How to rock a hiking trip with your romantic partner – and still like each other at the end

With Valentine's Day upon us, let's appreciate the stuff that keeps relationships together: chocolate and flowers! Wait... Although I enjoy chocolate at least as much as the next sane person, hiking with good friends is one of my favorite non-eating activities (and is obviously best followed by eating anyway). So here are my tips for …

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Questions from the trail: Is that a sweat bib?

Why, yes it is! Oh, haven't heard of a sweat bib? Let me explain. Those of us who sweat a lot get used to carrying around extra towels, bandanas, sweat bands, napkins, etc. when we're out and about in the heat. Dripping is a fact of life. When hiking, I usually stuff a towel in …

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Questions from the trail: Is that a Caterpie?

Great guess, but this is actually a real-life spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) caterpillar! Josh and I couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this little guy by our campsite on the Appalachian Trail recently, and I am still in awe at how cartoony it looked even from just a few inches away. The caterpillar looks …

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Worth the work, even on Labor Day

Alright, I suppose none of the work occurred on Labor Day, but Boyfriend Josh and I spent the weekend hiking over 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail, which was the most work I've ever done near a holiday. Although I think I slept more our first night back home than the previous two on the trail combined, …

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