Updated Mission

In the past I have contributed to a popular but watered-down version of adventure that dilutes the power, specificity, and intensity of the word. After some deliberation, I have decided to abandon this hollow definition of adventure. Adventure is not a mindset or an attitude; it’s an experience, an action, something you do, and it has two requirements: the unknown and risk. “The unknown” is essential to adventure because it often requires stepping out of our comfort zones and provides an opportunity for learning. Curiosity Continue Reading →

10 Travel/Adventure Podcasts that Deserve a Listen

First of all, if you don’t listen to podcasts, consider starting. They’re great for commutes, workouts, mindless office jobs, and housework. You can find podcasts on just about any topic you enjoy; there’s one for everyone. I listen to about 25-30 different shows on a regular basis including most of the following. Looking for some travel inspiration and tips or just something to pass the time? Check these out! 1) Zero to Travel Podcast The Zero to Travel Podcast is a wonderful place to start Continue Reading →

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: When to Plan Your Travels

When aircraft first became suitable for long distance flight, pilots usually relied on compasses and other instruments as well as detailed flight plans to navigate the airways. Around that time in 1938, Douglas Corrigan made a transatlantic crossing in piece-of-junk plane with a broken compass and apparently no instruments, flight plan, or radio. After the flight from USA to Ireland a newspaper described him as a pilot who “flies by the seat of his pants,” meaning he relied solely on perception, intuition, and skill to Continue Reading →

Denali, a Park Like No Other

I can’t fully describe the excitement I felt when the plane began descending, and through the clouds I could make out the distant mountains surrounding Anchorage. I’m getting chills and a sudden craving to return—a powerful magnet drawing me back—just from writing this. We landed sometime around midnight, but the sun was still out, settled just on the horizon line like a tiny, far-off ball crossing a tight rope, refusing to fall and allow darkness to take over. Five-ish restless hours of attempted airport-bench sleep Continue Reading →

Portland and Seattle – Two Nights, Two Cities – Part 2

To review, Daniel, Peyton, and I had just left Portland after visiting my friend Richard and getting a taste for some local food. Our next stop: Seattle. We only had one night in the city and nothing planned. Thirty minutes of scouting google maps resulted in a stop at Swan Creek Park for some spontaneous mountain biking. These trails were the best built on the trip—flowy, fast, and downhill. It was bound to happen to one of us, but I never expected to look up Continue Reading →