Every Saturday we will be featuring a small business in the hiking industry we admire on our Facebook and Instagram pages. These businesses run off dreams, determination, tears, and a lot of hard work. There are real people behind them, people who have traded in their 9 to 5 to follow their passion. We want you to know who they are.
This week we are featuring Good To-Go!
We love Good to Go’s meals because they are tasty, calorie dense, healthy, and they have a few vegan options. Their meals have fueled us to the top of mountains! Good To-Go is a small and rapidly growing company based in Kittery, Maine founded by a husband and wife team. They create delicious, lightweight, gourmet dehydrated meals made from clean ingredients—never using additives or preservatives.
We especially love the Mexican Quinoa Bowl wrapped up in a tortilla! So filling and so tasty!
Earth Day is coming up on 4/22/2020 and we came up with five ways to celebrate it at home!
1. Upcycle- Tap into some of your own creativity and create something new from something that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Repurpose a funky piece of furniture or re-sew a favorite pair of tattered jeans into a skirt. The options are endless and fun!
2. Go Reusable- Are you still using disposable plastic bottles? Have you not purchased your set of re-usable straws? There is no better time than now to start making this a habit. Purchase a cool reusable water bottle, reusable straw set, and reusable utensil set to carry with you wherever you go. If we all did this, we would have a positive impact on our environment and the huge garbage patches plaguing our oceans.
Our favorite kit is this one.
3. Save the Pollinators- Plant a pollinator garden. Learn how here.
4. Eat Plants- According to this study, eating a vegan diet may be the most effective way to save the planet. The study found that meat and dairy provide only 18% of our calories and 37% of our protein, yet use up 83% of our farmland. It also found without meat and dairy consumption, farmland can be reduced by more than 75% and still feed the entire world. Imagine the impact that would have in our open spaces and environment! For help in transitioning to plant based diet, join our CEO’s Facebook group here.
5. Gratitude Practice- Find a special place outside you can sit in for awhile. Listen to the wind blow and the birds sing. Feel the sun on your face. Put your bare feet on the ground and feel the earth between your toes. Feel gratitude that we get to enjoy this earth and all of its beauty.
We hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day!
I know we talk about carrying the 10 Essentials on every hike quite often here, but one thing we haven’t talked about is what essentials you need to carry in your car. Are you prepared to survive for many days at a time if something happens to you while driving that remote dirt road to the trailhead?
Hopefully someone always knows where you are, and where to look for you if you don’t come home, but it’s also good to always be prepared.
Here’s a list of items we suggest for your own Car Survival Kit!
Warmth- sleeping bag, blanket, or foldable emergency blanket if your space is tight, a few hand warmers, extra gloves and socks.
Food & Water- water purification tablets, 2 gallons of water, dehydrated food packs, alcohol stove, utensils, pot, sealed container for food storage.
First Aide- fully stocked first aide kit and make sure it includes alcohol for both medical use and fuel for your stove.
Toiletries- soap, hand sanitizer, wipes, and toilet paper.
Utilities- leather man or at the very least, a good sharp knife, flashlight with extra batteries, at least 25’ of paracord or nylon rope, 10x10 sheet of plastic or tarp, duct tape, waterproof/strike anywhere matches, whistle, and signaling mirror.