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10 Gift Ideas For The Adventurous Soul

10 Gift Ideas For The Adventurous Soul

We have all been there, it’s your friends birthday in a week and they already have absolutely everything they could ever want. They are the type that if they want something, they buy it and you are left with no gift ideas for this year’s birthday. If you find yourself not being able to afford a day out, or a mini trip to a beach or the mountains, here are some gift ideas that will please any friend with an adventurous soul.
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  1. Passport Holder

    We all know how long the process of getting a passport takes, there is the forms, awkward photos, and long waiting period. So a great cover or holder is a great idea as a gift for a friend who makes good use of theirs! You can even get them customized for an extra special touch.

    Passport Wallet $29+

 

 

 

 2. Jewelry

Coordinates have hit a certain craze lately, but that’s not the only adventurous themed jewelry that is out there. Check out some of the items below that are perfect for any wandering mind.

   

 

3. Key chain

You have like all of $5 to your name but don’t want the birthday person feel unloved so here is a little something to make them smile. A personal favorite are the types that have “multi-use” – ya know to open water…

   

 

4. Journal

Does your friend not have a written bucket list? Get them started! A journal is perfect for their adventurous mind to write down all of their ambitions and lists of mountains they want to hike one day.


   

 

5. Stickers

Another smaller idea to add to the mix. Stickers are great to slap onto canteens, vans, and coolers. Who doesn’t like to add a little personality to their gear?
   

 

6. House Decor

If you are like me, your obsession with the outdoors doesn’t just stay outside, it follows you into your home. Artwork and house decor that revolves around wanderlust and the outdoors is one gift you can’t really go wrong with as a gift.

 

 

7. Camera Equipment

If your birthday person loves to bring their camera on their excursions, then a new camera strap is a unique gift that can be fully customizable and would get a lot of use.

 

 

8. Piggy-Bank

Support your loved one’s travel dreams by getting them a piggy bank besides the coffee can they have in the freezer. You can go with the classic look, or with the more hipster scene by getting them a glass growler piggy bank (bonus points if it has beer in it).

   

 

9. Apparel

We have seen the ads on Facebook that show John Muir quotes on t-shirts and jackets, everyone secretly wants one. There are loads of companies now that offer outdoors related apparel that can be worn both by the campfire and on the town.

   

 

10. Camping Supplies

This is a little more generalized but no one can really have too much camping supplies. There are the obvious things like tents and new boots, but some of us have those friends that a little homemade dry shampoo wouldn’t be the worst of gifts to give.

    

 

Of course the best gift would be an all expense paid trip to wherever they wanted in the world, but this list was geared towards those who maybe are saving for that a little later 😉 Is there something you think I missed? Let me know in the comments!

4 Books Every Hiker Should Read

4 Books Every Hiker Should Read

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I love reading, especially on those inbetween days when I don’t have a lot of money to go out or the weather is really bad. These are just a few of the books that I have read recently that I believe every hiker should give a chance before their next adventure.

 Into The Wild

“Our joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. “
-Christopher McCandless

This is one of my all time favorite books. Into The Wild is about a young man, Christopher McCandless (also known as Alexander Supertramp) and the biggest adventure of his life. He goes from being a college grad from Emory, to traveling across the country, getting stuck in Mexico and eventually living off the land in rural Alaska. What personally grabs me about this text is how passionate his personal writings are about life and nature. If he was still alive today I’m sure his writings would be found next to legends like John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

Wild 
 “I simply did not let myself to become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid” -Cheryl Strayed

This book has become very popular in recent years due to a movie release and a mention in the Gilmore Girls reboot. It’s about one woman who set off to conquer the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that runs from the border of Mexico, through the United States, to the border of Canada. It was not just the hike that made this author note worthy, it’s that she did it alone as a female. Cheryl Strayed explains what inspired her to embark on this journey as a normal woman who was just looking for a little escape from life. Although the movie is pretty good, I truly recommend the book, it’s a great read, and anyways books always give more details than the movies do.

Almost Somewhere 
“We think we are so important, our problems so large, but then a place like this renders us small, our problems nothing more than the echo of birdsong in wind, maybe not even so much as that” -Suzanne Roberts

I read this while camping in Mammoth and Yosemite with my family back in 2015. It’s about three girls all completing the JMT John Muir Trail, a trail that goes from Mt. Baldy to Yosemite, together and what it was like along the way. It’s always inspiring hearing how a group of younger individuals can conquer something great without technology. Following through Suzanne Roberts writings you get a taste of not only what to expect on the hike but what it is like to do it with two other women. It was a relatively quick read, but the type that you could back up again sometime and still enjoy it as if it were the first time that you read it.

