April Musings

I dug up this little piece of creative nonfiction I wrote last April when we had no idea just how long the year would feel (so naive!). It doesn’t have much to do with travel or hiking, but it does have to do with “place.” April 12, 2020 On the last Sunday in March we…… Continue reading April Musings

Staying Found

Confession: I’ve always been pretty hopeless with directions. Whenever someone explains turn-by-turn how to get to a place, I always nod, eyes glazed over, then look it up on Google Maps as soon as I’m back in my car. In regular life, this constant disorientation is a little annoying at worst. But out in the…… Continue reading Staying Found

Taking Breaks

If you follow this blog (hi mom!) you may have noticed a took a few months off from writing. Ok, four months. At first I felt guilty. I hate letting projects languish unfinished. But really there’s nothing to finish—I reminded myself a blog is an ongoing, personal project that doesn’t have deadlines or requirements or…… Continue reading Taking Breaks

Traveling & Backpacking on Your Period

When my period comes around during a trip or backpacking adventure, it still has the potential to take up more mental (and emotional!) energy than any other personal hygiene issue. Like any good preparation, planning out a good Period System allows me to hike farther, explore longer, and generally immerse myself in a place better.

The Yucatán Peninsula: Isla Holbox

Back in May 2016 (which feels like a lifetime ago), I traveled alone in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula region. When I looked back on this trip, I could hardly find any evidence! After ten days alone in Mexico, I had only a handful of pictures, no emails home or angsty journal entries, and a couple sparse…… Continue reading The Yucatán Peninsula: Isla Holbox

Travel Tips for Curly Hair

It’s one of travel’s great unanswered questions: Is it possible to have consistently good hair while traveling (or, God forbid, camping)? Having curly hair complicates things even further. So many travel blogs feature (white) women with long, shiny, straight hair and provide travel hair tips like using shampoo bars, limiting yourself to a tiny bottle…… Continue reading Travel Tips for Curly Hair

Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears

Important disclaimer: I am not a wilderness expert, and these tips, while founded on research, should be combined with local guidance. You are ultimately responsible for your decisions and safety. When I prepared for my last backpacking trip, I read blog posts and watched YouTube videos about a handful of different topics: setting up a…… Continue reading Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears