About Maintenance

I've always hated the word and concept of "training." Maybe it's a particular personality quirk or maybe it's pointless semantics, but I do a lot of things that other people would consider training for their own sake. They have the side benefit of keeping me in shape, I guess, but it's hard for me to... Continue Reading →

Walks to Befriend Your City

This photo is in San Francisco! I see other cities sometimes! If you've ever wanted to walk around your city to explore it but can't figure out how, here's a handy guide to the things I do when I walk around, which I sure do a lot! So I'm basically an expert. Here's some expert... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Running

Walking very slowly is nice, too, and I wrote about that here. I used to think that running was for people who were trying to achieve something or trying to be better than someone else.  I used to wonder why you would put yourself through such an uncomfortable thing if you weren't competitive or athletic. ... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Walking Very Slowly

To see my essay about hiking very fast instead of very slowly, click here. Things that have happened when I walked slowly or without any ambitious goal in mind:  When Wade and I went to a small park in Washington we didn't know anything about, we explored the network of short trails without a plan. ... Continue Reading →

A Different Kind of Gear List

Approximately 20-25lbs of home: One very special purple, scratched-up titanium spork that Wade gave me for my birthday on the AT (because what else do you give a thru-hiker?). A tiny bottle of Doc Bronner's we barely ever use, so God knows where or when we actually bought it. One lighter of similarly mysterious origin.... Continue Reading →

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