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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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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September 5th, 2014

the mountains are calling // camping in yosemite.

A few weeks ago, I applied to co-lead a Trail Mavens trip. My first experience had been so overwhelmingly positive that I wanted to become a more integral part of the group in the future — little did I know how quickly that “future” opportunity would present itself. Sasha asked me to co-lead the Labor Day weekend trip to Yosemite, naturally I responded with a resounding, “Hell yeah!” Having never

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August 6th, 2014

camping // point reyes.

When I was younger, I participated in Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, suburban Girl Scouts usually consisted of camping in someone’s backyard while the moms-in-charge ordered us pizza and we painted each other’s nails. I remember our badges often focused on crafting, makeup and cooking. Not to mention I was a shy kid and hated selling cookies. But sometimes we went to sleepaway camp for a few days, those are my favorite

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