Backpack Camping in Point Reyes National Seashore

Last year I had told myself on my birthday that I was going to do the California “Lost Coast” Trail as a birthday challenge for myself.  My birthday was in October, and I am not that far from the next birthday now.  Life gets busy, I can start to loose a little focus,  and sometimes those goals get a little further during the course that time. The Lost Coast Trail is actually where the people in charge of building California’s famous Highway 1 actually decided not to build.  Where the Highway known for its beautiful cliffside and coastlines, decided… “meh… this area looks a little too rough for roads”.  Where you actually have to shuttle a couple hours, or have two cars so that you can get from the start and the end of the trail.  It’s a couple days long and can take you on some challenging terrain… and […]

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5 Reasons to Celebrate the National Park Centennial

Can you believe that the National Parks turned 100 this year?  How crazy amazing that we even have these places of such unspoiled America to enjoy?  So, I know what you are thinking… “oh boy, Jamie, another post about National Parks?”  My answer is YES!  Since it is officially National Parks Week in America, I need to share some major things about the parks that you may or may not know. Balancing at Yosemite National Park at 3 years old. Celebrate the National Park’s Birthday with FREE ENTRANCE! Evie’s hike to the waterfalls at Olympic National Park. August 25th-28th is actually FREE for anyone who wants to go.  There’s actually a couple of free days for the NPS throughout the year but this weekend is special for the 2016 Centennial.  The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession […]

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Hiking Point Reyes and Eating Oysters

On an overcast day, one can get comfortable staying in and spending the day at home.  I think, after moving from Chicago, I’ve gotten really used to the warmth and sunshine of California that rainy days can be a little hard to deal with.  On a mission to try and overcome this, I scheduled a hike in Point Reyes National Seashore for a questionable day and I feel lucky that the skies cooperated with my plans. The morning was gray and gloomy but it opened up to be a beautiful day.  My daughter, Evie, is out of school and I’m on a mission to keep her busy and run some of that 4-year old energy out.  My cousin, and Evie’s godmother, Kathy, joined us on our hike and I’m so glad she did.  Evie can be a great hiker, but it is helpful to have more than just myself to […]

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