New Mexico :: San Antonio Hot Springs

Beautiful, secluded, and where I proposed to Thrillbilly

The San Antonio hot springs are a beautiful series of three pools high up in the mountains north of the Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs. The water is warm but not scalding, and depending on the time of year, the hike to them is either 1 mile or 11 miles roundtrip. Of course, we ended up there during the 11-mile time of year.   Continue reading “New Mexico :: San Antonio Hot Springs”

Trail review: San Lorenzo Canyon

Now in my top 4 most beautiful places

Last week, after 17 hours straight of driving, Thrillbilly and I decided to stretch our legs before rolling into Albuquerque. Since he’s a native New Mexican and knows all the cool hidden gems, he choose the perfect place (if a bit off the beaten path): the San Lorenzo CanyonContinue reading “Trail review: San Lorenzo Canyon”

Ziploc bags, or how not to run out of food

6 steps for hungry, hungry hikers

There were three different days on the Appalachian Trail when I ran out of food. After implementing my Ziploc system, it didn’t happen again.

When I started my trek, I had all my food crammed into my bear bag. It wasn’t sorted or organized in any way, but I knew the food I had: two boxes of poptarts, 12 packets of cheese crackers, five Knorr pasta sides, etc. I carefully wrote down the things I needed for resupply on a list, and purchased those items plus anything that caught my eye in the store (looking at you, gummy bears). I had enough food to get me to the next resupply, all nicely removed from the original box packaging and crammed into that 18L dry bag.

I still ran out of food.  Continue reading “Ziploc bags, or how not to run out of food”

The Feet Post

10 tips for 10 toes

There are certain proud accomplishments for most people in life: graduating high school or college, job promotions, having children, paying off their student loans or mortgage. One of my prouder moments was when I summited Katahdin with all 10 original toenails, and only four blisters during the entire 2,200-mile trek.   Continue reading “The Feet Post”

Backpacking Basics – Course Complete!

How to keep those fun tokens!

I had the pleasure of teaching a four-week backpacking basics series throughout March for Nashville Community Education. The combined eight hours of lectures were a lot of work to put together (thus so few website articles last month!) but the effort paid off – we’ve got a great group of 20 folks ready to go explore the great outdoors. While I won’t be posting all the messy notes/outlines I used or the presentation decks, I’ll definitely be using them as the basis of future posts.

Thanks for your patience as I devoted my time and energy to this course; more gear reviews, trail tips, and articles coming soon!

Photo credit: Laura Forester