IMG_5936.JPGOne of my favorite places to visit every once in a while is Yosemite National Park. It is just so breathtakingly gorgeous, particularly in fall! I love that it is only a 4 hour drive from the Bay Area, which makes it extremely doable for a weekend trip.IMG_5943.JPGIMG_5899.JPGWe took this particular trip there in November of 2015. I desperately needed to get away for a day and forget about school, so we took off for the mountains! We drove most of the way on a Saturday night, stayed the night at a a small motel, and then drove the last hour to Yosemite early the next morning. My dog came along for the adventure, of course, and he loved every second of it. I think he fits in pretty well in the wilderness, don’t you? ­čÖéIMG_5783.JPG
I packed us a special picnic and we found a private area to enjoy it along the river. It was so nice sitting in nature and eating yummy food!IMG_5944.JPGIMG_5942.JPGIMG_5938.JPGIMG_6045.JPGMe and my favorite adventure partner ­čÖéIMG_5939.JPGIMG_5900.JPGI hope you enjoyed this peek into our fall Yosemite adventure! Looking through these photos has me wanting to go back again!


*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted


Camping Video


As I mentioned, we went camping a few weeks ago! Like I did with our trip to Hawaii, I made a video of this little adventure! I think my favorite part of the video are the little snippets of our dogs. They are just so cute and had a great time┬ácamping too! It was fun to put together and I hope you enjoy it ­čÖé


*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

Fall Adventure List

IMG_4539.JPGFall is by far one of my most favorite times of year! Everything is so crisp and cooler weather promises cozy nights at home and many hot cups of coffee. Fall is also a time when I get a particular itch for adventure. I’m not sure if it is simply the weather change, the stress of school, or the need for excitement between the ending of summer and beginning of the holiday season, but every fall I find myself planning some sort of adventure for my boyfriend and I to have!copy-1741.jpgWhile I wish I could hop on a plane right now, that isn’t very realistic with my school schedule, or wallet! I figured I am not the only one who could use an adventure, so I have brainstormed a list of simple, fun things to do┬áthis fall that won’t break the bank.

+ Take a hike to enjoy the changing foliage

+ Visit a pumpkin patch

+ Take a day trip somewhere near by

+ Go apple picking

+ Go for a weekend camping trip or stay in a cabin

Happy adventuring!

What do you love to do during fall?


* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

Adventuring Essentials

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Whenever I am heading out on an adventure, I find that I tend to run through a checklist in my head of all the things I need to take along with me on my day. After all, this blog is called Adventuring with Jess, and I would be remiss not to mention my essentials for a day of exploring. So here they are…

  1. Backpack
    Often times, a purse can be annoying to keep track of and it is nice to be hands free to do things like take photos, so a cute backpack is definitely the way to go for me! A backpack also gives me peace of mind that my things are safe and secure. I even have a backpack that my boyfriend and I lovingly dubbed “the adventuring backpack” ­čÖé
  2. Water bottle
    Bringing a refillable water bottle (with water in it, of course!) is a great idea so that you can stay hydrated throughout the day and avoid having to buy a bottle of water while you’re out. It is better for the environment too!
  3. Notebook
    Sometimes it is nice to have a notebook to jot down thoughts or do some sketching. I usually like to have one on hand in case inspiration for something strikes!
  4. Sunglasses
    It is really not fun to have to squint through the day if you forget your sunglasses, so pick out a cute pair and put them in your backpack in case you need them!
  5. Light jacket
    It is always a good idea to have a light jacket on hand in case the weather suddenly gets chilly or you are going to be out and about into the evening. This is particularly important here in the Bay Area since the weather can change so quickly and vary from city to city.
  6. Camera
    For capturing memories of your day, obviously! You could also just opt to use your phone to take photos instead if you don’t want to lug around an actual camera. I do that often, though I would like to be better about using my camera more!
  7. External battery charger
    I don’t know about you, but I usually use my phone a lot throughout the day when I am on an adventure to look up directions or take photos, so having a battery pack I can use to charge my phone while I am on the go is crucial.

Have fun preparing for your next day of exploring!

Is there anything you would add to this list?