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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 […]

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 […]