Greetings from Strangers

Greetings from Strangers

Wes Walker and his wife love traveling, especially through US National Parks. With no trips planned in the future, Wes decided to surprise his wife with the best birthday gift ever: postcards from people traveling all over the world!

He’s armed with a PO Box. And now he needs your help to fill it. Here’s how!

Pick a postcard from a national park, or maybe even a state park. Write a message on it.

Address it to Ruth, PO Box 585, Katoomba, NSW, Australia 2780. Go to the post office, get some international postage (about $1.50) and send it off.

Greetings from Strangers

Don’t want to bother with international shipping? That’s okay. Stick that postcard in an envelope, address the envelope to me at 420 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 95014. I’ll be collecting all of these and sending them to Wes in one fell swoop. Please make sure postcards are in my hands by March 31, 2014.

Greetings from Strangers

After the postcard is sent, tell a friend. Heck, tell a stranger. Tell someone to continue the chain and help make Ruth’s birthday a fantastic one!

Check out Wes’ blog here as he chronicles his previous adventures with his wife.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tin House from HQ

Hike: Tin House from Park HQ
Where: Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park (park map here)
Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 8~ miles
Gear: REI Sahara Convertible Pants – Women’s Petite, Arc’teryx Delta LT, Icebreaker Bodyfit Oasis Crew, Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles
Cost of Parking: $10 in park, or free on the side of HW1

I’ve been meaning to do this hike for a while, but never manage to make it out to Big Sur. The one time I did this past summer, I accidentally went to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (I mean, come on, the names are so identical) and ended climbing up the Big Sur River instead. Made it down to the right park this past Christmas, but then drove past the trailhead.

But that’s okay! Because it made this hike even better. I parked at the big turnout down the road from McWay Falls about 500 feet and walked up Highway 1 into park headquarters. For Christmas Day, it was pretty packed full of people already leaving. (It was 10am when I got there.)

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Mokelumne Wilderness: Winnemucca Lake

Hike: Winnemucca Lake and back
Where: Mokelumne Wilderness
Trailhead: Carson Pass trailhead off of Highway 88. Look for the bathroom!
Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours and 58 minutes roundtrip
Gear: CamelBak Aventura pack, UNIQLO Heat-Tech tights, REI Sahara Convertible Pants, Icebreaker Oasis Crew, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, Ahnu Montara Waterproof Boot, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles, MSR Denali snowshoes, Black Diamond FrontPoint gaiters
Cost of Parking: $5 for a SNOPARK day permit ($25 for the season)

Mokelumne Wilderness is a pretty sweet gem off of Highway 88 near Kirkwood. Compared to its neighbor, Desolation Wilderness, it’s relatively unknown; I’ve rarely seen more than 10 other people on the trail.

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Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew Long-Sleeve

Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew Long-Sleeve Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew Long-Sleeve

The Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew is my body’s new best friend.

It’s an incredibly versatile baselayer that keeps you warm and dry on slopes and on top of peaks, and cool and dry-ish on weird, warm, 70 degree) California winter days. It’s been accompanying me on almost every adventure since it’s a little cold for my Tech T Lite shirt.

It’s made of blah blah merino wool which has magical properties of supreme odor control, which came in super handy on my recent backpacking trip. Oh and because I think I wore this shirt for three days straight before the trip and was too lazy to wash it. I didn’t smell that bad. Really. And of course, merino wool has antimicrobial and moisture wicking properties to keep you feeling fresh throughout your adventure.

One more thing that’s kind of cool about Icebreaker is you can trace the origins of your shirt back to the very sheep that spawned the wool. Feels nice to be connected to what you’re wearing and supporting, right?

They’re kinda pricey, even on sale, but it’s worth the splurge for a do-it-all shirt. You don’t even look that weird wearing it around every day. And they come in lots and lots of colors. I want them all.

Buy through Icebreaker for $89.99.