Welcome to the Jungle - Chapter 4

Welcome to the Jungle - Chapter 4

They loaded Lana into a jeep, which would take her to a boat, up the river, to another jeep, and then to the hospital. As I watched them lift her into the car, terrified and in pain, the knot in my throat doubled - it threatened to push upward, pry open my mouth, and thrust into the universe all the anger and fear and grief I had brought with me to Costa Rica.

Bring Less - A Backpacking Strategy

Bring Less - A Backpacking Strategy

"I'm having a hallucination," I panted. "When you look at those trees, does it look like they're pushing away?" The stand of redwoods fell perpetually away from me. The harder I blinked, the harder I stared, the further they retreated. Like a vertigo GIF, my view zoomed out on repeat.

Guest Blog - Happiness in the Mountains by Jess Mitchell

Guest Blog - Happiness in the Mountains by Jess Mitchell

But I was by myself. I had to make all of the decisions. I was in a crazy ass storm. It felt safer to stay put. I imagined that if I packed up and tried to head home I might’ve gotten lost somehow or tripped and slid down the steep slope next to part of the trail. No, being alone, it was better to stay where I was until the sun came up. 

Sunday Spotlight - Amador County Wine Tasting

Sunday Spotlight - Amador County Wine Tasting

Wine tasting on a Sunday is always a little dangerous. All of those one ounce tastes can add up to a whole lot of booze and before you know it, it's Monday morning and you still have a headache. Unfortunately (but also thankfully) for us, good wine is close by and a quick trip to wine country is sometimes just what the weekend requires.