Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak

In mid-June, after finishing teaching my spring classes, and cognizant of a big interview I had coming up, I decided to take three full days off the internet, including using my phone or computer in any way. As I have discovered, pretty much the only way I can accomplish this cold-turkey goal is by camping. […]

Kauai mini-trip

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in 50 US States, Adventure, Beaches
Kauai mini-trip

Many of my friends find the answer to the question “where have you traveled?” incredibly important on a first date. I haven’t typically thought of a lack of travel as a deal-breaker, but when I met my boyfriend Matt and he told me he had lived six months in India (Delhi no less), it certainly […]

different decisions for different summers

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Adventure
different decisions for different summers

A few days ago I celebrated my one year anniversary of leaving Canada to make my way back home to California and start a new-ish life (or, pick up the one I had left before my exodus four years ago… or, more accurately, a little bit of both). Reflecting on this milestone was interesting for […]

snow mountain east, part one

snow mountain east, part one

Today marks one year since I started this blog, although it now has a different name, a different focus, and well, pretty much all of it has gone through changes. This week also happens to be my spring break so I have a few days off and chose to give this page a fancier theme, […]

Lakeview and Ashton

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in 50 US States, Adventure, California, Parks, San Francisco
Lakeview and Ashton

The main thing I kept thinking as I walked up the steep San Franciscan street leading to Lakeview and Ashton Mini Park is “this would never fly in Canada”. The slightest icy patch would send a walker hurtling to his or her doom!

lookouts

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in 50 US States, California, San Francisco
lookouts

Today I gathered my courage and went on a job interview with a very famous company whose published ideal candidate is not me. It occurred to me recently that I’ve never been turned down for a job. While it’s easy to believe it’s because I’m clearly awesome it’s actually the case that I haven’t applied […]

mount davidson

mount davidson

During the last few weeks I have been in the beginning stages of a career change from teaching to industry. It has been really fun to revitalize my brain while I study in preparation for interviews. Overall I feel excited for what’s to come and the only negative thing I can say about the process […]

mount saint helena

mount saint helena

There are days in a life when thus to climb out of the lowlands, seems like scaling heaven. –Robert Louis Stevenson in The Silverado Squatters. So far this year the temperature has been rather warm, even for Californian standards, which has been great for my hiking project, and my first winter back from snowy eastern […]

scouting san jacinto

scouting san jacinto

Riverside county is in Southern California directly east of Orange County. It has a large population of over 2 million people and is home to some fairly popular vacation destinations, such as Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park, where I spent my last day in 2013. The tallest mountain in Riverside county is Mount […]

ryan mountain

ryan mountain

I arrived at Joshua Tree National Park on New Years Eve expecting to walk right in and get a spot. My companions had camped there the same season a few years prior and found the park to be relatively empty of people. But, here we were, and the park was completely full, apparently having been […]