New Year : Old Friends

#1 of my 2022 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: Clifton E. French Regional ParkDistance: 2.8 miles This hike took place on the traditional territory of the Wahpekute and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. I respect the histories, languages and cultures of these peoples, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant and changing communities. To learn more about the tribes … Continue reading New Year : Old Friends

Gear in Review: Down Jackets

Colder temperatures are settling in across Minnesota. That means just one thing. It's time to layer up. Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to score a really good deal on three different down jackets. I'd heard for many years a down jacket would be a great addition to my outdoor kit and … Continue reading Gear in Review: Down Jackets

Gear in Review : Injinji Toe Socks

Every now and then a piece of gear comes along that is truly life changing. I’m not kidding. The one item solves a problem plaguing you. For me that item came in the form of toe socks. These goofy looking socks completely changed my early hiking adventures, coming into my life in the lost off-handed … Continue reading Gear in Review : Injinji Toe Socks

Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact

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

Gear in Review: Kula Cloth

I've been hiking, backpacking and camping for quite a long time now, hauling a small roll of toilet paper with me. There was always the need to pack out the TP, which is a pain. Being cognizant of disposing of the TP, which often meant carrying it out from the trail in a plastic bag. … Continue reading Gear in Review: Kula Cloth