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I eat veggie ramen every morning for breakfast, here’s my recipe

Winter is all about warming liquids. If it’s hot, and savory, and citrusy, I’m probably eating it all winter long. If you know me, you know that I don’t do traditional breakfast foods, and this season my go-to morning meal is … [Read more...]

outdoor advocacy update 004: sen. lee kills public lands package–because, bears ears.

Let’s just dive right in: Well, the public lands package is dead. It’s that big set of bills I’ve been hyped on, that includes LWCF permanent reauthorization, Recreation Not Red Tape, the Emery County Bill that’s close to … [Read more...]

mini fresh 003: your weekly advocacy update

Advocacy updates + news It’s one of those weeks, y’all. Let’s start with the big bang: Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving the Department of Interior. Good riddance. This quote from OIA’s Executive Director Amy Roberts … [Read more...]

2018 Outdoorist Holiday Gift Guide

Ugh, yes, another gift guide. Are you really even a blogger if you don’t write one? Here’s the thing: the holiday season is my favorite time of year. Yes, even more than summer. The moment Halloween passes, I am dreaming of twinkle … [Read more...]

mini fresh 002: your weekly outdoor advocacy update

From breaking political news to outdoor advocacy movements, the world around us seems to be moving extra fast these days–and it’s hard to keep up sometimes. To help you stay in the loop, I’m going to start providing mini quick + gritty … [Read more...]

Giving Back to Forces for Outdoor Good

On Election Day, I had an idea: what if I donated $1  for every person who sent me a photo of them voting? I set a limit of $100, because I’m just one human, and put it out into the world. It felt like a nice idea, but nothing major. Soon, my … [Read more...]

Solo Female Road Trip Q&A (with dog tips!)

Since my first 33 day cross-country solo trip after a bad break-up, traveling alone has been one of my favorite ways to adventure. I’ve slept in gas station rest stops, remote forest campsites,  cheap motels, KOAs off the highway–you name it, … [Read more...]

Advocacy Toolkit: Vote The Outdoors in 2018

If I could urge people to take just one action for outdoor advocacy in 2018, it would be to vote. In the last year, we’ve witnessed the dismantling of national monuments, erasure and denial of our planet’s climate change crisis, attacks … [Read more...]

mini fresh 001: Welcome back, let’s get to work.

Hello, friends. In this moment, I am releasing a whale of an exhale. *sigh* I started writing this blog nearly 10 years ago, and beyond containing the contents of my life and adventures over the last decade, The Morning Fresh has been the catalyst to … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Make Your Morning Better

When you rise each morning, you set the tone for the rest of your day. What does your morning ritual look like? Is it intentional, or it is just another motion you move through? Mornings are important. I’m not religious, but to me, mornings are … [Read more...]

SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

After 5 years of this design, (and nearly 10 years of blogging, wow) The Morning Fresh is getting a makeover.  Very intimidating, and very exciting. I hope to have a beautiful new site up and running within a few weeks, so thank you in advance for … [Read more...]

Guide to Hemp CBD + Products

Hemp CBD has changed my life. Period. I have been an advocate for CBD for years, but after moving to Utah thought my days of plant-based medicine were over. Then, I found hemp CBD products casually sitting at the register of my local bodega, Jade … [Read more...]

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

One of my favorite things that I like to celebrate every day is getting outdoors. In the spirit of equity for all holidays, we only get one official National Get Outdoors Day, tomorrow on June 9th – if you’re like me though, you never need an excuse … [Read more...]

Outdoorist Tips for (Easy) Eco-Living

As an outdoor advocate, my dedication to caring for the land isn’t exclusive to my work to protect public lands–it’s embedded into the core of my daily lifestyle. To care about the outdoors means to care about the planet, climate change, … [Read more...]

Outdoorist Guide to Bend, Oregon

Before I visited Bend, I daydreamed about it. A magical little mountain town, with beckoning views of snow-capped peaks jutting out of the high desert. I thought it might be something like Boulder, CO–before it became the crowded bubble. I imagined … [Read more...]

Learning to ski (human-powered) in Oregon at Subaru WinterFest

Editor’s note: Today on the blog, a first–a guest post, by my partner Brody Leven. As you know from my escapades on IG stories, he’s teaching me how to ski entirely by human power, and it’s been one of the best experiences of our … [Read more...]

Guide to Playing Outside + Eating in Salt Lake City, UT

“Hey Katie, I’m heading to SLC [this week/next summer/tomorrow] and was wondering if you had advice on good trails for [running/skiing/hiking], places to adventure that are near town, can’t-miss restaurants and coffee … [Read more...]

Guide to Outdoor Advocacy at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show 2018

My agenda is jam-packed–and changing every hour. I haven’t seen the sun in days. My eyes are bleeding from scheduling social media and creating Facebook events. Because, well, it’s almost Outdoor Retailer. This is the first Outdoor … [Read more...]

Ultimate Outdoorist Gift Guide

Oh hello, gift giving season. Our Christmas tree is twinkling, the first ornament has been hung, and I am itching to start filling the base with treats for friends and family. I love the holidays. Looking for the perfect thing to please the … [Read more...]

Homemade Winter Squash Soup Recipe

Winter is here, and with it comes the season of soup. I love soup like I love an oversized scarf. It’s cozy, it’s warming, and if you do it right, it’s totally healthy and pretty much totally acceptable to eat in mass quantities. I … [Read more...]

FAQ: Outdoor Industry Career Advice

“How did you get started?” “How can I do what you do outside all the time?” “How do you make money?” I get asked these questions on a daily basis, and I wanted to answer them here today: There is no secret pathway to success. I studied … [Read more...]

Updates from the Trail: September

Hi outdoorists, greetings from Salt Lake City–I’m finally home for a few weeks before hitting the road for my birthday desert trek, and wanted to update you on all things adventure, advocacy, podcasts, and projects. The end of summer feels … [Read more...]

Outdoorist Guide to Glacier National Park

I spent a week in Glacier National Park–my first time there–and just, whoa. Montana has a reputation for being one of the last wild frontiers, and this parcel of public land is a true testament to that. My experience felt particularly charmed. It was … [Read more...]

Guide to Public Lands Advocacy at Outdoor Retailer

Twice a year, I turn into a weird beast version of myself. My calendar is a color-coded event apocalypse where every afternoon and evening is quadruple booked. My inbox? Insanity. I do ridiculous things like think about my outfits in advance. … [Read more...]