What is the perfect gift for the new or aspiring hiker in your life? Before we dive into gift ideas, let me describe a bit of gift giving (and receiving) ethos. I'm a huge fan of gifts that achieve three key functions: (1) the gift is something I probably wouldn't get for myself, (2) the … Continue reading Holiday Gifts for the Aspiring or New Hiker
Picking the right socks can be an art because he socks you chose to wear on a hiking or backpacking trip can make or break your experience. Socks have the magical power to gently swaddle and comfort your feet as you pound along on the trail for days on end, or to rub, chafe, blister, and generally allow you to devolve into foot-pain driven madness in a matter of hours. If you think I am joking about foot-pain driven madness, you have clearly been lucky enough to avoid such a fiasco, and I applaud you. I, however, have not been so fortunate.
Winter is fast approaching, weather windows for hiking are rapidly diminishing (if not completely vanishing), and it gets dark waaaaay too early now. I'm sure some of you will be layering on the waterproof jacket and venturing out into the west coast rain, trading in your hiking boots for snowshoes and skies, or even heading south for sunnier, drier conditions. And some of you may be thinking 'well, I guess those trails can wait until next year...'
Sandwiched between exhibiting at the gargantuan Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, and participating an a corporate retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona, I enjoyed a glorious and exonerative 48 hours of solitude in north-central Arizona.
Sometimes life speeds up way too fast, and it can be really hard to slow down. During the second half of last year, life hit 'fast forward', quicker than ever before and work completely consumed my life. Needless to say, my humble blog did not get the attention it deserved. Between September and December I: … Continue reading Chasing Winter Sun on California’s Route 395
Nobody should ever describe a trip to Cape Scott Provincial Park as 'quick'. Cape Scott occupies the northern west tip of Vancouver Island and the western reach of the North Coast Trail (the younger, muddier sister of the world famous West Coast Trail). It is a long drive from Victoria (or any of the urban … Continue reading A Quick Trip to Cape Scott Provincial Park
As extensively alluded to in my previous post, life has been moving at quite the intense pace recently. All the ongoing changes are being welcomed with open arms and great enthusiasm, and I am teetering at the precipice of both exhilarated and completely overwhelmed. I try to be mindful of when I teeter, so I … Continue reading Staying Grounded During Life Transitions