How To Be a Responsible Camper & Outdoors Person

How To Be a Responsible Camper & Outdoors Person. essential rules for backpacking, camping, climbing, and hiking

With camping season pretty much here, now is a great time to talk about one very important component of outdoor adventure: being a responsible camper. In my opinion, knowing how to camp responsibly without impact on the environment is one of the most important things you can do as an outdoors person. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for an afternoon hike or a multi-day backpacking excursion or a group car camping outing. These tips are are all things that I do every time I do anything remotely outdoorsy and I hope you’ll join me in being a good steward of our great outdoors.

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My Best Tips for Winter Camping

How to safely go winter camping. essentials for camping off the grid, van life, mountain adventures, hiking, and rock climbing! tips for layering for warmth, how to stay warm while camping, and more. Every single piece of outdoor gear and equipment we take in the Pacific Northwest in our Vanagon #vanlife #camping #hiking

Oh March… I’m not sure about where you live, but here in the rainy PNW this month is when I start to daydream about warmer days and going camping. Especially now that we live at the foothills of our fave mountains! But here’s the thing: it is still very much possible to stay cozy and enjoy yourself while winter camping… you just need to be prepared. We’ve done quite a bit of winter camping, so I wanted to put together some of my best tips for you. Definitely leave a comment with any tips that you have, as well!

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Photo Journal: Wandering a Misty Riverbed

Photo Journal: Bacon Creek in the North Cascades, nature photography of foggy river beds, snowy mountains and winter scenes

There’s something about the quality of light here in the North Cascades that has really intrigued me. Ever since we moved here, I’ve found myself paying closer attention to it, almost like a third roommate. It’s just so… different from city life. I mean, pretty much everything is. From our crappy wifi to our collection of generators, we are definitely living a different life now. But when it comes to the changing light out here, each moment feels unique and special. Here are some photos from a recent creek adventure with the dogs and the fog.

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Photo Journal: The Beginning of My New Creative Journey

Photo Journal: Happy Creek in the North Cascades, nature photography of snowy mountains and winter scenes

I don’t know if this is totally apparent here on the blog and my social channels, but lately I have felt like I’m on the cusp of expanding my creative potential. Maybe it’s because I now live in a place with fewer distractions. Or perhaps having more space means that I finally have room to create. Or maybe my creative potential feels different now that I am surrounded by so much of nature’s splendor. Whatever the reason, I have been doing a lot of mental work to dig deeper, creatively speaking.

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Our Car Camping Essentials

Car camping essentials for camping off the grid, van life, mountain adventures, hiking, and rock climbing! Every single piece of outdoor gear and equipment we take in the Pacific Northwest in our Vanagon #vanlife #camping #hiking

Ooooooh boy, pull up a chair, get yourself a coffee, and get comfortable because this post is a BIG one! Now that I’m more regularly sharing my outdoor adventures, I’ve been flooded with requests for a blog post all about my favorite car camping essentials and equipment. I totally get it! Sean and I have honed our assortment of gear over the years, so we have a really good set up right now. So it finally felt like a good time to share what works for us when we go camping here in the Pacific Northwest! Let’s dig in.

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Your Guide to Zero Waste Stores in Seattle

Your Guide to Zero Waste Stores in Seattle. Looking for a zero waste store in Seattle to help with your journey to be more sustainable? Check out my guide to all of our local stores! #wellness #zerowaste #ecoliving #greenliving #plasticfree #reducewaste #zerowastetips #masonjar #reusablebags #seattle #shoplocal #buylocal

I consider myself incredibly lucky because there is a zero waste store in walking distance of my home. As we continue to expand our eco-friendly practices in our home, this resource has played a huge roll. But what if you’re new to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Today I am sharing some of my favorite local resources and zero waste stores in Seattle to get you started. Keep in mind that local farmers markets play a huge roll in eco-friendly shopping, especially because it encourages you to eat what is in season. If you’re looking for a place to get food storage, bulk goods, and home products, I hope this list helps!

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Captain Whidbey Inn | Travel Guide

The Coziest Pacific Northwest Destination, Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle + the Miracle Pop Up. Travel guide and tips for Whidbey on jojotastic.com #seattle #PNW #whidbeyisland #whidbey #miraclepopup #holidaydecor #pacificnorthwest #christmasdecor #penncove

Recently, I had the opportunity for a mid-week, mini staycation at a new-ish destination just a couple of hours away from Seattle call Captain Whidbey Inn. It was SO beautiful, SO cozy, and SO festive that I knew I had to share with you! It was also the furthest I’ve been from Seattle since my lung surgery, so I was especially happy to be there. Breathing the fresh air of the PNW really brought some stuff into focus for me. Captain Whidbey is a truly magical spot where I will definitely be returning!

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