• Transitioning from Wix to Wordpress // Forest Tourist

    Transitioning from Wix to WordPress

    Hello friends! I have some pretty exciting news as well as a confession to make. If you’ve been keeping up with me then you might remember that I created a blog at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester for academic purposes. Essentially my homework assignments for one class consisted of creating a website and writing blog posts, and at first I was so excited. Then reality checked in. You see, the downside to creating a blog for school is just that: it’s a blog for school. At the beginning of the semester I was eager to share my thoughts with the world and was silently thanking my teacher for…

  • How to Love The Planet by Loving Yourself // Forest Tourist
    Health,  Journal

    Love the Planet by Loving Yourself

    Hello friends. Today I want to talk to you about something close to my heart, but I want to do so in a way that won’t come across as condescending. On April 13, 2016 I made a decision that radically changed my life in so many ways: the decision to stop consuming animal products. Going vegan was something I had wrestled with and considered for a very long time, and on that sunny April morning I remember taking a step back from thoughts of “what will other people think” and “how can I live without cheese” and taking the plunge to purge animal products from my life cold turkey (pun…

  • Talloween 13 // Forest Tourist

    Talloween 13

    Last Friday I did something that combined two of my favorite things: Halloween and cycling. Every year Krank It Up (an awesome local bike shop in town) hosts a Halloween-themed bike race with obstacles and checkpoints all over Tallahassee. Halloween + Tallahassee = Talloween. This year was the 13th annual bike race and it took place on Friday the 13th. Pretty spooky, I know. Not only was this my first Talloween but this was also my first ever bike race and I’ll admit I was a little nervous beforehand. I ride my bike to school everyday and to work most days, but I definitely don’t consider myself an all out…

  • Labor of Love // Forest Tourist
    Journal,  Outdoors

    Labor of Love

    “Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation. ” -Charles Cook It’s not every Saturday that I find myself putting on gardening gloves and squatting in the dirt at 8:30 am, but last Saturday that’s exactly what I was doing. Lichgate on High Road was hosting a garden workday event, which meant I was hosting a garden workday event. For those of you who don’t know, Lichgate is three acres of wilderness nestled within the hustle and bustle of Tallahassee. A massive oak tree over 300 years old rests…

  • Public Lands Need YOUR Help! // Forest Tourist
    Activism // Conservation,  Outdoors

    Public Lands Need YOUR Help!

    “The crisis is in our backyard and each of us has to get out of bed and do something about it.” -Forest Woodward for Patagonia Friends, in case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s a lot going on with our national parks right now. Just last week Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to President Donald Trump was making headlines in the outdoor community. Zinke recommended that the President shrink and/or modify beloved national parks and monuments in the United States under the Antiquities Act. I’m going to repeat that for you so it really sinks in: our government wants to shrink and/or modify some of our national parks and monuments. Land that…

  • How Fear Inspired a Passion // Forest Tourist
    Climbing,  Journal,  Travel

    How Fear Inspired a Passion

    This is a story about Zion, fear, and personal growth. I remember standing on a thin ledge with over 1,000ft drops on either side of me, feeling as if my life were coming to an end. My heart was pounding so hard my entire body shook with the force of it, my palms were sweaty, and my hands quivered involuntarily. Each breath was faster than the last and despite my best efforts to hold everything in silent tears were streaming down my face. I have always believed that no matter how impossible something seemed I could get through it. That my ambition, determination, and sheer will were enough to carry me through any situation.…

  • Writing and Nature // Forest Tourist
    Activism // Conservation

    Writing and Nature

    For many people there is a distinct division between science and literature. Okay, let me back up a little bit. When aspiring college students consider what they want to do for the rest of their lives and which major is conducive for that aspiration, they typically choose either a STEM field or something more liberal, such as art or communications. Now I know there is more to life than STEM degrees and liberal studies but bear with me. When I decided to be an English major it felt like a door was closing on the science-based portion of my life. In my personal experience, when I chose my major I was…