about

RUNNING WITH WOLVES is a Wilderness Adventure Travel blog based in Southern California.  If this is your first time visiting, welcome!  Speak friend and enter.

Traveling + the outdoors are two of my three greatest passions in life (the other is food). The good thing is, they go hand-in-hand together 🙂

I also love road trips and backpacking adventures!  I’ve been slowly but surely adopting a nomadic lifestyle through overlanding.  I hope one day to travel exclusively and work remotely from wherever I may be.

I’ve been a lifelong backpacker and have biked, driven, and hiked everywhere, especially in this beautiful state I call home, California.  I’ve also driven across the U.S., across New Zealand and bike-backpacked through Glacier, Banff and Jasper National Parks.  I’ve been lucky to be exposed to a lot of beautiful places, and I’d love to inspire you to seek out your own adventures.

So on this blog, you’ll find practical stuff like guides/resources, gear reviews, and tips based on my experiences, with some personal stories thrown in 🙂

This blog is a new project for me, so I welcome any feedback that you have!  If there are any questions that you have, I’d love to hear from you.  You can reach me on social media or email at info@runningwithwolves.com.

21 random, semi-autobiographical facts

♥ I’m going to date myself by saying I’m NOT a Millennial.  #GenerationXforlife!!!

♥ My Myers-Briggs classification is “INFP,” which puts me in the same personality group as kindred spirits: J.R.R. Tolkien and Anne of Green Gables.

♥ I spent my childhood summers camping with the Sierra Club.  One year, I backpacked three weeks with a burro named “Killer.”

♥ I was once attacked by a nest of yellow jackets when backpacking at age 12.  I was stung 100+ times.  While this sucks, what doesn’t suck is that it happened before the release of My Girl, the movie.  CAUTION SPOILERS: Macauley Culkin dies. How? He gets attacked by a nest of yellow jackets. After I saw the movie, I concluded I was invincible.

♥ I have a phobia of public restrooms and would rather do my business in the woods.

♥ It took me 25 years to beat Zork without the cheat manual.  Sad, but true.

♥ I cannot, and refuse to play any team sport.  My childhood trauma of consistently being 2nd to last picked has scarred me for life.  However, I love watching the NBA and occasionally have delusions of grandeur of being the female version of Woody Harrelson in White Man Can’t Jump.

Lakers FTW!

♥ I am a dog person.

♥ Growing up, I embodied society’s definition of being a typical Asian.  I played violin, piano, saxophone, took honors classes, and was pre-med in college (UCLA).

View from my college apartment in Westwood, CA.

♥ Midway through my junior year, I realized there was no way I wanted to become a doctor. Who was I kidding all these years? 🙁

♥ I spent four months living in Madrid while attending a foreign language school. I received a Diploma of Spanish as a foreign language recognized by the Ministry of Education.  But at this very moment, I can barely manage conversational Spanish. #USEITORLOSEIT!!!

At the Parque del Retiro

♥ Without any applicable background, I somehow talked my way into working for a market research firm after college, just because I needed a job.  I still work in market research to this day.

♥ My favorite foods are bread, bread, bread, bread, and more bread.  I love cheese too.

This boule is as big as my head.

♥ I will try any food at least once.  However, it took me 15 years to discover that I’m allergic to catfish.

♥ I have a serious addiction to donuts.  And ice cream.

♥ I may have a criminal record in Switzerland, as I was arrested for taking the train without paying.  Accidentally, I promise!  After being detained in a windowless white room for over an hour, thankfully, Mademoiselle Visa bailed me out.

♥ I used to have a food blog!  My goal was to eat at every single Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.  Not surprisingly, I went broke and had to abandon that plan.

♥ I love cooking, baking, growing organic vegetables, shopping at farmer’s markets, and making meals from scratch.  Some may classify me as a “foodie,” but I really hate labels.  Labels suck.

♥ I quit my salaried, full benefits Market Research job to become an unpaid stagiaire for Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre.

My picture is in the cookbook!

♥ I’m a serious home brewer.  My BF and I have brewed several types of beers, the latest being a Rye IPA!  Can you guess the inspiration for its name?

My favorite types of beers are duh, IPAs (west coast!) and sours.

Pliny the Elder is a historical figure. Do not make the beer inside this bottle one!

♥ The Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books (hence, this site’s name).