• Adventures

    Mt. Baldy Ski Hut Adventure

    Last weekend we hiked up to the San Antonio Ski Hut on Mt. Baldy for Shawn‘s birthday. I was very worried about this hike because even though it was on the shorter side, only 3 miles, it was all up hill with a 2200’ foot elevation gain the biggest elevation gain I have done. Luckily we were sleeping at the Ski Hut which means we had less gear which meant a lighter pack. The initial ascent was rough but after that it wasn’t too bad and Shawn even commented that it was the most chipper I have even been on a hike (aka normally I am a huge complaining mess). It was a…

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    Salton Sea Birthday

    To celebrate my birthday this year, we decided to take a trip to the Salton Sea. The weather was perfect and the campsite was nearly empty so it was like we were all alone out there. We stayed at the New Camp in the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and found a great campsite beneath some trees so we got plenty of shade in the morning once the sun came up. We went and explored the beach by the campsite which is covered in barnacles and fish bones. It’s the most bizarre thing to see so many whole dead fish just sitting on the beach. And then took a trip down…

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    November in Death Valley

    To celebrate Alix’s birthday we went to Death Valley National Park. It was the perfect time to go, there weren’t big crowds and the weather was lovely. We stayed at the Furnace Creek campsite which offered a bit of shade and greenery considering we were in the desert. We visited the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Natural Bridge, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point and Artist’s Drive. Artist’s Drive was absolutely my favorite. It’s a 9 mile drive through beautiful multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. I really didn’t want to leave it was so beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and see the rest of the areas and sites in the park.

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    Labor Day in Yosemite National Park

    Over the Labor Day holiday, we went on our first 2 night camping trip to Yosemite National Park with Shawn, Alix and our pal Dilcia. Shawn managed to snag us a spot at Housekeeping Camp at the very last-minute so we had a nice little retreat with a few more creature comforts that usual. It was such a lovely trip. We hiked up to the top of the Vernal Falls. We rented bikes and rode around all the bike paths throughout the Yosemite Valley stopping to swim at several points along the Merced River. We went to Mirror Lake and walked around the dry river bed at sunset. We also…

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    Backpacking in Big Sur

    Last weekend, we ventured to Big Sur to hike the Vincente Flat Trail in Los Padres National Forest with our adventure pals Shawn, Alix and Kyle. Don’t let the name fool you this was definitely our most strenuous hike so far as the trail ascended 1800 ft to our camp for the night but it was also the most picturesque with constantly amazing views of the Pacific ocean. During one break to admire the scenery we were able to see a whale breaching the water far off on the horizon. Once we got to camp, we made some dinner and had some cake to celebrate Kyle’s birthday before getting in our tents…

  • Travel

    Fourth of July Trip

    It had been over 4 years since Scott and I took a vacation together so we decided to take a 4 day trip to the Bay Area over the Fourth of July holiday. We had only been there once before in 2007 and wanted to explore the area more while also checking out Santa Cruz along the way and take the scenic drive down the Pacific Coast highway. We stayed at the Hotel Durant in Berkeley which while being a cute little hotel also had cruelty free toiletries which I was super excited to discover. It was a really nice but short trip and made me anxious to take a longer vacation soon.…

  • Adventures

    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    I finally went on my second camping trip, this time we went backpacking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with our pals Alix, Shawn and Kyle. We hiked the Redwood Creek Trail and Hart Tree Loop in the Redwood Mountain Grove. About 4 miles in we set up camp to spend the night. Scott and I packed a ton of food (according to Shawn maybe too much) and enjoyed a nice warm dinner in the darkness after we got our camp set up. We even heard an owl give us a hoot! Despite my insect phobia flaring up when it got dark, it was a blast and we are already planning…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen

    Vegan King Cake 2.0

    Happy Lundi Gras! Yesterday, Scott and I spent nearly all day making king cakes and decided to revise our recipe a bit in trying to recreate a Randazzo’s king cake. Everyone in New Orleans has different opinions on which bakery makes the best king cake but Scott and I agree that Randazzo’s is our favorite. We had already been doing our king cake icing Randazzo’s style but our cake braiding and shape wasn’t quite right. After a ton of google image searching we decided to try a new way of braiding and shaping the cake. And I’m pretty happy with the results. So here is our updated recipe! Ingredients: Dough: 4 1/2 cups flour…

  • Adventures

    Joshua Tree

    For New Years Eve, We went camping with Shawn and Alix in Joshua Tree National Park. It was my first time as camping wasn’t something I wasn’t really into 5 years ago but California has such amazing nature and landscapes that something changed when I moved here and I had been really wanting to try camping. Luckily, Shawn and Alix have been camping tons of times and loaned us nearly all of our gear so I could see how I liked it. And guess what, I loved it. We found an amazing campsite, cooked some delicious camp food, had a fire to keep us warm at night and hiked some…

  • Film,  Kitchen,  Memories

    Fall Catch Up

    Here are some highlights from the past two months. Halloween Movie Massacre 666 Shawn and Alix threw their 6th Halloween movie marathon in October, where we watched movies and consumed massive amounts of vegan food for 24 hours. I made Isa’s cashew queso, pumpkin spice mini donuts and mini crunch bars with peanut butter shell drizzle. We also visited Donut Friend in Highland Park and I was able to get my favorite type of donut, chocolate icing with sprinkles! Here’s what we watched: IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) BLACK SHEEP FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER POLTERGEIST WOLF CREEK THE RING HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF…