Microadventures

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!). [...]

Brr! How to Layer Up and Brave the Cold

Colder weather can make it hard to get outside and enjoy being there for any length of time. Fall poses a triple threat: the days get shorter and darker, the weather can be finicky and unpleasant, and there always seem to be a lot of holiday distractions (hello Halloween candy!!). Winter is just plain... winter. Dressing the [...]

Cryptozoology 101: Bigfoot vs. Bears

I love it that Jane Goodall is fascinated by Bigfoot. Lots of other people are too, of course, but her interest really captures my attention. I remember listening to an episode of Science Friday where a scientist laid out some compelling evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, and it gave me that eerie heebie-jeebie feeling as [...]

Slog this Way: Finding a Special Swamp

This week's mini-adventure had a few things in coming with the last one, including hot sticky weather, blistered feet, and that creepy feeling of being alone-but-perhaps-not-really-alone in the woods. Happily, I did not see any bears. I volunteered to take a look at a property for Keweenaw Land Trust to see what's out there and make sure [...]