From the Archives: The Sugarbee Effect

The 2018 Bike MS ride is coming up. It’ll be on June 23 and 24 this year, and my family (along with a few thousand others) will ride 150 miles over the course of two days to raise money for MS. I’m putting this post up again because it’s the best way I know how to explain why I do this ride every year. Also, if you’re feeling generous, there’s a link to donate to the cause at the end of the post. They say a cure for MS could be found within our lifetime! 

I don’t remember the first time someone told me I looked just like my Aunt Kelly. It’s happened often enough that I’ve internalized it. I don’t mind; she is beautiful, and so I consider it a profound compliment.  Continue reading “From the Archives: The Sugarbee Effect”

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List: Packing for Finland is different than packing for Hawaii

I’m in Finland this week, so I wrote this post last week, when I should have been packing for this trip. Look for an update once I’m back. I’ll probably write it instead of unpacking. Continue reading “List: Packing for Finland is different than packing for Hawaii”

What to say and do when you don’t know what to say or do

A perk of my job is the opportunity to make connections with people—someone I’m interviewing (often someone I admire), someone who reads something I write, and so forth. Occasionally, I get to see or learn or attend something cool, like last weekend’s Adventure Film Festival in Boulder.

We often disparage groupthink as perilous, but it can have the opposite effect, too. Sitting in a theater full of people who are psyched on adventuring, whatever that means to them, is inspiring.  Continue reading “What to say and do when you don’t know what to say or do”

Whatever you’re doing right now—that’s what you would’ve done.

Each week, I sit down to write a post for this blog—usually a tongue-in-cheek list of something related to my (very privileged) outdoor-adjacent life. This week’s post was supposed to be about enjoying a quiet summer with fewer self-imposed goals, but in the wake of this weekend’s violent rallies by literal, actual Nazis, I can’t bring myself to publish it.  Continue reading “Whatever you’re doing right now—that’s what you would’ve done.”