Twelve Hours

Twelve Hours

The sun has gone down, and the world is black in front of me. If I could see my hands, they’d be shaking.

There is no moonlight, no encouraging twinkle of stars – just the canopy of trees that I know must be somewhere above, and the canoe rocking gently beneath me.

We are so close to catching up to our group, who started out a day before we did – but in spite of our best efforts, we can’t outpace the sunset. Now, in the dead of night, we shine our lights along the river’s edge. Through the faint outlines of trees, we find a spot to set up camp. We wade carefully over slippery rocks with a limited field of vision, one uncertain step at a time.

Wild Wisdom with Erin Baird

Wild Wisdom with Erin Baird

To Howl Often means to speak your truth and go after what you want. It’s about pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. It’s about making whatever changes you require to be happy. It’s about you doing you, regardless of what other people may think. At the end of the day, you are your own Number 1 and no one else can be that for you. To Howl Often is to do whatever you need to do to be healthy and happy. 

Wild Wisdom with Misty Leiter

Wild Wisdom with Misty Leiter

Misty Leiter founded The Flowered Life - a handmade, organic and cruelty-free wellness company after studying sustainable principals in permaculture, interning at an apothecary and taking an herbal course to further her knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants. Her recipes are inspired around leaving a lighter footprint on this beautiful planet we live on.

Lessons From the Trail: Fall Backpacking Essentials

Lessons From the Trail: Fall Backpacking Essentials

Nature is such a powerful force, and venturing out into it provides for such a genuine connection, both with the outdoors and oneself. Nothing, at least anything I've experienced, is as freeing and pure as waking up in the woods, with faint sounds of birds chirping, the wind gently finding its way through the trees, and hikers moving around and crunching the ground outside of your tent; as hiking solo or with a dear friend on a beautiful trail; of witnessing breathtaking, secluded views after hours of uphill battle with the granite surrounding you.

Regardless of the beauty, there is great importance in preparing accordingly for the known and unknown when exploring, whether it be a quick stroll to view the autumn leaves changing or a backpacking excursion.

In the Canyon, We Are All Just Canyoneers

In the Canyon, We Are All Just Canyoneers

I was swallowed directly into the canyon walls, coming out alive; spat out with underlying strengths but also smitten in realization that the same soul and old wounds I’ve sometimes ignored still reside right inside my bones. Now, maybe that sounds bleak, but canyon walls speak truth, make you feel real, strip you away and allow you to just be.