🐱 Cat lady (#smedleythecat)
💻 Product designer
🏠 Renovator of #hellohilltop
📍Bay Area via Seattle
Our #campresolution2017 trips for February and March were canceled due to mudslides and family tragedy respectively; but we were determined to make April happen. We found "Muir's Muse" in the Victoria Forest near Lake Tahoe and spent two days hiking, reading, using snow patches to chill our beers, bush-whacking down some old logging skids to find a supposed 100-year old mine in the woods (spoiler alert: didn't find it), and making disastrous tinfoil campfire dinners 😂. We ventured a few miles down the Pioneer Trail to Bear Valley below (luckily no bears to be found), marched across the marshy meadow (soaking my shoes and Smartwools all the way through 💦) and enjoyed our lunch from the top of a giant rocky outcropping. We ended up missing a turn on our hike back but discovered our misstep early on and caught back up with the proper trail, making it back to our campsite safe and sound. Our little electricity- and water-free cabin was exactly the forcing function we needed to unplug for a couple of days 🔌. Next month: Samuel P. Taylor State Park!
Crazy to think this was THREE years ago 😲 (4/19/2014) #hellohilltop
Back in the air ✈️
Despite the immense sadness of burying my grandpa on Friday, I'm so grateful my family could all come together to celebrate his incredible life. I completely understand why he would want this dangerously beautiful desert to be his final resting place.
On this gray Sunday, we went on a docent-led hike through the Bear Creek Preserve. Driving past it on highway 17, you would never know that just through the trees lay the remains of Alma College, a school founded in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 1930s. If I recall correctly, this is the library, which is eventually going to be restored. The rest of the grounds—mostly crumbling brick structures and walls—have been completely reclaimed by nature. Because these old buildings sit directly atop a fault line, there has been much discussion about whether restoring them would be worth it (or even safe for humans to inhabit).
The entire property was full of stories. Not pictured: At the top of the property, is a downed radio tower: the first mainland radio tower to receive the signal that Pearl Harbor had been attacked.
The view from inside the redwood "cathedral" at @trevormruss's aunt and uncle's home in the mountains outside of Los Gatos. Always look up. 👆
This place can be such a tourist trap, but I can never get over these adorable vintage beach rentals. 😍
My only New Year's resolution for 2017 is to spend at least one weekend a month camping. #campresolution2017
Campsite 1/12: We set up our tent in a grove of live oak overlooking Monterey Bay last weekend. We saw a bobcat within 30 seconds of arriving, and were serenaded by hooting owls from late afternoon into the morning. It took a while for us to get the fire going because the wood was so damp, but it eventually roared enough to roast hot dogs. 🌭 When we tried to head out the next morning, our car got stuck on the slippery incline and the property owner had to pull us out with a tractor! 🚜 And this was only our first adventure of the year! Next month: Big Basin.
Worked in Santa Monica for a few days a couple of weeks ago. Loved this hex tile. #independence