The run started at my hotel, which sits atop a hill overlooking the ocean. It was blustery, reminding me of Winnie the Pooh (as the word blustery always does). My amply layered body was warm enough not to immediately turn back, but not warm enough that I’d be peeling off layers later. I began to … More My Ten Mile Mendocino Morning
Michigan Adventures Michigan in August is a magical place. Pair the crystal clear water of the lakes with good friends, dancing, and fried avocado tacos from a taco truck, and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable weekend. Oh yes, and an impromptu proposal. 😉 Unlike the lake I grew up on in New Jersey, … More Sun-Dried Tomato & Almond Cheese Spinach Sandwich
While coming back from an afternoon run along West Cliff yesterday, I came upon a scene that I still don’t know what to make of. Two firetrucks and several police cars blocked the road, while lifeguards sprang into action toward the ocean. What was going on here, you may be wondering. My best guess is … More Big Dreaming in California
I feel more officially a Californian after visiting both Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe last week. My travel companions and I also stopped in the state capital, Sacramento, but the city can’t compete with the natural beauty of mountains and lakes. Before this trip when I pictured Nevada, I definitely didn’t picture this. Hiking down … More Yosemite + Lake Tahoe + Finished Bed Frame = Happy Kelly
As part of Alumni weekend at UCSC, the University’s onsite farm was offering volunteer led tours around the grounds. The farm’s landscape is breathtaking. Home to a plethora of wildlife and plant species (both edible and inedible), the land truly embodies biodiversity in every sense. The interns working the farm learn about the relationship between … More Fava Bean Olive Spread
Last week was a big week for me. Not only did I reach a quarter of a century, but I got to cross something off my bucket list. A couple gal pals and myself ventured to Napa Valley to taste some of the finest wine California has to offer. Frog’s Leap Winery had a wonderful … More A taste of Thanksgiving for Easter: savory mushroom gravy
Travertine Hot Springs I finally got in some much needed outside time this past weekend. Really, I got in a LOT of outside time. A camping trip in Travertine Hot Springs with friends proved to be just what my body (and mind) needed. A bit of nature left me feeling relaxed and reenergized for the … More Cashew cream tomato chickpea soup!
Another week, another nut butter and outdoor adventures… This past weekend I ventured to Wilder Ranch State Park to partake in what was a pretty incredible coastal nature walk. Despite the clouds the docent kept the group’s energy up, detailing native plant and animal species encountered along the way. Who knew California had a state … More Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter & Wilder Ranch
This past weekend was filled with New Year’s outings and celebrations. Kicking off 2016 with some nature, I went on a lovely guided hike in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. Lunch along the river at Big Rock Hole was beautiful. The town of Pescadero consumed my Saturday. First up was a trip to Ano Nuevo State … More Tahini Tempeh Pasta
December Recap: Wow December was quite busy, filled with outdoor adventures, holiday festivities, and some much needed family time. I got to travel home (briefly) for the holiday, and although there wasn’t any snow, I couldn’t have been happier to be home. Before heading home I continued my outdoor explorations in California. New Year’s Plans: … More Happy New Year! Resolutions, smoothies, and more.