Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

One for All and All for Sequoia Trees






I’ve always had a thing for trees. I don’t favor any one type over another. They just have a way of gripping me in causing double takes, pointing of fingers, and verbal reactions like “coooooool”. My dad has always pointed out unique looking ones. He used to do back in middle school while driving me to weekend soccer games and he still does it now when ever we’re traveling together.  I don’t know if he’s never noticed that he does this; It’s such a small idiosyncrasy. But I’ve noticed and I picked up the habit. I couldn’t stop thinking of him when we visited the giant sequoias in Yosemite.

My dad would love it there.

Read More…


Love Waterfall. Do Mist Trail.

hiking trail




Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset





The best thing we did in Yosemite was the Mist Trail. It’s one of Yosemite’s signature hikes and for good reason: you get up close and personal with a waterfall. There’s also potential to make it two waterfalls!

The hike to Vernal Fall is three miles (4.8k). This sounds easy and “totally doable” but, I am warning you now, most of the trail is on a 60˚ angle. It’s a killer. Ten minutes into it my calf muscles were stabbing me with little needles begging for a rest.

Luckily, there are a few places to catch your breath. The first is the bridge overlook. This is your last chance to use a proper toilet and refill water bottles. You’ll get a glimpse of Vernal Fall here and consider heading back down the trail. The hike does get harder from this point but a cute overweight squirrel will encourage you by mouthing, “keep on going, lazy”. You will laugh, feel recharged and continue on.

The misty part of the Mist Trail begins just after the bridge overlook. By this point any and all forms of water are welcome. Don’t underestimate how much mist will actually spray at you though. We had our camera in hand and, almost, regretted it later.

You’ll come face-to-face with Vernal Fall at this point. It will feel like if you lean in hard enough or make a jump for it, you could touch it. Don’t try it. You will fall into the stream, which is going at such a rapid pace that no one will be able to save you until the waterfall spits you out at the bottom of the river and by then it will be too late.

You might think about turning back at this point but keep going! You want to see the waterfall from over top. The railing along the viewing platform will be littered with people. Wait your turn but definitely push in there. You’ll also find a lot of open space to sit, enjoy a snack and talk to more squirrels.

There is good news if you are continuing on to Nevada Fall (a seven mile roundtrip), the trail becomes less steep. So hike on, young warrior, and let me know what that famous view from Nevada Fall is like. We didn’t go all the way up, to be honest.

I know, I know – we’re so lazy.


Yosemite’s Glacier Point, Meditation and a Black Bear








Yosemite National Park has a way of making you feel small and insignificant. In a good way.

While worries about the true meaning of life took a hold of me at Grand Canyon, they quickly dissipated during our visit to Yosemite.

Once inside, our first stop was Glacier Point. It is said to be one of the best places in the park for a view. One on side of the overlook you’ll see the incredible Half Dome, the Vernal Falls, and the Nevada Falls. On the other side you’ll find a front row seat to Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, and the ever expansive Yosemite Valley.

It’s funny how all my petty problems and insecurities were suddenly replaced by a sense of calm and comfort. I found a spot on the rocks, laid my head back and closed my eyes. I’ve never been one for mediation but it was knee jerk reaction to my surroundings. Before we knew it, we had spent hours up there. Who would have thought that one of the outcomes from visiting Yosemite would be an interest in mediation.

For us, seeing the depths of Yosemite Valley from over top was a perfect way to kick off our time in the park.

Read More…