Packing for a longer road trip takes into consideration all the possible camping scenarios. [Image: A gear shot of the back of Ruth's car, included gear are a blue and white cooler, tan Granite Gear backpack, 5 gallon water jug, bear valult, tent and other items underneath a brightly stripped towel.] A Socially Distanced Plan … Continue reading Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact
Let's face it, it's hard to keep a hiker from their next adventure. We pour over maps, pick our trails, make our plans and lists and then review everything again and again. It's the fuel to our proverbial fires. As a hiker I care deeply about the lands and communities that I travel through when … Continue reading Recreating Responsibly : Road Tripping Reflection
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.