Musings

10 big life lessons I’ve learned from the backcountry

I didn’t start out as an expert in the outdoors. I didn’t grow up doing orienteering races or learning navigation or given any backcountry tips. Aside from binge eating Thin Mints, I had nothing to do with Girl Scouts and couldn’t have cared less about hiking or camping. As I got older and more appreciative of my natural surroundings, I ...

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7 reasons why New Zealand’s coffee culture rules

Growing up as an American, I had a very specific view on cafe culture, one well portrayed on the big screen with oversized, complicated drink orders, an overabundance of disposable cups, and a wifi connection so good you could easily turn your tiny cafe table into your own personal office space. I knew nothing about New Zealand coffee. I quickly learned ...

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