Just like most of the rest of the world in the spring of 2020, your friendly neighborhood Ranger is safe at home. When as a society we are suffering from a shared trauma that we cannot outrun, out lift, or even outfight it's important to take care of yourself in whatever way you can. For... Continue Reading →
Functional Fitness and You
For me, an exercise program begins and ends with CrossFit. I love it. It is hard, it is fun, it is badassed, it is my community, and I would absolutely hate to give it up. That said, if I have to I will. It is comparatively expensive to other ways of working out, and at... Continue Reading →
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Alright folks, confession time. Despite the fact that I have always lived in areas of extreme winter. I hate it. Like, REALLY hate it. It is cold. It is wet. It is annoying. Did I mention that it's cold. I never got into skiing, snowboarding, or even snow shoeing. Again, cold. This is problematic for... Continue Reading →
Adventure 1 – The Lonesome Lake Trail
Alltrails.com describes the trail as a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, NH that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Lonesome Lake is located in the Franconia Notch State Park, which is in the very heart of the White Mountains National Forest. The trail head is located in the Lafayette Place Campground, and parking is limited so getting there either early in the day, late in the afternoon, or on a weekday is most advisable.
At the top of the trail you'll find the Lonesome Lake Hut, operated by the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club). Reservations for overnight stays range from $74 per night for a member child aged 3-12 to $167 per night for a non member adult. Your stay includes a fantastic home cooked breakfast and dinner. The trail is fairly well marked with yellow blazes, and includes both a white, and blue blaze section of the Appalachian Trail.
Essential Gear for Living a Life Worth Living
I LOVE GEAR. I love hobbies that involve gear, gear and books. For me, cool toys are part of living a life worth living. Gear is required for adventure and exploration. With that in mind, if you read my initial post you'll know that I barely have two coins to rub together. Both my wife and I live frugally and have jobs with very high emotional rewards, but relatively low financial ones. I am a teacher, and she is a social worker. We help people for a living. We make the world a better place with our work, and that is unlikely to change. Still though, I REALLY like gear. This means I need to either save up to get the things I want, or want things that are comparatively inexpensive. Other posts will cover how to get your finances into a healthy place, but for now lets talk toys.