I really love finding new lakes to kayak when I travel. A few weeks ago, I was up at my best friend’s cabin in Truckee and I wanted to take out my kayak. While Donner Lake is the closest body of water to the cabin, I wanted to find one that was quieter. Looking for … Continue reading Lake Valley Reservoir – Kayaking
A wonderful little weekend in this adorable redwoods town.
A bike ride among vineyards and lazy float on the Russian River.
One of my new favorite spots just outside of downtown San Jose is Cider Junction. This is a cider lover’s paradise. As a celiac, I particularly appreciate the variety of dry cider and several gluten free menu items. This is not a fruity little cocktail place, there’s something for everyone here - whether you prefer … Continue reading Cider in San Jose
Many people don’t know about the great local spots where you can go paddling. Just a short drive from my home (and office), Stevens Creek Reservoir is a wonderful spot for an evening paddle. The reservoir is quite small, so don’t expect to be entertained for hours, but if you are just looking to get … Continue reading Stevens Creek Reservoir – Kayaking
Now that I’m madly in love with my Oru Bay Kayak, I’ve been looking for new places within day-tripping distance to explore (from San Jose). My criteria are that I want places that are scenic, not too crowded, and have access to quiet paddling zones (not just open water). I mainly look for bays, lakes, … Continue reading Belden’s Landing – Kayaking
One of the closest areas to backpack when living in San Jose is Henry Coe State Park. This (relatively large) park is located on the east side of Morgan Hill and is absolutely loaded with great places to visit. The park is known for its steep climbs and exposed hills, so most people avoid it … Continue reading Coit Lake Backpacking – Henry Coe
In an effort to both embrace more of the things I love to do - and meet more people out there in the real world, on a whim I signed up for CampoVelo in Napa/Calistoga. The event, put on by Clif Bar, promised to be a weekend of adventure, excellent food and wine … and … Continue reading CampoVelo
Spring is in the air - and in the water! One of my favorite springtime activities is to go kayaking at Elkhorn Slough; this year rather than being stuck with clunky rental kayaks and gear, I was able to take my new Oru Bay Kayak out on her maiden voyage. My graduation present: Oru Bay … Continue reading Elkhorn Slough
After an amazing (but strenuous) four days on the Kalalau trail, I spent the second half of my vacation at the wonderful Grand Hyatt resort in Poipu. I’m a points junkie and saved up to spend four nights in this luxurious beachfront hotel. We were lucky enough to score an upgraded room with a partial … Continue reading Kauai Part II