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Monthly Archives: March 2015

I’ve been hinting here and there about a few possible long-ish trips in my future. And by “hinting” I mean I’ve been thinking about where I can realistically go in between a big location move, without totally abandoning the idea of actually finding a place to live by the end of the summer (or maybe even before). Whereas my original plan was to finally hike the entire JMT this year (which clearly… Read More

Okay, bear with me on this one. I said I was going to write my next post about my continuing sleeping issues. While I’m still going to do that for my next, NEXT post (I’ve figured some things out, maybe), I’ve been thinking a lot about doing a post in regards to some of my backpacking goals. Goals you say? Like, what trails you want to hike? Sort of. I’ve certainly been making… Read More

Last week was the final classroom course for the 2015 Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course. This is sad. Very sad. What will I do with my Wednesday evenings, if not nerd out with 20 other people about which backpacking stove is the BEST backpacking stove? (hint: it’s made from a cat food can). Now, as my husband will attest to, I went back and forth (and BACK AND FORTH) on whether or… Read More

I will admit something terrible: I hate camping. More specifically, I hate trying to SLEEP while I am camping. Up to that point, I love everything. The tough climb up a pass, the joy of eating a warm rehydrated meal, watching a sunset with good friends, peeing in the woods under the stars. However, once the sun goes down, all of that changes. Inevitably, I will climb into my quilt, thinking to myself… Read More

Over the last several years, I’ve spent a lot of time, a ridiculous amount of time, thinking and/or mentally planning for a John Muir Trail hike. If you don’t know what the “JMT” is, it’s a 211 mile trail that runs from Yosemite National Park, starting at the Happy Isles trail head, and finishing at Mt. Whitney, in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. It is, what I consider, a “greatest hits”… Read More