Yesterday (May 27), the Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 79th birthday. As with most birthdays, I missed it by a day (it's something I'm trying and failing to be better about). In my typical fashion, below are a few favorite photos I've taken of the Golden Gate Bridge, a sort of birthday celebration one day late.Read More
In both writing and travel planning, I'm an insufferable procrastinator. I start out with the best intentions, but these items always get shuffled to the back burner and pushed to the last minute - planning my trip to Thailand (and now finally writing about it) was no different.Read More
This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of breaking my wrist. Hooray!
I never got the hang of skiing or snowboarding in adolescence. I wanted to give it a shot - but the expense, my embarrassment at being a total novice, and my fear of great bodily harm prevented me from ever really trying.
It was my move to California (and proximity to Lake Tahoe) that finally gave me the access and motivation I needed to get started. My first year, I took a lesson and the following season I got more serious, in an effort to get ready for a trip to Colorado.
That's where things took an interesting turn.Read More
My friend and former roommate got engaged last week. Devon lives across the country, so while we chatted on the phone the day of, I wanted to put some good vibes and congratulations out into the universe via the social media sphere.
While looking for a picture to post from our past adventures, I stumbled upon a folder from her visit to San Francisco. The photos made me seriously nostalgic for SF and also made me really miss my friend. Adventures in a new place can be totally exhilarating, but it can also be rough when you're far away from loved ones - especially when you want to celebrate a new chapter in life.
So in lieu of an in-person celebration, for now I've posted some of my favorite photos from our weekend in San Francisco.Read More
I moved to California from Michigan three years ago, and living on the opposite side of the country has made it much harder for me to spend quality time with my mom. Over time, we've settled into a schedule that allows us to see one another at least a few times a year.
I head home at least once in the spring and once for the Christmas holiday, while Mom makes the trek to see me over Thanksgiving (enjoying the California weather at a time when snow is sometimes already piling up in the Midwest).
This post contains highlights of our Thanksgiving escapades in Tahoe (in addition to our roadtrip to Mono Lake and Bodie, our lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Garwoods, and a white-knuckle drive on I-80).Read More
After settling in to our rental on the north side of Lake Tahoe, we decided to venture out on a one-day road trip. First up was Carson City, then Bodie State Historic Park, and by mid-afternoon we were back on the highway (and racing the clock) to make sure there would be some daylight left when we arrived at Mono Lake.
Mono Lake is a different kind of lake. One of the oldest lakes in North America (more than a million years old) the saline lake is surrounded by giant "tufa towers" - these super funky formations of limestone, created by interactions between the alkaline lake and freshwater springs.Read More
My immediate family is quite small. I'm an only child, and my father passed away when I was in my early 20s - which means that when it comes to getting together for the holidays, my mom and I sometimes have the opportunity to sneak out of town. I headed home to Michigan for a more traditional family Christmas in December, however for Thanksgiving, my mom flew out for adventures in California.Read More
As a freelancer, taking time off means changes to my income, so while in Australia, continuing to work part-time and opting for budget-friendly adventures were a must. I loved so many things about my time in Australia, it's hard for me to pick a favorite place or activity. That being said, here's a few of my favorite activities and adventures from the Perth area (and beyond) that won't break the bank!
Fall is hands-down my favorite season, and it's a ridiculously gorgeous time to be in Michigan. Whether you're in the Keewenaw (the tippy top of the state's Upper Peninsula) or along the southern border of the Mitten State (or anywhere in between), at some point during the fall season, there's bound to be a spectacular color change display.Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve written or shared anything online.
That’s not to say that there haven’t been plenty of adventures to share – in fact, the opposite is true. Since my return from Australia and Thailand (more about that soon!), I’ve been crisscrossing the continental United States - but have been pretty terrible about documenting any of the stops along the way.
Since I’m back on the writing wagon, it’s about time I share the results of my “One Month to Marathon” crash-course training experiment.Read More
While staying in Perth, I spent a fair bit of time in neighboring Fremantle. From food spots to retail therapy, it was a total holiday dreamland.
Referred to as "Freo" by locals (and perhaps Australians in general?) Fremantle is full of delicious restaurants, adoable shops, and historically preserved 19th-century buildings that give the main part of town a really cool vibe. With a home base so close to Freo, I spent a fair bit of time hopping in and out of the historic port town to grab food, peruse shops, and wander around.Read More