Cider in San Jose

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

Stevens Creek Reservoir – Kayaking

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

Belden’s Landing – 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

Coit Lake Backpacking – Henry Coe

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

Elkhorn Slough

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

Kauai Part II

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

Trekking Kalalau

After a few Kauai visits, this year I finally managed to pack the entire Kalalau Trail. Though I’ve often heard that getting permits for Kalalau can be difficult, I booked my January trip the previous August without much difficulty at all, I purchased my permits for $20/person per day without knowing if I would have … Continue reading Trekking Kalalau

Golden Circle, Dill & Tips (Part VII)

On our way back into the city we decided to do all the main tourist attractions of the “Golden Circle” before spending one last day in Reykjavik. We visited Geysir, this impressive geyser erupted regularly much to the delight of a large crowd of tourists. We also went to visit Þingvellir National Park to see … Continue reading Golden Circle, Dill & Tips (Part VII)

Snaefellsnes & Stong (Part VI)

After ogling puffins, we then headed to our next destination in the middle of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Another long day of driving, exploring hot pots with wonderful views and gasping every time we turned a corner. Views along the road. Photo credit: Lisette We discovered one natural hot springs that was REALLY too hot, and … Continue reading Snaefellsnes & Stong (Part VI)