• Asheville Travel Guide // Forest Tourist

    Asheville Travel Guide

    I have been to Asheville, North Carolina three times in my life, but up until last weekend I had never spent a considerable amount of time exploring the city - mainly because the first time I went I was young and the second time was only for a couple of hours. So when John and I bought tickets to a concert in Asheville that took place last weekend, I was beyond excited to finally get to know the city nestled in between the mountains. Like true weekend warriors, John and I attempted to make the most of our time in Asheville by packing in as many activities as we could.…

  • England Travel Guide // Forest Tourist

    England Travel Guide

    In December of 2016 my family and I took a trip to England for Christmas vacation. We spent ten days exploring London and the surrounding cities, and each day was full of activities. We were fortunate enough to have a rental car in the United Kingdom, and that allowed us to see more of the country than we would have if we had to rely on busses. That being said there are plenty of bus companies that offer day trips to many of the locations that we visited, so you can still explore other cities if you don’t have a car (or if you don’t want to flirt with death by…

  • Advocate Cycles Sand County Bike // Forest Tourist

    Meet Jolene

    I have a new best friend, and her name is Jolene. She’s dependable, strong, fast, and is always there to support me. Oh, and did I mention she’s a bicycle? Jolene is a Sand County touring bike by the company Advocate Cycles. Advocate Cycles was a company with a unique business plan that was created in Minnesota in 2015. What made them stand out was their promise to “create innovative bicycles and deliver 100% of profits from the company back to making cycling better for everyone,” which was stated on their Indiegogo page. When I first learned about this initiative I was stoked to hear that this company was giving back, but…

  • Lake Talquin // Forest Tourist
    Outdoors,  Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Lake Talquin

    I visited Lake Talquin for the first time at the beginning of February 2019 with my boyfriend John and my dog Koda. The trip was a last minute decision; I had recently started training at Lucky Goat Coffee and by some stroke of luck I didn’t have to be there over the weekend. I had convinced myself that it might be a long time before I had a weekend off again, so I decided to take advantage of that time and plan an adventure. John and I found a place on Hipcamp – a website that is essentially the Airbnb of camping – and two days later we hit the…

  • April Intentions // Forest Tourist

    Monthly Recap // April 2019

    What went on: When I look back on what I did in March I feel exhausted, even though in reality not much went on. I started working full time at Lucky Goat Coffee, which meant I was in the cafe five days a week and rarely had time for any adventures. That being said, I was still able to squeeze a few activities in when I happened to have time off. Earlier in the month John and I went on our first bikepacking trip. I had been dreaming of riding to the lighthouse in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge since I first moved to Tallahassee, so we loaded up…

  • Cooking with John While Camping // Forest Tourist
    Camping,  Health

    Fresh in the Forest 001: Food and the Great Outdoors

    Howdy y’all. And yes, I did just say howdy. As you know, I really enjoy getting outside. Like, really really enjoy it. I’m all for spending a few days camping, climbing, biking, hiking, sitting in a hammock, and kayaking; and in the midst of all that fun I need to find some time to shove food into my mouth to power my adventures. So I wanted to start a little series about how to eat fresh(ish) in the forest, because believe it or not people who go outside haven’t figured out how to photosynthesize yet so we still gotta eat. In all seriousness, my transition from a kid who had…

  • Activism // Conservation,  Outdoors,  Travel

    Hidden Gems in Utah and Arizona

    I’m sure you already know this by now, but the Western states hold a very special place in my heart. Four states in particular are constantly calling to me: Colorado, New Mexica, Arizona, and Utah. My infatuation with the scorching western deserts and the wild towering mountains started in 2016, when I went on my first road trip out west with my three best friends. That trip was a cornerstone moment in the formulation of my identity, and I thoroughly believe that it set me on the path to becoming the outdoor enthusiast that I am today. In 2016 my friends and I toured through the aforementioned four states, and…