Author Archive: Anna Pieper

Born in the Windy City, Anna moved to the Bay Area when she was eight and was forever charmed by cable cars, neon painted ladies (of the architectural variety), and the San Francisco Giants. She lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe before graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Legal Studies, which confuses people because Anna never plans to go to law school. Instead, Anna loves art, the outdoors, and documenting her adventures and the many interesting people she meets along the way. She also loves backpacking. In whatever moments she can spare, you’ll find Anna roughing it from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail—her goal is to see all 2,650 beautiful miles before she’s 30. Without dying in the desert.

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Hiking Arizona’s Iconic Wave: The Winter Survival Guide

Hiking Arizona’s Iconic Wave: The Winter Survival Guide

[ 1 ] January 27, 2014 |

I first stumbled across Arizona’s Wave when perusing the New York Times Travel section. It was hidden at the back of an online slideshow of reader-submitted travel photos, and it took about two seconds of reading through the accompanying story of the father-daughter duo who hiked the rugged sandstone formation’s undulating and trackless forms together […]

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The Truth About Fitting In in San Francisco

The Truth About Fitting In in San Francisco

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

When visiting or moving to a new city, it’s easy to feel like you don’t belong—especially when that city is associated with uber-liberal free-loving hippies who throw fetish festivals, gay pride parades, and generally outrageous/clothing-optional events that would drop most of the country’s jaws to the red-faced floor. And for the most part, it’s all […]

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Holiday Cocktails and Sweets: Just Add a Dash of San Fran

Holiday Cocktails and Sweets: Just Add a Dash of San Fran

[ 0 ] December 16, 2013 |

The sweetest time of the year is here, and the City has no shortage of decadent holiday cheer. Here are a few of San Francisco’s must-eat holiday sweets and their homemade counterparts to inspire those near and far. If you’re in the area, make sure to grab the featured local ingredients at a nearby farmer’s […]

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SF Reindeer Rompalooza

SF Reindeer Rompalooza

[ 0 ] December 13, 2013 |

T’was the month before Christmas and all through the zoo, not a creature was stirring…until the arrival of Peppermint and crew! If anyone has ever told you that Santa’s magical reindeer-led sleigh is a farce, march them straight to the San Francisco Zoo‘s ninth annual Reindeer Romp before January 1st and cry humbug. There, you’ll find Peppermint, Holly, Velvet, […]

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San Francisco: Public Transit 101

San Francisco: Public Transit 101

[ 0 ] December 6, 2013 |

Westbound travelers rejoice: San Francisco has an extensive and inexpensive public transportation network that makes getting around without a burdensome car the preferred method of sightseeing. The star intra-city player? San Francisco Municipal Railway, locally known as “Muni.” Muni operates all buses, streetcars, and cable lines within city limits and can deliver you just about […]

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San Francisco by Neighborhood

San Francisco by Neighborhood

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

Planning a trip to the City by the Bay? Read on to learn about the city-defining districts and ‘hoods that you can’t miss. Haight-Ashbury What was once the birthplace of American counter-culture (i.e. incense-burning, acid-dropping, tie-dye-wearing, peace-and-love loving, flower power-era hippies) has declared the affluent yuppie the new Deadhead. At some point after 1967’s Summer […]

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The People’s Painting Party: Free Fun in San Francisco Financial District

The People’s Painting Party: Free Fun in San Francisco Financial District

[ 0 ] November 9, 2013 |

There’s something that I don’t want to tell you—my inner hipster has reared its pretentious head, and wants to protect its new underground gem from going mainstream. But you need to know. (And other nightclubs need to catch on.) It’s called the People’s Painting Party, and it’s spectacular. Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., the […]

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Authentic Puebla Eats at La Torta Gorda in San Francisco

Authentic Puebla Eats at La Torta Gorda in San Francisco

[ 0 ] October 30, 2013 |

When you walk into a Mexican restaurant and you’re the only one there conversing in English, you know you’ve come to the right place. Add that to a menu offering a whopping 21 different varieties of tortas and you know deep in your soon-to-be busted gut that the time has come to unbutton your jeans […]

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