A Dreamy California Shoreline – Cambria

A Dreamy California Shoreline – Cambria

For our first wedding anniversary, Jesse and I headed up to Cambria, CA – a small town along the coast en route to Big Sur. I’d never been – maybe just drove through many many years ago before I had any real grasp on California geography.

Most people know of Cambria as a place to stay while visiting Hearst Castle. It’s true, it is! But Cambria itself is a quaint little town with the most dreamy California shoreline ripe for those quintessential “romantic walks along the beach”.

Most Desired Adventures for 2020

Most Desired Adventures for 2020

It’s that time of year again where the internet explodes with reflections, resolutions, and promises to turn into a new person! I’m totally guilty of all of that.

In recent years, I’ve found that beginning the year with target hikes / travels / adventures helps me to actually do those things so I can keep an eye out for flight deals, permit lotteries, or even gear sales. Then, I can begin with itinerary planning and prepping – sometimes that involves starting a workout regimen and sometimes that involves pinning everything I see on Pinterest.

There are so many things I want to do and see, it’s genuinely difficult to choose just 3. But these 3 have been at the forefront of my mind for the past two years. Without further ado…

Snowshoeing in Salt Lake City (Part 2)

Snowshoeing in Salt Lake City (Part 2)

I’m not completely in-the-know with how the weather has been across the globe, but one thing’s for sure: we had one heck of a winter on the western side of the United States last year. I mean, it snowed in Los Angeles.

We tried something a little different this year and decided to take on snowshoeing. Most people forego the shoes and try to get by with bare boots or micro-spikes out of convenience, but I have to say that those folks are seriously missing out.

We went into planning the trip with an idealistic mindset: we would do all these wonderful hikes, visit alpine lakes, maybe even do some backpacking.

Right.

Salt Lake City (Part 1)

Salt Lake City (Part 1)

I always make it a plan to regularly get out of Los Angeles for many reasons:

  1. It feels like it gives me a chance to reset.

  2. It removes me from the craziness of everyday life.

  3. It allows me to see new things and endure new challenges.

  4. Because why not??

During a regular ticket scour, Jesse found a deal for Salt Lake City, so we thought, “why not?!”. SLC is perfect for us; it’s outdoorsy, the weather is cool in the spring, and there are mountains. Also, I learned that SLC is home to the best Target I’ve ever experienced in my life. True story.

This past winter was hands down, one of the best in a long time, so we decided to mix up our 4.5-day adventure with some winter activities and city sites.

My First Backpacking Overnight

My First Backpacking Overnight

After all the many years of camping and hiking I've done, I had never had a true backcountry overnight until this past summer.  Jesse and I had been slowly collecting lightweight gear over time -- gear is expensive! -- and we finally felt like we had enough support to endure our first overnight.