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