and drink hot cocoa all day!

Anyways, I was going through my photos and happened upon some pics of when Charlie and I went for a walk over some train tracks in October. This was a pretty gloomy day and it drizzled a bit, but it wasn’t cold yet.

Charlie took to the stairs like a pro!
Gloomy sky over Bakersfield

Waiting in line for the restroom and other such stories…

I guess I can say I had a pretty interesting day today. It all started in bed.

I woke up determined to inquire about jobs at local businesses around town. On my way to one such job inquiry, I ran into a family from Long Beach. I met them while waiting in line for the bathroom at Rite Aid. I was already sweaty from the hot weather and was looking for some relief from the heat and my seemingly non-existent bladder when I saw the long restroom line. There must have been five people in line. We made awkward eye contact and stood quietly waiting for the bathroom to become available.

At one point, I was diligently reading a label on the side of a toilet seat riser, learning about the advantages of using a hinged versus non-hinged toilet seat riser, when I heard the women in front of me talking.   I looked up, smiled at them politely and asked if they were going on a trip.  The oldest woman said yes, that they were from Long Beach.

I don’t know why I felt like starting conversation in a Bakersfield Rite Aid bathroom line, but somehow, it seemed important that I learn more about these people. Anyways, they were a nice family, and on my way out I wished them a safe and fun trip.

On my way back home, I ran into a very cheery homeless man. I was wearing a light cardigan and the man came walking down the street calling over to me, “Girl I know you’re hot! I mean I’m wearing a long-sleeve in this weather, but you’re wearing a sweater!”

I turned to acknowledge his comment and he said, “But it’s OK. You’re gonna get there.” To which I replied, “Yep, I’m almost there!” with a cheery smile. It felt good to joke about the heat, dry air, and my cardigan.

Note to self: Use common sense when choosing clothes to wear in hot weather!

Bike Path Tour #3

Today I’m exploring a little farther south on the Davis bike map. I have set my goals on seeing Mace Ranch Park and Slide Hill Park (interesting name for a park).


I biked through Community Park, crossed F Street, passed the Little League Park, went under the bridge to get to Drexel.


I then took Drexel until it turned into Loyola. Loyola eventually runs right into Mace Ranch Park.


On my way back, I visited Slide Hill Park.

I didn’t take too many pictures during this ride because it was a residential area. If I had taken more pictures they would have been of a bunch of houses haha and that’s no fun.

Check out my first and second bike path tours too!

Have a great day folks!


Davis Bike Path Tour #2

7225 Today I decided to tour another portion of my Davis bike map. The path I took is outlined in pink below: map2 This was a longer tour, so I have more pictures to show. Hurray! 7211 It was an overcast day; the sky was punctuated by white clouds and there was a slight breeze that made my ears cold. As I biked around I passed more than a few happy joggers and families pushing strollers. Everyone seemed so happy and the feeling was contagious. 7212 The paths looked great, lined by trees and bushes, the air was fresh and I was content with riding through these friendly neighborhoods. 7214 There came a point when I saw a row of magnificent pine trees near a small ditch filled with rocks. I pulled Bessie over and took a quick snapshot of her. 7216 I headed back to the trail and turned right and bam! Dominos! Literally, a pile of huge dominos lay in a field! It’s not every day that you see those! 7220 Hacienda avenue was a nice ride. I passed a house that had a chicken enclosure, which was an awesome surprise. As the hens pecked the dirt I took a photo of Bessie in the path. 7222 I eventually reached Anderson Avenue and was greeted by purple flowers! They were so cute! 7223 I soon passed up the picnic area I had stopped by during my last bike tour. 7226 Next up was the North Area Drainage Pond, bordered by the Northstar Park. This is a great place for anyone who likes seeing nature, especially ducks and Canadian geese. In the spring you can spot the nests of these beautiful geese and even see their babies! 7235

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As I head back to my apartment, I passed by the Frog Queen-a true royal!


As I neared Covell Park, Bessie and I ran into a field with some pretty flowers.

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As I got closer to my apartment complex, I saw little chalk hearts on the path.


Needless to say, I followed them home and was soon sitting comfortably on the living room couch. 7254

I’ll let you know about my future bike path tours! Have a good one!


Davis Bike Paths


These past two years while I’ve lived in Davis, California I’ve made it a personal mission to explore this little city and learn as much about it before moving back to Bakersfield.

According to the City of Davis website, Davis was originally named Davisville and was founded in 1868. Its city limits spread across about 9.91 square miles of the northern Central Valley. Whoa! Davis promotes a healthy and active lifestyle and to prove it, the city has 31 parks and well over 50 miles of bike paths.


A big part of my goal of getting to know Davis is to travel its many bike paths. A few months ago I was at an event called Celebrate Davis and picked up a bike map. I vowed to ride through all the paths Davis had to offer before the end of summer and have started on that quest today.


I surveyed the map and quickly decided to bike the upper left portion of the map (outlined in pink below). It was close to my apartment in case I got a flat tire, but far enough for it to be an adventure. As I stepped outside, I was greeted with a sunny sky and slight breeze. In a matter of seconds I was biking up F Street.


The left side of this street was bordered by houses and apartment complexes, while the right was lined with trees and a railroad track. It was a quiet day and for the most part, I was alone on this path. Every once in a while I stopped to pick up a recyclable or a piece of trash that littered the bike path.


I soon neared the end of the path on F Street and swung left onto the Covell Drainage Channel, which bordered a… wait for it…. drainage channel! The channel was dry and full of tall dead grass, but still hosted a plethora of butterflies and birds.


The bike path was bordered by a black chain link fence that separated it from the drainage channel. Every few feet, I saw a poster on the fence advertising volunteer opportunities to clean up the bike paths and plants native plants. Davis is a cool little city because it really cares about its scenery and environment.


A cornfield lined the other end of the drainage path and I couldn’t resist the temptation of walking along its dry, dirt trail. I saw the cornfield up close and took a quick picture. I wondered how it seemed to thrive despite the drought, and who would reap the benefits of the harvest.



As I walked back onto the bike path I saw a bit of paint on the asphalt. The artist(s) had splashed various colors onto the path and claimed the spot with their hand prints.



Shortly after Bessie’s photo op with the street art, my mom called me to help her with a chore and so, I cut my bike ride short and headed back to the apartment.

Have you had any recent bike path adventures? Be sure to comment below if you have. I’ll keep you posted on any future bike path tours!