johanna flashman winter hiker writer

Winter Hiking Tips: Snow Before You Go

If you get nothing else from this post, I hope you leave knowing you should probably learn more about snow safety.

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Spending the Holidays Outside

I’m dreaming of a warm Christmas…so we can spend more of it outside.

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How to Adjust to the Sound of the City

No, I don’t just mean getting used to the idea of cities – I mean, literally adjusting to the constant noise in the city.

The Road to a Half Marathon: 6 Miles on the Seaview Trail

Let me start off by saying running is a privilege. Ahmaud Arbery was killed for simply going for a run […]

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The Trail to Running a Half Marathon: 10 Miles on the Nimitz Way Trail

This weekend, I ran my longest run yet — 10.7 miles on the Nimitz Way Trail. It was my second time running on this trail and it seems to go on forever.

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Communities Making Shelter In Place Bear-able

If the bear hunts are for kids then call me a kid because I love it.

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Tree Giant Sequoias To See In Yosemite

Yosemite has so many incredible aspects it’s hard to choose just a few things to see. I would highly recommend seeing the giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove.

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There’s Snow Stopping the Clair Tappaan Lodge

The Sierra Club Lodge turned 85 on Christmas Eve

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Oakland’s Mural Compass — A Tour of Oakland’s Murals

I played tourist in my own city and walked around to look at murals.

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Kayaking Elkhorn Slough Is the Best Way to Sea Otters

Southern sea otters are primarily found just south of San Francisco to Santa Barbara County, and at Elkhorn Slough, there are over a hundred.