Desolation (Wilderness)

California has no shortage of amazing parks and recreation areas, but for those who are wild at heart, the wilderness areas of California offer some of the most remote, pristine and dramatic landscapes you can find. Protected by the California Wilderness Act of 1974, these regions offer some of the best backpacking, hiking and fishing … Continue reading Desolation (Wilderness)

Incline Village Ski Trip

In an effort to use a few vacation days, last weekend I went up to Incline Village for a quick ski-getaway just before the crowds headed up for the President’s Day weekend. Once again utilizing my Hyatt points, I booked Thursday and Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and began looking for restaurants … Continue reading Incline Village Ski Trip

Backpacking at Point Reyes

Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore is a yearly tradition for me. I’ve been going ever since we took a class trip in sixth grade, and I almost always stay at one of the backpacking camps (though this year I stayed at Marshall Beach in Tomales Bay). Of the four camps, my favorites are the … Continue reading Backpacking at Point Reyes

San Juan Bautista

This town is famous for two things: the mission, and the shops. Mission San Juan Bautista is a beautiful mission, unobstructed by urban development. Built in 1719, this mission was an integral part of the California Missions Trail, which leads from San Diego to Sonoma and is comprised of 21 missions. The mission is extremely … Continue reading San Juan Bautista

Moaning Caverns

Out in the western Sierra Nevada foothills, there are a series of amazing adventures to be had, including several great spelunking excursions. Moaning Caverns allows you to rappel 165 feet into an amazing cavern for their adventure tour, and California Caverns offers a “Middle Earth” tour that cannot be beat. I highly recommend going to … Continue reading Moaning Caverns

Napa Valley Bubbly Trip

I’m a sucker for sparkling wine. My friend and I were in the mood for a good girls’ weekend, so we decided to abscond to Napa (I’m easily convinced when it comes to wine weekends) for a sparkling wine themed weekend. We booked a hotel in the heart of downtown Napa and planned out an … Continue reading Napa Valley Bubbly Trip