Like camping, but on steroids

Backpacking 101 overnight excursion

One of my bigger flaws is admitting I don’t know something. I hate for attention to be drawn to my ignorance, and that flaw has kept me from pursuing hobbies or goals that would otherwise really strengthen me. It’s also annoyed the heck out of Thrillbilly, because he’s usually the one teaching me things.  Continue reading “Like camping, but on steroids”

Ride for Reading

Bikes and books!

Last month I learned about a great organization – Ride for Reading. Cyclists from all over Nashville met at Green Fleet Bikes and we loaded our backpacks and bikes with donated books to take to the children at the McFerrin Community Center. We biked about four miles around East Nashville and arrived at the community center to a crowd of excited kids. We looked at books, ate popsicles, and had a great time.

From the Ride for Reading website: “Our mission is to promote literacy and healthy living by donating books via bicycle to children from low-income areas. Since our start in February 2008, RfR has donated more than 400,000 books, delivering them by bicycle to kids at Title I schools.”

We got to spend time with the kids, who loved having grownups (even sweaty ones!) to talk to and look at bikes and read books. As things got kicked off, the Rfr representative had the kids say a pledge that they would read their book twice, pass it to someone else they know, and be the best student for the rest of the year.

Ride for Reading is in Nashville and San Antonio, Texas. If you find yourself in either area, join up with this great group. Even if you aren’t big on bikes, you can always drop off books at their donation sites around town – including Cumberland Transit!

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

2018 Cumberland Transit Ambassador

#ventureready

At the beginning of this year, I became a Cumberland Transit Ambassador! I am beyond honored and excited to further CT’s mission of sharing a love of the outdoors and adventure with everyone. Along with being Nashville’s oldest and largest locally-owned outfitter, CT’s staff has decades of experience with all the outdoor activities you love and want to learn. Cumberland Transit is more than just a store with sweet gear and awesome old wooden floors; they are a staple of the outdoor community in Nashville and offer something for everyone – novice and expert – through events, activity groups, and community involvement. I hope this upcoming year I can share this great outdoor community with you and encourage you to grab an old friend, make a new friend, and get outdoors!

New year, new gear, new goals

2018 is going to rock, y’all!

Happy 2018!!!

I hope everyone got some shiny new gear from their wish list this holiday season. And since winter is still a great time to backpack (no bugs, less people, plenty of water), I hope some of you have already made plans to play with your new toys and gear outside soon.  Continue reading “New year, new gear, new goals”