Primus Tupike Stove Review

For the longest time, I never had my own real camp stove. I’d cook things over my little Snow Peak Litemax, praying that the wind wouldn’t blow the stove over. When Primus introduced the Tupike stove at Outdoor Retailer several years ago, I wanted one. Stoves could be aesthetic, and functional? I couldn’t believe it. After lugging the Primus Tupike Stove around for the last few years, here’s how it’s been faring.

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Stay at the Stepladder Ranch & Creamery

Stepladder Ranch and Stepladder Creamery

The truth is, I secretly love rainy day weekends. It gives me an excuse to slow down, be lazy, and catch up on things around the house. I was preparing to tuck myself away for the weekend when my friend, Liz from Nipomo, reached out about a getaway to the Stepladder Ranch.

As an avid pop country music fan, farms and ranches are absolutely my thing. Growing up, I also raised pigs in the 4-H program. I was instantly sold on heading down to Cambria on California’s Central Coast to experience the magic.

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Ferment & Forage with the Little River Inn

Ferment and Forage Experience Little River Inn Mendocino Countryman Forager

The Little River Inn recently extended an invite to attend their  first ever Ferment and Forage Experience celebrating the gathering food from the land and sea. I grew up picking blackberries on bushes at summer camp and eating vinegar ants right out of the ant hill. After hearing countless stories of how friends foraged for mushrooms and the like in my metaphorical backyard, I wanted to learn how.

Ferment and Forage Experience Little River Inn Mendocino Countryman Forager

The Little River Inn brought Kevin from Countryman Forager, folx from Freedive Shop, Emma from Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, and the Inn’s own manager and resident fermenter, Cally, for foraging and cooking demos. If you’ve ever been curious about eating in the wild, this event is an excellent stepping stone.

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How to Create the Most Instagrammable Snack Board

How to create the most Instagrammable snack board

Last October, my Feral Female Weekend crew and I reunited to chase fall colors in the Eastern Sierra. The best thing about hiking with these ladies–aside from the belly laughs and conversation–is we all absolutely love food, because I am 98.3% sure that I hike so I can eat.

After deciding to hike no further than the closest spot we could camp, we made the prettiest snack board imaginable. Now you can create your own, too!

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Backcountry Gourmet with Adventure Dining Guide

Backcountry Backpacking Meals Adventure Dining Guide

Every summer Alpenglow Sports hosts an annual, free Mountain Festival, filled with adventure and fun for people of all ages and skill levels. When I saw backpacking and backcountry gourmet on the menu, I was sold. If there’s anything I love almost as much as being outside, it’s food. And cats, but that’s a different story. Alpenglow Sports partnered with Michelle from Adventure Dining Guide to lead a women’s trip out into the wilderness. The destination was originally Desolation Wilderness, but with the ridiculous snow year, plans changed to Watson Lake. It was a little closer and suited for women of all skill levels. Coming straight from sea level, I was a little grateful for the venue change and for being spared many miles of huffing at the back of the group like a fool.

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