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 and their mothers has their own signature banana bread recipe, so I didn’t think it was worth adding 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 … More Power Up Banana Bread