Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

I’m not sure if it’s missing the midwest snow, dreaming of mountains, or too many Hallmark movies that take place in lodges, but I’ve always wanted to spend the holidays at a mountain lodge. After staying at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite, I see why; it’s magical!

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To Raft or Not to Raft...

The Killer Kern. That's what they call it. The Kern River has claimed over 280 lives since 1968 and another 8 this summer alone.

When story after story started coming out about the extremely dangerous water levels this year and the accidents started piling up I had some MAJOR second thoughts.

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Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

I've been afraid of almost everything I've done on this show which has made it all such an epic adventure and helped me grow so much as a person. I try to stick within my safety limits and hover right between exhilarating and scary. Little did I know a place like Pismo Beach would push me right to that edge!

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National Park 100 - For the Newcomer...

National Park 100 - For the Newcomer...

As I sit here and I think about how a few years ago I didn't know anything about the national parks, how I could barely list 5 of them, and how now I've fallen in love and made a passion out of exploring them, I'm blown away!

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Mighty Mongoose, Mighty Adventure

Mighty Mongoose, Mighty Adventure

I am constantly on the lookout for new adventures to feature for my show. It's easy to dream about all the countries, national parks, and huge adventures I want to take for Monica Goes. But sometimes I just want to find a unique local adventure to mix it up and show people that you don't have to continent hop to discover something new.

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From Saddle to Paddle - Kayaking Marina Del Rey

From Saddle to Paddle - Kayaking Marina Del Rey

One of my favorite things to do is go to sites like Groupon and Living Social to find new adventures. There's always something completely random like pilot lessons, race car experience, or hot air balloon wine tasting.

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Mugu, Mountain Lions, and Miles - Hiking La Jolla Valley Loop

Mugu, Mountain Lions, and Miles - Hiking La Jolla Valley Loop

A couple of months ago I took an awesome, adventurous, and almost life-threatening hike into the Santa Monica Mountains. Some friends invited me to go camping at Point Mugu State Park in Malibu and how could I resist,  beach, mountains, and bonfires; perfection!

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Big Bear Adventure

Big Bear Adventure

If skiing and snowboarding are your thing, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer great ski/stay packages and between the two have 34 runs of all different levels. Since I’m not exactly what you would call “coordinated” I stuck to the kid-fun and went to Snow Play for some snow tubing.

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National Park Pics

National Park Pics

I was coming up with ideas for my weekly vlogs on YouTube and looking through my photos and videos and realized, I have racked up quite a few national parks! So I created two different segments called 6 National Parks in 60 Seconds.

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