Category Photo Essays

2016 Reflections and Favorite Photos

And here we are, near the end of another year, and I’m feeling reflective as I do. For 2016, for the first time in quite some time, I’ve been in the same beautiful house AND in the same satisfying job for the full calendar year. Oh and hey, the same slick car too. It’s been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]