• Journal

    Monthly Recap // October 2019

    What went on: September started off on a high note, because my parents came to visit me in Wyoming. They stayed at Brush Creek Ranch for four days, and during that time John and I were able to do activities with them and – more importantly – eat meals with them. We kicked off their stay by hiking around the alpine lakes in Medicine Bow National Forest; I’ve hiked that trail many times during my time as an activities guide at Brush Creek Ranch, but it was really special to share the place I’ve come to know and love with my parents. My parents’ stay at the ranch was full…

  • Outdoors,  Travel

    Exploring Grand Teton National Park

    I will never forget the first time I saw the Grand Teton range pop up over a horizon of thick pine trees. I was crammed into the middle seat in the back of my friend’s old Ford. The windows were down due to the lack of AC, wind was tearing my hair in all directions, and laughter filled the car as the five of us joked around and told stories. As soon as the first shimmering peak made its appearance, however, we fell into a deep silence before erupting into cheers. We had two days off and the plan was simple: drive the five and a half hours north to…

  • Journal

    Monthly Recap // September 2019

    What went on: At times it still feels like August just started; I’m convinced that I blinked and the entire month flew by. To kick off the month, John and I explored the lakes trail in Medicine Bow National Forest together for the first time – or more accurately, the first time where we weren’t walking on three feet of snow or guiding guests. We had anticipated climbing one of the peaks in Med Bow, but the abundance of snow at the base of the route threw us off so we opted for a leisurely hike instead. No matter how many times I hike through the range I still lose…

  • The lower falls in the grand canyon of the Yellowstone.
    Outdoors,  Travel

    One Day in Yellowstone National Park

    Whenever I talk to people about my experience thus far in Wyoming, I always preface it by stating that I had never anticipated calling the cowboy state home. In fact, before I came out here for the first time in 2018 Wyoming wasn’t even on my list of states to visit – which is something that I made adamantly clear in my blog post about my first summer out here – but as I’ve spent more time experiencing all of the beauty that Wyoming’s outdoor spaces have to offer, I can’t stop from falling more in love with my dusty little home. Recently John and I were able to get…

  • 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…