The first proper solo trip I took abroad was a trek across Thailand. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason that region encompassed everything I wanted out of a trip – inexpensive, full of adventure, rich in culture, and packed with awesome people. The longest I had ever traveled out of the … Continue reading The Ultimate Packing List for Thailand 2020
I got my first dose of responsible travel during a 2-week trip across the Philippines. I was working with a tour group called One Life Adventures, and the underlying premise of their business model was to create ethical, transformational travel experiences for adventurous individuals. Their goal when founding the company wasn’t just to provide another … Continue reading Sustainable Tourism 101
The first proper solo trip I took abroad was a trek across the Philippines. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason that region encompassed everything I wanted out of a trip – inexpensive, full of adventure, rich in culture, and packed with awesome people. The longest I had ever traveled out of … Continue reading The Ultimate Packing List for the Philippines 2020
I gently pull on a rock, half expecting it to give the minute I put any of my weight on it. It shifts with my tug, but not by much. I go ahead and put just enough of my weight on it to pull myself up another few feet. Slowly but surely, I’m inching my … Continue reading Climbing Mount Sneffels in Ouray, CO: My First 14er 2020
As of Saturday, October 17th, my boyfriend Chad and I became official residents of the beautiful state of Colorado! Our decision to leave our homes in Northwest Arkansas came as a bit of a shock to our friends and families – well, perhaps not the biggest shock to my loved ones given that I’m known … Continue reading We Moved to Boulder, Colorado!
Earlier this year in August my partner Chad and I were fortunate enough to take an impromptu, 8-day camping trip through southern Colorado where we got to camp, hike our first 14er, mountain bike, and drink way too much craft beer. Now, I’ve been coming to Colorado for years, given that my mom grew up … Continue reading Road Trip Through Southern Colorado 2020
One of the first proper solo trips I took abroad was a 2-week stint Guam. I didn't have a lot of expectations for the small island in the middle of the Pacific, but by the end of the 2 weeks I was completely enamored with the island and its residents. Aside from being a tad … Continue reading The Ultimate Packing List for Guam 2020
While 2020 was a tough year for my physically (many of my domestic and international trips got cancelled in light of COVID, I dislocated my shoulder twice which meant no rock climbing, all my bike races got cancelled, etc.) there is one silver lining that I’ve really come to appreciate. More time in my home, … Continue reading Inspiring Books I’ve Read in 2020
Once you dig deep into the variety of rock climbing that can be found in Northwest Arkansas, you’ll quickly realize the sandstone crags and boulders are nothing to sleep on. Hell, even Chris Sharma realized this when he established professional-grade lines like Witness the Fitness (V14) and Paying the Rent (5.14a).
Words to Inspire and Encourage You onto Adventure Many people - myself included - will swear that traveling is the best time to crush some books. Whether we're trapped on a 12-hour plane ride, are spending the entire day on a train, or find ourselves in a hostel with less than useful WiFi, reading is … Continue reading 50 Amazing Books for Travelers 2020