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Let's Get Lost

Antiquing Dillon Beach Gravity Train Marin Mt Tam Sebastopol Sonoma

One of the things I love to do is to go to a new place and get lost. Not irrevocably so, I just like to use my GPS to arrive at a specific location and let myself wander from there. I've discovered countless shops, restaurants, parks and other treasures by allowing myself to veer even just a little off the beaten path. Here are three favorite local places I recommend to start your explorations:


Walk Around The Top of Mount Tamalpais - in the late 19th/early 20th century, there was a...

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The Great Outdoors

arcata bless my soul cafe By Nieves cafe mokka ferndale fortuna humboldt county Lost Coast Petrolia the redwood forest the victorian inn

John and I wanted to go to Yellowstone for one last hurrah before the holiday season puts me on lock, but we decided to take two smaller trips instead.  Our first trip - the Redwoods! I love that part of California. I wanted to stay at the super cute Miranda Gardens Resort, but there was a marathon in town that weekend and they were completely sold out. So we stayed at the clean, but not-much-personality Comfort Inn in Fortuna.

Our first stop in Humboldt County was dinner at the delicious Bless My Soul Cafe in Eureka. Bless My...

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Chickens, Cooking, and Life in the Hudson Valley

Chickens Cooking Deliciousness Hudson Valley Nerds With Knives

This week, I don't have a blog post - I've been busy getting ready for my big camping trip, which I'll tell you all about next week! Instead, I'd like to introduce you to a beautiful blog about cooking, chickens, and life in the Hudson Valley called Nerds With Knives. It's written by my friend Emily and her husband Matt, and it is witty, the recipes are great, and the photography is beautiful. Look at this Summer Berry Tart:



Looks delicious, right? I am totally not a cook *at all*, but this blog makes...

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Bodie, In Pictures

Bodie California Getting Lost Ghost Towns High Sierra Mining Towns Off The Beaten Path

I love places that are off the beaten path. Some of the best things I've encountered were when I was lost - instead of getting frustrated at a missed turn, I see it as an opportunity to find something I didn't even know I was looking for.
To discover Bodie, however, you'd have to be insanely lost.  It is located 13 miles down a winding road off of CA highway 395, north of Lee Vining. The last three miles of the road leading to town aren't even paved - it is very bumpy,...

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You're Going to Tonopah? On Purpose?!

Elite Trading Post Eloping Goldfield Mitzpah Hotel Nevada Tonopah Tonopah Brewing Company Vanderfords Goldstrike Whitney's Bookshelf

John and I decided to elope. We were excited to be married, and looking at the expense of a traditional wedding, we decided to instead invest the money in our beautiful little 1919 Craftsman house. It has good bones, and with a bit of work we can transform it into a place where we'd be proud to have our reception. Next year.

We debated back and forth about where to have the civil ceremony. We wanted to choose a place that would be memorable, not too far away but far enough to feel like a honeymoon, a place that held...

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