UNSETTLED: A Documentary Adventure is the story of three young, adventurous, and stubborn women who want to reinstill a sense of adventure in a concrete and technological world. 

Before there were computers and video games that simulate travel and life experience, there was the world. The backcountry, the undiscovered and untamed were the destinations of real people who tested themselves in search of meaning. 

We want that. As film students, we spend most of our time in front of computers: writing, editing, reading. Some days we may not see the sun at all and it makes us restless. Surely, adventure can still be had in the discovered world. In this country’s backyard there is an expanse of land where no towns or cities have settled, where parts of the earth are still deserts and forests and we want to see them. We also, want you to come with us.

The film team, Ashley, Ally, and Kim, will be hiking seven trails between Texas and Washington State and will be inviting other restless souls to come with on three of the trips. If you live in or around one of the metropolises listed below and are interested in seeking out adventure and being in a documentary, follow the link to our blog for application requirements. 

Utah-Cedar Mesa Fish and Owl Canyon Hike Vegas, NV or Esclante, UT area

Hermit-Tanto-Bright Angel Loop Grand Canyon Vegas, NV area

Columbian River Gorge- Trail undetermined as of now. Portland, OR area.

Visit our indiegogo to contribute: UNSETTLED: A Documentary Adventure

When we make a change, it’s so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness,  and our unhappiness as a result of having made the wrong decision. Our mental and emotional state fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, and some days we could tight-rope across Manhattan, and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. This is normal. This is natural. This is change.
—  Jeanette Winterson
Reading the Work 3

At the very end of part one, it was revealed that Emma is pregnant.  This explains her high temper and declining mood.  So in part two, Emma has demanded that she and Charles move from Tostes to Yonville-l’Abbaye .  This takes a toll one Charles’s business, but he agrees since she is pregnant. When settling in at Yonville, Emma meets Leon, who quickly becomes infatuated with her.  She gives birth to her child, who is a girl, much to Emma’s disappointment.  They name her Berthe (awful name).  At this point, rumors of an affair between Leon and Emma are being spread around town.  They definitely have feelings for each other, but have yet to act on them.

The main take-aways from this are Emma’s disgust and boredom with her Charles, and her interest in Leon.  She and Leon share interests in literature, art, and beautiful, superficial things.  This section further reveals the unsettledness of Emma’s nature and her passion for the finer things, which Charles cannot provide her.  This is displayed by her intense sensory description of material pleasures.

A Note On Shin Splints, Blog Post #2 - Post Workout Day 6

I was reading an article by a backpacker (I can’t remember the name) about first aid on the trails. He mentioned that he had to get evacked out of a trail because of shin splints. Now, as I read this I thought back to my elementary school days when I would run around and get sore shins and this guy’s story seemed insane. I mean, shin splints? Big deal? The answer is yes. Yes, they are a big deal. About three days ago my shins started getting sore. So I soaked in a hot tub. But today. Oh my. The pain is intense. I’m glad I’m learning that I’m prone to this sort of thing, so I can deal with it now and not have to be helicoptered out of a trail like the guy whose article I read.

Other than that, we have a donation on our indiegogo! Very exciting! And also some applicants for our trail buddies! Woo! Keep in touch, folks. We’re super pumped!

Ciao for now, brown cow.


I don’t have shin splints. Thankfully. I did however nearly puke on today’s run. But I didn’t! Success. We ran farther than most days and twice as hard on our work out today. I also think I finally did the plank thing right…. I’m learning things about my body. Weiiird to be in touch with like, how I work? Who knew. 

I was checking our survey website as Ashley was writing her entry and WE GOT RESPONSES. Oh man so freakin’ cool. We’ll be in getting in contact with all of you very very very soon. You all seem like really great people, and a few of you are hardcore outdoorsmen who I’d love to learn from. We’ve even got responses from a few people saying how we’ve inspired them, which is amazing. I never thought I could be someone who sparked inspiration in anyone, let alone strangers. It sure as hell doesn’t feel like that when I want to puke on the beach. 

We also hung up posters in our town today promoting our documentary. And we were received enthusiastically, with the exception of one lady bartender who shooed us out. You can’t blame her really though, it is St. Patrick’s day and they were swamped with drunk green dudes. 

Anyway, people are amazing. Faith bolstered!

- Ally

Today was inspirational. I feel very confident that we’re all improving in what we can do, and how much we can push ourselves. Apparently, I have very weak abs and have to work 50x as hard during workouts this week to really build up my core. I can’t really wuss out on that one. We all have very personalized strengths and weaknesses and it’s interesting to watch how visible it’s becoming. Anyway, I’ll gladly accept any tips and tricks to do during workouts! If anyone has any advice or interesting strength building workouts, let us know!

I have to apologize for being a bit behind on reading all of the response that we’ve been getting. This documentary has taken over my brain and told all of the projects that I have to do for classes to be quiet. Deadlines stink. Anyway, I’ve glanced at a few of the responses and I was overjoyed with how supportive people are. Thanks for believing in us.

We’ve made a survey for all the people who are interested in joining us on one of our hikes. Click the link above to take it! We can’t consider you for our documentary unless you fill this out. Don’t worry about having to answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions, we just want to know more about you. If you have any questions, send us a message on tumblr or indiegogo, or reblog one of our posts with your question. We will use the contact info to get in touch with you after we see your survey and we will conduct the interviewing process from there. We’d like to talk to you on the phone and/or skype with you a few times to get a feel for you and let you know more details. 

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