• Favorites,  Life

    Five Friday Favorites: Trivia, Snacks & the Last Great Race

    Mercury is in retrograde and I’m about to turn 35. Here’s a few of my favorite things. THE IDITAROD To be a total hipster dick about it, I’ve been following the Iditarod every March for the past 20 or so years. It’s a pre-birthday tradition of mine, to watch this 1,000-mile dog sled race unfold via the internets. I love it and it’s the only sport I can talk somewhat intelligently about.

  • Adventures,  Life,  National Parks,  North Carolina,  Tennessee,  U.S.A.

    What I Did & Spent on a Solo Weekend in Asheville & the Great Smoky Mountains

    I really, really needed this trip. I needed to get out of town, to put on my pack and walk into the woods. I needed to spend a few hours in the car, music up and windows down. I needed to be alone in the woods, to take myself to dinner, to drink new beers, to catch up with one of my oldest friends. I just needed to go. Asheville, North Carolina, is a place I keep going back to. The first time I went, I was 19. It was my first-ever road trip. I took my boyfriend, headed south on I-81 and felt like a grown up doing grown…

  • Adventures,  Life,  National Parks

    What I Take With Me When I Day Hike

    After I wrote about a few recent hikes in Shenandoah National Park, Kate left a comment asking if I’d consider writing about my hiking gear, if I had any specific recommendations for someone interested in embarking on a forest scamper. At first I giggled. I’m a native forest creature, yes, a girl raised by wolves who ran barefoot through the wildness nearly every day of my youth, but hiking still feels like a new hobby. I’m still acquiring stuff to make my hikes more comfortable, more enjoyable and that will allow me to go further and deeper into the wild. When I read her comment, I felt wholly unprepared to…

  • Favorites,  Life

    Five Friday Favorites: Things that keep me warm, drinking less & a Marsh Girl

    I don’t even want to talk about the crazy shit that’s been going down in Virginia this past week, so let’s focus on the good stuff, deal? FRENCH PRESS COFFEE. I’m not always a coffee drinker. I go through phases every few years, picking up a daily coffee habit, weaving it into my daily routine and then, just because, I’ll quit the shit and live a life mostly caffeine-free, minus an occasional cup of tea.

  • Adventures,  Life

    What I Spent on a 4-Day Solo Trip to Death Valley National Park & Mojave National Preserve

    I’ve had an assortment of finance-related conversations with my lady friends in the last few months. We’ve talked about how much money we’re making, how much debt we’re carrying, how much we’re spending on life essentials, like rent, food and random Sephora purchases. We’ve talked about how we do and don’t budget, if and how we’re saving for retirement and I’ve found it refreshing, this open conversation on money. I’m also addicted to Refinery29’s Money Diaries, have recently developed an obsession with the candid comments found at the Billfold, and I will read anything you write about how you spend your money, from daily basic budgeting, to home renovation cost breakdowns to vacation…