30 Days of Lists is my life right now. And so is paddleboarding/kayaking. And carbs…but carbs are kind of always my life.
Some things coming up: Project Life® posts — I finally put in a giant order of photos and I’m ready to roll! Mini-albums. Personal posts — like things that I’m making and our micro-adventures. More books to feed your wanderlust…and probably a few jokes about Dungeons & Dragons as I get started on two different campaigns (one of which I will be DMing, so there’s that).
- If you’re looking for cute and inexpensive workout clothes that also flatter your body, check out Fabletics. I have a TON of their clothes, so feel free to ask questions about specific pieces…if I don’t own it, I’ll find somebody who does and get you an answer. I’m also an ambassador for Fabletics, so I’ll get credit (for more clothes and bragging rights) if you use that link to sign up for the site.
- I’m Pinning everything mini-album related lately and this post and this post are just fueling this strange fire
- Each year I get behind on Project Life and my biggest challenge seems to be printing photos — it may be time to order a photo printer. Kelly Purkey’s recent travel album post has me convinced that the SELPHY may be the best option for me (no space, easy to use)
- It is this kind of post that has me making huge messes in the living room lately
- Heather shared some backpacking tips for beginners
- If you’re thinking of trying canyoneering for the first time, read up on these 10 tips
- It’s a bit of a read, but Neil Patel (so you know it’s a good read) wrote a blog post for Buffer on how to safe time each week on social media
- 24 packing tips — because I have cabin fever and need to book a trip ASAP
What I’m reading:
I’m slowly making my way through Four Boots, One Journey: A Story of Survival, Awareness, and Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail by Jeff Alt, which was sent to me for review in July. The book follows a newly married couple as they make their way along the 218-mile John Muir Trail in California. The trail goes through three national parks and includes Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Jeff thinks the hike will do Beth some good following the tragic passing of her brother. Beth is the hot shower and warm bed kind of gal so taking her out for a big backpacking trip with mountain lions and food shortages is a little out of her comfort zone.
I emailed the author’s wife, Beth, to see what she thought of the idea of hiking the JMT and she responded,
“Jeff showed me brilliant pictures of the Sierra lakes and the mountain views. He knew how much I love water and beaches. He carefully left out the word “glacial” though. He knew I didn’t like the cold. He also said there would be a resort half-way. What he didn’t fully explain to me was that to qualify as a resort in the backcountry simply requires cold beer, hot food, and a shower. There were no massages or chocolates on the pillows. The rooms were rundown, the mattress was as if a boulder dropped off the cliff and landed on the bed leaving a pit in the center of the mattress for us to roll in. But, the staff was great, the food was good, and the beer was cold and we had the option of sleeping in our tent if we didn’t like the rooms. It all worked out (Ha ha).”
When asked what she brought with her on the trail to stay comfortable, she let me know that travel wipes, hand sanitizer, and plenty of toilet paper are essential to comfort.Beth also recommends that adventurers find a comfortable backpack, synthetic undies (the unsung hero of all outdoor adventures!), lightweight boots and wool socks.
I think my favorite part of our chat was about the memory-keeping aspect of Beth’s journey:
“Journaling gave me emotional comfort. Walking in the mountains surrounded by raw beauty combined with the euphoric state from the workout conjures up inspiring thoughts to savor by writing them down.”
I’m looking forward to finishing this book and learning more about the John Muir Trail…who knows, maybe I’ll be brave enough to look into getting permits for next summer!
I was contacted by the author’s publicist to do a review of the book. I received a digital copy of the book and requested a short interview to share with Campfire Chic readers. All opinions are my own.