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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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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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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September 29th, 2014

hiking // china camp state park.

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 29th, 2014

hiking // marin headlands.

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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