snow mountain east, part one

snow mountain east, part one
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Hiking the 58

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

Lakeview and Ashton
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Mini parks of San Francisco

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 | One Comment
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
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Hiking the 58

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
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Hiking the 58

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
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Hiking the 58

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.

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 […]

santiago peak (personal best)

santiago peak (personal best)
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Hiking the 58

California is divided into 58 counties, some of which are heavily explored and others with terrains and populations one might not expect in a state famous for its beaches and crowds.

First impressions: Isla Holbox

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Adventure, Beaches, Mexico | 2 Comments
First impressions: Isla Holbox

To someone who knows a little Spanish, the word “Holbox” might at first seem a bit strange for the name of a Mexican island. It is in fact a Mayan word, pronounced “hol-bosh”, which interestingly enough means “black hole”.

a doctor, nurse and paramedic

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Adventure | No Comments
a doctor, nurse and paramedic

Settling into our two-hour-long plane ride from Dallas to Cancun, I had the entire row to myself and was beginning to get hooked on the book Three Cups of Tea, a thoughtful gift I recently received about a mountain-climber-turned-philanthropist who builds schools in the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan.