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How To Start Backpacking (And Why You Should Try It)

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Backpacking is such a weird concept if you think about it.  You spend a bunch of money to basically become homeless for a chunk of time.  You don’t (typically) get to shower, use a toilet, or sometimes even eat hot food.  You sleep on the ground, you exert yourself to the point of exhaustion each day, you have no contact with “the outside world”, you have all sorts of bugs and insects…

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Severe Dehydration on the Trail and a Trip to the ER

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Well, I did it again friends! That’s right.  Another disastrous trip, back-to-back.  I would like to note that none of this is made up.  My life may seem like a joke, but it’s not.  It’s all definitely real. Some friends and I were backpacking Tuck and Robin Lakes.  Now what can go wrong in a place as beautiful as this? This trip was one of my friend’s first backpacking trips…

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When Backpacking (and Life) Goes Wrong

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I have done my fair share of backpacking over this past year and have learned A LOT since my very first overnight trip.  Every experience has been an absolute blast, that I just can’t seem to get enough. That is, until this past weekend at Ancient Lakes in Eastern Washington. Now, Ancient Lakes is a very easy trail, which is what makes this whole situation even more ironic.  There’s hardly…



  • “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” - Leonardo da Vinci
  • ✨Wait for the MAGIC at the end. ✨ Tag the people you would want to experience this with! 👇🏻 I got to experience this beauty alone, which has it’s own sweetness to it. Because in that exact moment in time, that view was all mine. And now I get to share it with you all. 🤠
  • This is for those who asked for a sign that they need to go outside. Here’s your sign. Literally. #johnmuirwilderness #inyonationalforest #reallycooltrees
  • Today was the first time in a LONG TIME that I went hiking. Eastern Virginia has no mountains, so it was all flat (and paved), but that was ok. I was outside. I was feeling the sun on my face. I was sweating. I got to hear the sounds of nature. I was trying to let my expectations go and accept that I don’t always have to be doing a 20+ mile hiking day. Sometimes I can opt for 4 miles with no elevation gain and be just as happy because being outside for me is healing in so many ways. I drove 30 minutes one way to walk 4 miles? Why yes, yes I did. ✨ A couple other observations here: 1) I always have dog hair on me. 2) My nostrils are so...uneven... 👀 #virginiabeach #firstlandingstatepark #firstlanding
  • Happy Saturday. ✨
  • And just go a little crazy. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10/10 would do again.

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