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January 2, 2018

2017 Adventure Recap

2017 was a year full of amazing camping, hiking and backpacking adventures. A few firsts included visits to Yosemite and the North Cascades, my first solo hike, most elevation gain on a day hike, camping  on a beach, and not one but two(!) falls that injured my right knee. Here are highlights from each of my trips.

September 25, 2017

Discovering Wilderness While Kayaking on the Willamette River 

This is an article I wrote for Visit Corvallis about my first time kayaking on the Willamette River.

August 19, 2017

Five Scenic Hikes on the Oregon Coast

The five hikes listed here are my favorites on the Oregon Coast, including trails to secluded beaches, through coastal rainforests, to summits with panoramic views, and along the coastline with tidepools, spouting horns, and if you are lucky, views of migrating whales.

July 22, 2017

How to Prepare for Mosquitoes on Hiking & Backpacking Trips

I am one of the unlucky souls that mosquitoes love, yet I don’t want that to stop me from being able to go hiking and backpacking. To prepare for trips into areas that are known to have a lot of the biting nuisances, I use a three-step method.

November 19, 2016

How to Help to Protect Wilderness Areas: 10 Organizations to Consider Supporting

Make a positive difference: support non-profit environmental and trail-related organizations that are doing important work to help protect wilderness areas.

July 16, 2015

Stuffing with Chicken and Vegetables

Using a store-bought stuffing mix, I added chicken and vegetables to make a fully-rounded meal for backpacking.

July 15, 2015

Thai Red Curry Rice Noodles with Chicken

Coconut milk powder and dried red curry spices make it possible to have Thai food in the backcountry.

July 13, 2015

Garlic-basil linguine with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes

An Italian-style pasta dish is enhanced with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Good enough to eat at home!

May 6, 2015

The Ten Essentials

The level of preparation required to be safe on a wilderness hike varies based on location, weather and type of outing, but here are the essential items that all hikers should have while hiking or backpacking.

May 6, 2015

Yellow curry chicken with rice & veggies

Use dehydrated Thai Jasmine rice and a good quality curry powder to make this Asian-style dish.