A Walk In The Woods

“I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.”
-Bill Bryson

I can never help but think of my father and neighbor when referencing this book. It’s about two men in the later years who go out to seek finishing the world’s longest foot patch trail, a total of 2,000 miles, stretching from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail. What sets this book off as different from the rest is its author’s sarcasm and bluntness about completing a 2,000 mile hike. Bryson is real with his writing, and tells his story as if he was telling it to any group of friends sitting around a dinner table. Although there are sections that can become tough to read, as they are a little slow, once you get past them, you find your self laughing all over again at Bryson’s sarcastic comments, and feel like your back on the trail with him.

 

 

Idyllwild, Ca.

Idyllwild, Ca.

What I have to say about the gem hidden away in the Southern California mountains. 

A little over an hour detour from the 15 south towards San Diego you find yourself no longer driving on rounds lined with palm tress, but fir and rising pines. For those living in the most southern region of California this micro road trip is the closest and fastest  to a mountain escape.

Idyllwild, Ca. A gem found in the San Jacinto Mountains.

On a trip to California for the the holidays I visited the area three separate times, and will definitely find myself there more in upcoming trips. My first adventure to the tucked away gem was for a mini sunset hike on the Cedar Springs Trail with my boyfriend. Now i’ll admit it was cold. Not the kind of cold where you have irrational thoughts of losing your fingers to frostbite, but the kind the sinks into your clothes and sticks to your bones. Other than feeling like Frosty’s off spring, the hike was well worth it.

  The trail is actually located in Desert Divide, about 17 miles from actual Idyllwild, but makes for a good pit stop before heading into the little community. from the trail head the hike is about 5.9 miles round trip. It’s a short little hike but with quite a few switch backs the last half mile. Patches of snow covered the ground through out the entire trail. Matt took this as an opportunity to make himself a miniature snowman. Pretty cute huh?

We made it to the top in about an hour and were greeted by 360 panoramic views. I have seen my fair share of sunsets, but there is something about the golden hour reflecting of snow and turning the surrounding mountains different shades of pinks and purples that just marks this certain one noteworthy. This part of the trail offers views of Palm Springs and surrounding peaks, this is also where the trail intercepts the Pacific Crest Trail.


Our time was limited at the top of the trail with it already being sunset and we did not arrive equipped with flash lights other than our phones, and the temperature was dropping almost faster than the sun was setting.

We made it down the mountain in record timing, which was good because neither of us could honestly say we could feel anything at that moment.

We drove about 17 miles from the trail head to the main strip of Idyllwild. We were desperate for a warm drink to help us defrost the imaginary icicles hanging from our noses. Then there it was. The neon sign presented by God himself. There was a coffee shop still open. Now I have a certain love affair for coffee and cute coffee shops. I love when they are quaint and unique, and this one was exactly that. When we walked into Higher Grounds we were immediately greeted with the smell of espresso, the sounds of a family playing chess in the corner and a Christmas tree by the window. We ordered the Alpine drink  and took our seats of the sofa right beside the Christmas tree. They provided ornaments for you to write your name and where you were from. From what I could see, we were the only ones from Honolulu. We were there for about an hour before it was there closing time, but it was the perfect ending to a great late afternoon escape.

I fell in love with this region so much that I ended up returning to it two more times within a week.  On one of the excursions I convinced my brother and mom to join me so I could see the area in the daytime. We packed up my brother’s jeep and the dog headed out to the snowy town. To no one’s surprise I found myself right back at Higher Grounds coffee, although they were a lot more packed, the coffee was still up to par.


The last time was for another hike on the Deer Springs Trail with my friend Meghan on New Years Eve. We had about 30 minutes of clear views of the surrounding mountains while sitting on a wide rock vista until a thick fog began to crawl across the horizon and encircle us. We made the most of the weather until the temperature was dropping to point that was becoming uncomfortable in the clothing we had on. We listened to the Mogleys until we came to a stop at no other than Higher Grounds.. Do you see a theme here? Or maybe it’s just a personal problem. This time we both tried out their specialty drink, the Cozy Cabin. Again the tiny shop was a little too crowded so we found some outside seating beside a small art gallery behind the coffee shop. We took our turns laughing at the way our breath froze in the air, talked about the new year approaching and watched the many dogs roaming around with their owners dawning their own little winter sweaters. Sitting there in those chairs, and drinking our coffee we both discussed camping in the area during the summertime to explore a few more trails in the area. I don’t mind the idea at all.

Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. 54245 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

While reading more about the little community, I found out that there is also an abundance of rock climbing routes and bouldering locations throughout the area. If that isn’t enough, there is also year round camping, cabin rentals, and there is fishing at Lake Hemet just about 8.5 miles away. I can find myself here again many times in future adventures, and would suggest it as a great area to visit for just about anyone.

