Every so often I receive a truly inspiring email that makes me want to jump up and down with shared excitement. That's how I met Emma, a female entrepreneur about to set off on a 3 week solo backpacking journey. Badass much?! She had dreamt of backpacking the John Muir Trail since she was a child and had decided it was time to make that dream a reality. To help Emma with her journey, we sent her a care package of Bushka meals!
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My name is Emma Massick, but on the trails I go by Pepper. I put pepper on everything! I even filled both sides of my backpacking salt/pepper shaker with pepper because I felt like it was more important to me than salt!
I love to hike, rock climb, and be challenged in an outdoor setting. I love coffee and the human connections that can develop over a steaming mug. I love connecting with people in new online markets, and learning and exploring the new methods of communication that are popping up daily!
I am a freelance social media manager and content creator. I help outdoor brands tell their story by making meaningful and memorable connections with their audience and relieve headaches for outdoor leaders trying to accomplish this in their own space! (If you want more information you can find my website at www.elmtreesocial.com!)
When I was around 10 years old, my family went on a summer vacation to Yosemite, and I fell in love. Surrounded by powerful waterfalls, lush forests and tall mountain faces towering higher than I could imagine, I felt that I was truly at home. I have always loved to read and learn so I read a Yosemite book in one of the gift shops while I waited for my siblings to finish looking at all of the odds and ends that were for sale. I read about the John Muir Trail (JMT) and I thought to myself, “I’m gonna do that when I’m a grown up!”
Fast forward to a few years ago, I watched an awesome documentary called Mile, Mile and A Half and was reminded and re-inspired for my JMT dream. I said to myself, “well, I’m a grown-up now so I suppose it’s time to do this thing!” And applied for a trail permit. I got my permit the very next day, I believe it was meant to be! I will be leaving out of Happy Isles during the fourth week of July, hiking solo and I am so excited, nervous and so ready to be living this thing that I have been planning for months and dreaming about for years! You can follow my adventures at www.pepperhikes.com or on instagram @pepperhikes.
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Here’s something I bet you never thought you’d hear from a doctor, “I’m writing you a prescription for a trip to the park.” Wait, what? Is this the adult version of that recurring daydream from elementary school where recess is the only class of the day and pizza is the only thing served by the lunch ladies? Nope, it’s not a dream, Park Prescriptions are a very real thing that began with a pilot program in San Francisco parks in 2012 and has evolved to include over 100 programs across the United States.
Intuitively, most of us know that being outside is good for our health.
It’s officially romance season for the uninitiated, but we think being outdoors and off the grid with loved ones anytime of the year is inherently romantic. In our modern times, the mere concept of unplugging from our devices and experiencing human connection and a shared tangible experience is a worthy romantic pursuit. This year, let romance abound with thoughtful intention to an outdoor adventure.
To help spice up your next trip, here are 4 rockin’ ideas for romance on your next glamping, camping, or wilderness trip!