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How to have Yosemite all to yourself

How to have Yosemite all to yourself

This February I had the good fortune of being in one of my absolute favorite places, Yosemite. In the past few years I have had some trips to the park during the off season but this was the first time I experienced a feeling of solitude the entire time I was there. The valley was quiet the Friday morning we rolled in, with barely a soul in sight. The trails were empty. I took in nearly every view in a silence that is usually only possible if you are the first to summit. On top of it all, I awoke each morning to an incredible view of the sun rising behind Half Dome. Sheer bliss. 

2014: A Year in Photos

2014: A Year in Photos

Last week on the blog I talked about the importance of finding adventure in your daily life, as opposed to waiting for that one big trip every year. (Recently I learned that a real badass adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, has coined this a "microadventure." I like that term, so I'll be using it, too!) I also promised to share some photos from my own adventures to give you an idea of the potential for finding great adventures on a budget, without a lot of time, and staying mostly close to home.

Adventure Planning: The Risks and Rewards

Adventure Planning: The Risks and Rewards

I love trying new things. I mean, LOVE! Yes, sometimes it is hard, scary, intimidating, and I often decide that something is too far out of my comfort zone to do. But, when I do take the leap, I usually don't regret it. Whether it be something active, like sky diving, or something kind of gross, like gutting a fish or eating weird (to me) food, I'm always glad I tried it and am usually up to do it again. This year, I decided that two new things I finally need to cross off my bucket lists are cross country skiing and fly fishing. For the past three years...

Santa Barbara--5 ways to recharge in the great outdoors

Santa Barbara--5 ways to recharge in the great outdoors

Travels often involve a bit of Urban Exploration. While I am a huge fan of visiting new cities so I can admire amazing architecture and eat delicious local food, I can get pretty drained if this is all I do for more than a couple of days. This past summer I had the good fortune of flitting around Europe for almost three weeks. While it was an amazing experience, I discovered that I am a much better travel companion if I can sneak in some nature time...