Orinda, California

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  • 5 Basic Tips for Vanlife Newbies

    1. Keep it simple. You don’t need much to get started – in fact, a bed in the back of simple set of wheels goes a long way. There’s so many impressive campervans out there, so many different ways to tailor a conversion to your needs, but - to paraphrase the wise Biggie Smalls – there’s a lot you...
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  • Oakland, California

    How to Eat Healthy on the Road

    Stay Fresh The upside to modern adventuring is that almost everything can be found in preserved form. The downside of modern adventuring is the same. Grocery stores and outdoor retailers abound in assortments of dehydrated meals and quick foods that can be carried nearly everywhere without refrig...
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  • Sausalito, California

    Living’s Easy on a Sausalito Houseboat

    Last July I took one of the best road trips with a good friend of mine.  She was working in Oregon at the time so I flew out to meet her and we road tripped it along my favorite coast!  I had worked in the East Bay previously and had spent a little bit of time in Marin County, but not nearly enou...
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  • San Francisco, California

    The Top 20 Backpacking Trips Near San Francisco

    Ah, San Francisco. What a beautiful place to live, right? The Bay Area is the perfect combination of thriving city life and immediate access to world-class outdoor adventures. Of course, the whole thriving urban thing means that once in awhile, you need to escape the hustle and bustle, get the he...
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  • San Francisco, California

    7 Bay Area Waterfalls You Should Explore

    If you live near the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have noticed just a little bit of rain recently. And by a little bit, we mean a whole lot. While rainy days aren't the most inspiring for lacing up your hiking boots, the good news is that all these rainy days mean when you do finally get out a...
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  • San Francisco, California

    5 Must-Do Trail to Tavern Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

    The Bay Area is home to some of the best food, drink, and adventure on the West Coast and while it'd be hard not to find a great trail to tavern combo on your adventure in the Bay, we've made it easy on you. These are some of the best places to play and refuel across the whole area. Explore the ...
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  • San Francisco, California

    The 10 Best Campsites near San Francisco

    Between the sunny weather, sweeping coastal views, and distinguished national monuments, finding a perfect camping location in the San Francisco Bay Area is effortless. Enjoy some foggy coastal campgrounds with barking seals, wake up surrounded by Redwoods, or drive inland for spectacular landsca...
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  • Using Lightroom to Perfect Your Outdoor Photos

    In our current situation, outdoor adventures have taken a backseat as we work together to flatten the curve of COVID-19. If you are like me, you’re longing to get back out there. With that I was thinking of what else I can do during this time indoors to keep my creativity and outdoor passions eng...
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  • The 9 Best Day Trips From San Francisco

    1. Big Sur - 3 hrs The crown jewel of the California coast, Big Sur's dramatic coastlines hold a bevy of adventures. Popular spots include the Bixby Canyon Bridge (I'm sure you've seen photos) and Pfieffer Big Sur State Park. Even if you don't have a ton of time for side-hikes, it's one of the mo...
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  • Authentic Carne Asada Camp Tacos

    It’s hard to beat warm, tasty, authentic steak tacos after a day crushing some climbs in a national park. As a typical “weekend warrior” I try to maximize my time doing the things I love to make full use of my days outside. This often means coming back to camp dirty, exhausted and starving, and t...
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  • San Francisco, California

    10 Must-Do Adventures In The San Francisco Bay Area

    Like John Muir said, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” From rock climbing and beach chillin' on the Pacific Coast, to hiking in redwood groves and trail running through the Marin Headlands, Sa...
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  • San Francisco, California

    I Accidentally Explored a Radioactive Island in The San Francisco Bay

    This story begins like most adventures I go on—with the Google search “creepy abandoned places in San Francisco”.The sensible reader might ask…Um Why? My honest answer is that I’m a fool who will most likely find herself in a real life slasher film murder situation just because I like to take art...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Weekend Excursion: 72 Hours in San Francisco

    About a week ago it was 85 degrees in San Francisco. In April. And in two months it will be 50 in the middle of the afternoon. No-one knows who said “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” but it is as true today as it was then.From June to September the blustery winds blo...
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  • San Francisco, California

    A Breath of Fresh Air: 10 Outdoor Date Ideas for San Francisco

    There's nothing wrong with a good old fashioned dinner and a movie date. We love movies. And we definitely love dinner. But occassionally--or very frequently--it's nice to take your date outside and maybe even get a little exercise. San Francisco is one of the best cities in the world when it com...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Top 5 Family-Friendly Campsites Near San Francisco

    Camping is heaven for kids - dirty hands, non-stop exploration, staying up past bedtime, and campfires. But as a parent, it can be a different story. There are a ton of things to consider based on the age of your kids. How long is the drive? Are there bathrooms? Is there running water? Do we need...
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  • San Francisco, California

    5 Reasons Why You Should Hike The San Francisco Bay Area's Tallest Mountain

    If you live in the Bay Area, you’ve probably seen Mt. Diablo looming over from the far stretches of Contra Costa County. As isolated as it is impressive, Mt. Diablo boasts one of the widest reaching views in California. From its summit you can see the Sierra Nevadas to the east and even Mt. Shast...
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