• Journal

    Monthly Recap // August 2019

    What went on: Summer is finally in full swing here in Wyoming, and July was jam packed with adventures in the sunshine. To start things off, almost all of the activity guides that I work with went out on a scenic float trip together in the evening. We loaded up the giant blue inflatable raft on the bank of the North Platte River and shoved off for a leisurely booze cruise. I truly never get tired of spending time with this lovely group of individuals – both on the job and after work – so floating along the River was a wonderful way to pass the time and watch the…

  • Sustainability

    Trash Talk: Sustainable Clothing

    It’s been a hot minute since we talked about trash, y’all. I’ve already made a few blog posts about how you can generate less waste in the kitchen and in the bathroom, but there are plenty of other ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Today I want to share what I’ve learned about how wasteful the fashion industry is, as well as what you can do to reduce your “trash footprint” while shopping for clothes. When I was first exposed to the zero-waste lifestyle and started digging into sustainable living practices, clothing didn’t even cross my mind. It’s easy to understand why we need to reduce our waste production…

  • Climbing,  Gear Reviews

    Forest Tourist’s Guide to Climbing Pants

    I’m just going to come out and say it: not all women’s climbing pants are created equally. When I first started rock climbing I had no idea just how much of an investment the hobby would end up being; first it was the harness and the shoes, then it became a rope and various packs, and before I knew it I was happily dropping $90 on climbing specific jeans. I am by no means trying to say that you need special pants in order to rock climb, and I am fully aware that not everyone is able to buy sport-specific gear. That being said, I’ve tried on a lot of…

  • Journal

    Monthly Recap // July 2019

    What went on: June was primarily spent adjusting to life on the ranch and preparing for the upcoming season. Despite the promise of warmer weather that typically comes with the summer solstice, Wyoming frequently peppered us with out-of-the-blue snowstorms and rainy weather that brought with it chilling winds. Even though summer seems like a lifetime away, I’m trying to remind myself to cherish these colder afternoons before they are rapidly replaced with dry and dusty hot flashes. John and I tried not to let the poor weather get us down, however. We started out the month by climbing in Sinks Canyon State Park outside of Lander, Wyoming, which was unbearably…

  • Travel

    Adventures in Colorado

    It seems to be a consistent trend for Floridian rock climbers to feel a tug on their heart towards Colorado after a considerable amount of time spent sweating under the Southeastern sun with no real rocks in sight. As I finished up my final semesters at FSU, I often attended farewell parties or got together with close friends one last time at a coffee shop as they prepared to make the move out west, and I watched as the rock climbing community endured periods of silence before the start of a new semester brought in new faces. I too have felt a burning desire to travel west ever since my…

  • Climbing in Wyoming // Forest Tourist
    Climbing

    What Wyoming Taught Me About Climbing

    I had naively thought that climbing would be the same in Wyoming as it was in Florida and the Southeast, but it wasn't. Climbing in Wyoming was just familiar enough for me to feel at home, but it was different in a way that opened my eyes to the sport and allowed me to see it more clearly. I had several revelations about rock climbing during my two months working at Brush Creek Ranch, and today I want to share them with you.

  • Bikepacking in Florida // Forest Tourist
    Biking,  Outdoors,  Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Bikepacking to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

    It finally happened: I went on the bikepacking trip I had dreamed of doing for so long. If you read one of my recent blog posts about my bike Jolene then you already know some of the backstory about this trip, but my desire to bikepack the St. Marks trail started long before I got my bike. When I started my first semester at FSU I was desperate to find a community that I connected with. I tried out every club that even remotely caught my attention and pushed myself to attend as many events as I could. Eventually I found my people at the Tallahassee Rock Gym, but in…