All posts filed under: Americas

States visited: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Countries visited: Canada, Mexico

Hiking Adventures | Chimney Rock, North Carolina

About 6 years ago, I had just moved to North Carolina with wide eyes and an open mind. I knew I didn’t want to waste the next 4 years in my new home by staying local. I wanted to really get out and explore the lush lands. I got the chance to do just that when I made my first set of friends who were fellow West Coasters from the Bay Area. A few weeks into befriending them, they invited us to join them on their weekend trip to the Appalachians.  A 5 hours drive across the state ended us in Lake Lure, home of Chimney Rock National Park and filming set to the movie Dirty Dancing! We arrived to a quaint town practically closed for the evening save for some restaurants. We checked into our cozy log cabin, unpacked, and headed back into town for a quick dinner. The next morning we woke up bright and early to start our hike. Prepared to hike for a few hours, that ended up not being the …

Snowboarding | Bear Mountain Resort, California

Big Bear Mountain is officially open for the snow season! Hooray! If you live in Southern California then you know how valuable this mountain is to skiers and boarders alike. It’s not as impressive as Mammoth Mountain but an 8 hour drive is just not imaginable at the moment. They currently have only 1 run open with a snow base of only a couple feet. Pathetic, I know.  So as I wait for better conditions and runs to open, I want to reminisce on one of my most memorable snowboarding experiences to date. A few months after my first snowboarding experience, I made a trip back to California to spend some time with friends and family. When I flew into LAX in the evening, some of my friends were already there to swoop me up and we headed directly to Big Bear. The drive was easy but it did start snowing along the windy road. We started seeing electric signs warning us to have chains on. Of course, we didn’t have chains but we were …

Snowboarding | Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario

Autumn has to be my favorite season out of the year but winter is where I have the most fun. What sort of fun you ask? Snowboarding fun! I picked up the sport in 2009 when I went on a trip to Toronto with a few friends. We discovered that the Blue Mountain Resort was located about an hour outside of the city and so that’s where I first learned to snowboard. This sport, whether it’s recreational or professional, truly tests the type of person you are. First off, you’re either a snowboarder or skier. There’s always a preference and not many people like to do both (at least that I’ve seen). Secondly, participating in either sport truly tests your pain tolerance and perseverance. If you can push through all the falling, tripping, slipping, sliding, bumping, soreness, and much more then you are one bad ass motherf*cker . . . even if you go slowly down the mountain like I do. I don’t care. You made a personal goal to learn snowboarding and through it all you …

Road Trippin | Arizona to North Carolina

Several years ago I did the unthinkable (well, at least to Filipino parents) and left the nest. Really left the nest. I wasn’t moving to another country even though some will argue that The South feels like one within the United States. Regardless, it was unknown territory located clear across the country. There was no rush to get to our final destination in North Carolina. So about a month before my departure, it was decided to make the move into a two week road trip with stops in cities where we could visit family and friends. The mister and I decided who we would see along the way and with that information I was able to plan out the road trip. I like to think I’m a ‘go with the flow’ type person, which I can be for the most part, but as my first cross-country drive I couldn’t help myself. I planned it out to the very hour. The countdown was on and I was nervous with excitement for this next chapter in my …

Hiking Adventures | Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

Living in San Diego definitely has it’s perks. You get the big city life on a smaller scale, the weather averages a breezy 75°F year round, and who can forget about the beaches. Many people in this beautiful city are quite active and, next to running, hiking is a very popular activity out here. Once I had conquered the more popular trails (Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain, Mount Woodson) I searched for a new path to trek. Low on the list of San Diego’s most popular trails I read up on one in the city of Poway. It looked interesting so I packed the dogs in the 4Runner and headed in that direction. When we arrived it immediately dawned on me that the trail was nestled in between Lake Ramona and Lake Poway to which you can take diverting trails to each lake. The trail had large, shady trees that arched over giving hikers plenty of shade. The flowers and herbs smelled wonderful. There was even a point during my walk that it smelled like the greens …