Dear Natalie: Oregon Lessons Part 1

Oregon Lessons Part 1 - 2

 

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Do you think we can learn from places?

Signed,

Those who wander

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Dear Wanderers,

I do.

In fact, I have Facebook evidence (we all know that if it’s on Facebook, it’s true). A little over a year ago, I had spiraled quite high into the Siskiyou Mountain Range along a rustic mountain road, and I noticed read more

Dear Natalie Try the Brooks England Strand Bag

Brooks England Strand Bag 1

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Let’s say I’m trying to ride a bike and carry stuff at the same time. What do I do?

Signed,

Trying to Grow Additional Arms

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Dear TGAA,

Certainly, you realize that you aren’t a Chia Pet. You cannot, simply by will, sprout new appendages. However, I do have compassion for your plight. read more

Dear Natalie: Try Sunski Glasses

Sunski Glasses 2

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What are your thoughts on Sunski’s sunglasses?

Signed,

Humans who have eyeballs

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Dear Eyeball Owners,

By now, it’s probably evident that I try to give well-rounded reviews. It’s important to me that I present all the sides of a product, so you can make an informed decision about its usefulness in your life. And now that I’ve offered you that reminder of my intentions, read more

Dear Natalie: Try Outxes Rugged Power Bank

Outxes Rugged Power Bank 2

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Word on the street is that Outxe sent you another product. What did you think?

Signed,

Someone whose phone is at 2% battery

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Dear Someone – wait a second. Who lets their phone get to 2%? Seriously, man. That’s just negligent.

Anyway, yes, Outxe kindly sent me their rugged read more

Dear Natalie: Try the Urban Canairie Hat

Urban Canairie Hat

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What are your thoughts on Urban Canairie’s outdoor hats?

Signed,

You all, because you like covering your head

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Dear friends,

I’m going to be honest with you: Getting gifts in the mail is really, really great. I mean, it exceeds the typical daily level of greatness; it is a special degree of great. And since I’m pretty excitable anyway, you can imagine my joy when a gift box arrived on my doorstep, read more

Dear Natalie: Getting my Passport

Ask Natalie Passport

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

You seriously don’t have a passport?

Signed,

Incredulous travelers everywhere

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Dear travelers,

Okay, so I don’t right now, but I will.

I did have a passport once before, over twenty years ago. I took part in a Spanish language immersion trip through my high school. We traveled throughout Mexico, and before we left, the faculty made it clear: We were expected read more

Dear Natalie: Try The Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern

Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern 1

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What are your thoughts on the Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern?

Signed,

You all, because you want to know about this!

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Dear friends,

I have to admit something: I am not dainty. I know that’s probably shocking, so I’ll give you a minute to recompose yourselves.

(Patiently waiting.)

Okay. Now that we’ve established that, I’ll continue. Moving about the world like an ox means that read more

Dear Natalie: Told You So

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Seriously, didn’t we tell you it was dangerous out there?

Signed,

Yourself, and society – again

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Dear everyone,

So yeah, it happened.

My friend Inga and I, both aiming for a grand total of at least 52 hikes by 12/31/18, decided to go on a quick hike one Saturday in February. The sky was a bit overcast. Gray skies on our valley floor, a mere 1000 ft. in elevation, often mean snow storms read more

Dear Natalie: Who else does this?

Ask Natalie Banner Dear Natalie: Who else does this?

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Do other women solo adventure?

Sincerely,

A small voice in your brain

Dear Self,

Check out this video featuring Marinel de Jesus (Brown Gal Trekker):

Love,

PS: Some background info on Marinel de Jesus is included below:

Brown Gal Trekker (Marinel de Jesus) didn’t discover hiking until much later on when she started her career as a lawyer. She’s a first generation Filipina who moved to the U.S. when she was in her teens. Her read more

Dear Natalie You’re in Danger

Dear Natalie: You're in Danger

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Don’t you know it’s risky out there?

Signed,

Yourself, and society

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Dear everyone,

At first, I would have answered this question in one, easy, short, simple word: No.

I started hiking in Ohio. For my friends from outside the U.S., or those geographically challenged Americans, Ohio is flat and fairly developed. There are virtually no bears in read more

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