SJ Byce

New Year’s Resolution: One New Country or State a Year

Think of the last time you were stopped in your tracks by something beautiful, a moment of true awe. The more you travel the more you realize how much of the world you have not yet seen. As an outdoor enthusiast, my list of desirable travel spots exceeds both my bank account and my available […] Read more…

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…

The Stuff of a Story

As you spend time catching up with family and friends this holiday season here are a few ideas to ponder. What stories from your own life have you told time and time again? What experiences stand out in your mind? Two stories that come to my mind include standing at the finish line of a […] Read more…

Advice from a ‘Cold Sleeper’

If you are a petite female like me or generally carry an extra jacket at all times simply for entering air-conditioned buildings, the idea of winter camping may sound miserable. But don’t rule out the winter months just yet, because with proper gear and a few exercises, a cozy winter camping trip could be the […] 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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