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Gratitude

A little poem about gratitude that I wrote while hiking with my sister and a dear friend in Yosemite over the Thanksgiving holiday. Grateful… For the mountains and the trees To be where I want to be to just be For the scenic trails and colorful leaves For the earth beneath my feet To be […]

Ten Years

Ten years. For ten years I have called the San Francisco Bay Area my home. On August 29th, 2005, I packed up my ‘96 Corolla with all my worldly possessions and drove north towards Marin County. I was nervous and excited and had NO IDEA that I was driving “home” that day, that I would […]

Backpacking Yosemite

I stumbled out of our tent into the cold brisk air, initially grumbling about the inconvenience that is having to pee while camping. I had JUST gotten all warm and cozy in my down sleeping bag. A few hours earlier, I had been teeth-chattering cold after a freak hailstorm caught us on the homestretch to […]

New Beginnings

It’s been awhile since I last wrote in this space. I write in here when the words come and the inspiration hits, in that harmonious space between having something to say, choosing to say it here, and enjoying the bliss that comes from writing my heart out. So what’s happened in the last 3 months??? […]

Soaking in the Sierras

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘this is what it is to be happy.” -Sylvia Plath On the eve of another trip into the mountains (this time, the Colorado Rockies!), I thought I would recap my last foray into the Sierras over New Year’s […]

Season’s greetings from the forest!

Season’s greetings from the forest! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season no matter what you believe in or celebrate or not believe in (and yes, I still consider this time before New Year’s but after Christmas, the holiday season). Whether you’re surrounded by family or embracing solitude, whether you’re out of town or enjoying […]

Lessons from backpacking the Sierras

It’s been a summer of work hard, play hard. Well, definitely more work than play, but still there was SOME play. The work hard part has been crazy. It’s a busy time of year when you’re in the tourism industry in San Francisco. They’ve started calling me “Piles” at work since I am literally dealing […]