Oakland, I Love You!

So I moved, quit my job, got a new job, quit new job, got married, and am now moving again (this time across the country), and starting a new job. I haven’t been adventuring around Big Sur since moving to Oakland. I dearly miss Big Sur, but I’ve fallen in love with Lake Merritt, and…

Been Lazy (and Busy..)

So I’ve been neglecting my blog. I don’t really know what to say for myself other that I’ve been busy, and when I’m not busy I’m really lazy. So there you have it. I’m in the midst of quitting my job, moving, and getting married so any down time I have is usually spent doing…

Tassajara To Arroyo Secco

This was Brutal. I’m not kidding. Brutal. It was hot, steep, dusty, 8 or 9 river/stream crossings, snakes, bugs, poison oak, trees and rocks to climb, you name it. Our plan was to hike from Tassajara Zen Center to Arroyo Secco, where our friends would meet as at a drive in camp site with our…

The Big Sur River Gorge, Swiss Camp , and Partington Cove

This is the perfect weekend length adventure, although as it turns out…it’s not an official campsite anymore so I highly suggest you don’t do it. We started out on Saturday by hiking up to the Big Sur River Gorge. I had a hankering for a summer swimming hole – and this satisfied that desire perfectly….

Monterey in the Rain

It had been stormy all day, and finally around sunset there seemed to be a break in the weather. Mid-walk, the weather blew back in and I got caught in the rain. Fortunately I didn’t get soaked for nothing; I was treated to a beautiful twilight display.

Cats Fish

Getting Snuggles This is Little Shit. Yes, that’s her name. She is the resident cat on board the Capt John, a commercial fishing trawler based out of Moss Landing, California. She lives on board the boat in an effort to ward off mice, a centuries old tradition which apparently doesn’t work too well if your…

Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Yesterday I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time. I’ve been wanting to try it since I moved to Monterey – and almost exactly a year later I finally get on one. The weather had been so nice here this last week (in the 80s!) that my boyfriend and I decided we should…

East Molera Trail

The East Molera Trail is, you guessed it, on the Eastern side of highway 1 in Andrew Molera State Park. It’s much less used than the more popular Beach and Creamery Meadow Trails, but the view is one of the best in Big Sur. The hike is only about 1 mile up to the top…

The Beach Trail

Andrew Molera State Park is only 26 miles south of Monterey, California. The drive is beautiful, and takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on weather and traffic (and how much you enjoy the scenery). You can pay to park in the gravel lot where the trail heads are located – or you can park…