• Alcatraz Island || TERRAGOES.COM
    Adventures,  California,  National Parks,  U.S.A.

    Exploring Alcatraz Island

    Visiting Alcatraz Island is maybe my most favorite thing to do in San Francisco. To me – a true crime lover, a National Park nerd and a history buff – the place is fascinating. I love the access visitors get to the notorious former prison, the views of San Francisco from the island, the self-guided audio tour and the intensely spooky vibe of the place. Alcatraz Island is just one piece of Golden Gate National Recreational Area. In total, the GGNRA includes around 25 National Park Service-administered sites spread across San Francisco and Marin and San Mateo Counties. To get to Alcatraz Island, you have to take a ferry. It’s a…

  • Tide Pooling at Cabrillo National Monument || terragoes.com
    Adventures,  California,  National Parks,  U.S.A.

    Poking anemones at Cabrillo National Monument

    I always google the National Park units I visit before I actually visit them. I don’t need a ton of information, usually, just some basic history and a rough idea of what it is that makes the park special. When I did this for Cabrillo National Monument, in San Diego, the internet was all, TIDE POOLING, and I was all, what the fuck is tide pooling? Turns out, tide pools are found on rocky sea shores. They’re covered with water during high tide, but when the tide goes out, separate little pools are created. The real draw here is the sea critters who live in these pools. There’s all sorts of…

  • A Most San Francisco Day || terragoes.com
    Adventures,  California,  U.S.A.

    A Most San Francisco Day

    I went to San Francisco back in February, for the start of my post-deployment West Coast adventure that also included San Diego and Portland. It was my third time in San Francisco, and I split the time doing ALL THE TOURIST THINGS since my travel partner had never been, and scampering through a few local haunts with my San Francisco-dwelling friend. If I made a list of must-see American cities, San Francisco would be on it, along with cities like New York and Vegas, Chicago and Austin. It’s iconic as fuck, for one, and it’s beautiful, and also weird. The weather is inconsistent at best and requires the wear of…

  • Making Seal Friends in La Jolla || terragoes.com
    Adventures,  California,  U.S.A.

    Making Seal Friends in La Jolla

    I’ve come by the nickname “Snow White” honestly. It’s fitting for me, a girl who won’t  turn down the opportunity to befriend or help an animal, who has two husky mutts who own my heart and also a terrible cat I found in my backyard when she was just a wee two-week old kitten. I squee at all critters and scream or mumble “hello, pup-pup,” to every dog I encounter and I can’t pick up dog food without also stopping to say hello to the ferrets, frogs, snakes and lizards at the pet store. And the feeling is mutual. Critters seem to love me too. There have been bat, possum,…