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Lake Jocassee

Kayaking and Camping Lake Jocassee, SC

By On May 20, 2016

One of the good things to come out of the over-used practice of damming up rivers is we get some amazing lakes like this one: Lake Jocassee (pronounced: joe-KASS-ee), which was created… Read More

rigging the raft for the french broad trip

Rigging the raft for our French Broad River Trip

By On May 9, 2016

Sunday, Yukon and I spent the morning cleaning, prepping, and rigging our Aire Super Puma raft for our upcoming 13-day, 150-mile French Broad River trip. We wanted to share a bit about the gear… Read More

French Broad River

A mini float trip on the French Broad River

By On April 19, 2016

You may or may not know that we (Yukon & Bean) will be floating 150 miles of the French Broad River starting May 29, 2016. We’ll be on the water about 13… Read More

snails on trails

Trails, Snails, and Other Hard Stuff

By On December 17, 2015

One recent weekend, my husband Nelson and I loaded our yellow and black Labrador Retrievers into the back of our Subaru and headed out to hike a new-to-us trail near our house… Read More

sleeping under the stars

Sleeping under the stars

By On August 21, 2015

When I lived in California (maaaany years ago), I got to attend Cowboy Camp. We learned how to herd horses, care for horses, rope cattle, and barrel race. The pinnacle of the… Read More

camping chair failure

What does “camping” mean to you?

By On August 19, 2015

A couple months ago, Nelson and I loaded up our camping gear and our doggies to head into the woods for a friend’s birthday celebration. This trip was a hybrid backpacking/car camping trip… Read More


A love letter to my Chaco sandals

By On August 4, 2015

To my beloved Chaco sandals: Our love-affair has been long  – it’s spanned years, road miles, river miles, and even a country mile or two. Brand new, you were the prettiest shade… Read More

want to be free? skip the toe dip

You have to be a little bit mad to be free

By On July 30, 2015

“You have to be a little bit mad to be free.” – Mooji Nelson and I have been on our downsizing adventure for several months now. Mostly, people’s reactions include excitement, wonder,… Read More


Make time for yourself

By On May 14, 2015

On Monday, I dropped Yukon off in the middle of Shining Rock Wilderness for a 4-day solo backpacking trip on the Art Loeb Trail.  This was his long-overdue “make time for yourself” adventure. He… Read More

asking hard questions

Asking hard questions about life

By On February 5, 2015

  We’ve started asking a LOT of hard questions questions about life around our house these days. Why do we have so much stuff? Why do we have 14 t-shirts when we… Read More