Month: October 2020

What to Wear Winter Hiking

When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors in the winter, there’s seldom bad weather, only bad outfit choices.

As someone who did not grow up with winter – do I have any fellow Southern Californians in the house? – I had to learn this the hard way when I moved to Berlin and started traveling in wintery places.

Then last year in -25 in the arctic of Canada, I was out for 4 hours in the middle of the night chasing northern lights – and I wasn’t even cold!

So please don’t swear off the great outdoors just because it’s cold outside. It’s less crowded, quieter, and beautiful when the winter months swing around. Here’s all you need to know about what to wear winter hiking:

When it’s just freezing to -10C/14F

Right around freezing in Iceland

Enjoying the outdoors when it’s cold is all about layering, and anticipating

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Winter Hiking: How to Enjoy the Snow and Cold

Now that summer has gone, the autumn leaves are falling, and snow is predicted up in Tahoe next week, I’m equal parts amazed by how quickly things change and excited for the winter hiking in my future! 

To be clear, seasons are not some thing I had experience with up until six or so years ago. I grew up in the perpetual spring of Southern California and winter is relatively new to me. 

But over the years, and much patient teaching by my German and Canadian friends, I’ve learned how to thrive in snowy conditions, backpacking in the snow in Alaska and Peru, spending hours outside in the Arctic of Canada and Finland, and enjoying winter hikes in Idaho and Wyoming as well!

I came to learn that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad outfit choices. This was reinforced last year when I spent hours

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How do You Measure a Year in the Life of 2020?

Growing up, our grandparents all seemed to know where they were when Kennedy was assassinated. I suppose that our generation has two – where you were on 9/11, and I think we will all be able to tell our future generations, should humanity miraculously last that long, where we were when COVID hit.

Where were you at the beginning/middle-ish of March? What did you think the rest of your year had in store and how hilariously quickly were those dreams macerated?

Please excuse any references to things that are not funny being funny, I’m laughing so that I don’t cry.

I was sitting on the floor of the Santiago airport two days away from the beginning of my second Patagonia backpacking trip. Within two days I would be welcoming 16 women to hike with me through the crown jewel of Patagonia – or at least that was the plan.


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What to Pack for Las Vegas

Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Whether you’re traveling to Las Vegas in the fall, winter, spring, or summer, here’s what to pack for Vegas.

Las Vegas is a great city to visit if you’re looking for an inexpensive vacation destination. Depending on when you visit, prices can be incredibly cheap.

From $8 a night hotel rooms and $38 roundtrip flights on Frontier to Vegas, Sin City is the perfect spot for couples, girls’ getaways, solo female travel, and families.

With 150,259 hotel rooms and easy to get, the 10th busiest airport in the United States has 490 daily flights, it’s easy to understand why 42.5 million people visited Las Vegas last year.

Regardless of what type of traveler you are figuring out what to bring on vacation can be stressful. Skip the stress and stop worrying about what to pack to Vegas.


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11 of the Best Road Trips in the USA

Even though you can find a great road trip just about anywhere in the world, the United States’ wide roads and abundance of open spaces make it one of the best countries to explore by car.

With an abundance of playlists on standby and some snacks on hand, the journey just as fun as the destination. Heading from the West Coast and moving east, here are 11 of the best road trips in the United States:

Hawaii’s Road to Hana

road to hana

Powerful bodies of water, bamboo forests, and hundreds of twists and turns––that basically sums up the Road to Hana. It’s a must-do for visitors to Maui!

This 64-mile road is no walk in the park, with its fair share of blind corners and narrow bridges. But if you’re careful and selective about which places to stop, you’ll be able to see some of the best of what Maui has

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The Best of What to Do on Mo’orea

Sometimes life blows my mind a little bit. Just a week ago I was swimming in turquoise water with docile stingrays and reef sharks, and then came home to fall colors in Reno and binging on the Great British Bake Show (and I don’t even bake!), wondering if it was all a dream.

Mo’orea in French Polynesia is the stuff of fairytales, and I believed my very friendly cab driver when she told me that the movie Moana took heavy inspiration from the island.

The land formations are dramatic and jungly, almost like Pandora (Have I peppered this with enough pop culture references yet?), all encircled by a glimmering baby blue bay.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Mo’orea, these are some of the best things that you can do on the island, plus information on how to get there, how to get around, and where to stay:

Swim with

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