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Thanksgiving, again

I was particularly eager to travel home for Thanksgiving this year. Something about uncertain times spurs a strong desire to reconnect with family, visit familar places, and engage in comforting traditions. Beat wasn't able to join this time around, so I drove solo to Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Show More Summary

How yoga benefits your mental health

By TNT Bureau Nov 28, 2016: You must have noticed that you feel so good mentally after practicing yoga regularly. Yoga gurus say that yoga is the key to psychological and emotional healing, and gives you self-confidence. Yoga is a mind-body...Show More Summary

A Video Montage of My 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

The Appalachian Trail. Three words with five million steps. As I watch these short clips flash by, I have to force myself to see what really lies behind the screen. These memories, these experiences are all real. Every day I remind myself what really happened, that I really made it, that everything I see actually happened. Show More Summary

Bear Bags

What is the deal with bear bags? Which type should I use, or should I use a canister? Once I have one, what do I do with it?...

How To Give Yourself Permission

I reached for my sauvignon blanc, wrapped my fingers around the stem and took a hefty swing. I rolled my eyes back into my head while I tipped the wine into my mouth. I knew that when I set the glass back on the table and my eyes realigned with my Father’s  I would have......

5 Small But Effective Changes to Help Keep the Weight Off For Good

Losing weight is a struggle itself, but keeping the weight off is another story. Our friends at Shape share their story of how they keep the weight off for good. You worked hard to lose weight, and you aced it. Now comes the next challenge: keeping it off. Show More Summary

Notice of Intent to Hike (or An Affirmation of Job-Leaving and Dream-Weaving)

I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound beginning in June 2017. This will necessitate leaving the education world (but I will return) and a life in Phoenix (but I will return to AZ). This is an explanation for context....Show More Summary

Spiders, Snails, and the Appalachian Trail

I had the privilege of growing up long before it was socially acceptable to give a toddler an iPad. Sure, I had a Playstation (R.I.P. Spyro), but I spent most of my time outside playing Power Rangers (I always got to be Kimberly, duh) and building secret forts with other human children. Like, in person. Weird, I know.......

This 500-Calorie-Burning Workout Will Leave You Dripping With Sweat

It's time to break a sweat! This 45-minute workout from celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, who trains P!nk and Alicia Keys, will help you burn up to 500 calories. How, you might ask? Because Jeanette keeps you moving the entire time! It's a wonderfully intense workout, but we offer modifications for all the moves too. Show More Summary

Shakedown hikes, the case for and tips

A shakedown hike is a typically shorter hike you go on to help prepare for a longer distance hike. This article has some good reasons to do a shakedown hike, what one can help accomplish, and some tips to make your shakedown as successful as possible. Why do a shakedown hike? The answer may be......

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Loke Rain Jacket and Pants (M/W)

The world can be a cold, wet, and windy place. So when venturing out into the elements you need to make sure you’ve got the right jacket for the job. Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to put Helly Hansen’s Loke Rain Jacket and Pants to the test both at home and abroad.......

The No-Excuse 5-Minute Workout You'll Have Time For Every Day

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Erika, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness. Image Source: Fit Bottomed Girls I have a confession to make. Sometimes, I use the fact that I'll have to shower after as an excuse to not work out. Show More Summary

"Fast Before the Feast" 5K RACE REPORT Pushing Two Boys

My wife had to work on Thanksgiving. (I LOVE YOU, HUNNIE!) So I was going to take the boys down to her family's celebration in Rochester. But first, I was going to run a 5K with the boys and her sister's family! Flashback: I did a Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

Bella Hadid’s badass boxing video makes us want to get in the ring, too

Supermodels are not only beautiful, they are straight up dangerous. Nothing makes that more clear than Bella Hadid’s smile flashing during a badass…

A Thru-Hikers’ Holiday Gift List

Last year right around this time UPS was at my door about 3 times a week dropping off a wide assortment of thru-hiking / backpacking gear. At that time I thought I needed all sorts of random backpacking items. Little did I know that once I started hiking my gear list would keep on dwindling......

Healthy Holiday-Flavored Foods (and Peppermint Mocha Errythang)

We have just as much an obsession with healthy pumpkin spice foods as we do with healthy holiday-flavored foods. Peppermint mocha protein powder? Yes please. Eggnog-flavored everything? Obviously. How about a gingerbread-flavored Clif...Show More Summary

Week 15 – Delaware Water Gap to Port Clinton, PA

We start this week’s adventure in the nice, comfortable, warmth of my Dad’s home, surrounded by those we love. Shortly, we will have to say goodbye, and we will hit the trail once more. Before we know it, we’ll be hitting Rocksylvania (aka Pennsylvania)! The temperatures are giving us a run for our money. Let......

Transportation Along the AT: The Section Hiker’s Dilemma

I've section hiked more than 3/4 of the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Monson, ME down to Hot Springs, NC. Through section hiking, by necessity, I've become rather adept at patching together public transportation and shuttles to plan my trips (as well as bail partway through ill-fated hikes). Show More Summary

Friday Funny 1190: Drunks

Two months ago, I posted some "Back to College" funnies that were similar to this, but here's a whole post devoted to funny drunks: This makes me think of some of my brothers-in-law for some reason. I was often the friend who didn't want to turn up. Show More Summary

A Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Future Thru-Hiker (Part 2)

( I tried to keep my first post comical and lighthearted but things are different now. Reality is really starting to hit hard. I have 4 months until my desired departure date and I have managed to save an astounding -$64.00! That’s gotta be some kind of new, “Loser” record! …but it’s not over just yet.......

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