• Tips,  Travel

    Visiting North Lake Tahoe & Northstar

    With the help of a season ski pass and a record-setting snowfall, I’ve spent more time in Lake Tahoe over the past few months than I have in the past 27 years combined! Specifically, I was able to make several trips to North Lake Tahoe and get to know the area better. While my experience is centered around winter activities, I hope this post can help others plan for visiting North Tahoe year-round.

  • Downtown Historic Colfax
    Tips,  Travel

    Staying in Colfax: Visiting Tahoe on a Budget

    Recently, my boyfriend and I decided to visit squeeze in a few more days on the mountain in Tahoe before the end of the ski season. We opted to snowboard Sunday to Tuesday, hoping to avoid most of the weekend rush and crowd. Rather than driving up early Sunday (with a 3.5 hour drive, we would have had to depart San Francisco around 5am), we decided to drive most of the way Saturday and spend the night in Colfax, CA, which is only an hour away from Northstar Resort and Lake Tahoe.

  • Gear,  Review

    The North Face Women’s Venture Jacket Review

    North Face Venture II Jacket; Sperry rain boots We’ve been very lucky with rain these past few months in California – it feels like we’ve had more rainy days and than sunny days this winter! But no complaints, as the rain has been much needed after years of drought across the state. Which is why I began looking into purchasing a proper rain jacket that can be used in the city and for outdoor excursions as well. Previously, I’ve used UNIQLO’s pocketable parka while running errands in the city. It’s also great for traveling as it’s lightweight and hardly takes up any space when stored. However, as you can imagine,…

  • YETI vs Hydro Flask vs S'well vs Klean Kanteen
    Gear,  Review

    Heat Challenge: Hydro Flask vs YETI vs S’well

    Over time, I’ve amassed an embarrassingly large collection of vacuum insulated steel water bottles including YETI, Hydro Flask, S’well and Klean Kanteen. I’ve managed to delude myself into believing each bottle serves a specific purpose in my daily life (Marie Kondo would not approve). But one thing I’ve never tested is their insulation properties relative to each other. If you’re curious about which bottle holds heat the best – read on!

  • OOOM Mission Peak Trail
    Hiking,  Outfit

    Hiking Mission Peak

    I recently took advantage of a free weekday to check out the wildly popular Mission Peak hike at Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont, California. Instagram popularity withstanding, it’s a healthy out-and-back hike covering a bit over 6 miles total and more than 2,000 feet in elevation.