Finished Reading: The White Devil’s Daughters by Julia Flynn Siler

For the last few weeks, I've been working my way through Siler's non-fiction 300 page book documenting the story of slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown and the women who fought it. The book center's around the story of Donaldina Cameron an Scottish American who runs the Occidental Mission Home from 1899 to 1934 and her [...]

National Park Series | Pinnacles National Park | California

We found Pinnacles NP almost by accident, we were wanting to explore a new place while family was visiting. We were thrilled to find this little hidden treasure just off the California coast.  We did a the Old Pinnacles Trail, to the Balconies Cave Trail then the Balconies cliff trail before meeting back up with [...]

End of Summer Energy Saving Tips

Summer is coming to an end, hopefully soon. And with it new opportunities to save on those energy bills! Turn off lights- you've probably heard your parents, or spouse request this or you've been the one requesting. Leaving on excess lights uses up unneeded energy that YOU are paying for. So turn them off! Another [...]

National Park Series | Lava Beds National Monument | California

I picked to include this park just after we visited which was a good idea at the time of scheduling this post but led to a very long post...so enjoy! Lava Beds NM is in North Eastern California, it's secluded and serene. It's been a National Monument since 1925, it's one of the earliest and [...]

National Park Series | Redwoods National Park | California

While I love Yosemite being in my backyard, Redwoods NP maybe one of my favorite parks. Travis and I discovered this gorgeous park in 2014 after moving to California and immediatly signed up for a short 5K run at a State Park near the National Park areas, and basically these are jointly managed parks by [...]

National Park Series | Yosemite National Park | California

I started this series with Yosemite NP, because this park is literally in my backyard (if my backyard was all of Central California). When we first relocated to California, we were thrilled to be so close to Yosemite! Which is great except this is one of the most popular National Parks, so we tend to [...]

3rd Annual Prairie Creek Redwoods 5K Race 2016

This was our 3rd year attending the Prairie Creek Redwoods Race in Orick, CA. This year we were a bit more out of shape and hadn't been to the gym in a while so we opted for walking the race, which was fine by us. We finally got to really enjoy the views and scenery [...]