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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...]

The Ghost Town of Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park was once a booming mining town… somewhat typical of the way the westerns depict them; in addition to miners and families, there were saloons, gunslingers, and houses of ill repute. Gunfights in the streets were not … [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...]

Sailing into the San Juan’s

After our little dash out and back under Deception Pass Bridge we went to La Conner for one night to restock, do laundry and such before heading up the narrow Swinomish Channel, past the historic railroad swing bridge and into Padilla Bay where we … [Read more...]

At Last… The Journey Continues!!

At the crack of dawn on July 14th John and I began our long-awaited Journey on Summer Breeze. My wonderful team of “roadies” was down to one after losing Jazzy last year but Sadie, who got her sea legs while traveling in the motorhome, was all in … [Read more...]

Between Then and Now

During the summer of 2014, after three years of full time travel… in The Beast… with my “roadies” (Jazzy and Sadie), my father asked me a life changing question. “Can you stop, and help me?” I was only making a pit-stop in my hometown of Longview … [Read more...]

Between Then and Now

During the summer of 2014, after three years of full time travel… in The Beast… with my “roadies” (Jazzy and Sadie), my father asked me a life changing question. “Can you stop, and help me?” I was only making a pit-stop in my hometown of Longview … [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...]

The Journey Continues (Part 1)

I’m long past due with my writing, I know. And now it’s hard to know how to begin again… mostly because I’m not really sure who my audience is anymore, and how many have kept up with my time off the road on Facebook. After my long silence how many … [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...]

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...]

How to Stay Entertained During Long Journeys

If you are an avid traveller, then you will often find yourself on long journeys that can sometimes take more than a day to complete. During this time, you may be at a loss for what you can do to help you pass the time. There is only so much sleep … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Need To Get Involved In Casino Games

The birth of new technology such as the internet and smartphones has completely changed the way in which we do things, the way we live, the way we do business and most important of all, the way in which we have fun. The latter is something which is … [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...]

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! … [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...]

We elected a climate denier, so now what? Roll up your sleeves for the outdoors

I’m still trying to digest the election. I’m still trying to make sense of it all. I wasn’t prepared for this–not at all. I see now that I had been living in a bubble of privilege and community that led me to the ignorant sureness that Trump could … [Read more...]

Hitting the road, on my way to slowing down.

Tomorrow, I’m moving to Salt Lake City. The first time I crossed state lines into Utah was on my first big climbing trip in 2010. It was me and three dirtbag Florida boys, living out of a sputtering Jeep for a month in pursuit of western … [Read more...]

Get Those Wheels Rolling….

We start our mornings by moving. On our feet or on wheels. Sometimes I walk and the kids run along with me. More often, I walk and they ride their bikes. And some days we all ride and the babies nap. It’s for our physical health. But, really … [Read more...]

Building Team Mayer on the Yellowstone

There’s something about being a part of a team that makes you want to work for the joy and well-being of others. You fight harder, feel deeper and are more apt to jump to their rescue. We feel strongly that being a part of a family also means … [Read more...]

Until Next Year #takeahike

Thank you for joining us for the past 8 weeks as we hiked and gave away prizes and were inspired by YOU! We loved seeing your photos and reading your stories and feeling like we were hiking together. And you helped US get out on those weeks when we … [Read more...]

Not to Late to Get Your #takeahike SWAG!

The #takeahike challenge is not over yet, folks! We are going all the way through July with lots more opportunities to win big. In fact, we saved the biggest and most impressive prizes for the end. We hope you’re inspired to get out, bring a … [Read more...]

Summertime hiatus, solo adventures begin.

My dearest readers, it’s time to take an official break from The Morning Fresh. I am heading out on the road for a four-month solo road trip, an Outdoor Industry Association campaign we’re calling the #OIARoadshow. While I’m out … [Read more...]