15 Jul 2016

Fear Friday: Solo Backpacking

“It’s a seven-mile hike-in, you know?”

That was the second time the park ranger had mentioned the distance I’d have to trek in order to get to the rustic campsite I had booked for my first ever solo backpacking trip at a state park near Ann Arbor.

Was that skepticism in her voice? Or was that my own skepticism […]

10 Jul 2016

Random Stuff List

Hi friends,

Gosh, it’s been a tough week. Particularly here in the States.  And it’s not like the weeks before this week have been particularly easy either. It’s weeks like this that I find it really hard to write up a silly list of the all the stuff I’m eating and reading and watching. But maybe […]

30 Jun 2016

4 Steps to Prepare for Your First Ever Solo Backpacking Trip

Four years ago, I read Wild, the memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her time solo backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,600-mile long trek that stretches across the West Coast of North America. I thought to myself, “Hey, I should do that!”

And then I promptly hyperventilated because WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?? I can […]

26 Jun 2016

Random Stuff List

Well, hello there, friends. I hope your Sunday is treating you especially well. Mine has been full of blueberry pancakes and bacon. So, yes, I am off to a good start.

Let’s talk random stuff, shall we?

1. Last weekend I car-camped at a nearby state park, and did a little “test-drive” of my new […]

16 Jun 2016

On Safety and Privilege (and why they’re basically the same thing)

I recently received a comment on one of my solo camping posts asking me if I ever feel unsafe while I’m camping alone.

This is probably the number one question I get asked by family members and friends and blog readers when I talk about going solo camping.

They don’t care about the tent […]