Catalina Island – A SF Weekend Trip

We had some travel credits that was expiring on JetBlue. Before we let that go to waste, we took a quick hop to LA and went “island hoping” in the Channel Islands. First stop was Catalina. 1. Arriving There are 2 major arrival ports on the Island. One – close to Avalon, the island’s only […]

Yosemite Young Lake 1 Day Backpacking Trip

When we tell people we are going to Yosemite, we hear “niiiice”, “beauuuutiful”, “sooOO lucky”. But to get one of the few wilderness permits for the popular hikes, you need to plan months in advance — Half Dome even requires entering a lottery. Late planners like us decided to go¬†and pick up a permit for […]

10 Things to do in Monterey

2 hrs south of San Francisco, you will find a bustling metropolis of marine life – Monterey County dotted with quaint towns. To our pleasant surprise when we were here in August, BBC was filming Big Blue Live. The marine life was suppose to be at peak activity due to unusual warm currents. But no […]