• 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…

  • June Intentions // Forest Tourist
    Journal

    Monthly Recap // June 2019

    What went on: Holy heck, May was a busy month. During the very first week John and I packed everything we owned into his van and left Tallahassee. Saying goodbye to the place that I had called home for three years and to all of the people I grew to love was incredibly hard. I recently wrote a blog post reflecting on my time in Florida’s capital, and in it I shared some of my favorite places to eat and things to do in Tallahassee – you can read it here! From Tallahassee we started driving out west towards Wyoming, and along the way we stopped in Colorado so John…

  • Tallahassee Travel Guide // Forest Tourist
    Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Tallahassee

    One of my most vivid memories is from my first night in Tallahassee; after my furniture was set up and my family drove away, I laid down in my new bed in my new room and stared up at the ceiling. Everyone I knew and everything I had grown accustomed to over the past 19 years was gone, and I felt so incredibly alone in that small apartment. Over the past three years, Tallahassee has transformed from a lonely and intimidating city to a place that I can sincerely call home. I recently said goodbye to Florida’s capital in order to pursue new adventures in new places, but I know…

  • May Intentions // Forest Tourist
    Journal

    Monthly Recap // May 2019

    What went on: April got off to a busy start, and somehow it managed to maintain that energy throughout the entire month. At the beginning of April I competed in Tallahassee Rock Gym’s 9th annual Save the South climbing competition. This was my third year participating in Save the South but only my second year competing, because last year I was working at the gym and stayed behind the scenes. It was so heartwarming to reunite with old friends who came back for the competition, and it made me so happy to watch new climbers fall in love with the sport like I did at my first Save the South.…