Category Archives: Travel

Hiking Mt Whitney in the Spring

Mt Whitney Approach

Mt Whitney Approach

It’s been a few months since I’ve climbed a mountain, and I’d been getting stir crazy in the house. I got a text from my friend Apple (@Apple_tini23 on Instagram) saying she wants to organize a trip to Mt Whitney, and since I’ve been there many times, she wanted me to lead the group. Of course, all the times I’ve gone were in the summertime with ideal conditions, but I was up to the task of leading a group of 12 to the top of the highest mountain in the continental USA. Read the rest of this entry

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WWOOFing in Santa Barbara, California

Juiciest, sweetest, heirloom watermelon – ever!

After lots of thought, research, and preparation in setting off on backpacking around the world, I found a farm to visit in the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. This will be my first stop on my journey and my first WWOOFing experience.

This farm is a completely organic commercial farm of 40 acres that sells at local farmers markets and CSAs. I would be staying in the living quarters of their warehouse, which has a private section for WWOOFers, complete with refrigerator, stove, beds, and a bathroom with shower. I would help myself to food from the farm – all I can eat (music to my ears). Read the rest of this entry

Annular solar eclipse

This was pretty exciting to see the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse, especially after watching the lunar eclipse back in December 2011. This was a full Ring of Fire solar eclipse (though from Southern California, we didn’t get to see the full ring), which is part of a series of events that’s supposed to take place this year. The first being this solar eclipse – which is also the alignment of the sun, moon, earth, and the Pleiades constellation. The second is supposed to be the transit of Venus across the sun. Read the rest of this entry

Hiking Mt. Baldy

At the summit – 10,064ft

I got a short notice call from a friend saying he’s going to be hiking Mt. Baldy with a group of people that is training to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro for a fundraiser (Challenged Athletes Foundation). Seeing as how we just got back from Utah a few days before, and feeling great after lots of hiking there, I decided to join them. Why not, right?

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My trip to Arches National Park, Utah

Climbing the arches

Always on a journey to travel and explore, I joined my hiking/camping friends (and others from a Meetup.com group) in a trip to Arches National Park in Utah. This trip would consist of 5 days and 4 nights of camping (May 3-7, 2012).

Seven of us met up at the local Park & Ride, and started off on the 12-hour trip, with few stops. Interestingly enough, we stopped at a random gas station, and met some people who were in town from New York to support their daughter in the Ironman race occuring that weekend. I later found out we had stopped in St. George, which is supposed to be a great qualifier for the Ironman championship in Kona, HI. Read the rest of this entry