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Sometimes You Need More Cowbell

Ah, camping. The great equalizer.  This is my happy place. Well, not standing in that specific spot with a beer in my hand the entire time, although one of those things might still be true… Upside: Peace, quiet, communing with nature, hiking, clear rushing creeks and towering trees. Oh, and absolutely no cell service. Places where you can’t even hum a few bars. When I’m camping, the absence of electronic connections is a palpable relief,

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Adventures in Nepal – Motorcycle Style

**Warning: This post contains references to poop and motorcycles! If either of these things make you nauseous, turn back now!** After eight days in country in Nepal, I flew to a small city northwest of Kathmandu. The beautiful city of Pokhara finally gave me a glimpse of the front range of the Himalayas, which had hidden themselves under smog the whole time I was in Kathmandu Valley. My hotel room was on the corner of

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7 Essential Tips for Renting and Riding Abroad

  If you’ve come here looking for an extension of the January 2018 Modern Moto Magazine article you’ve come to the right place! I wanted to expand upon a few of my points to give readers a little context for why I gave the advice I did in the article. Disclaimer: If you’re reading this article and you don’t live in the US, some of these things won’t apply, such as specific advice on IDPs,

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The Far Side of the Mountain

  Standing naked in my kitchen one day, making some salmon fillets and a microwave baked potato, I was forced to think about my life and my choices. Ok ok. It had nothing to do with the salmon. Or the baked potato. Most people have something they don’t like about themselves. Mine is an apparent inability to figure out what I want out of life. Ok that’s not entirely true. I know exactly what I

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I’m afraid…not. (Confronting the fear of being a woman and traveling alone on a motorcycle)

Some people call me fearless because I ride my motorcycle and camp solo, but the truth is, this shit scares the hell out of me.  Don’t get me wrong, Belle and I make a pretty good team (“Belle” is my Harley – I named her that because she’s Beauty And The Beast) but I’m still solo a lot of the time. It isn’t that I’m against riding with other people, but a lot of the

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What the heck is a YURT? a.k.a. Motorcycle camping for the wet and wild :)

Yurt camping is kind of the best of both worlds – you get the experience of camping but with several of the comforts of home – like the ability to stay warm, and dry which – in the Pacific Northwest – is not always easy to do. It also gives you a bed off the ground and all you need is your sleeping bag – no pad, no tent, no worries! This trip was kind

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Gear Reviews Part 2: More camping gear and helpful electronics

If you’re just tuning in and you want to find Gear Reviews Part 1 (tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc) please click here.   Ok moving on to some of the smaller gear type items: Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit: I wanted to be as self sufficient as possible while traveling, and tent campsites don’t usually have power, so charging my electronics is tricky on the road. I have my phone which is

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Some Thoughts On Gear: Reviews from a relative newbie (Part 1):

Ok so starting with my camping gear: Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2: Absolutely loved this tent. I was astounded at how fast and easy it was to set up. It has a rigid but adjustable back vestibule that can be used to stow gear. It comes with its own ground sheet, fully taped seams, and the air flow was so perfect within this tent that even though I was camped at the ocean, there was not drop

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We were together, and this was just a part of our life…

We were sitting in a cafe last night about 11 pm having a little pastry before bed (because in Madrid you can do that, and because when you’re on vacation, calorie counting is sacrilege) and my daughter asked me what the most memorable part of the day had been for me. I had to think about it. I’d had very little sleep in the last 48 hours so my brain felt fuzzy and even the

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Winter Adventures on Mt. Hood

  In addition to 2016 being a year full of travel plans, I’m also committed to spending part of my time off exploring this great Pacific Northwest. Having a winter birthday means I get to go skiing to celebrate and I’ve been wanting to explore the slopes of Mt. Hood (Oregon) for the past several years. Mt. Hood is one of the only mountains in North America where you can ski year round (most years,

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What’s New?

I have to admit. I laughed at this one. Out loud. And then I cried a little. On the inside. And then I smiled when I realized life is kinda like that. Anne Lamott talks about writing shitty first drafts in her book “Bird By Bird”. It’s one of the things that gives me the courage to keep writing. Not worrying that anyone will necessarily read that first bit of dribble, but rather just getting

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