where to look for places to camp.

It was somewhat of a blow to my efforts to be outside more when I learned that a lot of LA-area campgrounds are booked far, far ahead. I bet a lot of people run into this: You suddenly have a weekend open up and decide to head out, but then you're stymied by the fact … Continue reading where to look for places to camp.

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how to get through your first solo hike.

I am afraid of most things: mountain lions, bears, rattlesnakes, killer bees (that's a new one), getting kidnapped or lost, swimming, the dark... Man, I could go on forever. So I really felt like I was taking my life in my hands this weekend when I went on my first-ever solo hike. I chose one … Continue reading how to get through your first solo hike.

how to not be afraid of the ocean. (Pt I)

I love the ocean like you love your high school crush: I’m endlessly infatuated, but it doesn’t like me back. My name even means "That Which Belongs to the Sea," so it's pretty embarrassing that I always happen to stand exactly where the wave is going to break. I always end up knocked down by some smallish … Continue reading how to not be afraid of the ocean. (Pt I)

how to learn outside stuff from the internet.

I think we can all acknowledge that the internet can be an intimidating place. But I hope we can also all admit that it's impressive magic that connects us in incredible ways. So, while there are tons of professionally-made YouTube videos out there that can make you feel like you don't have a place in … Continue reading how to learn outside stuff from the internet.

where to learn basic bike maintenance.

It's a Thursday night after work, and I'm sitting on a folding chair in a classroom, thinking about my grandfathers. My grandfathers both loved cars, and they loved fixing them - together. I have a memory of my Grandpa's standing in a sunny driveway, peering under the hood, each one of them holding a beer. … Continue reading where to learn basic bike maintenance.