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Dear Dad

Dear Dad, It’s been 1 year since you physically disappeared from our lives.  I didn’t know how I would feel losing you. You were the first person really close to more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 5 – Living Without Water – Part 3

I’m not gonna lie. Without proper facilities, bathroom duty is not very glamorous at our dry cabin, and may turn your stomach.  Here are the basic details: 1 – We more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 5 – Living Without Water – Part 2

I think people are still getting over the fact the average person living in a traditional household (reminder: complete with a toilet, dishwasher, washing machine, etc) uses 80-100 gallons of more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 5 – Living Without Water – Part 1

I believe we ALL take modern conveniences for granted.  For us personally, we’ve lived without XYZ quite a few times, from the times we have been caretakers of remote, off-grid more »

Currently: January

Currently living/working in: As I said, we purposely planned to have a lighter workload while at our cabin in Alaska, instead focusing on other non-paying projects and goals. And yet, more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 4 – Darkness

The needle on the thermometer plunged back below zero—after a brief reprieve of temps hovering near 0—but it’s time to move on from Alaska’s cold reality to our next installment more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 3 – The Cold

Because we survived 16 consecutive days of below zero temps, I thought my next installment should be about the cold.  Fun—not surprising—fact: Americans hate winter. Only about 10% of Americans more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 2 – Around Town

I am working on lots of posts about the learning curve and experiences we’ve had trying out an Alaskan winter–the cold, the darkness, living without water, etc. But for now, more »

Decade in Review – Welcome to the 20s

I cannot believe another decade is comin’ in hot! The end of a decade is arbitrary, but I still feel like it means something.  Amazingly, this blog has been alive more »

Currently: December

Currently living/working in: December was dedicated to catching up to life administrative tasks and full of back-and-forth edits for Backpacker (my Spring Gear Guide Pole Reviews went through NINE passes). more »

Arctic Adventures: Volume 1 – Vehicles

I said I would do some posts about life in Alaska. We’ve spent plenty of summers in Alaska, but winter in Alaska is a whole new experience with a huge more »

Currently: November

Currently living/working in: We spent the first part of the month holed up in our cabin in Healy, Alaska, juggling writing deadlines. Then we flew to the East Coast for more »

Our First Month in Alaska

I did NOT mean to let 16 days to go by without blogging. It’s an understatement to say I’m busy juggling deadlines and other work projects, causing the blog to more »

Family Time in CO

For the past few years, we’ve mainly “lived” on the West Coast, Colorado in particular. It made sense to claim our residency and health care in Colorado, as 2 of more »

Currently: October

Currently living/working in: Healy, Alaska!!! We finished up our Leave No Trace/Subaru contract and flew to Alaska Oct. 14. I greatly appreciate sitting still after a summer on the road, more »

Zero Landfill Summer Tour Wrap Up

I’m posting blogs in chronological order, so bear with me as I catch up to the present!  Our 2019 Leave No Trace/Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative Summer Tour was a huge more »

Yosemite Wrap Up

We finished our Leave No Trace/Subaru Zero Landfill Tour on Sept. 30 in Yosemite National Park, and even though Sept. 30 was only 19 days ago, it feels like 19 more »

High Point #45: Nevada

Justin & I hit our 45th state high point on Oct. 1: Nevada’s Boundary Peak! Trip Mileage: 10.6 miles (roundtrip) Hiking Time: 8 hrs 45 min Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,200 feet more »

Currently: September

***Sorry for the delay! We were climbing to the top of Nevada (blog post forthcoming!)*** Currently living/working in: We just finished up our final Subaru/Leave No Trace Zero Landfill Initiative more »

Backpacking California: Yosemite National Park – Young Lakes

Do you believe there are more than 800 miles of trails and 167 lakes in Yosemite National Park? It’s a freakin big park. We definitely squeezed in lots of day more »

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