My Tips for Cold-Weather Camping

I like to think I know how to tough out the cold. I mean, I’ve been cold — really cold — on more than a few occasions. Like the time I spent two December nights in Northern California without a sleeping pad to insulate me from the frigid ground.

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On Slowing Down

This morning, I told myself I was going to work from the comfort of my bed because I felt a little ill. Within an hour, I was working from a bustling coffee shop down the street from my studio, ignoring my headache and the sniffles that came with it.

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Favorite Trail Treats

There are several things I live for in the backcountry—sturdy trees on which to string my hammock, good company to share conversation … and really good snacks. Now, I know that everything tastes better after miles of hiking and climbing through the backcountry. But some snacks taste better (and pack better) than others.

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Become a Morning Person

So, this is a bit of a different post for me, but I thought it’d be a good one to write for everyone making new year resolutions. When asking my friends what they’re resolving to do this year, more than a few of them have mentioned wanting to get an earlier start to the day.

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On Being Present

It was late last month when I decided to rethink how much time I spend online. After months of juggling freelance work and a full-time job, I began calculating just how many hours a day I spend on a computer. Too many. It can't all be avoided, of course. I work full time as a content manager and spend many of my "off" hours writing for other organizations and publications.

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Seasonal Change

It’s funny how life seems to sync up with the seasons. Just last night, I fell asleep to the sound of rain. I’ve been throwing jackets over my dresses and admiring the heavy clouds that’ve newly draped themselves across distant hillsides. It was only last week that I was walking to and from the store in shorts and a midriff. Oh, how I took it for granted!

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Mountain Muse

I remember the first time I saw a snow-capped mountain. It was four years ago, and I was driving West with my then-boyfriend in my still-shiny red Acura. I had about $800 in my bank account and a job offer at a newspaper in Washington, a state I'd visited a quick 24 hours before saying yes to the job.

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Thai Moments—Meeting Aree

I met Aree in the small restaurant she owned in Bangkok. I had just hopped out of a yellow-green taxi and rushed through the restaurant's doors, a burst of hot air trailing me. I smelled like sweat. Traveling for 23 hours will do that to you, and my deodorant was lost somewhere in the recesses of my carry on.

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On Love

Dating a guy who lives in another country comes with a unique set of hurdles. Like meticulously planning weekly video calls to accommodate the time difference. Or having slow, simple conversations to ease the language barrier.

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