Kristina Louise

I love living in Los Angeles, California. I mostly write about the outdoors, travel and adventures with some holistic living and a bit of food and cooking thrown into the mix. I was born in Australia and grew up in Africa before moving to the United States. I have many worldly experiences and life lessons to write about, finding content is never a problem for me.

7 Things to Do in California’s Alabama Hills: Movie Road, Hiking, Stargazing & More!

California’s Alabama Hills is one of the most fascinating places in the Eastern Sierras and should be on any Highway 395 itinerary! Nestled in the shadows of the grandiose Mt Whitney, the Alabama Hills afford plenty of opportunity for adventure and exploration. Whether you’re all about hiking and climbing or prefer to just chill in camp, there’s no lack of things to keep you occupied! Used as the backdrop for countless western movies like How the West Was Won and the Lone Ranger, these unusua

Top 10 Things to Do in Redwood National & State Parks

The Redwood National and State Parks attract countless visitors to Northern California each year, and it’s a must on any NorCal road trip. This stunning region of California graces visitors with scenic coastal drives, old-growth temperate rainforests, and of course, the tallest trees in the world! It’s not surprising that Redwood National Park makes it onto so many bucket lists; there’s nowhere else quite like this fairytale landscape. This expansive park system boasts 200 miles of trails for

10 Creative Things to Do in Crescent City, CA

Crescent City is a delightful little city with a lot to offer. Where else can you walk amongst the tallest trees in the world, catch your own seafood dinner, and look for semi-precious stones while strolling along the beach? Crescent City is California’s northernmost city along Hwy 101 with the Oregon border less than 20 miles away, making the final city along California’s stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. Even though Crescent City is the only incorporated city in Del Norte County, it offe

How to Make the Most of One Day in Death Valley: A Quick Itinerary

Death Valley’s extreme temperatures and ethereal landscape make it one of the most alluring National Parks in the country. From waterfalls to desert dunes, Death Valley National Park has many places to visit and explore, even if you only have one day in Death Valley. Pre-planning and doing your best to stay on schedule is essential if you want to be able to take in most of the sights. The great thing about Death Valley National Park is that the drive alone to each of the stops is a panorama o

California’s Rae Lakes Loop: The Complete Backpacking Guide

The Rae Lakes Loop Trail is one of the most coveted multi-day backpacking trips in the Sierras. With scenery unmatched by any other trail in Kings Canyon, the allure of this footpath draws more and more visitors each year. Some careful planning and a spirit for adventure are all you need to execute this trip. Alpine lakes and mountain vistas adorn this 54.2-mile loop that links up to parts of the Pacific Crest Trail and the famous John Muir Trail. The loop, which circumvents the inner portion

10 Breathtaking Hikes In & Near San Diego

If you’re in the San Diego area and looking for an adventurous hike near San Diego, you’re in luck — we’ve gathered 10 great hikes here! San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City” for a reason — the hiking trails! While it’s actually known for its beautiful beaches and predictably perfect weather, San Diego’s hiking trails offer variety of scenery and wildlife. From strenuous mountain peaks to leisurely beachfront walks, the San Diego area has a hike for every level of adventurer. San Dieg

Climbing Mt Whitney in A Day (Or Two): Hiking the Mt Whitney Trail

The summit of Mt Whitney is on every adventurer’s bucket list of epic hikes in California — and the world. Sitting proudly at 14,505 ft, Mt Whitney is the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. There is a decent amount of planning involved when committing to this 22-mile hike, which has a total elevation gain of 6,100 ft. Three main routes take you up to this infamous summit: the Mountaineers Route, via the John Muir Trail, and the Mt Whitney trail, also known as the Main Trail. The Mountaineer

Sequoia National Park: Backpacking to Whiskey Log Camp

Type of trail: Out and back The Ladybug trail to Whiskey Log Camp is the perfect trip for both experienced and first time backpackers. The 3.5 mile traverse has its share of ups and downs but nothing too strenuous. Also, this trail isn’t too high when it comes to elevation with the start of the hike at an altitude of 3,640 ft. Whiskey Log camp sits 5,120 ft much lower than other destinations in Sequoia National Park. Just over 5,000 ft is about as high as the trail gets so not only does that me

Yoga with Pets; is this a good idea?

