A View worth the Sweat: the Humpack Rocks hike

I recently, unexpectedly showed up at my friend Jess’ doorstep in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thankfully Jess and her family are pretty flexible about surprise guests. Having known nothing about the area before my visit, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely town, beautiful vineyards, and wonderful variety of hiking in the surrounding area. Of the many things we did … More A View worth the Sweat: the Humpack Rocks hike

Film Review: Maidentrip

In 2012, 16-year old Laura Dekker became the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone. The film Maidentrip documents her 519-day, 27,000-nautical mile journey. This inspiring, introspective film provides an intimate look at life at sea and tells a fascinating story of determination, bravery, and a quest for solitude. Laura grew up on the … More Film Review: Maidentrip

Let’s Be Honest: There are Things That Suck About Living on the Road

It’s easy to romanticize the vagabonding lifestyle: it symbolizes the freedom to do what we want, when we want, where we want. When people find out how much I travel, many make comments indicating that they think a traveling lifestyle is a magical stroll through a flowery paradise full of rainbows and daisies and unicorns. Of course I love traveling. … More Let’s Be Honest: There are Things That Suck About Living on the Road

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket

If you’re looking for an ultralight insulated jacket that will keep you toasty, rain or shine, whether you’re hiking through mountains or strolling the sidewalks of the city— the Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket is a solid choice. The ultralight DriDown technology means that this coat is a fraction of the size and weight of other 800 … More Gear Review: Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket

Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Have you ever, in the quest to pack light, left behind some of your favorite things? Telling yourself you don’t need it, it’s ridiculous, you removed your iPod and slippers from consideration and took off into the Great Unknown freed from those unnecessary luxuries. Well, I know I’ve done that. And I know I’ve regretted it. While … More Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary