ENERGYbits, I was skeptical. There are so many supplements, pre-workout concoctions and "natural" foods that are supposed to boost energy, but the right workout program, a sound diet, enough sleep, and proper recovery are the only things that produce consistent results for me. When ENERGYbits offered me a complimentary two-serving sample, I didn't expect miracles. But if what I read about the benefits of Spirulina algae was true, it couldn't hurt to give them a try!
Both of my ENERGYbits tests took place at my home away from home - CrossFit Love. "Fish food" was the first thing that came to mind when I opened the container. The directions suggested two options for consumption - swallowing or chewing.
|All suited up to enjoy winter! I have at least four layers on.|
Keep things warm inside your sleeping bag. In addition to using a warm water bottle as a heat source, which was one of my tips in the Pocket Ranger article, keeping your water in liquid form will make cooking in the morning much easier. Put your bottles in your sleeping bag with you. Also, keeping extra clothes in your bag prevents you from having to don ice cold duds in the morning. Bring extra large freezer bags, put your boots in them, and take your boots to bed with you. They'll be a lot easier to put on in the morning.
|Patrick and the Mesa Arch. (P. Gensel)|
While it isn't for everyone, solo travel can offer a unique way to see more and expand your comfort bubble considerably. I didn't make it all the way through my first solo trip, which was supposed to be an overnight in Denali National Park. I wasn't comfortable being alone with my thoughts, which got incredibly loud when I found myself alone in one of the most profoundly quiet places I've ever been. Friend Patrick Gensel, however, is an expert solo traveler. After a recent adventure, he's here to share his tips on making the most of a trip on your own.
|Taking it all in, Mount Rainier National Park.|
|Hawk Falls at Hickory Run.|
With that new perspective came an appreciation for Northeastern Pennsylvania outdoor destinations I didn't used to appreciate enough, including last weekend's hiking destination - Hickory Run State Park. It's small, not too far from home, doesn't have towering mountains or hundreds of miles of trail to explore, but it's still pretty special.