Presidents Day Hike: Mission Peak

Things have been crazy these past few weeks. I’ve been all over the place, and I have a lot of exciting things coming up. This is my last week at the fantastic internship I’ve had for nine months, I’m working on a bunch of different projects, and I’m starting new adventures too! Stay tuned for updates on the job front.

In the mean time, I want to share some other things I’ve been doing. I had last Monday off work for Presidents Day, so my best friend and I decided to hike one of the most popular trails in the East Bay. I’ve always heard everyone talk about Mission Peak, so it was time to try it out. It was definitely tougher than I expected – four miles up with a super steep, rocky home stretch to the peak, and then four miles back down. We were out there for a little over three hours and finished just before the sun went down.

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It was gorgeous out –– we are absolutely spoiled by California winters.

A weekend among giants

I live in Northern California, but it’s hard to realize just how big that stretch of the state is until you get in the car and drive. It’s about three hours up to Chico and another three still to the California-Oregon border. And that’s just going straight up on I-5.

This weekend I took a trip to Arcata, California, with my brother so he could see the Humboldt State campus. He just applied to transfer to a few schools, and we’re planning on visiting each of them before he makes a decision on where he wants to spend the next two years. Arcata is on the north coast, five hours from the Bay Area, and Highway 101, or the Redwood Highway, is what gets you to and from.

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This photo was taken on a stretch of 299, which runs from Redding to Arcata. We stopped in Chico for a night (which wasn’t actually on the way) so I could see my friends. I had such a good time, and it definitely made me wonder how I went so long without seeing those people.

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My favorite thing about Humboldt State and Arcata in general was the enormous forest that begins on the border of the campus. That, along with the thick layer of fog that hovers over the town almost year-round, makes for a pretty beautiful view.

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California snow day

Snow and California don’t go together very often–and absolutely never in the Bay Area, so I went up to Truckee this weekend with my best friend and her family.

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Before that the last time I went to see snow was in Tahoe two years ago when the winter was so mild that all of the resorts (and patrons) had to settle for manmade snow. This means it wasn’t nearly as cold as it usually is during winter, so before this past weekend, I hadn’t felt real, live, harsh winter in probably about a decade.

I just want to make something clear: snow is cold. It was a bitter 11 degrees out and actively snowing the whole time we were there, but it was gorgeous. I don’t know how to ski or snowboard, so we spent a lot of time inside with coffee, watching the snow fall on the other side of the window. Trees are my favorite in the fall, but I have a new appreciation for seeing them covered in snow. They look so perfect with each branch and leaf precisely blanketed.

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