8 Reasons to hike El Camino this spring

Hike The Way in May!!!

I know winter is just beginning, but it’s the perfect time to start planning your el Camino hike! May is a lovely time to go, and this gives you a few months to plan the month off work or post-semester trip you desperately need.

Here are 8 reasons to hike the el Camino de Santiago (as if you needed convincing)…  Continue reading “8 Reasons to hike El Camino this spring”

Trail Review: Barfield Crescent Park trails

Little-known gem close to MTSU

Nestled on the outskirts of Murfreesboro, and fewer than six miles from Middle Tennessee State University, the Barfield Crescent Park trail system offers paved and earth trail combinations through forest and meadow – a sure cure for those mid-term and finals blues.

Suitable for all hiking skill and fitness levels, trail combinations range from a 1.5 mile there-and-back paved trail to 4.5 miles of trail combinations (paved, main trail loop, two side trail loops). This park was a great place to take my senior dogs for a little day excursion, and would be perfect for a mid-day escape.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Barfield Crescent Park trails”

Trail Tips: 6 ways to stay warm in winter

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Excerpt from A.T. journal entry, May 6, 2016: “It was freezing cold, and as I ascended Whitetop Mountain there was snow already deep on the ground, hail, freezing rain that stung my face, wind gusts of 30-40 mph, icy rocks, deep cold mud, and most of the trail had become a freezing cold stream. I could barely see 50 feet in front of me.”

During my hike, I experienced a variety of weather and temperatures. You learn very quickly how to prepare for cold weather – either from others’ advice, or from personal mistakes. I’m about 50/50.  Continue reading “Trail Tips: 6 ways to stay warm in winter”

List: Books to feed your wanderlust

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Augustine of Hippo

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and has been since I can remember. Even as a “busy adult” I still read a book each week. I love all genres, and often read a blend of things at once. [Right now it’s “The Happiness Project” (Rubin), “The Primal Connection” (Sission), and “This is How You Lose Her” (Díaz).]

There are thousands of good books out there on travel, adventure, the wilderness, and wandering. I wanted to share some of my favorite novels for stirring up wanderlust, books I love to read curled up in front of my wood-burning stove or cuddled in my sleeping bag in my tent.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite books that inspire wanderlust. Leave a comment on this blog, or on this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and I’d love to read and discuss with you! Continue reading “List: Books to feed your wanderlust”

List: 5 reckless mistakes to avoid

If you do these, you’re gonna have a bad time.

In honor of the Red Bull Flugtag in Nashville this weekend, I wanted to share five reckless mistakes that can be avoided while you’re having fun outdoors. While none of these are launching homemade, human-powered flying machines off a pier about 30 ft/9 m high into the Cumberland River, they are just as reckless.

[Side note: my boyfriend is the pilot for the Vanderbilt LifeFlight flugtag team, so cheer them on for the popular vote today by using the #votevandylifeflight and #redbullflugtag hashtags on all your social media. Each mention is one point to their overall goal of winning and supporting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!]  Continue reading “List: 5 reckless mistakes to avoid”