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Dumb Shit Travel Diary: Bringing the Wrong Passport

I swear, I’m going to write my book of dumb shit I do traveling one of these days… Until then, we’ll do little sneak peaks here and this one is PRIME.

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The Road to Half Marathon: Bass Lake/Yosemite Half Marathon Done!

I’m WAY behind on this, but in early May 2021, I finally ran the Yosemite half marathon I’d been planning […]

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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.


Communities Making Shelter In Place Bear-able

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


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.


There’s Snow Stopping the Clair Tappaan Lodge

The Sierra Club Lodge turned 85 on Christmas Eve