Sunny, springy, California. We meet for the first time.
When I was living in California last fall, I thought that I had come at the perfect time. The weather was perfect, leaves were turning, and the crowds had left Yosemite. The only thing missing was water. The state was in a severe drought (what’s new) and the water levels in the lakes, rivers, falls, and towns were low… really low.

After my first weekend heading to Yosemite and falling in love, someone said to me: “If you loved Yosemite in the fall, come back in the spring to see the falls.” No need to tempt me with a good time.

So after taking another work opportunity to head back to California, Yosemite was on my to-do list. I was also itching to spend some time in Tahoe since it was still spring and I was hoping that I would beat the tourists who didn’t want to deal with the cold or hike in the snow.

My three weeks in California flew by, but were well spent. Here’s a recap:


Hetch Metchy Reservoir from Wapama Falls



Nevada Falls


Looking like a kindergartener on top of Yosemite Falls. 


Yosemite Falls – to think I was standing at the mouth of that waterfall…


East Shore, Tahoe



Desolation Wilderness 


If only I had a sled for this descent. 



North Shore, sunset reading perfection. 

Yosemite and Tahoe were both great trips full of laughs, beauty, and good times. For those of you who follow my blog, I ate dinner in Buck Meadows while in Yosemite – the $4 schooners were still there. As you saw above, the falls were all in full force, which is what people had said I needed to come back for. Even though the days were a little socked in – Half Dome popped out for a hot minute and that made me smile. I can’t wait to head back to that magical place later this summer.

In Tahoe, I found my new favorite spot, Mellow Fellow. If you’re ever on the north shore, near the Nevada line, you can’t miss this place. 40 beers on tap, homemade sausages, corn hole, darts, and Jenga. Good times. Tahoe City offered some of the best yoga, nice people, and awesome local markets. I loved it there.

The Last Revel was playing a free show at the Crystal Bay Club in Incline Village which I was able to see in Tahoe. It was great to see a band that played with Lil Smokies in California, for free.

I finally finished my most recent book Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. I’d say it’s a must-read for anyone past or presently living in Utah. I’m really passionate about the southern desert and what’s currently going on in the statewide public lands initiative. Don’t worry, I won’t get political – but educate yourselves. Even though this book is fiction, the places and issues are real and it sheds a lot of light in an essence of foreshadowing. It’s a tough time to be a lover of public lands and a Utah resident right now – so all I have to say is support what you believe in and get involved.

I’m back in Utah until the end of July before heading back to Cali. Can’t wait to see what kind of trouble we can get ourselves into.

ps. I’m officially counting down the days until I can get a dog. It’s near people.


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