October 2015 - Austin, TX
May 2015 - Hudson & Hillsdale, NY
A beautiful and brief trip to upstate New York. Lilu and I stayed with Wes in the farmhouse in Hillsdale, where he lives with Ruth (one of the most fascinating people ever) and her dog Tulip. Wes's band Patchwork Symphony played at Club Helsinki in Hudson, and I got the pleasure of experiencing an evening as their groupie. I'm already itching to return!
October 2014 - Freeport & Portland, ME
A lovely autumn weekend of live music, exploring, and camping with Neil. The highlight of the weekend was seeing the amazingly talented Shakey Graves, Esmé Patterson, and Joe Sundell perform at the Portland City Music Hall. We also enjoyed checking out the Kittery Trading Post, had great coffee and saw more live music at Local Sprouts Cooperative, and picked up some great vinyls at Enterprise Records.
August 2014 - Outside Lands Music Festival
Three days of amazing music, delicious beer, and ridiculous people in Golden Gate Park.
August 2014 - Muir Woods & Sonoma Valley
Playing the tourist isn't really my style, but I took a chance and spent the day on a pretty great tour with Incredible Adventures. It was a nice way to see sights I wouldn't have been able to get to otherwise. Muir Woods was even more breathtaking than I could have imagined, and the visits to 3 wineries that day didn't hurt. The food and atmosphere at Sunflower Caffé was wonderful, and I also got some of the best apricots ever at The Fruit Basket.
August 2014 - San Francisco & Berkeley
I stayed at the Hosteling International: Fisherman's Wharf Hostel for 6 days, and spent another 6 at a house in Berkeley. I made awesome friends from around the world, got a crash course in the Bay Area public transportation system, ate and drank at some great places (favorites were the Zeitgeist, Casa Latina Bakery, and Stanza Coffee), explored every side street I could, and walked way too damn much (but it was so worth it).
August 2014 - Desolation Wilderness
An overnight backpacking trip to Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness in Northern California. An exhausting and humbling experience.
June 2013 - Ireland, Northern Ireland & England
A 10-day trip with friends all over Dublin, Galway, Northern Ireland and London. An uncharacteristically sunny week, incredible landscapes, and the best scones I've ever had.