My work has kept me away from the PNW for a substantial amount of time this season, so when the stars magically aligned and a day cleared for both Joel and I, we hopped in the car and headed out of the city to disconnect from everything and reconnect with each other (and Ruby!).
With no cell service, minimal crowds, and a backpack full of snacks and books, the hours passed like minutes. I couldn’t have asked for anything more than a little more time in the day. We stopped for some iced tea, hiked into one of our favorite spots, and just enjoyed the quiet.
I savor moments like these. They’re so desperately needed to balance the hectic nature of our schedules, especially this time of the year. With autumn creeping up on us, I glanced at my calendar, realized my “free” spots were quickly disappearing, and decided that I need to make a conscious effort to not let this season slip away. An effort to see the people I love. An effort to say “no" to busyness and "yes" to family and to that friend who keeps reaching out even though I embarrassingly keep rescheduling our coffee dates (you know who you are, and I'm texting you RIGHT NOW!).
It's a seemingly simple goal, yet, as seasons fly by, I'm realizing that these are the moments that matter most and they're worth protecting.
But that doesn’t mean summer hasn’t been amazing! From traveling around Europe to working for a few weeks in New York, it’s been a whirlwind of fun. One of my favorite projects this summer was my collaboration with Backpacks.com and I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you.
Earlier this year they set out to build a website with a beautifully curated selection of backpacks to help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs. And you know what? It's a game-changer. I knew what I wanted from a backpack and the website helped me pick a pack that was perfect for my little day trip with Joel: the Gregory Sketch 22. Lightweight, durable, and ready to hold our precious cargo (I’m obviously talking about the snacks). Now if only the rest of my life was perfectly curated in a way to make decisions this easy…
To help celebrate the launch of the new backpacks.com, I also shared a travel story - a full recap of the trip I took to the San Juan Islands/Alaska with LLV and Natalie - on Backpacks.com. That trip was undoubtedly one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had and, (with the help of my brilliant editor John Bray) I put together an editorial piece with all the highlights. Here's a little preview:
"That night on Bear Glacier never got completely dark, lingering instead in a twilight that matched the deep glacial blues before the sun crested the horizon. We tried to suppress our excitement and get a little bit of sleep, but the magic that seems to run on every road and trail in Alaska kept us awake. Fortunately, the morning greeted us with a steady wind that remained for the rest of our time there and pushed us to explore and kayak through the region, a place that felt largely untouched and unseen.”
You can see the full story here.
Also, I’m planning a trip to Utah, New Mexico, and Texas in November. I would LOVE to hear your recommendations for must-see spots or your favorite coffee shops along the way. If you or someone you know is interested in working on a project, having some photos taken, or meeting up while I'm there, send me a note! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In collaboration with @backpacksdotcom. #backpackjourneys