Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mount Sutro

Spending some time at the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve was unlike any city experience I've had yet. Only a short drive up 17th Street from the Mission and, all of a sudden, you're in the woods. It really is an escape — it's dense, it's lush, it's everything! But it was also confusing (not in a bad way). Rather than entering the trail from the wooden staircase as outlined on Yelp, we (Ilissa, Dom and I) made our way through an unmaintained area full of poison oak. We laughed at the thought that of all the adventures, we might get poison oak on an urban hike. We also didn't study the map close enough and, after completing our hike through the right most section of the map ("Woodland Canyon"), we let the road that separates one section of the reserve from the next deter us, thinking we must have reached the end. How big can a reserve in the middle of the city be? Apparently, big! If we would have crossed the road, we have found that the trail continues. In the end, we only explored about a third of the reserve. Note to self: when urban hiking, don't let roads trick you into thinking it's the end of the hike. Crossing roads are a part of the urban trek.  

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Let's Kayak

Ilissa and I have a mini list of city adventures going and, with the perfect weather yesterday, we decided to do the one that involved water. As someone who has never kayaked before, I was a little intimidated by the bay waters. I'm sure you get the idea. There are cargo ships out there! Scurry. So, we went with the easiest route that City Kayak outlined for us, which involved looping around Pier 40, going past the ball park, and under two bridges to the house boats that line the channel. We only made it past the first draw bridge before our allotted rental time was up and we had to turn back. All the more reason to try this again and make it to the house boats! 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Out & About in the Bay Area

One of the reasons that makes San Francisco, Part II so different than the Part I of my early twenties is that I am afforded the luxury of having my car in the city (thanks, Dom!), off the street and in a garage! I'm sure anyone who has lived or lives in a city as dense as "the city" will understand how awesome this lifestyle of having a car here is. It means I can go to Target whenever, drive to work if I want to splurge on all-day parking (I just did that on Friday for my first time - it was worth the splurge!), meet friends in the East Bay, go to Palo Alto when I crave suburbia, and take day trips to explore the surrounding area. When I lived here before, I could only go as far as BART and Muni allow unless friends rented cars, but now I can make it a point to explore a bit more.

Here are scenes from recent outings:

Pacifica is pretty and so close!

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As is Point Reyes.

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And, Tilden in Berkeley.

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Can't wait for more end-of-summer adventures!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Life Chapter + Kauai Dreaming

Did I mention I moved to San Francisco (again!), started a new job, and turned 30? In an effort to make a real go of a new chapter and stick with my New Year's resolution of saying 'yes' to all new opportunities and possibilities, I took on a new job, freelance work, and school. It's been busy around these parts! I'm learning a lot and feeling really positive with my life's direction. As luck would have it, the second I started my job was the second I caught the travel bug. A homebody by nature, I've never experienced this feeling before, but I keep dreaming about a big trip. It will have to wait because I've only accrued 20 hours of vacation time! For now, I'll keep sourcing the internet for pretty pictures and keep looking at old travel photos like these ones from Kauai this past September. I never understood why people always keep going back to Hawaii like there's no other island on the planet, but I get it now, I can't wait to go back!

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Last month, I had the opportunity to leave California for the first time in too long and go to Hawaii for a wedding. As someone who has never been to Hawaii, you can imagine how in awe I was the second I landed on the island of Kauai. It really is a paradise. Some highlights include:

Stopping at view points on the drive from the airport to the hotel. Every twist and turn along the highway was an adventure from the start.

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Peering past the tall grass and foliage that line the Kalalau Trail to see the blue.

Lava rocks!
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No big deal, but Dom took me on a helicopter ride! I pushed through the motion sickness and took as many pictures as possible of the Na Pali Coast, the most dramatic coastline I've seen yet. With most of the island inaccessible, it was nice to have the chance to see it all from above, a new perspective of the world I could get used to.
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Stopping off at one of the fruit stands along the main highway to drink a mid-day smoothie.

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The event of the century and the reason why I went to Kauai took place in the botanical gardens.
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Another pretty scene in the botanical gardens and the site of the wedding ceremony.
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