Posted in September 2012

Breakfast of (Hiking) Champions

Breakfast of (Hiking) Champions

There’s a healthy eating movement that you may know about called the Paleo Diet.  The idea behind it is that humans only began cultivating food through agriculture about 10,000 years ago, so our bodies (and digestive tracts) are still genetically better suited to food that the “cavemen” ate.  Adherents to the so-called Caveman Diet focus … Continue reading

How to Shop for Gear: Hunter or Gatherer?

How to Shop for Gear: Hunter or Gatherer?

My friend has an interesting theory that humans hold onto primal instincts from our ancestors who existed pre-civilization.  Specifically, he thinks that when it comes to shopping some of us are born hunters, and others are born gatherers. Can you guess which gender he assigns to each role? Yep, you guessed it: women are gatherers … Continue reading

Hike (and Bouldering!) at Old Rag Mountain

Hike (and Bouldering!) at Old Rag Mountain

My friend April and I had plans to camp in Shenandoah National Park last Saturday and to hike nearby Old Rag Mountain on Sunday.  Unfortunately, April was recovering from a cold and so I advised against camping in 45 degree weather. I gave away the campsite on Craigslist and decided to camp on the balcony … Continue reading

Truth comes out: I am terrified.

Truth comes out: I am terrified.

If you’ve been reading my posts, first of all, thank you.  Second of all, you may have noticed that I tend to keep the mood fun and light.  Well, I’m happy to say that my feelings are genuine, but I figured as long as I’m writing about my experience, I might as well dig a … Continue reading

Try a New Hairstyle. Hold the Remorse.

Try a New Hairstyle. Hold the Remorse.

When I was a kid, my parents used to pile us four girls into our 1989 Mazda MPV minivan (i.e. the original minivan sold in the U.S. – no sliding doors and definitely no anti-lock brakes, as I learned the hard way when I eventually started driving and “made friends” with a neighbor’s mailbox) and … Continue reading

A Stove for the Trail

A Stove for the Trail

I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion on the various Appalachian Trail forums about the types of cooking equipment and supplies that a thru-hiker should take with her on the trail.  I’ve put some thought into what I’m going to do in terms of food and cooking, and I’d like to share it with you. Keep … Continue reading

Foot Care

Foot Care

I come from a family with a lot of women.  I have three sisters. And my mom has three sisters.  My older sister has a daughter and a son…and when he was younger, she used to put pigtails in his hair (ya know, because it’s funny).  The poor kid never stood a chance.  And one … Continue reading

Hike at Thompson Wildlife Management Area

Hike at Thompson Wildlife Management Area

Last weekend, my friend April and I went hiking at Thompson Wildlife Management Area, off exit 13 of I-66 in Virginia.  The weather was a crisp, clear 60 degrees.  We got out the door at 7:30 on a Sunday, which I think is a pretty noteworthy accomplishment all on its own.  Sunday mornings are my … Continue reading