rollercoaster aroace. Weekends at a theme park during summer vacation. Running from ride to ride. Laughter bright and happy filling the air. High speed rollercoasters that leave them dizzy and spinning and wanting more. Cotton candy and hotdogs and a hot summer day.
rainy day aroace. Waking up and watching the raindrops against the window. Listening to the calming sound of thunder as it softly vibrates the air. Huddling under a cozy and warm blanket and just letting the noises of an early morning rainstorm wash over the world.
Concert aroace. Loud music filling the air. Defining in intensity. Vibration the air in waves. The pushing and pulling of a large crowd. Dancing in the middle of a mosh pit. Screaming and cheering and clapping. Light shows and lasers filling the night air.
Kitchen aroace. A pot of herbs on the windowsill. The warmth of a kitchen in the middle of fall. Flower and salt and sugar spilt slightly over a kitchen counter. A rolling pin dusted and gliding over dough. A large pot of stew boiling on the stove filling the air with its rich fragrance.
internet aroace. Social media and glossy magazines. Keeping up with all the latest gossip. Planned trips that are too expensive to ever go on. Big extravagant dreams that are unlikely to come true but bring joy anyway. Day dreaming at 3am and 3pm. random Accumulated knowledge that is both useless and excited. Static.
arts-and-crafts aroace. The feeling of yarn between fingers. The sun pouring through an open wonder, a slight breeze ruffling the curtains. Comforting silence and the soft clink of knitting needles. Quarts stones upon a table and light reflected in a million directions spelling out a million possibilities as the world goes by.
Pool party aroace. Canon balls and sword fights with pool noodles. The hottest day of the year being enjoyed at the edge of a pool. Laying on a pool chair in the heat of the sun, burning because of forgotten sun screen. Jumping right into the pool to cool down and the smell of Alo afterwards with no regrets.
Library aroace. The quiet corner in a library that's always free and always seems to be waiting. The smell of old books and new books. Exploring row after row of shelves to find the perfect book to read. Exploring row after row of books and grabbing any that sound even a little interesting. Sitting and reading to the soft sounds of pages turning until the sun has set.
Night-on-the-town aroace. Large cities and bright lights. Stumbling laughter and knowing the nights just started. Partying until 3am with half-strangers. Rich food and amazing drinks. Food trucks and food carts. Hopping from one amazing location to the next. Meeting new and interesting people along the way.
Sunset aroace. Careful and slow passing days with long sunsets. The soft warmth of the last days of summer turning into fall. Crickets and cicadas and fireflies singing and dancing through the air. A golden and bright sunset filling the sky and painting the world in orange and yellows. The comforting familiarity of home.
Roadtrip aroace. Long drives through bright sunny days down unknown and long forgotten routes. Stopping at small hotels for afternoon naps when the sun is highest and driving through the night to watch the stars. Open roads and desert highways and a warm comforting feeling of being free. Soft music playing from the radio mostly going ignored.
Camping aroace. Driving out to the middle of the forest and pitching a tent. Hiking long distances up steep rocks just to find the best view from the top of a cliff. The sound of small streams tricking over rocks. A small campfire and roasting marshmallows to make s'mores that drip chocolate down fingers. Counting the stars.
The Westweg is a long-distance hiking trail in Germany, running north-south through the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) from Pforzheim to Basel in Switzerland. The trail is 285 km long and is part of the European long-distance trail E1 (North Cape to Sicily). The route passes through numerous villages or small towns, so there is no difficulty in finding overnight accommodation and meals along the route. There are services that will transport your luggage to the next accommodation by vehicle, leaving hikers with only their daypacks for the hike. Details and routes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westweg
Characters: Reader, Dwalin, Balin, Fili, Kili, Thorin, Nori, Bofur, Gandalf, Radagast, the company Location: A forest along the quest, after trolls, before Rivendell Warnings: FLUFF. Danger, cursing, awkward!heroic!Dwalin, oblivious!modern!Reader Word Count: 4014
Okay. This story straight up exploded. Hope you guys like Dwalin because there’s a ton more. :D
A lot can change in four years, and where you are at the end of it is 100% up to you. Hard work, consistency and always believing that you are capable of achieving greatness are the key ingredients to lasting weightloss. The last few years have been full of ups and downs but at the end of the day I had a goal in mind and I stuck to it. Just know that you can do it. It is possible. You just have to decide to start today.
Over the last 3 years I’ve worked at losing 85 lbs and keeping it off. It’s a constant struggle but the fight is worth it. Your health is worth it!
