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May 22, 2017

Adventure Travel: 5 Trips to Get You Started

As is always the case, gaining the courage to take the first step into a new venture or challenge is always the hardest – a cliché that has withstood the test of time for a reason. When it comes to starting your life as an adventure traveler, choosing the wrong first adventure can leave you sheepishly heading back to your vacation routine. That’s why finding a comfort zone that challenges your physical ability and courage without going too far is key in the early going, and you might be surprised how quickly you tap into your own adventurous spirit...

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Outdoor Safety Tips for Women

May 01, 2017

Outdoor Safety Tips for Women

There's nothing quite like getting out in the great outdoors and enjoying yourself. Whether you're going for a hike, heading out for a climb, or hunting, however, you want to make sure you're following a few critical safety tips along the way. These critical points in outdoor safety for women will help you be sure you're safe while enjoying your favorite activities.

Before You Go

Safety and preparation starts before you leave. Even if you don't have a trip on the horizon, as the weather warms up, go ahead and check your gear to...

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Sisterhood and Sopping Sleeping Bags

April 04, 2017

Sisterhood and Sopping Sleeping Bags

So there I was, in the middle of a crazy, freak rain storm that came up out of nowhere, standing braless and bedraggled in front of the park ranger.

You may be wondering how I let myself get in this predicament in the first place, but in my defense there were no threatening clouds on the horizon and no telling change in temperature. It was just a sudden downpour; which caught me off guard and wet in a thin, gray tank top…

We were a handful girlfriends with various levels of camping experience who had trekked to the prairies of...

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Empowerment: The Allure of the Great Outdoors

March 28, 2017

Empowerment: The Allure of the Great Outdoors

They say all heartbreaks, no matter how devastating, can be cured by the sea; that nature is good for the soul; that time heals all wounds.

And I agree.

These days, I love to enjoy the outdoors with my daughter, my friends, and my mom. You might even say that being outside has become my prescription for overcoming almost any disappointment. I’m regularly drawn to Bar Harbor, Maine, where the crisp ocean air, and beautiful seaside vistas act as an antidote for my soul.

But it wasn’t always this way.

There...

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Finding my Bold Out West

September 26, 2016

Finding my Bold Out West

Sometimes you find yourself and your inner strength in the oddest places – for example a dude ranch.

When people asked me how I got to Colorado, the snarky answer is “Well, I drove over 2,000 miles.” The short, non-snarky answer is “a bad break-up.” 

While this is an over simplification, let me try to explain where I was emotionally before I decided to quit my well-paying professional job in Boston to go work a summer...

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December 30, 2014

Moab Camping Adventure with the Bold Betties

by Yana Koubourlis

I hung up the phone.  How the hell am I going to get out of this?  I thought.  I had just agreed to go on a four-day, three-night camping trip with my sister.  

For many reading this blog, a camping trip might sound like fun.  Maybe even just a regular weekend.  

Not me.

I am decidedly not outdoorsy.  As a 45 year-old stay-at-home mother of two young boys, my physical activity is limited to walking my kids between the car and school, hauling grocery bags, and my Barre 3...

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