Women and Adventure

Today is International Women’s Day and while the rest of the world marvels about the varied achievements of women, I’d like to simply share some links to sources of inspiration for women interested in adventure.  I’ve already shared a bit here about Grandma Gatewood and on my sailing blog I’ve talked about Beryl Smeeton from time to time.  At any point in life, it is always beneficial to be inspired by the great women who are undertaking great things. The … Read More

Landscape art of adventurer Nick Ray

Have you stumbled across a bit of temporary art during an outdoor adventure?  On a 3 week hike in the backcountry of the California High Sierra, far from anything, David and I would, on occasion, happen across gravel, stick, and rock arrangements nearby the trail — they didn’t convey a scene like Bonseki rather they were more abstract and so simple that I began to wonder if I were imaging that these things were human-made art at all.  Then picking … Read More

Grandma Gatewood

You’re never too old to bootstrap an adventure. At age 67, Emma Gatewood, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23, became the first woman to thru-hike the 2168-mile Appalachian Trail solo. Grandma Gatewood was also an unwitting pioneer of extreme ultra-light hiking, wearing Keds sneakers, carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a shower curtain for shelter, a cup, and a change of clothes slung in a homemade bag over her shoulder. She gathered wild foods on the trail, supplementing … Read More

Bootstrap Adventure & The Meaning of Wild

The Wilderness Act is well known for its succinct and poetic definition of wilderness: A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. David and I wanted to experience wilderness. So, we sailed to Alaska. There, the Wilderness Act has helped to preserve vast areas … Read More

Thoughts on the topic of adventures

What is an adventure, really? People describe their own adventures with words ranging from awesome, epic, amazing, to terrifying, never again! and life-changing. I’ve heard it said that trips are planned but true adventures are unexpected and simply fit into the category of “you know it when you see it.” If you use your favorite search engine you’ll find something along the lines of “An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky … Read More