How to Beat the Downsides of Winter Road Tripping!

So I did it. “Cross country road trip” can be checked off my list.

Here’s a list of every major stop from start to finish:
Charlotte, NC
Nashville, TN
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, KS
Denver, CO
Boulder, CO
Vail, CO
Salida, CO
Carlsbad, NM
Las Cruces, NM
San Diego, CA
Joshua Tree, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Big Sur, CA
San Francisco, CA
Larkspur, CA
Humboldt County, CA
Banks, OR
Vancouver, WA
Portland, OR

The opportunity came during an atypical season, the winter. Winter road tripping is tougher than other seasons, but it can be a great time to travel. Now that it’s over, I’ve summarized the downsides followed by one or more ways to beat it with a positive! At the bottom is a list of tips. Continue reading

The Near Misadventure of Sykes Hot Springs in January

The hike to Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur, CA is 10 miles, out and back. Getting a late start, we hit the Pine Ridge trail with the intention of making it to the hot springs before sun down.

We whizzed through nine miles of redwood forest on a windy ridge trail etched into the side of the mountains, the sound of the Big Sur river gushing far below.

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An Off-Beat Hiker’s Guide to Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is where great climbing’s at. It’s got never-ending grip-tastic rock structures to climb. But what about hiking?

Taylor and I went on a two-night backpacking trip in Joshua Tree. We started on the California Riding and Hiking trail that travels from Black Canyon to Ryan Campground.

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Meet The Soda Can Stove

A good backpacking stove can be expensive. Not to mention, finicky, hard to clean, and not always ultra-light. Lucky for us minimal, budget travelers, there is an alternative stove that works wonders, is light weight and more compact than any stove you can buy, and costs just a few cents.

Meet The Soda Can Stove.

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve doubted it’s abilities. Well, it’s time to put your doubts to rest. Below is a quick demo of how it works and why it’s great.
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