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NavigaDesigns – my new project

NavigaDesigns – my new project

All my travels and adventures, along with my background in GIS and cartography, have inspired me to create something that I think it pretty cool: a line of apparel and products featuring beautiful cartographic designs. NavigaDesigns products will be available soon!

Navigating the Rebelle Series, part 1

Navigating the Rebelle Series, part 1

In this series I will be sharing some of my expertise and knowledge on the skills and gear needed to be well prepared for the Rebelle Rally or other similar navigation events. While this is geared mainly towards new and prospective Rebelles, I hope some…

2019 Rebelle Rally Overview

2019 Rebelle Rally Overview

This year I returned to the Rebelle as the Navigator for team Fast n’ Curious (#145). Isn’t that the coolest team name? My teammate, Kris Vockler, 2nd time Rebelle and CEO of ICD High Performance Coatings, was the driver. Although I had been planning to skip 2019 and compete in 2020, I received a call about 6 weeks prior to the Rebelle that Kris needed a teammate. We had never met, but through phone conversations decided we would be a great fit. We worked well as a team and had so much fun this year!

The course this year was absolutely stunning and a lot of fun to drive and navigate. We spent time in Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, some of the incredible public lands of Nevada, OHV areas such as Trona Pinnacles and Johnson Valley, and finally, of course, the Glamis Sand Dunes.

2018 Rebelle Rally Overview

2018 Rebelle Rally Overview

In 2018 I competed in the Rebelle Rally as Team 179. The Rebelle Rally is a navigational rally raid, using only map and compass, no GPS. It is the longest offroad competition in the United States, spanning 2000+ kilometers from Lake Tahoe to San Diego over…

America’s Most Remote National Park: Dry Tortugas

America’s Most Remote National Park: Dry Tortugas

During our search for an easy, beach camping spring vacation this last winter, we happened to stumble upon this crazy, magical place. Since we were looking for something within a reasonable drive of Virginia, it seemed terribly far,¬†maybe even unattainable. Upon a closer look, though,…

Mt. Rogers: Sunset hike on the AT

Mt. Rogers: Sunset hike on the AT

This past November, though at that time Virginia was still brand new, Josh and I got the itch to explore the Appalachian Trail just a little further away from the usual spots and crowds. So, after some quick research we decided Grayson Highlands State Park was the place to go. Unfortunately, I did not double check our route on the drive there, and Apple Maps seemed to think it would be just fine to arrive on the North end of the park… on a very primitive road. This delayed our start considerably but did not deter us! Lesson learned, we headed ’round to the main entrance and found the trailhead.

As promised, there were some small, hardy looking and very curious wild ponies wandering around the trails. At one point, a foal came careening towards us, bolting away towards his mother only at the last minute. I will say, our dogs’ confusion at those large dog-ish creatures was very entertaining, even though we had to work a little harder to keep them going forwards.

It was a beautiful, crisp autumn day, and the trail up Mt. Rogers was quite pleasant. There were several camping spots that seemed very appealing for a backpacking trip, and of course we passed some boy scouts doing just that!

We stopped for a snack at the shelter just below the peak and made the decision to turn around so we would make it back to the parking lot before it got too dark.

On the way down, I was now so very glad that we’d driven around more than we had to to get here, because I got to capture an incredible sunset. Somehow the tall yellow grass was just glittering gold with light and the mountains were a faded gray-blue against the orange sky.

I have to say, you haven’t really experienced a place until you’ve watched a sunset there…