 

What little mountain town is YOUR favorite? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

17 BADASS WOMEN TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

17 BADASS WOMEN TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM


If you love adventure and baddassery 

We all spend a little too much time than we should mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, so why not add a few accounts to your feed to give you little kick of inspiration to do something bad ass? These 17 accounts are all hand picked from my personal Instagram following, and they all belong to some pretty amazing women. Check out the list below for some of the most bad ass women I have found so far.

1. @OFFTHEGRIDGIRL

If you are stuck at work or having a dull day off, then @OFFTHEGRIDGIRL is the type of account that you need to scroll through. Her adventures are both big and small. from hiking snowy peaks to camping for a weekend, she gives the inspiration we all need to pack up and get outdoors.

 

   2. @SPUDD86

A climber, hiker, and explorer all in one. @SPUDD86 is the type of account we all need in our feed for that boost to get outdoors and have a little fun.

 

3. @HIKINGCORRY

I don’t think there’s weather conditions that exist that will keep @HIKINGCORRY from hiking. Her account year round boasts her scenic hiking adventures in Canada and she also happens to be an ambassador for the pediatric oncology support retailer, Love Your Melon.

 

4. @BROOKESOUTH

Dyed hair, tattoos, and a wonderlust soul. @BROOKESOUTH has an edge to her that we all carry a little bit deep inside. She is a rider and an explorer that carries a little bit of rebel on her shoulders through every adventure that she finds.

 

 

5. @DEATHRODDIXIE

Motoholics gather around, you’re going to want to see this. @DEATHRODDIXIE gives you those motorcycle images that you crave. Her posts are a mix between retro and grunge, and make you want to throw on your helmet and take to the road today.

 

 

6. @GIDGET_BYTHESEA

If you find yourself dreaming of different hues of blue, and the sounds of waves off the shore, then you’re gonna love @GIDGET_BYTHESEA. Not only are her photos crytal clear and high quality, but you also have the option of getting to own a print of them! Check her site out to see if there’s a print perfect for you!

 

 

7. @STILL_STOKED

@STILL_STOKED is not only a nature lover but an advocate for it too! A snowboarder and blogger herself, Alexa is also a Backcountry guide, how that for a resume? Follow her journeys on her Instagram and also her website!

 

 

8. @BREEZETURNER

I’m not sure who’s Instagram this truly is Breeze’s or her pup Marley’s, either way this duo is the most adventurous I have come across yet. Based out of Tahoe these two can constantly be found posting everything from their micro adventures to their SUP selfies.

 

 

9. @HOPEYOULIKEFRESHAIR

 This account not only feautures one amazing adventure woman but three! Triplets Kylie, Lisa, and Megan bring you into their lives though little square images to show you how three sisters and their families like to embrace the fresh air 24/7. Can’t get enough of their Instagram? Then check out their website!

 

 

10. @GYPSYEYE805

A Santa Barbara native, @GYPSYEYE805 is the essence of a California based surfer. From her artistic abilities to her clean wave riding, you will got hooked on following this account as you never know what she will post next. (Check out her chalk murals as well-they are killer)

 

 

11. @SHANNONREPORTING

An avid surfer and a reporter for The Surf Channel, @SHANNONREPORTING has a great account for those with a little salt in their veins. Her account feautures great wave shots as well as her personal reports from surf competitions all over the world.

 

 

12. @CAMILASTORCHI

Whether you need some fitness inspiration or just want a glimpse into the HI life, @CAMILASTORCHI has just what you’re looking for. Not only does she post amazing photos feauting her life in the islands, but she looks healthy and fit doing so.

 

 

13. @KARISCHIBEVAAG

Snow, ice, and powder- whatever the wintery conditions may be @KARISCHIBEVAAG is out and playing in it. She is a professional snowkiter and kite surfer from Norway and provides top notch extreme photos year round.

 

 

14. @SILLY_DAI

This account is perfect to follow if you are a fellow rock junkie like @SILLY_DAI. She posts pictures of glorious routes and boulders that could make any climber drool. Not to mention her pictures include some great mountain scenery you just won’t be able to get enough of.

 

 

15. @BACKPACKBREN 

She has been just about everywhere that we have all wanted to travel to, @BACKPACKBREN is a country hopper that has perfected the hiking selfie. Not only can you browse her explorations through Instagram but you can also follow her stories through her blog!  http://backpackbren.com

 

 

 

16. @JESS.WANDERING

 Craving an escape to somewhere calm and quiet in nature? Then @JESS.WANDERING has probably been there. This account features more places than you could even imagine. We could only hope to travel as much as this instagramer.

 

 

17. @MOUNTAINDARLIN

Located out in beautiful and snowy Canada, @MOUNTAINDARLIN has been gracing my insta feed for sometime now. Not only are her extreme selfies something worth following but her scenery pictures just make you want to book a ticket to good ‘ol Canada right now. Dont cha say?