On Being Timid

I recently returned from my western adventure, the trip that was to help me regain my Val-ness after January’s crash. And it did in so many ways. It was needed and I gained a lot of ground. I consider it a successful trip but the challenges were significant as I mentioned in my wrap up of the adventure. If I …

Rethinking Adventure Food with Fishpeople Seafood

A few weeks before I set out out on the Pacific Northwest Tour, I got a treat. The folks at Fishpeople Seafood contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their products and sharing my thoughts with you all. One of the running jokes amongst the outdoor community, particularly ATQA, is my enthusiastic dislike of cooking. So …

The Pacific Northwest Tour – Week 3

Three weeks into the Pacific Northwest tour and I’ve collected Fred and George in Denver for Stage 2… the actual Pacific Northwest part. What I’ve been up to… 1 final day in Great Sand Dunes: Hiked the amazing Mosca Pass and began dismantling camp. I found myself stalling a bit on the morning I left. It’s very hard for me …

Comfort

If you’ve been following along the Pacific Northwest Tour, particularly on Facebook, you know that I just spent eight solo adventure days of camping, hiking, photographing, and relaxing at the astounding Great Sand Dunes National Park. The subtext of that is I also had eight days without a shower, living in a tent, and facing the challenges the weather there …

The Pacific Northwest Tour: Week 2

Two weeks into the Pacific Northwest tour and I’m still in the southwest. After Overland Expo, I ventured to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where I’ve been hanging out for the last week. What I’ve been up to… 1/2 day driving 220 miles to Great Sand Dunes from Cortez, CO: The drive from Cortez through the San Juans …

Postcards from Real Life: Self-Reliance

A lot of folks think I’m nuts for taking off on 16 days of solo travel and adventure. For some it seems daunting and/or dangerous, for others it seems lonely. As for the lonely part, it’s a non-issue for me. I’m quite content with my own company and I’m not really alone all that often so it’s a welcome break …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Post-mortem

Back at the end of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, I gave a break-down of the journey in numbers and a couple of the larger take-away points. After chronicling the entire journey though, I’ve had time to consider the triumphs and pitfalls more fully. I always like to do a trip post-mortem to make sure I take the time …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Toronto Bound

Some places are harder to leave than others. Great Sand Dunes is one of those places for me. Toss in knowing that the next week of our trip was going to be urban rather than outdoors and you can imagine that it took tremendous effort to squash notions of bagging the rest of our trip and staying out west. So …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Great Sand Dunes Edition

The Camp Granola entrance to Great Sand Dunes was anything but smooth. With a few months to ponder my folly I can now laugh at my foibles. In truth, the whole thing went pear-shaped back in the planning stages and I didn’t even know it. One of the problems of not having a traditional schedule is that you forget that …

Overland Expo to TBEX: For the love of Great Sand Dunes

When I last left you in the tale of Overland Expo to Great Sand Dunes I was feeling triumphant about finding a better travel pace, one that didn’t leave us feeling run ragged. I also mentioned that my happiness was short-lived. Travel math… If you recall, we were headed towards Great Sand Dunes and it was Memorial Day weekend. The …