I started this blog to keep myself accountable and I’d love to help others on their journeys the way that so many have helped me. If you need motivation or just someone to chat with, please reach out to me! I’d love to know more about it!
After 2000 miles on the trail, you can expect to undergo some personality changes. A heightened affinity for nature infiltrates your life. Greater inner peace. Enhanced self-esteem. A quiet confidence that if I could do that, I can do and should do whatever I really want to do. More appreciation for what you have and less desire to acquire what you don’t. A childlike zest for living life to the fullest. A refusal to be embarrassed about having fun. A renewed faith in the essential goodness of humankind. And a determination to repay others for the many kindnesses you have received.
Larry Luxenberg, Walking the Appalachian Trail, p.217
And geography did test us,
With miles in between.
But what that distance didn’t know,
Was our strength remained unseen.
Mountains we would have to hike,
To hold each other’s hand.
And valleys we would have to cross,
Just to merge on common land.
For what the maps did label rough,
And the Earth did see as feat.
Our hearts did view as journey,
A wild voyage - just to meet.
Picking hiking boots can be intimidating and difficult. You are constantly assaulted by bright colours, annoying salespeople, and just staggering choice. So I thought I would give you some advice on choosing the perfect boot for you, and what to do with new boots once you’ve bought them.
Let’s divide this into sections: (1) Size, (2) Purpose, (3) Taste, (4) The Only Step That Matters, (5) Boot Care, (6) Foot Care, and (7) General Tips. And for the sake of everyone, I’ll read-more this post because it became a lot longer than anticipated.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about hiking that I love so much… but honestly, it’s my favorite thing. There’s no better feeling to me then carrying all the things necessary to live inside a 60L backpack.
Trail head of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney. All we need for 7 days is found in those 60L packs.
Now a-days though, I seem to be spend my time, as I like to call it anti-hiking. What do you think when you hear anti-hiking? Is it someone lazing on a couch watching Netflix? Playing video games? Someone trapped inside with closed blinds? Because, that’s not what I do at all. Instead of getting outside and actually hiking, my nightly routine consists of endless google searches with key words like “Best Backpacking Trails Canada” and “Women’s Hiking Boots”. I spend HOURS every single day trying to find new trails and new gear to go hiking, and very little time actually hiking; hence, anti-hiking.
Files for all the trips I hope to one day go on. Time to start saving…
I know I’m not the only person who does this. And, I know why. All over the forums I read, people will comment saying “I wish I had enough money to do this,” or “why do permits have to be so expensive and unattainable?” And oh-my-lanta are they ever right. Being outside is hecking expensive! Especially the outdoors I want to surround myself in. I have an extensive bucket list of backcountry trails I’d like to hike. In fact, my FLAG (fearless life-altering goal) is to hike 3 different backcountry trails in 3 different countries. I’ve got word documents and excel spreadsheets laying out itinerary specifics for numerous trips that I am longing to go on. These dreams seem so far away, however, because I’m broke. Flat out broke… I am a student remember?
So how can I, a nature enthusiast, get outside? And how can we expect those “less-enthused” with nature to give it a go?
Well, nature doesn’t have to be expensive. Money should not be a barrier for someone to experience the beauty and positive health effects nature allows humans. So, how do we overcome this problem?
I believe, as Nature Interpreters, the cost is a significant factor in program success. When developing programs, it’s important to first think about how much does this program actually cost? Once park entry, permit and camping fee’s are all totaled upm the bill can be pretty hefty for a potential client. Add employee wages and company profit, and you’re looking at some high-end pricing for an outdoor, muddy, less than luxurious, adventure. In addition to program cost, the clientele are expected to come prepared with garments for every weather situation. When I add up the dollar amount of my “prepared for anything” MEC wishlist, all I can say is ouch. So how can we mitigate cost as program creators?
I think, for starters, we need to stop creating a romanticized image around the word “adventure.” Sure, everyone wants adventure in their lives, but adventure does not need to be an extravagant trip to the mountains with lots of expensive gear. Adventure can be a trip to the University of Guelph Arboretum for a round of disc golf or a visit under the cold waters at Webster’s Falls, then to the top of Dundas Peak. Except for transportation (which carpooling/club involvement and group planning can help mitigate), these adventures are relatively free. There’s still all the same health benefits of being outside, with less bank account pain and stress after the fact. So let’s stop making the outdoors sound like a high-end vacation, and more like an everyday, accessible thing for all to enjoy!
So, what do you think? How can we lower program costs to ensure that finances are not a barrier to experiencing the outdoors?
*Also, if you have any suggestions for backpacking trails, I’d love to know!*