This past weekend, a group of five Trail Mavens backpacked to Point Reyes' Sky Camp (check out the full trip details here). Sky Camp is overlooked among Point Reyes' backcountry campsites - you can tell because there are often Sky Camp sites remaining on recreation.gov well after all the Wildcat and Coast campsites have been booked - but all the better for the rest of us who are in the know.Read More
Skyline to the Sea is one of those trips that tops every Bay Area backpacker's must-hike list. The vistas on day one plus the huge redwoods on day two plus the gorgeous creekside trail on day three add up to an amazing adventure.
At 34+ miles over three days, Skyline to the Sea is also the most physically ambitious...Read More
My exceptionally cool friend and Trail Mavens trip leader Jenny Gottstein recommended TM to an exceptionally cool guy, Ian Hunter Elliott - I like saying his full name - who runs an exceptionally cool website called The Somewhere Project. Devoted to "helping incredible people and projects progress," TSP features "stories and projects of people from across the country, and asking how we, the TSP community, can help them take meaningful steps towards their Somewhere. Great ideas come with a heavy burden; they need support."
In a word: awesome. In three words: such an honor! Want to read all the crazy stories I shared about how Trail Mavens came to be? Click below.
We just got back from our Food Lovers adventure in Butano State Park, and it. Was. Magical. First things first: a clarification on pronunciation. Though I've said 'Boo-TAH-no' for years, it is, in fact, 'BYOO-tuh-no.'Read More
Yosemite is hard to get off the brain, which is perhaps why I've put off posting Field Notes from our Labor Day adventure there. Something about Yosemite makes you want to linger, to savor the feeling of being exhilarated, proud, exhausted, and satisfied all at once.Read More
Yosemite National Park is the first place I camped as a grownup (if you can really call a 21-year-old 'grown up,' anyway) so it's always held a notable place in my heart. Whenever I'm there, I feel all:Read More
We admit, we've been slinging the term 'Banana Pockets of Love' around pretty loosely, and even threw in a #bananapocketsoflove on an Instagram last week. It's high time we get down to brass tacks and make sure everyone out there knows how to create the magic of a Banana Pocket of Love on their own - it's too good not to share.Read More
We took a lot of notes on our last Trail Mavens trip to Hendy Woods. Put together the brains of eight smart, opinionated women, and you'll wind up with stories, recommendations, and ideas for days. Here are a fraction of our takeaways from the trip, distilled.Read More
We just got back from a weekend adventure in Hendy Woods State Park with the outstanding, smart, funny women you see pictured below. We'll give you the full trip recap ASAP, but until then, here's photo and video evidence of our Mendocino-kayaking, wine-tasting, bacon-cooking, map-reading, blackberry-picking, swimming-hole-lounging, fire-building, car-dance-partying shenanigans.
In case you missed all the details when we first sent them out, here's our recap of the inaugural Trail Mavens trip this part April!
- Hiking the Steep Ravine trail to the ocean.
- Successfully building a roaring fire in spite of extremely damp weather.
- Popping popcorn and making quesadillas over said fire.
- Waking up to a perfect, cloudless Bay Area morning with views for miles.
- Strategizing the ultimate splashless outdoor squat.
A Taste of the Takeaways
To Connect: Women Get It Done
To Visit: Steep Ravine cabins
To Read: The Signature of All Things
To Give Back: Glide volunteering
To Be Proactive: getyourshittogether.org
If you're reading this, chances are you live in coastal California. And if you live in coastal California, it's extremely likely you've been around poison oak, or maybe been subjected to the itchy, bumpy torture that is exposure to urushiol oils. I have once, and the worst part is, I didn't even get it from touching the actual plant. I got it from touching someone else who touched the plant: all the pain of dermatitis, none of the outdoors fun. Point being, the oils are sneaky and tough to wash off. We'll get into poison oak treatment in a future post, but for now, we'll focus on figuring out how to avoid its treacherous leaves. And what's the first step in avoidance? Identification.Read More
We just got back from an epic weekend in Henry Coe State Park with eight amazing women: teachers, marketing pros, program managers, a writer, a culinary school grad, a public health guru, and one lady who can quote practically every line from 'Empire Records.' In short, it was pretty darn stellar. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here's a selection of iPhone trip shots, plus a music video.Read More
I don’t remember when I first became interested in FUD’s, but I do remember why. It’s because I wanted to be able to pee like a guy. And why not? For a Trail Maven, the primary upside of peeing outside is that you don’t have to wait in line. The downsides include having to search for enough cover so you don’t moon anyone (try doing that in a field), a lack of control over where your pee goes (who hasn’t accidentally peed on their own shoes?), and drip-drying (which has never gotten me anywhere close to dry).Read More
FUD. Never heard of it? That stands for female urination device, and encompasses the gamut of products that help women everywhere pee standing up, thereby avoiding backsplash on our pant legs/poison oak on our tender parts. This week, we'll be reviewing the Go Girl, which always reminds me of this Pitbull anthem, but is so, so different. The Go Girl is a flexible silicone funnel which, when used correctly, will jet your pee out in front of you in a neat stream.Read More