Chasing Hot Springs: Wandervan Winter Roadie

It’s been a dream of mine to explore the beautiful state of Idaho. After hiking the John Muir Trail this past summer, I didn’t think I would find myself venturing out of my home state of California, let alone venturing out in a Wandervan! It was Wednesday, December 8th around noon when I landed in Boise, Idaho. I met up with a friend from San Diego and after picking up our home on wheels at Wandervans, our hot spring journey began. … More Chasing Hot Springs: Wandervan Winter Roadie

John Muir Trail Day 24: Firefox + Summit Day!

It was 7 AM when I finally got out of my tent this morning. Although I’m pretty sure I woke up around 6 AM eager to get on the trail and on my way to summit Mount Whitney, but Firefox was still sleeping and I couldn’t just up and leave. I decided that I would offer Firefox my resupply bucket from Onion Valley if he cared to venture back with me to town and retrieve my car. Figured it would be a good deed on my last day, be able to help a hiker stay on the trail and continue his journey. … More John Muir Trail Day 24: Firefox + Summit Day!

JMT Day 11: Vermilion Valley Resort + Shower Beer

Early morning journaling today. Tried to sleep in, but my body is restless. Feet are tired, not sure, body’s a little sore, but honestly no real complaints. Gaia came back this morning after I realized I probably just switched the map layer lol! Oops. Ah well, at least I figured it out! Yesterday was a long day. I ended up hiking 11.42 miles! Mentally I was ready to stop 2.6 miles ago, but realized I could sleep next to a creek w/running water if I just hiked 2.6 miles further downhill. … More JMT Day 11: Vermilion Valley Resort + Shower Beer

JMT Day 10: Silver Pass Was Nice, Until it Wasn’t..

I’m not even sure how I did 11.47 miles today, but you know what- it sure in hell feels like it. Started the day late, at 10 AM. Awesome morning, up until Gaia decides to kick me out of my account, not having ANY access to MAPS! Ugh, it’s pretty frustrating not knowing the mountains I’m looking at, or what’s coming up. … More JMT Day 10: Silver Pass Was Nice, Until it Wasn’t..

John Muir Trail Day 7: Reds Meadow + Trail Exit

We woke up Thursday morning with less than 10 miles to Reds Meadow, where we would take a shuttle back to Mammoth and drive home for the weekend. Thankfully, it was our last 10 miles because both of our phones were dying and we had both been tracking our hike all week. With little video recording and photos, we made it down and then back up again to Red’s Meadow. … More John Muir Trail Day 7: Reds Meadow + Trail Exit

John Muir Trail Day 5: Connecting the dots…

This morning was a simple reminder of how it should be if we didn’t necessarily have a time limit. We woke up a little late, and for once- we just hung out at camp. I actually made ramen and broccoli for breakfast, I can’t remember if that was before or after I sat in the creek for a while. Either way, it wasn’t go go go this morning and that was kind of nice. … More John Muir Trail Day 5: Connecting the dots…

John Muir Trail Day 3: First Resupply & Burritos!

After a late night up with the full moon last night, I was certain we’d miss sunrise, as we did. A slow start to our day, so I decided to get in the lake. Not for very long, and just for a quick rinse. It was our first lake on the John Muir Trail and I’d completely regret it if I didn’t at least dip my toes! … More John Muir Trail Day 3: First Resupply & Burritos!

Backpacking Iceberg Lake in Ansel Adams Wilderness

You know all of those places you have saved on your maps? Maybe you too have a list titled, “BRB”? How about the social media followers that you interact with daily, that you’ve never met? I’m sure we all have those things. I’m sure we all contemplate how it would be if we just reached out to that one person with an invite. Well, I’ve contemplated for entirely way too long, and as my BRB list continues to grow, I’m finding myself reaching out to more people with weekend invites now more than ever. Not only am I checking off bucket list destinations, but I’m building real friendships along the way. … More Backpacking Iceberg Lake in Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Mammoth Crest Loop

The California wildfires this year were heart-breaking, to say the least. Our hiking community has been affected by trail-closures, canceled hiking permits and plans this summer.. oh, and not to forget- we’re currently in the middle of a pandemic. Once places started to safely open up to the public; hikers and backpackers, like myself, took full advantage of getting back on the trail. … More Backpacking Mammoth Crest Loop

Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company. Of course, most backpacking tips begin with the instruction of never going alone, but once you’ve successfully completed your first solo trip, the feeling of accomplishment is inevitable! I try to plan a solo backpacking trip once a year and if i’m being completely honest- … More Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How