Tag: Outdoor Adventures

the last day

Exactly a month ago today I stared blankly out the window of the backseat of a rental car bound for Portland, ME, waiting for all of the Thoughts, all of the Feelings. Because so far, they hadn’t come at all. Which was confusing. I…

on bill bryson & pennsylvania  

 Top three questions received after announcing my plans to hike the Appalachian Trail: What? Oh, that’s cool…is that in America? (a question made only okay because I was in Europe at the time) Have you read that Bill Bryson book?   In September, Bill Bryson’s…

if i can do this, i can do anything

A week from now, I will be making the very long trek from New York to Montana in my beautiful Big Blue tonka truck, which I randomly loaned out to a stranger friend on the East Coast to look after while I was gone….

no direction, no goals, i’m good

Some years back I found myself standing in a small, tastefully decorated room, more like a psychiatrist’s office than a psychic’s, paying $60 for a hint at time yet to pass, $40 more if I wanted the in-depth version. It was one of those…

farm recovery program

I am not a beach person. I’ve never been a beach person. There’s something about all the beautiful people, delicious breezes, musical waves crashing and warm sunshiny caresses that just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s because the ocean tried to eat me once…

Usvatanssin Kennel

I recognized the doubt rooted deep in Charlotte’s eyes as I answered her question. I knew that look well; it had been plastered all over my face just three short weeks earlier. “There are so many of them. How do you remember all of the…

19 things I learned in patagonia

It’s been exactly one week since my return from Patagonia. As unforgettable as this adventure was, it’s so sad how quickly life turns into memories, and those memories join all of the others in the crowded room upstairs, not knowing when, or if, they’ll…

I quit. how do you like that, universe?

It’s nearly impossible to go back to work after any long vacation, especially after one of the Patagonia variety. But this Monday was different. I sat down at my desk, powered up my computer and began the daunting task of wading through hundreds of…

the third wheel. literally.

When you take a long road trip spanning multiple states or countries, the wheels that get you there become very much a part of the journey, an extension of who you are as a group, or in our case, the third travel companion. After…

patagonia bound

I walked into my local outdoor goods store this past week and simultaneously entered the panic room in my head, one that I haven’t found a way out of just yet. I’m the sort of person with a strange need to feel prepared for…