Experiencing Toxic Masculinity at Planet Fitness

About a year ago, I shared a post I wrote about feeling the "male gaze" at my local Planet Fitness. I hadn't had any particularly bad occurrences since then, aside from the obvious stares. The other night, I had a very different, rattling experience that is messing with my outlook on toxic masculinity. Here's the … Continue reading Experiencing Toxic Masculinity at Planet Fitness

Summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Ever since I learned of the permit system for climbing up the cables on Half Dome, I've wanted to do it. Admittedly, it was only about a year ago, but still. I knew Yosemite would be on my road trip's must-see list this year. I applied for a range of dates to let that dictate … Continue reading Summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Workout Wednesday | August 29th – September 4th

Having fun with it; need to start a new cycle; worried about finding a gym in a new city/losing progress. Wednesday, August 29th 30 min HIIT arc trainer 1Arm DB chest press 4x8 | Heavy hammer bicep curls 4x6 |┬áTricep 90 degree elbow press 4x10 Tricep push up 4x6 | Overhead negative press 4x10 | … Continue reading Workout Wednesday | August 29th – September 4th

My Death Valley Reunion

The morning after our Whitney attempt, we immediately hit the road for the scorching hot temperatures of my beloved valley. We checked out (most of) Father John Crawley Vista on the way in. I've done that drive many times before, but it offer so many great views. The Panamint dunes are hanging out there in … Continue reading My Death Valley Reunion

Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

After getting a late start leaving Oakland, we began the long trek to the Redwoods. We intended to hit up the coastal National Park section of the parks and got there at around dinner time. We rushed to buy our souvenir magnets, then hit up the beach briefly. It was cool and breezy, but the … Continue reading Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

After Idaho, we had a day to spend with friends in Logan, Utah. We got some Aggie Ice Cream, saw some local shops and cafes, and had a nice time with one of the nicest families I've met. We saw some nature-y dams and got to get some great views of Bear Lake on the … Continue reading Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

Los Angeles: A Big County with a Small Dream

I've spent a long weekend in LA before and enjoyed it very much. We had stayed in Marina del Rey and kept to the Venice Beach/Santa Monica area except for a drive on Rodeo and a quick jaunt to see the Hollywood sign. This year, I made sure that LA was on the itinerary for … Continue reading Los Angeles: A Big County with a Small Dream