So I quit my job…

I generally enjoy my job. It’s the side effects I can’t stand–waking up every morning with third tier pop music stuck in my head, wanting to punch customers in the face for asking why I’m not more chipper at 9:53 at night, being unable to plan with certainty any events beyond next week due toContinue reading “So I quit my job…”

Permission Granted!

After a whole 17 days of delayed gratification, I received my permit to hike the Pacific Crest Trail this evening. And yes, it does feel fantastic.   Am I totally ready to hit the trail? Sure! Right after I buy a tent get my California Campfire Permit Get my permit to enter Canada Buy aContinue reading “Permission Granted!”

The Nicest Smelling Pit Toilets I’ve Ever Been In: Glacier National Park

I’m a big-picture planner. By this I mean I like to focus on the overall arc of an idea, and let someone else figure out the details. Sometimes, though, both of the other people I’m planning things with are also big-picture planners. The result? Two days in Glacier National Park with less than twenty minutesContinue reading “The Nicest Smelling Pit Toilets I’ve Ever Been In: Glacier National Park”

The Deep Questions

Why am I here? What’s the purpose? If you’re talking about life in general, great questions! However, my psychology 201 professor said we need to guard against over-sharing, or else people might try to give us jackets without armholes. That would make blogging difficult, so I’ll hold off on answering those. As to why I’mContinue reading “The Deep Questions”

Beaten by the Bearvault

Question: Which bear is best? Is that a ridiculous question? Are there basically two schools of thought? If that’s your answer: Let’s be friends. I always need people to finish my quotes from The Office, otherwise things get kind of awkward. False. The best bear, at least when backpacking, is the one that doesn’t comeContinue reading “Beaten by the Bearvault”

Embarrassment at REI

I’ve spent 4 years obsessing over backpacking gear and planning a future Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I’ve been backpacking three times. I’ve read dozens of trail blogs, gear lists, and books of backpacking wisdom. So when I went to REI to jump on the bandwagon of the Osprey Aura AG 65, (the AG stands forContinue reading “Embarrassment at REI”