Traveling and Going With the Flow

California

A few weeks ago I came into contact with Poison Oak in California while hiking. After 48 hours (and over the course of the next three days following) of initial contact I started to break out into an uncomfortable rash on my legs. Initially, I thought I had been bitten by some bugs, possibly mosquitoes, ants, or fleas. However, after noticing that the red spots were showing up in patches on four different parts of my legs, I started to question my recent interactions. I thought possibly I had an allergic reaction to a food product, but I hadn’t eaten anything out of the ordinary. After finally discovering that I had been affected by Poison Oak, I have been trying to manage the intense itching sensation and discomfort with cool water, Benadryl, and various creams. Continue reading

Photo of the Week-Up Hill in Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Park Service is a National Monument of California. Muir Woods is also part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservatory. Hiking up hill in the redwood forest left me speechless, partly due to the fact that I was hiking steep terrain, and partially because of the beautiful giant redwood and sequoia trees (which are hundreds of years old) that surrounded me. The tallest tree resides in the Bohemian and Cathedral groves standing at over 252 feet tall. The widest tree is over 14 feet wide. Some redwoods are at least 1,000 years old; most mature trees are 500 to 800 years old. Now you can imagine why I was left speechless.

Muir Woods