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The American River + Michael Caine + Happy Links

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"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but alwayspaddling like the dickens underneath." // Michael Caine

Happy Links:

  • I haven't stopped dreaming of an Airstream life after finding the Riveted blog. So. Much. Chrome. {sigh}
  • As I mentioned several months ago, we're in the midst of planning our trip to Glacier National Park. I've been following the park's Flickr stream to keep up with their work as they get the park ready for the spring/summer season. There's still so much snow!
  • Have you all heard of Dear Photograph? The site is based completely on the idea of matching an old printed photograph to the same location in its present form. It's brilliant.

Wrap it Up:

  • I finally wrote about the process my mom and I are going through to get rid of excess and simplify our lives. Spoiler alert: it feels pretty great.
  • A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking thesecret tunnel tours at the Cal Neva Resort on Lake Tahoe. If you're at all interested in history, retro decor and conspiracy, I highly recommend you take a tour.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'll be spending a few days in the Denver area, so be sure to follow my Instagram feed {@JenSnyder} for updates!

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Rollins Lake + Edward Abbey + Happy Links

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{"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." // Edward Abbey}

Happy Links:

  • Someone tweeted about Coffitivity the other day. Have you heard of it? It's a great way to add ambient sound to your work space -- whether you work from home and need a little background noise or share a cubicle and can't hang with the office chatter.
  • This collection of clever street art made me smile. I hope it does the same for you.
  • John and Sherry at Young House Love are an inspiration on so many levels, but I have to say that this post left me in awe of their grace and charm. Can you imagine having people hound you in the comment section of your blog about the state of your uterus? Umm. No. Sherry handled it with more diplomacy than anyone I have ever witnessed.

Wrap it Up:

Thanks to a busy off-blog writing schedule and a very unwelcome 48-hour flu bug, I've only posted twice in just as many weeks so I'm wrapping those up today.

  • Building a career around creative work has always appealed to me. Last week, I announced the launch of a new series aimed at shining a light on those who do it well.
  • This week, I shared the final piece of my project for Anne Ditmeyer's map design class. If you're interested in reading about the project from start to finish, you can do so herehere and here. She's teaching the class again in late May, if anyone's interested!

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Grand Tetons + Edward Abbey + Happy Links

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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,  dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."// Edward Abbey

Happy Links:

  • Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind posted this amazing video to her design blog for tiny humans, Design for Minikind and it totally made my day. Children are the best at telling it like it is. I truly feel like we grown-ups can learn a thing or two from these small, wise souls.
  • Love art and food? Me too. I came across this beautiful post on the Anthology Magazine blog and now I'm hungry and kind of want to hit up the show.
  • If I'm ever feeling a bit lacking in the wanderlust department, Designtripper always comes through like a champ. This post on winter cabins has me wishing for a warm fire and a bit more chilly weather.

Wrap it Up:

  • Way back when, I mentioned wanting to write more about where I live. The Sacramento region is a wonderful place to live and I love sharing my favorite spots and activities with people. So, I put together a few of my favorite places to take a stroll in Sacramento. It's looking like we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us, so let's all go outside shall we?
  • I'm having a wonderful time dishing on my favorite independent publications in the 'Cover to Cover' series. I was lucky enough to get my hands on Volume 4 of Off Switch Magazine and interview Founder and Editor-in-Chief Katie Michels this week. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Pescadero + Bernoulli + Happy Links

After a week of dreaming of, reminiscing about and plotting our next trip to the U.S. Northern Rockies, I thought I'd better throw in a nice sunset-over-the-Pacific photo for today's post.It's Friday (yippee!), so enjoy this little weekly wrap-up and have a great weekend!

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{"Nature always tends to act in the simplest way." // Bernoulli}

Happy Links:

  • Sacramento chef Adam Pechal is making the grade on ABC's The Taste. Any of my Sacramento friends watching? We all know reality TV isn't really real, but it's sure fun watching him do what he does best on a national show.
  • When Apartment Therapy featured this adaptable house in Washington I did a double take. Can you imagine living in a place like that? Talk about options!
  • Have you checked out these photos of the Flower Carpet Festival in Brussels? AMAZING. Anyone seen it in person?

Wrap it Up:

If you missed any posts from this week, just follow the links!

  • We made it official: Glacier National Park is on the books for this year. Plus, our favorite Grand Teton cabin rentals (from our 2009 road trip) finally got the recognition they deserve.
  • I found some old footage from the aforementioned trip and made a little video. I keep watching it and smiling. Memories are amazing little treasures, aren't they?

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Happy Friday, all!

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Tall Trees + Thoreau + Happy Links

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Well, we've made it to Friday and I'm back with a snap, a quote and a handful of happy links for you. I'm also adding links to all of my posts for the week... you know... just in case you missed anything. ;)

{"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." // Henry David Thoreau}

Happy Links:

  • Can we just talk about the visually stunning recipes over on The Forest Feast for a moment? So lovely.
  • This post by Megan of The Fresh Exchange about her experience at Alt Summit is so incredibly honest. After seeing all of the "hustle, hustle, primp, wear polka dots, sell, sell, sell" recaps about Alt, I had questioned whether or not I'd ever go. This is a great reminder that not every blog is the same and we don't all have the same goals.
  • I've been following Patti Murphy's Project 365 and am loving her "things to think, believe and do."
  • This video. So hilarious. So ridiculous. So true. {Warning: this is the explicit version. Bust out those headphones if you're living the cubical/coffee shop/co-working life today.}
  • It's been tough for me to stop admiring the work of Nicole Franzen after finding her work in the latest edition of Wayfare Magazine. Just look at her photos of the English Countryside.... {sigh}....

Wrap it Up:

If you missed any posts from this week, just follow the links!

  • Catch my latest GoPro video edit + dirt bike shenanigans + black lab cuteness right here.
  • Read a review of the new Wayfare Magazine here. {spoiler alert: it's incredible}.
  • Remember summer with me in a fun guest post I put together for my friends over at the California State Parks Foundation over here.

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Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend, all!

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