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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Yum Yucky

    Isn’t pier where they filmed Sharknadao? Errr, ummm, never mind.
    Looove all your pics. I’d love to visit there in-between earthquakes.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      When we were in line for the ferris wheel they took a picture of us in front of a green screen and it was Sharknado! But to buy the photo it was almost $20. No thanks!

  2. Candace

    Now this post made me really homesick. 🙁 Thanks for all the nice beach pics.

    I was relieved to see that you didn’t make your whole trip about LA/Hollywood, it can be pretty icky.

    I can’t believe I lived in SoCal (Long Beach) for 35 years and rarely went to the beach. Sure we went a lot as kids, but as an adult, I rarely went. I drove by it almost daily and never appreciated it. Now that we’re so far from the coast I miss the ocean so much. People up here always say, oh but the coast is only 2 hours away! I was 10 minutes from it almost my whole life so 2 hours seems way too far to drive to the beach.

    I feel fortunate to have grown up there though. After living in the PNW I totally get why people long to move to California – sun, sun, sun! But the only way I’d go back is if I won the lottery and could afford a house with an ocean view. But it’s gorgeous up here, plus I do enjoy having seasons other than summer and fire. As kid it completely sucked when it was 85 on Thanksgiving or Christmas!

    Thanks for sharing your trip!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Nope! We planned our trip so that we’d see as much LA stuff when we stayed in Hollywood and saved the other stuff for the beaches.

      I understand what you are saying. You don’t know what you have til you don’t have it. When I lived in Seattle I thought I’d go to the Oregon Coast all the time if I lived in Portland! Then I moved here and I’m lucky if I get to the beach once a year. It’s sad, really, because it’s less than 90 minutes from Portland.

  3. Biz

    I have never been to California – its on my bucket list – San Francisco is first on my list! Love all the pictures. 😀

    1. Lisa Eirene

      San Francisco is fun. I definitely want to go back again some day!

  4. Lisa

    I’ve been to the main Getty Museum, but I’m dying to go to the Getty Villa! They have so many fascinating collections. It was interesting to me that the lighting is set up so that it is constant – the louvers on the roof move and artificial light comes on and off as needed to make sure that the artwork is seen in the same light constantly.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I was SO BUMMED we didn’t get to see the Villa! It was closed for the few days we were there.

      Yes, the lighting in the Getty was amazing. All of my photos turned out great and it wasn’t too dark.

  5. Deb

    I went to the Getty years ago for a school assignment, and honestly, my favorite part was their gardens. I liked a lot of the exhibitions, but the gardens were beautiful

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The gardens were amazing. I was blown away by all of it honestly, and if I was in LA again I’d go back.

  6. Lisa

    Oh wow I didn’t even know about the canals in Venice Beach until you mentioned it. 😛 Thanks for this post. I miss home too!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The only reason I knew about them was from movies!

  7. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I’ve never been to the Getty Museum, and I have never explored the beach towns around L.A. I definitely want to do that one day.

    Great photos!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The Getty Museum was easily in the top 3 of the trip!

  8. evilcyber

    Love that Arnold picture! 🙂

    Man, I lived in the US for so long and visited more than once since then, but so far never managed to get to California. I have to promise it to myself: one day I’ll get there 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      California is so beautiful! San Francisco is a great city to visit. I’d love to go back to San Diego some day. I went as a kid and barely remember it.

  9. Miz

    I do need me a weekend get away….

  10. Devon

    I’ve only ever heard good things about San Fran so will have to get there one day, sooner rather than later. Wonderful pics as well, keep it going.

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