Author: c8ugno

TRAVEL LIGHT – SINGLE BAG PACKING LIST

Packing light and packing small has become more important to me as I journey on in life.  The older I get, the lighter my pack seems to get!  This isn’t a bad thing, this only means I may be getting smarter, too.   I don’t want to lug around so much stuff that I end up with a sore neck, shoulder, or back.  I want to enjoy my travels, so I am always scouting for items that will make my traveling easier and more comfortable at the same time.  This has a lot to do with why I created the...

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Support the Trail

Growing up in the low mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, I grew to love those mountains as my home.  All I ever wanted to do was walk through the woods, up and down the hills forever and ever as a kid.  I still do!  When I see the bare deciduous trees that pepper the Appalachian Mountains in Fall, I can hardly hold myself back from the trails.  So I don’t…I put on my boots and a day pack and head out.  It is a place for us to go to in order to commune and understand our natural world.  For many...

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Go Outside

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”  -Rachel Carson I encourage everyone to spend time outdoors.  It has been the main influence in my life, forming my character and teaching me how to move about in the world.  When I come back to the city after being immersed in nature for a time, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain the balance I felt while out there.  A good friend once told me it is possible to bring that stability with you: just hear a moose call when someone honks...

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Finding True North

As I set my sights on 2018, I see all of the pathways that Julpak can take me.  Most of the past year I have walked on solid footing, sometimes on rocky ground, but always with that trail front and center.  Wandering but not lost.  Compass in hand.  Looking for True North.  I trek with the confidence of knowing that the skills I have developed over a lifetime will come together and make this journey successful.  I see the precipice and I walk along the edge, I see the rapids and I steer for the standing water. Where Julpak is...

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