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The Doldrums and Hiker Identity

I start to feel like a bad hiker around this time every year. It’s been about two months since I’ve even thought about hitting the trails. I don’t hike above 85° here in the US South. It’s just too hot and humid. Instead, my gear gets a good airing out from mid-June to mid-September. Still…

How To Survive Your First Trip In The Wild – Backpacking for Beginners

Reviewing “How to Survive Your First Trip In The Wild – Backpacking for Beginners” by Paul “PMags” Magnanti. 139 pages. 200 grams. PMags is a triple-crowner, trail guide, and writes prolifically about backpacking at I have the written review for his book below, but PMags and I also hopped on a zoom to talk…

Trip Report: Pinhoti Trail – Dennis Mill Trailhead

April 2nd 2022 – 7:30am Start – 36* F and Partly Cloudy – 8.6mi out-and-back over 4 hours moving. I kissed Trouble bye, then Atlas and I hopped in the car at about 6:30am. The drive from Cartersville to Chatsworth was beautiful, passing mostly through farmland and woods. Having walked the Pinhoti in 2014, I…

Bailing Out – Leave the Ego on the Trail

Friday night my girlfriend, Trouble, and I packed up camp at 2:00 am and left the forest behind. We hadn’t walked a single mile on trail. The weather was pristine. No bears chased us away. Instead, we left because I could not feel good about the safety of our car, and us as people who…


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Hi, I’m Lillie. Previously a magazine editor, I became a full-time mother and freelance writer in 2017. I spend most of my time with my kids and husband over at The Brown Bear Family but this blog is for my love of food and sharing my favorites with you!

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