An Introvert’s Guide to Central Park

Since opening to the public in 1858, Central Park has served as an outdoors retreat for New Yorkers trying to escape the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. With rolling hills, spacious tree-lined paths, and numerous attractions, Central Park is one of the most popular landmarks in the world. The 843-acre park…

San Francisco with Dogs

Rated the most dog-friendly city in the U.S., San Francisco offers several amazing places to spend time with your pooch.  Sutro Heights Park Featuring the remnants of what used to be the lavish estate of Comstock silver load baron,  Adolph Sutro, Sutro Heights Park offers wide walking paths, lush lawns, and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. While…

Goonie for a Day

Like every kid that grew up in the 80s, I would have traded my entire collection of Garbage Pail Kids cards for a chance to be a Goonie. Although it doesn’t offer raging waterslides or a chocolate-loving Sloth, the Oregon Film Museum gives wannabe Goonies a chance to indulge in movie memorabilia, experience cinema magic…

Sledding at Greenhorn Park

The largest park in Yreka, California, Greenhorn Park is a mecca for outdoor recreation featuring 5.2 miles of trails, fishing, and boating. A playground, soccer field, and horseshoe pits are available as well. Offering panoramic views of the reservoir and the surrounding white-capped mountains, this family-friendly park is a great spot for sledding in the…

McConnell Foundation Trail

Located in Redding, California, the McConnell Foundation Trails provide a peaceful escape without having to leave the city. Featuring 8 miles of well-maintained trails, the McConnell Foundation offers panoramic views of rolling hills and man-made ponds. The trails are separated into two areas; Churn Creek Open Space and Lema Ranch. The Churn Creek Trails allow…

McCloud River Falls Trail

The McCloud River Falls Trail is located in McCloud, California, a popular destination for trout fishing, skiing, and hiking. The 3.8 mile trail features three waterfalls, majestic mountain views, and pools for those willing to brave the icy water. With a gradual elevation gain of 300 feet, this well-maintained trail is doable by hikers of all calibers. …

Hiking the Oregon Cheese Trail

My family has three great loves: travel, hiking, and cheese (cheese being the forerunner). So when I read about the number of creameries in Oregon, it was a no-brainer to combine our three loves into a family trip.  Pairing One: Lithia Park & Rogue Creamery  Offering 30 miles of hiking trails, Lithia Park is located in…

Not Gambling in Reno

Although Reno is a well-known destination for optimistic gamblers, “The Biggest Little City in the World” has more to offer than just gaming. From cheese tasting to vintage automobiles, there is a lot to see and do without losing your shirt. Here are a few of my favorite haunts. From sharp cheddar to pungent Epoisses,  The Wedge is my go-to cheesemonger…

Sisson Meadows

Offering epic 360-degree views, a tiny waterfall, and a tranquil pond with geese and ducks, Sisson Meadows is a somewhat unknown gem in Northern California. Located in the heart of downtown Mt. Shasta, Sisson Meadows Trail showcases panoramic views of Mt. Shasta, Black Butte, Mt. Eddy, and the Trinity Divide.  Short and sweet, the level 0.5-mile…

Fall Fun at Historic Hawes Farms

After weathering Redding’s scorching summer heat, my family is always grateful when fall rolls around. In Northern California, there is no better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with a trip to Historic Hawes Farms. Boasting a 17-acre pumpkin patch, hay rides, and a zip line, Hawes Farms Harvest Festival is a must in…