Category California

Gearing up for backpacking season!

It’s that time of year… When the mountains are calling more than ever. When the weather is warm enough to sleep in a tent. When my most recent Google search history looks like: “wilderness permits” and “mileage to so-and-so lake”. When I have so many fun trails at my fingertips to explore in my California […]

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 […]

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, […]

A summer of local travel

Happy Fall!  It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall around here. Our Indian summer is fading, and there’s a crisp breeze blowing in from the ocean. I enjoy this time of year, this narrow slice of time (usually in mid to late October) when the weather noticeably changes to cooler temps. When it’s time […]

Backyard gem: Tomales Bay State Park

Have I mentioned before how very fortunate I feel to be living in the Bay Area? The diversity of ecosystems and microclimates that surround me is rich, and the nooks and crannies leave me with plenty to explore. 

Reflection on Desolation Wilderness

Last weekend’s backpacking trip into the Desolation Wilderness was a boost for my soul.