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 […]

12 Jun 2016

Random Stuff List

Hi, friends.

My Facebook feed has been full of things that are making me cry this week (and so not in a good way), so can we just talk about random stuff this morning and maybe eat cake for lunch?


1. One thing that did make me happy this week: coming across this bowling ball […]

9 Jun 2016

5 Reasons to Blog that Have Nothing to Do with Money or Free Stuff

I recently started editing some of the super old posts on my blog — posts from seven years ago, back when I had no idea there were these things called “blogging rules.”

One of the so-called “blogging rules” is “Don’t write a 3,000-word post with exactly 3 grainy photos in it.”

Not surprisingly, all my […]