Porter Auditions for America’s Top Chef
Porter did all the cooking on our 2,663-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail: hot mocha and oatmeal for breakfast, and gourmet dinners like ratatouille au rehydrated tofu, boeuf jerky stroganoff, and pan-seared wild salmon over udon in an Asian fusion sauce. (I carried the peanut butter and crackers for lunch.) Each evening, after our […]
My mind can make a problem out of anything. So for a backpacking trip up Colorado’s Buchanan Pass Trail, I turn a peaceful getaway into a problem to be solved. It’s a do-over, actually, of our previous hike when we missed that trail and slogged up a boulder-strewn jeep road. It was sleeting, I was […]
How to Pitch a Bedroom in the Woods
I’ve never been on an outdoor trip with my husband, Porter, for which he didn’t invent/adapt/sew multiple pieces of gear. Even on our thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, he entertained himself each evening by modifying our packs, stove, water purifier, and clothes while I entertained myself begging him not to modify something that worked […]
How Does Nature Affect Our Minds?
An article by Matt Richtel in The New York Times, “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain,” shares the experience of five neuroscientists who spent five days without computers and cell phones, rafting a river in Utah. At first, the scientists were divided on whether heavy use of digital technology took a toll on […]
Video #1 of Our Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail!
Check out this video of Porter and Gail Storey’s hike of the Pacific Crest Trail–2,663 miles from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada, over the mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington. For future videos of our PCT adventures (!) fording raging rivers, crossing the Mojave, climbing frozen peaks, how-we-did-it tips, and the […]