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

National Public Lands Day : September 28, 2019

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more.