9 Sep 2016

Fear Friday: Swim in Deep Water

Swimming is like puppies and popsicles.

It’s one of those things that EVERYONE seems to love because who the heck wouldn’t love swimming and puppies and popsicles?

Except for, well, me.

You see, popsicles are just too cold. They’re also, need I mention it, not ice cream, okay?

And puppies are not kittens.

And swimming. Oh gosh, […]

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 […]

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 […]

25 May 2016

Life Lessons Learned While Solo Camping

The solo camping trip I took to Sleeping Bear Dunes a couple weeks ago marked the beginning of my third year of successfully camping on my own and totally not dying. Granted, I did spend half of the trip cowering in my car, freaking out about bears. But, still, I’m not dead!

If anything, I’d like […]

13 May 2016

Fear Friday: Camp in an Active Bear Area

When I arrived at the campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week to windy, cold weather, I was elated. Sure, it was not exactly camp-worthy conditions, but I was pretty sure that meant I’d have pretty much the whole place to myself. And, much to my delight, I did.

Last summer the majority of my […]