Category California

Backpacking Point Reyes

Jutting out into the wild Pacific Ocean just north of San Francisco, the Point Reyes peninsula is quite a special part of Northern California. It is indeed one of my favorite places on earth. I’ve been a lot of places, but I keep coming back to this one. This is the third summer in a […]

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.