macaroni and cheese backpack meal

How to Go Backpacking with Kids

Well, I did it! I took my son backpacking for the first time. Surprisingly, it was also my first time backpacking. You’d think that an avid camper and hiker like myself who has done almost every type of camping would have made that happen in the last 32 years, but nope. Until now!

Staying Clean While Camping

I joke about being a sweat monster or mud beast, but one thing that I think turns a lot of people off to camping is that they are unhappy when they feel dirty. We can take care of that! I want to help make the outdoors more fun for everyone, so here is my advice […]

tent camping at night

How to Camp with Little Kids

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I’ve inspired them to take their family camping, but they don’t know where to start. Either they haven’t camped in many years or they never camped as kids and now they want to do it. Well hey! I can totally help you.

too hot to run

So You Had an Epic Run Fail

Has this ever happened to you? You train and train for months to run a race, put both brawn and brain power into everything leading up to this event, and then race day comes and—for whatever reason—it ends in a big ol’ fail? Well, me too, and it sucked. And this is how I’m getting […]

sleeping bear adventure race

I miss long runs.

Since I started grad school last year, I haven’t been able to train for any long runs. I stopped running in April after a bad race and only kept up with a few 5k or 10k races in 2017. Then I somehow managed to do okay at the Bridge Run 10-miler, but that was not […]