Merinoholics

It's All Relative
As a born-and-bred child of the North-East, I was often told fables of the perfect 72 degrees of the Southern California. And I'd hate to be the one to shatter this illusion; but after a summer in California, I can...
Foods For The Trail
Should I pack a full lunch, or just a couple snacks? Sweet or salty? How much is too much? What foods are best? Those are only a few of the questions that come to mind when prepping for a (long)...
Hiking Pioneer Peak
Since I moved to Alaska in the winter of 2012, the mountains have been calling me. I became an outdoor enthusiast fairly quickly and soon found myself on a quest to step beyond the tree line and seek the pristine...
Letting Go
There are many reasons for which I love the outdoors. Taking a break from daily life and spending time alone are obvious ones. But there is also something much more important to me: letting go. I tend to worry a...
Walleye Opener
Mid-May is some of the best to be on the water in northern Minnesota. The annual Walleye Opener brings some the of the best Minnesota has to offer: Walleye, Pike and Perch. It’s something most Minnesotans look forward to participating...
From Alleghany National Forest to Haiti
This spring was a season of change and as always, adventure. I played my last college softball game, graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, completed a black diamond rope course (it was killer), adopted a puppy, traveled to Haiti, and started...
A Call Out, Mt. Lafayette
Its Saturday night right around 10:00 pm, and I’m in the process of getting ready for bed. I’m brushing my teeth when my phone starts ringing and on the caller ID it shows PVSAR, which is the acronym for Pemigewasset...
Woolgathering and Meditation
I recently discovered a new word that encapsulates my early twenties fairly well. It is an old word that has been around since domesticated sheep: Woolgathering. Sheep naturally shed their wool when they rub up against things. And this word,...
Sailing on Blue Water
California has got the goods when it comes to climate. I’m finding Los Angeles to be more and more of an outdoor city. There are beautiful mountain trails, camping venues from the shore to the desert, and it seems everyone...
Forest Bathing
Last week I had the fortune of coming home for Easter. The East coast ordered us up chill nights in the 40s and sunny days in the 80s. (Layers of wool were applied and removed as needed.) While home in...
The "Big Windy" Greenbacks
Lake Winnipeg is a large body of water nestled in Manitoba strait north of Roseau, Minnesota. This lake produces some of the most sought after walleyes in North America. "Greenbacks" as they call them, are walleyes with a beautiful green...
Nature's Cold Challenge
I Love Overnight Hiking. It allows me to take on longer trails, enables me to spend more time to appreciate nature and disconnect from the busy life. Winters in the mountains are usually pretty quiet. Most of the wildlife has...
Tough on Nature, Soft on Skin
Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a sensitive skin. I couldn’t go to the swimming pool without developing a rash from the chlorinated water. I went through spouts of eczema and allergic reactions most of my life. I...
Oula with Minus33
Each Wednesday in small-town New Hampshire, I teach a booty shakin' sassy, and sexy dance fitness class called "Oula." The playlist is loaded with popular music with artists like Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Elle King...But unfortunately for me...
West Coast
I recently made the jump from the east coast to the west, and have just settled in the beach city of Santa Monica, where I will be doing a bit more of the same: a little bar-tending, a little sailing,...
The Adirondacks to the Andes
January 2017 was a month of adventure. I started the New Year snowboarding with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. Temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of the mountain. Visibility was poor at times but...
National Parks Road Trip
On my trip from my temporary home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to my university in Rochester, New York, I made the most of the drive by camping at all of the National Parks on the way (and slightly out of the...
Winds, Walleyes and Minus33
This Past Weekend was the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Opener. The hopes were high that we would have nice weather and calm conditions, but that wasn’t the case. Mother Nature threw everything she had at us on the water of Leech...
Where is Winter?
 With all the weather phenomena going on these past couple of months, I was unsure if I would ever have the need to dust off the winter wool from the depths of my closet. On Christmas Eve, it was a...
October Sailing on the Hudson River
The October winds are here, and they bring with them swelling white caps and brisk gusts on the Hudson River. The sailboats that traverse these waters pitch and yaw in the sweeping currents. We also have to deal with the...
A Weekend On Rainy
Every time you head to the upper most point of Minnesota, you never really know what to expect. Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake both cover a large majority of the border between Minnesota and Canada, and the weather...