Have a Better Camping Trip with the Right Gear

I went camping last weekend in the Cuyamaca State Park area, just outside of San Diego. I count myself very lucky to have such a beautiful area an easy 45 minute drive from my doorstep. I’ve camped at Palomar Mountain, Anza-Borrego, Doheney Beach, Malibu Canyon, and Zion National Park in the past two years. Quite a list for someone who, until recently, hadn’t slept outside since … Continue reading Have a Better Camping Trip with the Right Gear

Explore the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in southern Utah east of Zion National Park (read my Zion post here), Bryce Canyon National Park is another one of Utah’s “mighty five.” I was surprised that its higher elevation resulted in a much different climate, even though it is only an hour and a half away from Zion. Getting out of the car I was met with a wintry chill in the … Continue reading Explore the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

Last May I visited Zion National Park; the funny thing was that a disproportionately large number of my friends and acquaintances had also visited earlier in the year. Seems like it was “the” park of 2017! As the trip approached, every conversation seemed to meander around to Angels Landing, one of Zion’s most famous hikes. The hike has a ton of buzz because, to get … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area

Starbucks might have gained notoriety this summer for the unicorn frap and the pink drink, but I have never seen a more broad option of sweet flavors than at a boba/bubble tea shop. When I’m in the mood for something sweet, I instinctively head up to the Convoy Street area in Clairemont Mesa/Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Located in the “wine glass” between the 805 and … Continue reading 5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area

SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Even as working adults, it seems like fall and the beginning of the school year can cause a shift in everyday routines. Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean it’s time to hunker down until Thanksgiving and Christmas travel! Sneak in a weekend trip here and there while the weather is crisp but not too cold. There are plenty of great getaways within driving distance of Southern California’s major cities.  Continue reading SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Seven Magic Mountains

It seems like Instagram opportunities are everywhere you look. I mean, a beautiful breakfast or a fun tile floor can qualify especially since IG is an app that lets you post whatever you feel like. It also seems like there are opportunities created just for the ‘gram like The Museum of Ice Cream or Color Factory. And then there are candy colored boulders stacked in the … Continue reading Seven Magic Mountains