West Coast Road Trip Plan

Ricardo and I are heading out on five-week long trip to the West Coast this summer. We'll leave DC in late August and travel throughout September. Along the way, we'll be stopping at several national parks to hike some iconic places. This is the first in a series of posts that I'll do before we head out on the road. This series will focus on what I'm doing to get ready for the trip, things I've learned about planning such a huge trip and of course, gear that I'm taking with me. 

GoPro Hero 5 Black

  The GoPro Hero 5 Black action camera is small, lightweight camera packed with a lot of sophistication. At just over 4 ounces, this is a luxury item that won't bog down your pack weight. The short square shape of the camera makes it easy to store in any small easily accessible pocket. Because it's... Continue Reading →

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent

    The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent is an extremely light but durable tent. In the three years that I owned the Fly Creek, it survived six months on the Appalachian Trail, an eight week cross-country motorcycle trip and many short camping trips in between! If the tent had not been stolen on... Continue Reading →

Brooks Cascadia 12 Trail Running Shoe

  The women’s Brooks Cascadia 12 is a trail running shoe that provides the comfort of a sneaker but the durability of a hiking boot. I recently made the switch from my Salomon trail runners to the Cascadia. Given the mega popularity of the brand and more specifically the shoe among hikers, I’m surprised it... Continue Reading →

Salomon Lightning Softshell Jacket

The Women’s Salomon Lightening Softshell Jacket is a lightweight, flattering and comfortable softshell. I’ve owned this jacket for nine months and hiked with it a few times this year, including a recent one that involved some heavy rock scrambling in Shenandoah National Park. I also wore the jacket during an indoor climb. In each of... Continue Reading →

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