62 episodes

Adventure for your earbuds. California outdoors and travel: Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad Day and Holly Kulak discuss what's new in the world of travel in the West and where to get outdoors.

Weekend Sherpa: Take It Outside Weekend Sherpa

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Adventure for your earbuds. California outdoors and travel: Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad Day and Holly Kulak discuss what's new in the world of travel in the West and where to get outdoors.

    62. All the Right Movies (Outdoors Edition!)

    62. All the Right Movies (Outdoors Edition!)

    Movies and the great outdoors combine for some best supporting scenery, including dunes for days and Death Valley's surreal-scape (and the new but temporary lake, Manly). In this episode, Holly and Brad discuss several sand dune sites to adventure at, plus the ethereal nature of Death Valley National Park, which is spring-primed. Find out the best spots there for private sunset viewings; where to get stellar vistas of the park's temporary phenomenon, Manly Lake (which reflects Telescope Peak and the Panamint mountains); and the best way to stargaze in this dark sky destination. Later in the pod, they are joined by Ginny Krieger, Executive Director of the Sonoma International Film Festival (March 20 to 24, 2024) to talk about the beauty of Sonoma, and the ways in which the film festival has become one of the best in the West. 
    Show Notes:
    Sonoma Valley International Film Festival (March 20 to 24, 2024)
    Death Valley National Park Weekend Sherpa Edition
    Dunes for Adventure

    • 43 min
    61. Dune It Right!

    61. Dune It Right!

    Dune 2 is the big blockbuster in theaters, but with a break in rain and cooler weather now's a great time to head outdoors to explore some of California's best dunes, including less known places, best for sunsets, and--bonus--the Oregon sand dunes that inspired the novel Dune. In this episode, Brad and Holly talk about some of these surreal sandscapes, in addition to other outdoor adventures that are good post-rains, what it means to hurkle-durkle, and Big Bear’s famous bald eagle pair—Jackie and Shadow. Later in the podcast, they are joined by Janice Lim, founder of the travel blog WheresJanice, for a conversation about some top California waterfalls, national parks, camping areas, road trips, and tidepool destinations. Dune it right for outdoor adventures.

    Dunes to visit in California and Oregon

    Janice Lim, @wheresjanice

    • 49 min
    60. Yodeling for Yosemite (& other destinations in the West!)

    60. Yodeling for Yosemite (& other destinations in the West!)

    There are all kinds of ways to "winter" in the West over the coming months, including some fantastic adventures in Yosemite National Park. In this episode, Brad and Holly discuss some of the season's best activities in Yosemite, home to California's first ski resort, the old-school and budget-friendly Badger Pass. There's also snowshoeing to panoramic Dewey Point, outdoor ice skating under a huge view of Half Dome (with a firepit and s'mores!), and lots more. Later in the pod they're joined by Lisa Cesaro from Aramark Destinations, discussing lakeview adventures in South Lake Tahoe, snowmobile safaris in Jackson, Wyoming, and the beauty of Yellowstone and Crater Lake national parks. Yodel for Yosemite, yodel for the West's best winter adventures!

    Show Notes:
    Yosemite's Winter Wonders
    Nation's Vacation Ideas

    • 45 min
    59. Holidays the California Way

    59. Holidays the California Way

    With the holiday season full steam ahead, Brad and Holly are joined by Weekend Sherpa contributing content creator Yvonne Pasquini, talking about what to do outdoors with friends, family, furry pals, or going solo this season. From day trips with apple cider, donuts, wine, bike trails, and beers, to the best fall foliage, sunset spots, picnic areas, stairway hikes, beaches, and festive restaurants, here's a collage of California fun.

    Follow Yvonne Pasquini @yvonne_pasquini

    Links to a few of the places discussed:

    El Dorado Bike Trail
    Apple Hill Adventures
    Purisima Creek Redwoods
    Windy Hill
    Wildcat Camp
    Samuel P Taylor State Park
    Napa Valley Bike Ride
    Petaluma Tree Farm

    Hollywood Heights
    Echo and Elysian Park
    Hetch Hetchy Backpacking
    Baldwin Hills
    Will Rogers State Park
    Catalina Island

    • 58 min
    58. Getting Deep

    58. Getting Deep

    Death Valley reopens, Mount Diablo's "gated" community controversy, and all the hidden-gem ways to find some Zen this autumn in beautiful Monterey ... it's glow time! And that includes the brilliant bloody-belly comb jelly at Monterey Bay Aquarium's incredible new exhibit, Into the Deep. Brad and Holly are joined by the Aquarium's Ken Peterson and Allen Protasio, who share an ocean's worth of knowledge and tips on where to go and what to "sea" at the Aquarium, on sustainability initiatives for a better future, and on nearby hiking and biking trails, including a few truly hidden gems for birdwatching and sea otter sightings. Get the scoop on fall's best adventures in Monterey and beyond in the Golden State.

    Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Check out Weekend Sherpa's issue: Monterey's Many Hidden Gems

    • 57 min
    57. Full Moon Fever + Peak Dancing

    57. Full Moon Fever + Peak Dancing

    The mystery of the sailing stones of Death Valley, California's very own Blue Zone of health, and full moon dancing ... in this episode Brad and Holly talk about favorite places in California to have full moon adventures, from peak hikes and sand dunes, to guided hikes with wine. Then they're joined by Justin "Just Roc" Rimon, founder of Southern California-based Just Trek, a website and podcast about the great outdoors, including how spending time in nature can help improve both your physical and mental health. The podcast aims to inspire, motivate, and elevate people to a higher state of well-being through adventure filled conversations and guided adventure meetups. Learn about Justin's journey to founding Just Trek and get his excellent tips and ideas on where to go outdoors in Southern California (and do a "summit cypher dance").

    It's full moon fever time!

    Follow Justin "Just Roc" Rimon on Instagram, @just.trek. Website: justtrek.net
    Follow Weekend Sherpa on Instagram, @weekendsherpa and check out all of our content on where to go and what to do outdoors in California at weekendsherpa.com

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

DaDixkolas ,

Hank needs a Fitbit!

Since 2013 Weekend Sherpa has been my place to find cool adventures in the Bay Area! During this pandemic it’s been helpful to have Weekend Sherpa reach out to us in this very real and personal way via the new podcast! I totally recommend checking it out and hope they continue the dialogue. Cheers

kim tagtmeyer albrecht ,

Amazing Outdoor Resource!

Weekend Sherpa has been my go to for outdoor California for several years. They seem to know all the hidden nooks and crannies of the state. In addition to titled content, each episode is filled with hidden gems that they just casually mention in passing. I often find myself wanting to pause the episode and jot a few notes before continuing. Great work, Weekend Sherpa! Thanks for all of your hard work! Please keep it coming.

Edward Blake the 1st ,

Must Listen

I have been a fan of Weekend Sherpa for years and when they cashed out with a podcast I was really looking forward to it. During these crazy times it's a breath of fresh air taking you outside to appreciate the wilderness. Brad and Holly have such great banter it seems like they're close friends. Take a listen to brighten up your day!

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