Asparagus Casserole

Asparagus Casserole

Asparagus casserole with a crispy toppingAsparagus Casserole is a bridge between seasons. Its creamy sauce and crispy top are all cold-weather comfort, but its starring ingredient, asparagus, is one of the first and happiest harbingers of spring. This healthy asparagus casserole is a springtime riff on my popular Healthy Green Bean Casserole. Like the green bean casserole recipe that inspired…

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Respecting Female Hikers

An important post from Backpacker: DO be friendly, but not aggressive. If a woman doesn’t seem interested in having a conversation with you, back off. DON’T ask solo women where they’re headed or where they’re camping. DON’T suggest that a woman hiking alone is unsafe. DON’T use sexual innuendo. DO give solo women space. Keep distance between your tents if …

Should You Waterproof Gore-Tex Boots?

Yes, but the do’s and don’ts of waterproofing breathable Gore-Tex boots and footwear might surprise you. I learned a thing or two I didn’t know while researching this article. Gore-Tex boots and shoes have a waterproof/breathable liner that vents water vapor into the leather or fabric exterior of your boots and shoes, where it can …

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The final countdown

Here. We. Gooooooo.
After months of pouring over spreadsheets, receiving incredulous looks from friends and family, occasional stress eating, and intermittent freak-out moments, we have less than three weeks before we begin two life-changing adventures: getting married and beginning our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Hi, I’m Kara.
A few things about me: my name is Kara Booms, I am 28 years old, and I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m a nurse, an aunt to the three cutest kids you’ll ever see, ...

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The Best Meat Delivery Services for Beef, Poultry, Seafood, and More

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways, including how we eat. Over the past year, many people turned to online delivery services as a safer alternative to in-store grocery shopping. Meat delivery services have become particularly popular, and this sizzling trend shows no signs of cooling down.     These days, […]

Into the Aleutians: Exploring the Forgotten Edge of North America

Ian Shive has had some adventures, including SCUBA diving Pacific atolls for the IMAX film Hidden Pacific and photographing the nation’s protected areas for his coffee table book, The National Parks: Our American Legacy. But none of his globetrotting, Shark Week filming and national park visiting prepared him for what he’d experience exploring Alaska’s Aleutian […]

First week on trail ✔

Not going to lie, the first 100 miles from Campo to Warner Springs really sucked.

Waking up in rain in Campo and Lake Moreno, and camping in 5 inches of snow were not the idyllic first few nights I had envisioned. They were also incredible, but starting off in a winter storm was not how I had imagined beginning the PCT.

Our campsite near Mt Laguna

Pie makes all things better

The hike down from Mt Laguna had incredible views, ...

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One Last Shakedown in the Shenandoahs: Pre-hike Prep and Reflections

This weekend I spent two days on the Appalachian Trail to test out some new gear. I had been out that way just two weeks ago and it was brutally cold, but this weekend I began to see some hopeful signs of spring—wildlife, budding plants, and ample amounts of bear poop. 
On Sunday I did an out-and-back from Hightop Mountain to Compton Gap—one of my favorite stretches—and I ran into a lovely section hiker named Disciple. ...

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