As winter sets in here in the U.S. my thoughts almost always turn to planning my next bigger adventure. Whether that's a backpacking trip or a road trip to take in new hikes, the time to deep dive into research is a welcome opportunity. It gives me the make reservations and get excited for the … Continue reading Trip Planning 101
With the coming holiday of Thanksgiving in the U.S. I have been reflecting a lot on how I got here to this place in my life of hiking. The people and places that have shaped my experiences.
There is something truly wonderful about sand dunes. Once you’re near them it’s hard to leave. They draw you in with their softness and lull you into slowing down. They are in a constant state of flux that seems to happen in slow motion. I’ve always found dunes enticing and the Indiana Dunes were pulling at me to explore.
It's true. I'm a bit obsessed about finding new trails to hike. I try to include a hike when I travel. No matter the reason why I'm traveling. Last weekend was no exception. It was time to take my son for his first year of college in Indiana so, of course, the maps came out to find a hiking opportunity. With the addition of Indiana Dunes National Park as our 61st National Park on February 15, 2019, it seemed the perfect opportunity.
Old School Yeah. I'm a bit old school. I love a good map. I suppose being the daughter of a navigator it was hard to escape learning to read them. Maps are an excellent planning tool. Atlases, paper, waterproof, road, topo, satellite, terrain, OSM ... the list goes on and on. Perhaps my favorite thing … Continue reading Map Obession