Winter Camping : Navigating the Weekend

#7 & #8 of my 2022 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: Afton State Park, Hastings, MN 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 Winter Camping : Navigating the Weekend

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

Recreating Responsibly : Road Tripping Reflection

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

Microadventure Series : Tiny Hike

#18hike of my 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: My own backyard We hikers like to talk about our adventures in terms of miles. For some the longer the better. This week's installment of the Microadventure Series takes a decidedly different approach. Outdoor retailer REI recently challenged it's customers to a Tiniest Mile campaign. I liked the … Continue reading Microadventure Series : Tiny Hike

Getting Into a New Routine

I don't know about you, but finding a new routine has really been helping me get a sense of normalcy right now. I've spent more time online than ever. I've been more social than ever. I've been taking great comfort in all of the interaction. I've been connecting with friends, making news ones and generally … Continue reading Getting Into a New Routine