Adventures

Why I Travel

I travel to seek out new adventures, whatever they may be. I have stopped putting off life and started saying YES to live out my dreams. I finished grad school, started a business, bought a pickup truck and the mountain bike of my dreams. I stopped the excuses and began to find the ways to say YES! 

One year ago I pack up most of my life into my Subaru and moved cross country to Colorado. I came for adventure and thought it would all play out just like life had back in Vermont. I was wrong. It's been one of the hardest transitions in my life and even though I knew it would be hard, I never expected it to be THIS hard. People seemingly have enough friends here and don't want to share trail secrets. I get it, but when you come from an incredible friendly and welcoming community I was perplexed. It's been the hardest thing to date, still 1 year later, I don't really have friends here that I can just call up whenever or randomly show up at their house to hang out, whether they are home or not. I have made some friends and I cherish their friendship, but as a whole, it has not been easy. 

So I decided that it was time to stop making the excuses and travel. Part of why I chose to move to where I did was because of the access to other areas it provided. I find that even though I have only lived here one year the opportunities that have come up to travel and see more of this wild west country, to a girl from the east coast has been absolutely spectacular. I have been to 4 National Parks since April, spent countless nights camping and all while in the company of my dog! I don't travel anywhere without Kit. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger network out here so I could leave her behind, but then the reality is she loves adventures just as much and with a little extra planning, I never regret bringing her. 

While to many people it seems that yes, I do travel a lot, and I do BUT it also comes with the sense of desire and urge to continuously see and explore new places. Even if I camp and work on my podcast in a new location, I love the thrill of getting there. Solo road trips (with Kit) allow me to escape the day to day, forget about the struggle moving to a new place, binge on podcasts and get out and camp more. 

I currently have a list 2 pages long of places I want to visit this summer and I've had to take a step back and realize it's more important to go to one place slightly longer and get a true experience rather than rushing around driving continuously to just see as much as possible. And for all of those to not be fooled I do work 40 hours a week, plus I am starting my own business/ podcast, pick up odd jobs here and there and volunteer with a non-profit. So on top of my drive to travel, I have this work ethic and I don't do well sitting still or only in just one job for long. I work my ass off and then get 3-day weekends, when I do a lot of my podcast work, and I also call my weekends vacations, because then they just seem to be more fun! It's all about perspective, I am lucky enough to have 3-day weekends every single week so these mini-vacations allow my travel, but you better believe that there are also the times where I am busting my ass to get shit done and working hard in order to make the travel happen. 

Social media, only typically shows, the best of's from our lives and adventures, and as long as we do not get distracted in that as the constant reality there is always a story behind it with a little more than what you are seeing. I travel because I'm lonely and seek new adventures, but I also work my ass off to feed my passion of seeing new places and visiting friends. 

- See you on the Road! 

A Curious Soul

I’m one of those creative types. I’m all about extracting meaning from experiences and translating it into my writing.  I love to write, and read others writing. I am curious and almost always “ready-to-go”, waiting for or planning the next adventure. Whether the adventures are far away or in my backyard, there is always something to explore.

I dream BIG. I’ve traveled, lived out of both a backpack and a car and I love the connections I have made through my travels. I am a creature of comfort and sometimes just sitting at my desk is all I need, but the travels and adventure fuel my spirit, and inspire my future.

I want to know who, what where when and WHY about everything. I am a constant learner roaming, seeking, doing and making the big dreams a reality.

I have called a variety of landscapes home, from the Atlantic Ocean Beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to the luscious Green Mountains of Vermont to the now rugged landscape of Colorado.

I believe that outdoor travel, adventure and wilderness wanderings are what keep me grounded and are essential for leading a healthy life. A good cup of black tea, helps me settle and put everything into perspective and sort out any of life’s questions.

I am a gear shop junkie. When I haven’t been working in one, you find me spending lots of free time in them and checking out all the cool gear shops I come across in my travels. It is a full force addiction, I just like to look at all the pretty gadgets and gear.

I am not a master anything, but rather an avid enthusiast who loves attempting to do it all. But given the choice, you will typically find me on my mountain bike, skiing or on a casual hike in the woods.

I am a lazy cook. I have had cheese & crackers or nachos for a meal more times than I care to admit. And I not so secretly love vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles straight out of their respective packaging.

I consider myself an environmentalist, if we don’t protect where we recreate then we will not have anywhere to play.

I guess I am what many people are calling The Modern Outdoorswoman, and that’s probably pretty accurate and I can’t wait see where it takes me next.  

 

 

Photo by: Aaron Couch of Destination Reroute

 

Balance

Somewhere in the back of my mind, is this constant nagging voice, pack up and go. Go mountain biking somewhere new, go skiing somewhere new, find a new place to hike, sleep, walk the dog, camp... Adventure. This voice tells me to adventure. I used to suppress this voice in my head, fear of the unknown, a constant need to over plan everything, being doubted by others, and trying to meet society's standards of being "normal." Except I don't want to be normal, I want to be me.

