west coast

Bay Area Buzz Pt. 2

The day we returned from the Yosemite trip I checked into the hostel and spent most of the day getting myself together—showering (there wasn’t much of that on the trip), napping, rearranging my luggage, checking email, etc. Later that evening, once we felt like civilized human beings again, I accompanied Paige to a belly dance […]

El Capitan, Big Laugh Falls, and Other Savory Characters

As I prepare to depart from the Green Tortoise hostel to the meeting point for the Yosemite-bound bus, I meet two others going along from the trip. It’s a small and synchronistic world: the one guy was from Chicago, one neighborhood over from me. The other, a woman from Australia, was currently on the trip […]