March 21st, 2016

backpacking // angel island.

I haven’t gotten outside as much as I’d like to since moving back to San Francisco. California offers a host of hiking and backpacking options, but I’ve remained primarily indoors over the last couple of months. Partly, this is due to finances and the weather, but also, I was scared. I hadn’t climbed so much as a steep hill in months. I was afraid to challenge myself and fail at

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July 14th, 2015

a nerd in harry potter world.

I’ve been absent from the Internet for a week whilst exploring Orlando based theme parks with the unwashed masses, and my family. Of course we went to Disney World, however, pre-Disney I had the rarified opportunity to obtain a VIP experience at Universal Studios. I just happen to know a guy who knows a guy, and it was his birthday, so he took his friends and family to Universal. The

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May 12th, 2015

bay area bucket list.

It’s my one-year San Franniversary! In order to continue documenting my adventures in the Bay Area, I made a bucket list to check off what I’ve accomplished and what is still left to explore.

San Francisco [completed] Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge ✓ Walk around Sausalito ✓ Take the ferry to Alcatraz ✓ Watch the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf ✓ DeYoung museum ✓ See the

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April 15th, 2015

i left my heart in mexico.

I can’t quit Mexico. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I inevitably end up in Mexico or Belize. I suppose I am drawn to the authenticity and vivacity of the Mexican people — in my mind, they exist in stark contrast to the inauthentic people I tend to encounter in SF. Also, I speak a little Spanish and eliminating a language barrier always makes travel more pleasant. I mentioned

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March 2nd, 2015

hiking // snapshots on mt tam.

Spring has arrived in California. Golden Gate Park is peppered with crushed, pink Magnolia blossoms, escapees that have drifted over the botanical garden’s walls and whose ultimate fate was decided under the foot of a passing pedestrian. The cherry blossoms around Stowe Lake have already bloomed and faded, so quickly and quietly passersby might not have noticed it was happening at all.

The fleeting nature of spring brings forth flora

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February 19th, 2015

camping // big sur.

“And when the fog’s over and the stars and the moon come out at night it’ll be a beautiful sight.” – Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

Lately I feel as though I can’t sit still — I find myself on long, meandering walks through the tree-lined parks of San Francisco attempting to sufficiently tire both my body and mind. I can’t stop processing, over-processing really, everything from dreaming up social justice

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January 14th, 2015

backpacking // lake tahoe.

The thing about having dreams is that you have to start somewhere. Dreams initially seem unattainable, thus their intangible monicker, because they require effort beyond what is comfortable. I’ve found that in life you can be a dreamer who is also a doer, or a dreamer who holds ideas like fireflies in a jar, too afraid to ever take a chance. I used to be the latter. I had a

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December 23rd, 2014

camping // joshua tree nat’l park.

Determined to incorporate a bit of fun into our 30 hours in 3 days holiday road trip — I suggested we make an overnight stop in Joshua Tree National Park. I’ve been wanting to visit Joshua Tree for a while; the Seuss-like trees appeal to my continuing love of fantasy landscapes — plus, they allow dogs. To be honest, the first day of driving was hellish. Also the sun sets

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October 31st, 2014

exploring // big sur & hwy 1.

October 14th, 2014

hiking // jack london state park.

Recently, I’d heard talk of a state park that harbored the remains of Jack London’s dream house – The Wolf House – as well as his grave. A flurry of keystrokes revealed that Jack London State Park is actually located just outside Sonoma in Glen Ellen, CA, approximately an hour drive from San Francisco.

I packed 2L of water, 1 bag of trail mix, a pocketknife, sunscreen (so hot!) and

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