The Poetry Of John Muir: Quotes on Nature, Conservation & Travel

The mountains are calling and I must go" - John Muir Quote

If you live in (or love) the Western US, you’ve probably heard of John Muir. Muir was a 19th century Scottish-American naturalist, author, and wanderer who traveled widely through the West, especially California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. His long-distance journeys (often on foot!) gave him an intimate look at the beauty of the American wilds–and the threats they faced from logging and over-development. Muir’s heartfelt letters, essays and books helped […]

One Perfect Day In San Jose

One Perfect Day in San Jose

I love to travel, of course, but my favorite place in the world is home. When I’m away, I desperately miss my bed, my house, my dog (sometimes the cat), and my neighborhood–a diverse and historic part of Downtown San Jose, California. Local love I was invited to share my hometown pride and some local tips by […]

5 National Parks That Surprised Me

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Crater after dark

The U.S. National Park Service was created in an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. This decision consolidated several smaller conservation and historic preservation movements under one agency dedicated to protecting America’s unique landscapes and cultural treasures. Thinking about that decision today–in 2015–it’s hard to imagine U.S. legislators coming together to agree on something so big–certainly not a plan to forgo commercial interests on millions […]

On Baseball In Japan


Here in the U.S., baseball season has begun. I’m not a big sports fan, but I do have fond memories of playing softball and going to games with my dad when I was a kid. Plus, I am married to one of the biggest fans of the 2014 (2010, and 2012!) World Champion San Francisco Giants. So I always enjoy catching a ballgame. It’s a […]

Mudbug Love: A Southern Louisiana Crawfish Boil Recipe

A Southern Louisiana Crawfish Boil Recipe

First rule of food in Louisiana: Crawfish are King, and a spicy hot “crawfish boil” is part of every spring celebration. When we visited Southern Louisiana last month for Kevin’s uncle’s 90th birthday party, we were lucky to land right within the first few weeks of of crawfish season. It was our first visit to that part of the state, and we spent a […]

A Dog-Friendly Guide To The Central Coast

Dog Friendly Central Coast

This past winter, my friend Cathy and I drove south down California Highway 1 through Big Sur, for a weekend trip to Cambria and the Central Coast. Rather than find someone to watch our two dogs, we decided to bring them along. While it’s definitely a bit more challenging to travel with pets in tow, we knew they would […]