Mount Diablo and Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

Mount Diablo Waterfall Loop

What do Mount Diablo and honey lemon ginger tea have in common? Absolutely nothing, except they are both enjoyable in the wintertime. Recently I was up on Mount Diablo scouting a waterfall hike, and so I thought I’d share my favorite pictures from it, as well a single-serve recipe for honey lemon ginger tea. This week’s inspiration: Rami Malek and Herb Kelleher.

The Mount Diablo Falls Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile round trip hike in Mount Diablo State Park, located east of Walnut Creek in the East Bay. Even though Mount Diablo is too hot and dry to hike in the summertime (the exposure alone is brutal), springs and creeks swell when the rainy season hits, creating multiple waterfalls along the Falls Trail. Typically it’s a balloon-shape hike, out-and-back on the same fire road and looping around the Falls Trail. But I made a kind of twist on the hike by adding a detour to Clayton Oaks Road, which has beautiful overlooks of Donner Canyon. Hope you enjoy these pictures, and I will keep you posted when this hike is published on Modern Hiker :)

Single-serve Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

adapted from this recipe on The Spruce Eats

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water

  • 2 teaspoons honey

Directions: Add freshly grated ginger to a large measuring cup, teapot, or tea infuser. Pour in 1 cup boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes. Strain into a mug and stir in the lemon and honey. Voila!

I use a microplane zester to zest the fresh ginger. I experimented with slicing it, but didn’t get any ginger flavor that way. Hope you enjoy :)


This week I was inspired by Rami Malek, the actor who recently won a Golden Globe for playing Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek encapsulates Mercury’s body language and musical intensity, shining in such a beautiful and heart-breaking way. What a brave, all-in, and triumphant portrayal.

Malek’s tenacity to become an actor was also captivating to me. Here is his interview with Terry Gross back in November 2018. At 21:17 he talks about breaking into acting (you can click on the audio file below to skip ahead to it).

MALEK: I would take those manila envelopes - I was delivering pizza - I would put them - glue them or tape them to every pizza box I would send out. I would keep them behind the register of the fast-food restaurant I would be working at. And if anyone even producorial came in, they were getting a head shot and resume in their to-go bag.

GROSS: Did you deliver pizzas to, like, famous producers or directors?

MALEK: I did get an audition out of it once, and I thought...

GROSS: Seriously? Really?

MALEK: I did. Yeah, I did. It was for a commercial and still kept in touch with that person who gave me the audition.

GROSS: Did you get the commercial?

MALEK: I did not, no.

GROSS: What was it for?

MALEK: It was for M&M’s.


MALEK: I will tell you this. One day, I did get a call. I got a call from Mara Casey, who was a casting director for the ‘Gilmore Girls.’ And she asked to speak with Rami Malek’s agent, and I said, speaking. And she said, well, can I talk to - about Rami Malek coming in and - for a role on the ‘Gilmore Girls?’ And I said, yeah. And she said, and who am I speaking with? I said, this is he. And she said, you don’t have an agent, do you? And I go, no, but we can work on that.

And she started laughing, and she said, well, are you SAG? Are you part of the Screen Actors Guild? And I said, as of yet, no, but that’s something else we can work on as well. And she kept laughing, and she’s like, listen. You’re cute. Call me when you get representation. And I said, listen. We’re doing all right. We’re having a good time. I see that the scene has only three lines. And how about giving a guy a break? And if you’re laughing now, chances are I might have you laughing in the room. And she took a few seconds, and she said, you know what, kid? Come on in.

I also want to mention Herb Kelleher, the co-founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines who passed away on January 3, 2018. I had listened to his plucky interview on How I Built This with Guy Raz when it first came out over a year ago and immediately admired his grit, spirit, humor, and approach to growing Southwest.

I liked this exchange in particular where Kelleher talks with Guy Raz about focusing on profitability versus market share: You can listen to it at 25:49 below, and also find the interview on NPR here.

RAZ: You know I’m thinking, even if it seemed like it was a slow process for you, the fact that Southwest was growing and kind of prevailed in this industry is pretty remarkable and it’s pretty unbelievable given that so many of those early competitors don’t even exist anymore and some of the great iconic airlines—TWA, Pan Am—they’re gone.

KELLEHER: Exactly. Many of them. There are very few left.

RAZ: What mistakes did they make that you seem not to have made?

KELLEHER: Well, uh, we just did things differently, like market share. You know, a shibboleth, supposedly. And I told anybody if they mentioned market share, I’d punch ‘em in the nose. Because here are all these big companies fighting over their market share and losing money and furloughing employees. So I said, let’s focus on profitability. And if we have 4% of the market and we’re profitable, that’s better than having 90% of the market and being unprofitable.

Have a great weekend :)