Category California

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 […]

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 […]

It’s not about the stuff…

Alright, guys, I need to let it out today. I just need to. Last week, my car was broken into for the 6th effing time since I’ve been living in San Francisco. My personal space was violated, yet again. I’m a bit shaken up over it. It seems really petty to even write about it […]