Me is wild and free, an adventuresome spirit who also works really hard to get shit done to make these adventures happen. There is a time to work and a time to play. Sometimes play can be work and work can be play, but sometimes I like having some separation. I dream of living out of a 4x4 Sprinter van or a pickup truck that can also tow a small RV/ camper home. I want my dog to come with me on my adventures. 

Anyone who knows me knows that smile, light in the eyes and laugh, the look when I am genuinely excited about something. I used to hate my smile (braces and the nightmare before them) but now I realize that when I see photos of myself my smile and eyes all lit up tell a story and to me that is the story of finding balance and with that comes happiness. 

I used to over think everything, over plan, and want a step-by step- guide for everything and then slowly over time. Bumps in the road happened and I began to let go. There is a balance between planning and going with the flow. That balance looks different for everyone, for me I work really hard and adventure when I can.  Wild, short, quick and sometimes crazy sounding weekend plans are my specialty. Near or far, sometimes backyard adventures are the best adventures, with something new thrown into the mix every once in a while. I just got back from a fast trip to Taos, New Mexico- I got to go to a new state, ski a new resort and see my best friend. I left at 1 am Friday morning and I was back home at 8pm Saturday night to ski tune, and it's a 6 hour drive. You just have to get up, get out and go on adventures, no excuses. 

Having a flexible plan where you can plan some things and then follow that voice in your head saying "let's do it!" When you listen to that voice and trust that you know where you are going and what you are doing things fall into place and begin to work out magically and you forget that fact that you might not have had a plan but being flexible and going with the flow has brought you to a much better place. 

As humans we will fail, follow the wrong path, and make mistakes but you can only be so hard on yourself. Trust your gut. We are never 100% sure of anything and if we live within a safe bubble all of the time then we don't take risks. Risks put us out there vulnerable to the world doing something that scares us and when you look back on those experiences they seem less scary and we realize we have found a balance.

 

Nature's Corridors

The more I travel through natures corridors, the more I realize that beautiful places are not just hidden jewels, they are more common than you would believe. They are countless, every corner offers something new and wild, even in places I've been before. That is what I love most about adventuring...you never see the same things. You go where your eyes lead you, not the trail. That can take you to places you didn't expect.

Adventuring on a Budget and The Key Ingredients to have the Basics and Get out and Have FUN!

I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods, and still have yet to discover my money tree. When I find it, I probably won’t tell you, and my lifestyle habits probably wont change too much either. But for now whether you are going to school, working with a limited income, working to pay the bills or just generally finding ways to cut back on expenses, adventure can be the solution. Money might limit the distances traveled but the spirit and sense of adventure never goes away. And sometimes those backyard adventures are the best. 

I once had LOTS of excuses of why I didn’t go on big adventures or vacations filled with adventures I always felt “too broke” and sucked at budgeting. And frankly, I still kinda suck at budgeting but once I got my sense of adventure and travel back all I can think about is budgeting and my next adventure. Granted I am still no expert on budgeting and I have been known to change my mind on a daily basis…. But when you pick one thing and put your mind to it you will find LOTS of creative ways to save money and find the time to make it all happen.

Here are some tips to Adventure More:

1.     Explore Your Backyard

Exploring your backyard is both affordable and fun. You do not always have to travel to the ends of the earth for an epic adventure. Some of my favorite adventures this past summer began when I pedaled out of my driveway and then went on a 20+ mile mountain bike rides all without even moving my car.

2.     Free is always the best

Adventure outdoors instead of paying to go to different venues and their entrance fees. Climb outside, swim in rivers, and lakes, mountain bike, hike local trails. Everything you do outdoors can be free, sometimes there are camping costs or park fees, but in the grand scheme of things those are typically pretty small and budget friendly, but outside of those there is so much free nature to visit and explore. “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

3.     Spend Less on Gear

Invest in quality gear the first time around, it will last longer and when you need additions second hand shops, trades, renting or even borrowing from friends are some of the best ways to try and test out new products. You don’t always need the best of the best and the top of the line but having gear that works for YOU and YOUR needs is the way to go.

4.     Plan Your Eating

Avoid buying expensive food by planning ahead, preparing at home and buying in bulk. Keep an arsenal of snacks and food, figure out what works best for you and make them go-to items at home.

5.     Watch Your Spending

Fancy coffee, dinner out, and other impulses are sneaky. Have personal limits and give yourself a set amount of cash to spend and then when they money is gone so are your frivolous purchases.

I realize with spending I am not perfect, just the other day I was having a tough day so I splurged on a Whole Foods sandwich for lunch instead of eating what I had brought to work for lunch, but it made me feel better so don’t deprive yourself, you still want to enjoy life.