April has flown by, and I can't believe that it's been over a month since I last posted. It's not like anything too out of the ordinary has happened—there was work travel at the beginning of the month, maple sugaring on the weekends, and a lot of time getting our cottage up and running for spring—but … Continue reading Escape to Silver Mountain
It was only a matter of time before I tried chaga. After all, my friends had offered it to me several times and raved about how good it is. It was a gentle, adult form of peer pressure where the primary benefit was not being cool or getting a thrill like it was during the … Continue reading Winter Foraging: Chaga
I went home to visit my family in south central Wisconsin last week, but this time it was a bit different because I was coming from Minneapolis. Despite growing up just four hours from the city, and it being one of the closest cities to my current home in the U.P., I'd only been to … Continue reading Meandering Rivers and Roads
I only had a quick trip to the Adirondacks, so I had to make the most of my time. To see the forests, I did a turbo hike up Ampersand Mountain in the afternoon. The hike started out easy, with the flat trail cutting through northern hardwood forest. It was fairly familiar forest—mostly maple, hemlock, and … Continue reading Getting to Know the Adirondacks
Let's be honest: adventures are fun and exciting, but they can also be exhausting. There can be a lot of planning involved in launching the adventure. And then, if you really do it right and live it up, you can feel completely exhausted afterward (i.e., the dreaded vacation hangover—when you need a vacation from your vacation!). … Continue reading Microadventures
Last week I was in Vermont and had the opportunity to check out Shelburne Farms, and impressive historic estate that's now an educational center for farming. Being early December, much of the place was closed for the winter, including the historic home (truly a mansion!), the barns, and the Children's Farmyard with actual animals. The trails and … Continue reading Long Walk
If I were to pick out one photo to sum up this past week, this would be it: I took this photo in Downtown Chicago at the beginning of this week. There was a big snowstorm last weekend that grounded all flights into O'Hare and left me sitting in the Boston airport for 4 extra … Continue reading Layover
I haven't been backpacking in ages. In fact, it's likely that been avoiding since the last time I went backpacking for fun. That was ten years ago, when friend and I did a great 14-mile loop at the Porkies but ended up doing the entire thing in one day, instead of the two that we … Continue reading Hiking with… Pack Goats!