It came after a sweltering two weeks of heat in the Sacramento Valley – Lush, respite, in the form of refreshing 85 degrees and breeze galore. I grabbed a friend and headed, once again, to get lost in Sierra Nevada somewhere. Pretty much picking a spot on the map, I wanted to get somewhere without … Continue reading Day hike to Round Lake at Big Meadows
My journey this time begins with a bittersweet goodbye, the details of which I can’t say and the likes of which I haven’t felt in a rather long time. Luckily, it didn’t set a tone for the trip, as but all paths, this one ended in similar fashion. Heading to the airport filled me with … Continue reading Escaping to the wide open skies of Colorado
A great day hike was exactly what I needed, especially after a few months without any mountains. My friend Erik suggested Bassi Falls, which is near Union Valley Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada range. We were hoping for massive amounts of runoff from our recent and history snowfall this past winter. We were pleasantly rewarded… … Continue reading Short hike to roaring Bassi Falls
I call it the proverbial ‘dead week’. The space between Christmas and New Year when everyone fights post-Yuletide depression while waiting for a new cycle to begin. And, rather than lay and wait while dreaming of new beginnings, I decided to return to Canada with Mia and see what Victoria, British Columbia had to offer. … Continue reading Exploring a wintry but cozy Victoria, British Columbia
I’ve been asked by several people and have given nearly the same response. How was your trip to Yosemite? Did you love it? Awkward pause… Not really, I’d respond in slight embarrassment, No, one of California’s most iconic landscapes didn’t inspire me all that much. In truth, it’s a hard answer to stomach. It’s a … Continue reading Gasp! I went to Yosemite and wasn’t blown away.
One thousand islands, almost as many languages, endless flavors, and tucked under a roiling sky, Stockholm, Sweden must be staggeringly different for each visitor, every resident. I had a mere six days, with my girlfriend and family, in which to absorb it all and while any vacation only scratches the surface of a big city; … Continue reading Riling the senses under a seaborne sky in Stockholm, Sweden
I’d been wanting to go for as along as I can remember. Sweden. The other half of me, or at least the one I would become better acquainted with. What I didn’t realize is that after a year of planning, I would convince my whole family to go. Even more unfathomable is the fact that … Continue reading Finding my ancestors in the forests of Ölme, Sweden