Thanksgiving 2015: Eric and I decided to do something different this year. Instead of spending the weekend gorging ourselves, we had a quiet vegan thanksgiving dinner and then headed to George Washington National Forest for an easy 2 days of backpacking.
For the past year I have been training for the 24 hour Ultraskate held annually at the NASCAR speedway in Homestead, Florida. For those of you unfamiliar, it is an endurance competition where one pushes, pumps, or paddles a skateboard for 24 straight hours.
Let’s get real. In between adventures, I work a day job 40 hours a week. I mostly sit at my desk answering or sending e-mails, planning projects, or researching new projects. To break up all that sitting and to keep in shape for outdoor adventures, I head to the gym at lunch. Here’s what’s in my bag.
Order: Umami Grain Bowl
Contents: organic quinoa + farro, swiss chard, pea shoots, roasted mushrooms, red onion, roasted tofu, spicy sunflower seeds, miso sesame ginger dressing
Every year two epic skate battles go down outside of the great cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Push in the Woods is held outside of Portland while the Centennial Sk8 Festival is held just north of Seattle in Arlington, Washington.
Considered to be the toughest and most dangerous day hike in the Northeast, the Devil’s Path is a 24 mile roller coaster with 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss from start to finish. We decided to tackle this monster over one weekend in mid October.
Late summer at the beach is seriously just THE BEST. This year, for Labor Day Weekend (Eric’s birthday) we decided to take a trip to Assateague Island and stay at the State Line backpacking site for two nights with Chris and Jess.
After a successful 41 mile backpacking trip in Maryland, Eric and I decided to up the ante and tackle the 75 mile New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail.
Eric and I sat at our desks Tuesday morning and we both had the same thought, “I wish I was still on the trail.”
I have been living in Maryland for almost 2 years now, and although I hate many things about the state (traffic, uptight people, massive housing developments encroaching on beautiful farmland, TRAFFIC, oh wait, did I say that already?), the one thing that makes me NOT regret my decision to move here in 2013 is the mountains.