Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

Location: Big Basin State Park, California Directions: Big Basin is located about 1.5 hrs (65 miles) south of San Francisco and about 40 minutes (25 miles) north of Santa Cruz via Highway 9 and 236. Campground: Huckleberry Campground Fee: $35/night Ever since I heard about the Berry Creek Falls loop hike at Big Basin State Park with … More Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe

Location: Tahoe City to Squaw Valley, California Bike ride: Truckee River Bike Trail, popular multi-use path Length: easy 5 mile bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley (10 mile round trip) Parking (if you are starting at Tahoe City): Free parking lot off of Hwy 89 on Cabin Creek Rd, next to the transit center … More Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe

Birthday Carrot Cake

Last weekend we celebrated my friend’s birthday with a day trip in the redwoods of Memorial Park, hiking and enjoying a meal cooked outdoors (previous post). We had a wonderful day, but in my opinion, no birthday celebration could be complete without a birthday cake. After considering the logistics of bringing a double layer cake … More Birthday Carrot Cake

Power Up Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is one of my most requested recipes, but everyone has their own signature banana bread recipe, so I wasn’t sure about adding yet another banana bread recipe to the world. I finally decided to post this recipe because of the cream cheese filling. The filling recipe is from Aunt Lynda’s Cream Cheese … More Power Up Banana Bread