Safari West

Did you know that there are zebras, giraffes, and rhinos in wine country? Yes, in Sonoma by Santa Rosa, there is a 400-acre private wildlife preserve called Safari West, where there are all of those animals and more. You can even spend the night there in a tent just like on a real safari. We … Continue reading Safari West


72 hours in Portland

Last week, Matt went to a bachelor party/wedding in Tennessee. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it, so instead I flew to Portland for a quick trip with a friend for the weekend. Portland is.. Green. Our trip consisted of a couple of breweries - Fat Head's & Deschutes visited Powell Bookstore (which is like a giant … Continue reading 72 hours in Portland

Hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls

We did an 8-mile hike on Kauai. I've done this hike before, and you'd think I learned my lesson the first time around. Maybe the views were so beautiful that I totally forgot how much pain I was in after. The hike starts at Ke'e beach on the Kalalau Trail. It's 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai … Continue reading Hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls

Yosemite Long Weekend

It was a long weekend, so we decided to explore the great outdoors. It's about a 3-hour drive to Yosemite National Park, so we stayed in a cute little motel/lodge in Coulterville which is right outside of the park. It's been a rainy/snowy season this year, thanks to El Nino, so there's been snow in … Continue reading Yosemite Long Weekend

Point Reyes

A couple of weekends ago, we decided to get some nature. Every time we do a city escape, we have to book and rent a car, so despite the weather, we have to commit regardless. The day turned out to be rainy and foggy, but we set off for Point Reyes Lighthouse anyway. The lighthouse is … Continue reading Point Reyes

Coastal Weekend

Last weekend, we decided to get out of the city. We drove down to Santa Cruz Friday night and went to the Boardwalk. Saturday, we were supposed to go whale watching but they cancelled due to high winds, so we drove down to Point Lobos State Park instead. We hiked out to Sea Lion Point … Continue reading Coastal Weekend

Monterey for MLK

For the long weekend (thank you MLK, you still continue to be the man), we went to Big Sur / Monterey for a nice getaway from the city. We drove down to Big Sur first to do a couple of hikes. Fun Fact: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are not the same … Continue reading Monterey for MLK