If you haven’t personally experienced it, you’ve likely heard about it; yoga with pets. Goat yoga was popular for a while, then horse yoga was all the rage, and now yogis and students alike are including their cats and dogs. Does having your furry friend joining you on the mat benefit or inhibit your practice? Ultimately, that’s up to you, but let’s give it some thought. I first learned about goat yoga when I was inundated with personal messages, shares, and tags on various social media sites a

The Green Yogi

Have you ever wanted to add yoga to your holistic toolbox but felt as if you didn’t know where to start? Have you ever taken an intro class and it seems like everyone else has been practicing for decades? For me, yoga was both fascinating and intimidating. I was intrigued by all the poses and did a lot of research on the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. It wasn’t until I got past the whole “I’m not flexible enough” mindset that I was able to fully embrace the mind-body yoga exper

On Gratitude

It didn’t take long for me to see the positive results of consciously practicing gratitude. In fact, I was surprised at how easy the shift in thinking was for me. I can explain how and why in a way that makes sense. You see, as children, we are taught to be grateful and appreciative for things we have and kind deeds done unto us by others. I always did this in the form a “thank you” or reciprocation of some sort. That’s the way I was taught to be grateful. It wasn’t until I actually started “pr

The Ultimate Backpacking Checklist

The pages below will help you prepare and decide what to bring on your backpacking trip. Nothing beats feeling confident that you have everything you need with the lightest achievable pack weight. Always keep in mind that this is my checklist; yours will obviously include items and necessities personal to you and I’m certain there will be things I take that you will not need to bring. Also, keep in mind that I am a lightweight (not ultralight) backpacker; part of what this means is that I am ok

Maiden Newton- a remote village in the English countryside.

Maiden Newton is a sleepy village in Dorset County England. Chances are you’ve never heard of Maiden Newton, neither had I untilI I ended up there on a family holiday. Dad always had a knack for planning the most amazing family trips, he wasn’t the type who visited the popular tourist destinations, in fact, he was quite the opposite. When he let us know that the family will be meeting in Maiden Newton for a holiday, I was immediately intrigued. If you want to visit England but skip the fluffy to

Kayaking, hiking, hot springs and camping! An epic adventure for the entire family.

Are you looking for an unforgettable family adventure? Are you itching to create some amazing post-Covid memories? Look no further, the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River has it all. This adventure combines paddling, hiking, hot springs and camping! And what’s more, logistically it’s pretty easy to plan and execute. Here’s some information to get you started. So before I get into the nuts and bolts of this adventure, I’d like to explain a few things. First of all, this excursion down th

How to make your partner’s first camping trip memorable.

How to make your partner’s first camping trip memorable. So you have a new partner who wants to go camping with you, sounds romantic doesn’t it. Camping out seems lovely until you have to deal with the cold, or the bugs, or the bathrooms (or lack thereof) or the dirt and discomfort that goes along with any camping escapade. It’s vital that your partner has an enjoyable experience because otherwise they may not want to join you again. Not all inaugural trips turn out to be the romantic wildernes

Review by — McDowell by William H. Coles

I love this book! McDowell By William H. Coles is one of those books you just can’t put down. This novel is so well written that you’ll be saying “I see what he did there!” The story of a man so consumed with money, power and social status that he can’t seem to understand why bad things happen to him. The author tells about a renowned surgeon and mountain climber whose actions at times seem unfathomable to his family, colleagues and the media. It’s only after a series of unfortunate events that

Backpacking California’s Rae Lakes

The Rae Lakes loop is one of the most popular multi-day backpacking trips for a reason, the scenery! Sections of this breathtaking trail in Kings Canyon intersect the picturesque John Muir Trail and well known Pacific Crest Trails. If you’re looking for a high altitude adventure with plenty of elevation gain, I think you’ve met your match. This is one of those trails that can beat you down only to awaken your senses to unimaginable beauty and grandeur the deeper you get into the backcountry. Mo

Review by Kristina Louise -- Engaging the Ineffable

[Following is a volunteer review of "Engaging the Ineffable" by David Krueger MD.]In Engaging in the Ineffable by David Krueger, MD, the author tries to bring clarity and understanding to many areas of the human mind and its relationship to consciousness, behavior patterns, and personal beliefs. David Krueger, M.D. is a Mentor Coach and CEO of MentorPath®, a coaching and wellness firm that helps business professionals by using psychology and neuroscience teaching approaches. He also wrote 23 tra

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