Posts tagged nature
A four-day weekend: Bryce Canyon National Park in the winter

This is the last of a three-part post. Click here for photos from our day in Zion and a quick recap of our 48 hours in Vegas!

I was told Bryce Canyon looked like another planet, yet I was still mesmerized and awe-struck at the first sight of the canyon. I experienced this feeling of surprise at both Zion and Bryce -- I was (very pleasantly) surprised that the parks, in real life, exceeded the extremely high expectations I came with already, having obsessed and read about the parks for some time prior to our trip. The trip, especially Bryce Canyon, was a good reminder that there are some things in life that you just have to experience - no words or pictures can do justice to what it's like to actually soak up the experience in your own body and mind.

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A four-day weekend: The Narrows in the winter (Zion National Park)

This is the second of a three-part post. Click ahead for photos and more from our day Bryce Canyon, and here for a quick recap of our 48 hours in Vegas!

The Narrows hike in Zion National Park has been on my bucket list for the last couple years - I'm not even sure how I found out about it. On this hike, you wade through the Virgin River at the bottom of this deep gorge, surrounded by walls of over one thousand feet -- how could you NOT want to live this amazingly unique experience? So, when my friend wanted to go to Vegas for her birthday, I seized the opportunity to tack on a trip to Zion National Park and hike the Narrows.

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Grow your own mushrooms at home!

So this doesn't really count as a DIY project, since it was pretty much all set up for me, but I figured it was DIY enough!

I've recently had an itch to go mushroom hunting, I'm not sure why. My friends and family think it's a little too kooky and even more risky, since a lot of mushrooms that resemble our familiar edible varieties are actually different poisonous fungi and can produce hallucinogenic effects. I see their point, but I'm still convinced that a guided day trip, under the protection and knowledge of an expert, would be perfectly safe. 

Well, I haven't found a good mushroom hunting trip yet, BUT, the other week, I was browsing Groupon (one of my many pastimes) and found a coupon for a mushroom farm! You might be thinking, as I was when I first read about it, What on earth is a mushroom farm?

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Beaching in Big Sur

For the long MLK weekend, I went on an impromptu trip to Big Sur! We had been discussing the possibility of this trip for a few days now, but I didn’t really expect it to happen since we hadn’t planned anything by the time Friday rolled around. But, of course, there's an app for that! We found a room for two on the last minute booking app, HotelTonight, on Saturday morning, so my secret hopes for a lazy weekend were squashed.

I had been to Big Sur once before, but this quick trip was much different than my previous experiences. Instead of camping and doing a lot of hikes in the redwoods, this time we were staying in a hotel an hour north in Monterey, and spent most of our time on the lovely beaches on the coast.

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DIY Autumn Acorn Earrings or Ornaments

It's finally starting to feel like fall here in San Francisco, so I'm trying to think of fun autumn/fall/seasonal projects to share. I knew I wanted to make some jewelry, which I haven't done in awhile, so this is what I came up with. Obviously, wearing real acorns as earrings is not for everyone, but if you're feeling the season like I am, maybe you'll want to try pulling these off. They're really easy (and cheap) to make too.

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