SJ Byce

Escape the Winter: Florida Camping

Standing in the security line at the Durango Airport in Colorado, everyone seemed to share the same destination: Florida. Escaping ice-cold fingers and wind-chilled cheeks sounded pretty ideal to me as I boarded the plane. The next day I found myself in High Springs, Florida just west of Jacksonville and just north of Gainesville. Ginnie […] Read more…

Strange Vegetables You Never Thought You’d Bring Camping

Breakfast: Eggplant Omelets Looking for an omelet that doesn’t require chopping ingredients and is also rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. To prepare eggplant omelets first stab some holes in your eggplant with a fork then heat it over a fire to pre-cook until the skin starts to brown or peel. Then allow the […] Read more…

Swim In Your Clothes

Oxybenzone is a genotoxicant to corals. It causes bleaching and transforms planula into a deformed, sessile condition.[1] If you had to summarize that statement in non-science terms this chemical sounds like death for coral. Yet chances are you rub oxybenzone all over your skin before jumping into the ocean or even walking on the beach […] Read more…

Your International Mountain Guide

Meet Raymond. You arrive at the park entrance center on your international vacation hoping to do some mountain climbing before you fly home.  The park headquarters just assigned Raymond to be your guide on a 3-day expedition to summit the most technical mountain climb in the Philippines. He does not speak English. Do you trust […] Read more…

Travel: Perspectives on Pooping

For some people, the idea of pooping in the woods sounds so horrible that they would rather forego wilderness camping entirely: The Glampers – glamorous campers with all the beautiful photographs, but none of the discomforts. For others, the solution is to not poop at all until returning to an actual bathroom: The Willfully Constipated. […] Read more…

Life Lessons in International Caving

“Malayo ang hospital, mas malapit ang coffins.” The hospital is far, the coffins are closer. Entering Lumiang Cave in Sagada, Philippines and passing rows of ancient burial coffins, our guide’s attempt at a joke contained a ring of truth: hundreds of meters below the earth’s surface is the least ideal place for a serious injury. […] Read more…

Human Made Beauty: The Ifugao Rice Terraces

The romantic destination of a trekking enthusiast is often so far into the backcountry that all evidence of human establishment has faded from view: pristine natural beauty. However if beauty and awe are one’s end goals, the pride earned through isolation in the wilderness may overlook an entire category of human-built beauty. Declared a UNESCO […] Read more…

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