Hike to Jim Morrison Cave

Happy 2016 friends!!

I hope you all had a fabulous and eventful New Years!

Mine was spent with friends and champagne 😉 But that being said, I am so ready for a brand new year. I am currently unemployed (sad face) but I already have so many plans for 2016. One of which includes my own business but we’ll keep that our little secret for now hehe

In between applying for jobs and countless Netflix binges, I’ve found some time for some pretty cool adventures! So I am proud to present my first post of the new year…the Jim Morrison Cave!

jim morrison cave malibu hike

Located in the hills of Malibu, the Jim Morrison cave is well hidden at the top of a mountain. I actually found out about this hike through Instagram so I packed up my bag, grabbed a friend and trekked my way up to Malibu.

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Winter in Laguna / Tablerock Beach

What’s winter?

It’s the middle of November here in Southern California and the weather is still nice enough for a beach day! So we packed our bags and headed down to Tablerock Beach in Laguna. Camera gear in hand, I was prepared for a pretty awesome sunset…and it did not disappoint.

Tablerock is probably one of my top five favorite beaches in Laguna, maybe even top three. Whatever direction you go in, there’s epicness. There’s also a little perch to the right if you climb up so you have an awesome view of the whole beach as well as the sunset. Located smack in the middle of the beach is also a little rock formation that you can climb and take some pretty sweet pictures as well.

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1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 4


It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Thousand Steps post, mostly due to weather conditions created by El Nino. With so many big swells and high tides, it’s been extremely tough to find a time to be able to get over to the pools when it wasn’t the middle of the night. But two weeks ago, the ocean gods aligned and gave us a whole four hours of play time at the pools!

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

My friend Tessa and I were lucky enough to find some free time during the week so the beach was particularly empty. We trekked over the rocks and over to our secret spot to discover we were the only people at both pools. The 70 degree water wasn’t too bad either 🙂

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

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Brace Yourselves…SUMMER IS COMING


I am almost embarrassed to say that it has already been two months since I’ve posted here…WOW! First of all, I would like to apologize for that because the last couple months have been a total whirlwind. The last few weeks of school kicked my butt, but then something amazing happened…I GRADUATED, GUYS!! I can now say that I never have to take another test or write another essay EVER again!!

Since graduating, I’ve spent my days working at my surfshop job while also looking around for big-kid jobs. I’ve also gone on quite a few adventures as well! There will be plenty of posts coming your way, don’t you worry 🙂

Also some more big news! In exactly two weeks from today, I will be waking up on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!! AAAAAAHHHH! 😀 I am beyond excited for this trip since I’ve never been anywhere tropical. How’s that for an awesome graduation trip huh?! But they’ll be a whole post about that trip later for all of you…mermaid pics included hehe

I am still in the process of editing all of my pictures so I’m going to make my first summer post for where else?! Laguna! My friend Tiffani and I headed to Crescent Bay recently to celebrate the warm weather with some snorkeling and sunning our buns!

All images were shot using my GoPro Hero4 Silver 🙂

Thank you all for sticking around even in my absence! Stay tuned for even more adventures coming weekly!

And if you aren’t already, don’t forget to follow the blog on Insta at @maddyjayblog for some behind the scenes action!


San Diego Adventure

Hello again! After a quick break to focus on my last semester of school, (graduating in one month YAY!) I finally have a brand new post for you guys! My friend Tiffani and I decided to take a day trip down to San Diego last week and it was so much more amazing than I could have imagined! We brought along my GoPro to capture our day:


Our first stop was La Jolla. I had seen beautiful pictures of the coves and beach on Instagram before so I was stoked to finally be able to check it out! Once we got there, I was surprised to see sea lions lying all over the beach! We tried to be respectful and keep our distance, but I still managed to snag a few pictures of the little guys.

After climbing through some caves, we also got to do a little sea glass hunting while checking out the tide pools. The water was so clear, I just wish the water at home was the same! Unfortunately the water was a little too cold to snorkel, but it was fun to watch the sea lions swim and bob around in the water with everyone.

After wandering along the coast for a couple hours, we headed to Blacks Beach. For those who don’t know, it’s also a nude beach…interesting, I know haha but first we had to climb down a massive cliff. Once we were finally down at the beach, we set up camp close to the water and tried not to look at the naked old guys running along the beach woah!

The sand was black (who would’ve thought haha) and there was sooo much open beach space which was nice after a crowded day in La Jolla. We also brought along our friend Peter the Pineapple for some artsy photo opportunities. Once sunset began to creep up, we packed our bags and hiked back up the cliff to watch the beautiful view from the top. It was stunning! And we definitely got our workouts in for the day yeah!

Overall, it was definitely one of the most fun beach days I’ve had in a really long time and it was definitely worth the two hour drive! After stopping for burritos on the way home, I was wiped out and ready for bed. Even though it was a bit of a drive, I will definitely be coming back here soon! I would recommend making a whole day of it like we did so you have enough time to check out all the awesome different spots. I also wouldn’t recommend taking any young kids down to Blacks Beach since people do let it all hang out!


A beautiful end to a beautiful beach day!

Thank you guys for your patience, I’ll be cranking out more posts for ya this week as I sort through all the pictures I’ve taken these last couple weeks 🙂

Hint hint: it involves 1000 steps hehe


Beach Days in November

It’s already November, holy cow!! This year is just flying by! This was the first weekend of November and also the first weekend we got some rain! YAY! Luckily living in Southern California means one day it’s raining and the next it’s sunny enough for a beach day 🙂

My friends and I had a few hours to spare today so we headed down to the bay to catch some rays. My friend has some amazing photography skills so she brought along her film camera and Polaroid to capture some of the fun.

It’s always bittersweet when the weather starts cooling down. Less beach days, but lots of cozy rainy days! Oh and how can we forget that the holiday cups are already back at Starbucks 😉

Enjoy your week lovelies! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @maddyjayblog!


We’re BACK!! & at the BEACH!

Hello all my beautiful people! I’m so excited to announce that after a month-long hiatus, Maddy Jay is BACK with brand new content and loads of photos that I’m stoked to share with you all 🙂

Unfortunately, my summer has pretty much come to a close and I’m back in school, but that didn’t stop me from hitting up some beaches and doing some fun things with friends! I could share some boring details about how school’s going, but I’d rather just share these photos I’ve been hoarding for you all 🙂

Over the weekend, my friend Tiffani and I headed back to Victoria Beach in Laguna! Because of the hurricane down south, the tides (and waves!) have been super crazy lately. Thanks to a day-long high tide, the pool at Victoria was full the whole time we were there! It was also filled with about 70% sand which I’m assuming was from the hurricane/high tides/huge waves, but it was still a beautiful sight!

For those who have never been to Victoria Beach, I HIGHLY recommend it. My favorite part of this beach is that it’s great at high AND low tide. During high tide, the pool is full and perfect for swimming while at low tide, you can explore the tide pools along the rocks. The tower is also a cool sight and everyone always loves to take a photo of it while they’re there.

I’ve put together a little photo gallery for you all of some of the pics we took that day. The weather was a perfect 89 degrees and the water was actually refreshing…aka the perfect beach day! All photos were taken with my GoPro Hero 3+ 🙂

Be sure to check back soon for even more fun stuff that’s coming! SO happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you guys!