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Hiking the Jordan River Pathway

This past 4th of July weekend, Kevin, Maggie Mae, and I decided to make a last minute trip to hike the Jordan River Pathway. Slowly but surely we are attempting to hike all of the beautiful trails of Michigan. The Jordan River Pathway was gorgeous, just as all of the trails we have done so… Continue reading Hiking the Jordan River Pathway

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The Manistee River Trail: Tips for the First Time Backpacker

What I refer to as the “Manistee River Trail” 3-4 day loop is actually half the Manistee River Trail and half the North Country Trail. I look back on that trip as somewhat of a whirlwind, like I do most backpacking trips. You’d think I’d learn to slow the pace a bit but every time… Continue reading The Manistee River Trail: Tips for the First Time Backpacker

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4 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Hiking the Inca Trail

The standard Inca Trail trek is a four day, three night ordeal. It was the experience of a lifetime with breathtaking views, amazing people, and in my opinion, the most authentic way to visit Machu Picchu and the Incan ruins. All niceties aside, I’ll be honest in saying that it was also probably one of… Continue reading 4 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Hiking the Inca Trail

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3 Easy Dehydrator Snacks for Backpacking

This post is going to be a bit different than most of the others I’ve done, but no less informative! Part of the main premise of this blog is to help the everyday person to travel cheaper and this is going to be invaluable information for someone interested in getting out and experiencing nature or… Continue reading 3 Easy Dehydrator Snacks for Backpacking

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How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

How to pack for a backpacking trip can vary greatly depending on the environment you’ll be going backpacking. For instance, if you’re doing a backpacking trip through Europe and staying in hostels or backpacking through an extremely cold and mountainous environment, this video may leave a few things out that you would want to consider. But in general, if you’re going on an overnight hike in a spring-summer-or fall climate and would like some general packing tips, this video is for you!

 

Please let me know how you liked the video format of this post and if you’d like me to do more like this in the comments!

As Always,

CAITLYN WITHOUT A COMPASS

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Part Two: My Experience of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Where did I leave off? OH! Bragging about how great our very own Upper Peninsula and Pictured Rocks are… I, for one, can’t understand why this area of Michigan is not a global phenomenon. Why aren’t people flocking here from all over the world like they do to the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, or the… Continue reading Part Two: My Experience of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Part One: How to Hike the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

I’m going to give you all a disclaimer here that I started writing this post and it grew into a whole different animal than expected. I’ve since decided to split it into two posts, so here is part one. On the second day of my 25 mile hike on the North Country Trail, I experienced… Continue reading Part One: How to Hike the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore