Hardest Wave I’ve Ever Surfed

The hardest wave I’ve ever surfed is a remote Mexican beach break we’ll call El Perro. The wave is burly, and sometimes paddling out can take what feels like years, during which I’m paddling like hell and getting beat up. It’s a beautiful...

A Surf-Lover’s Library

The nights are getting longer, the kids are back in school, which means it’s TIME TO READ! To celebrate, I’m giving away this sweet little Surfer’s Library! Click here to enter!   AMY’S FAVORITES:   #1 Caught Inside, A Surfer’s...

WAP #66: Enchantment Lakes Thru-Hike

You may wonder what a surfer is doing writing about trail running. This summer, my family traveled to Oregon and the NW tip of the Washington coast in search of waves. On our first trip, the waves were perfect for my daughters: small, clean, and fun. By the third day,...

The Messy Joy of Adventuring with Kids

How to Get Your Kids to Love the Outdoors Allow me to gloat for just a moment. Recently, my kids completed their first-ever backpacking trip, and they did great! They loved the mountain views, wildflowers, and even the challenge of hiking with a backpack. Sure, there...

The Lost Sicily Diaries v.1

  Living Without Wilderness, May 2006 Note to reader: In 2006 I moved to Sicily with my husband for a job opportunity. Recently I recovered a journal that I thought was lost.     I’ve been living in Sicily for about a month and the shine has worn off. Yes,...