Meltdown in Yosemite

  Spiller Canyon, Yosemite National Park, California There’s something cathartic about crying in the rain. The rain washing away the tears. Releasing unrealistic expectations of yourself. Accepting reality. Somewhere around Virginia Canyon in Yosemite National Park, I had my moment. It was not pretty. Up until a couple of days before, I wasn’t sure that I was … More Meltdown in Yosemite

Yosemite: Picture Blog

  Northeast Yosemite National Park, California Gratitude and sense of accomplishment can best sum up my recent Yosemite trip. I spent eight days living in the wilderness with my co-workers. At no company other than Clif Bar can I imagine agreeing to do that. What an amazing experience and amazing company… both my fellow hiking companions … More Yosemite: Picture Blog

Gratitude

San Francisco, California With my sabbatical wrapping up, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the last eight months, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.  Gratitude for all the amazing experiences I’ve had.  Gratitude for all the incredible sights I’ve seen.  Gratitude for all the delicious food I’ve sampled.  Gratitude for fulfilling a dream of volunteering with … More Gratitude

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 3 (The North Coast)

Lost Coast, California While exploring California’s North Coast, I learned that there’s definitely a line where the “sexy, rugged mountain man” look turns into a “scary, recluse, I’m going to kidnap you” look.  And that line is crossed somewhere between Mendocino and the Lost Coast. Mendocino is an adorable town with a slow, relaxed pace … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 3 (The North Coast)

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 2 (Big Sur)

Big Sur, California Big Sur is incredible.  The drive.  The views.  The ocean.  The redwoods.  There’s something about being in nature that just settles you, and Big Sur provided numerous opportunities for reflection. But loneliness wasn’t going to be a problem either.  The campgrounds were full, and the easier trails were packed with people.  Slow people.  In … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 2 (Big Sur)

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 1 (San Diego to Santa Barbara)

Southern California I decided to use the last weeks of my sabbatical doing a classic road trip up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in California.  Guidebooks promised impressive views and exhilaratingly twisting drives filled with hairpin turns.  The PCH did not disappoint, with me literally saying ‘wow’ countless times to myself. I started in San … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 1 (San Diego to Santa Barbara)