Author Archives: Sam

The 14 hour road trip

On one random day off work last week, I drove for eight hours to see some pretty trees that I’ve never seen before. The idea to visit Calaveras Big Trees state park had popped into my head a few days before. I needed out of the City. I needed to pop this little self-made bubble […]

The Little Things

It’s been a rough few weeks. Between some stressful work days and a few not-serious-but-definitely-disruptive health ailments, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed. So it’s been the little things pulling me through. Putting a smile on my face when I think of these little treats to look forward to when I get home. Like a pint […]

One year in.

One year ago I published my first blog post. As soon as I clicked publish on that first post, my heart rate sped up a bit with a bit of anxiety and fear (what the hell am I doing? who am I to ramble on about my life to strangers?) and a whole lot of […]

The redwoods are calling…

The redwoods are calling and I must go… And not just for a hike. I’m feeling a magnetic pull towards the trees, towards quiet friendly streets, towards community, towards open space, towards fresh air. Ya see, I’ve never ever considered myself a city girl. I’ve always been the nature/outdoorsy/mountain girl. So, why, you probably ask, […]

Mexico: The Chiapas jungle

The Mexico adventures continue… After a few days of hanging out in the interior of the Yucatan peninsula, I headed out towards the Mexican state of Chiapas for a few days of fun in the jungle! And I’m talking jungle, like wet, lush, tropical, green, buggy, prone-to-flooding jungle. The state of Chiapas is located in […]

Mexico Photo Essay: Inland Yucatan

My inland route through the Yucatan included the cute, colonial town of Valladolid, the bustling capital city of Merida, and a spontaneous side trip to the Uxmal ruins. It was a brief 3 day whirlwind visit through the heart of the peninsula, bookended by time on the Caribbean coast and a jaunt through the Chiapas […]

On Fear and Exploring Life

A very personal post this week. It just kinda came out. Been thinking about fear a lot lately… Its presence in my life was a bit much last week causing me to feel a bit off-kilter. It seems like there is a fine line between having a healthy amount of fear that encourages you to […]