Reassured by Life’s Resilience

Every day, I watch humanity exploit, exploit, thanklessly exploit the planet’s resources, and helpless tension burrows deeper in my mind. I fear that humanity will utterly destroy the planet through our entitlement and laziness. We show utter disregard to the planet’s non-human denizens, refusing even modest accommodation for the sake of profit and convenience. We blink not an eye at the extinction of a species brought about by habitat destruction from human development, shrug our shoulders at the daily destruction of rainforest to accommodate grazing land for cheap beef.

We ignore the big picture and permit the erosion, piece by piece, of habitat. What’s one more house, one more street? What difference can one small wetland make? Our perceptions cannot encompass the compounding effects of development on a county or watershed scale, and certainly not at larger scales like the country or continent. Continue reading

The ‘7S’ Equation for Vegetarian Wraps and Sandwiches

Substrate + Substance + Stuffing + Salty/Spicy + Sweet + Spread + Special = Veggie Wrap

My equation for a stellar vegetarian wrap or sandwich.

Wraps and sandwiches are the ultimate outdoor food, but when I switched to a vegetarian diet, I found it challenging to find vegetarian wraps and sandwiches that I liked. Over the past seven years, I’ve developed an equation for creating yummy homemade vegetarian wraps every time: the ‘7S Sammie Equation’. Continue reading

Barefoot Hiking Tips for Beginners

barefoot walking in turkey

Hiking barefoot in Turkey at the ghost town Kayakoy. This walking surface would fall under “Not Recommended”.

When my partner started hiking barefoot last spring, we realized how little we pay attention to the trail beneath our feet. I’ve traded my ten pound boots for minimalist shoes, and my partner goes fully barefoot – flesh on dirt. We’ve learned the hard way what to expect barefooting in the forest. Here are barefoot hiking tips for beginners:

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