Prior to a recent backpacking trip, I was looking for some resources to help me with meal planning. Being someone who usually eats quite well on camping trips (my group of friends tends to carry coolers with fresh food and cold beers quite the distance), I know I had to tone it down for this trip. We were hiking 8 miles in the first day and were anticipating 90 degree heat. To my disappointment, this search yielded suggestions that did not incorporate fresh foods, which should be easy to do on a short weekend trip...
Happy first week of spring! Longer days and warmer weekends mean more time in the sun. Yay for vitamin D! We all know that limiting time in the sun and covering up is the best way to avoid getting burnt but, come on, I know you are not going to hide out inside in the middle of the day. You are an adventurer. You live to be outside. You are stoked to get on that board or throw on those hiking shoes and spend the whole day out in nature. That is not going to change. So, it is time to get that sunscreen supply ready.
Have you ever saved up for a big purchase? Maybe a new bike, surfboard, or, I don’t know, pair of skis? 2013 was a big equipment upgrade year for me. I had been rockin’ the same pair of Dynastar shape skis for over a decade, and every time I was lucky enough to hit a powder day I got a little frustration along with my excitement—I just could not seem to get to the level I wanted, always feeling like a bumbling newbie when the powder got too deep. On the first day I tried out my new Volkl Kenjas, I could not have been more excited. I could turn. In powder! I seemed to float on top of snow I used to sink in. I didn’t feel out of shape after every run and was having a blast! Now, most people thought that California had a horrible season last year. “There is no snow!” they said. Well, when you wait a decade for a new pair of skis, you find the snow. Just about every stormy weekend this girl made it to the Sierra and ended up having a great, powdery season.
If you had to choose, would you rather take a two day sailboat trip to an uninhabited island where you might see whales and dolphins (maybe even get to swim with them!), snorkel, scuba dive, surf, and enjoy sunset cocktails with some of your favorite people, or buy that new dress you saw hanging in the window last week? If you are jumping up and down saying “Sailboat! Whales! Playing in the ocean!” then we’re on the same page.
Camp. This word makes me think of campfire songs, horseback riding, old pen pals, and counselors with funny camp names, like Casper or Sunbeam. While some of us may get nostalgic for those carefree summer days, us lucky ones still get to experience adventures reminiscent of camp. Whether it be jumping off rocks on the San Joaquin River, hiking through knee deep powder to find afternoon freshies, or diving the Mendocino coast, there are countless ways to get a little camp in your life. Often, my friends go off on adventures in a group of 20-30, making a normal trip feel very camp-like.