Wet-Weather Advice: Pitching a Dry Camp in the Rain

Into everybody’s life a little rain must fall, and while rain helps hydrate the land and prevent drought, it also can put a damper on your camping trip. This doesn’t have to be the case. Camping in the rain can be a pleasure, but to make that happen, you’ll need to be prepared, and you’ll have to know how to pitch a dry camp when rain is falling. Tamia explains how to make it happen.

by Tamia Nelson | May 20, 2018

Camping Article on Tamiasoutside.com

Rain has fallen at least some of the time on most of my multi-day trips by bike, boat, and on foot, but being prepared prevented those trips from being washouts. In truth I rather enjoy the experience. A day or more in a wet camp doesn’t have to be a prison sentence. Instead, it can be a time to relax and live life in the slow lane. The success or failure of a rainy camp comes down to a number of factors, though. And top of the list is to…

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The Art of the Miniature Adventure: How To Get Away From It All…

Overworked? Run-down? Need a holiday? But you can only spare a couple of days—or maybe just an afternoon? You don’t have to settle for binge-watching Peaky Blinders. You can get away from it all and still be back on Monday, and this week Farwell tells you how. It’s the first of a three-part exploration of the art of the “Miniature Adventure.”

by Farwell Forrest | May 15, 2018
Originally published in different form on May 24, 2005

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

We were all feeling seedy, and we were getting quite nervous about it. … What it was that was actually the matter with us, we none of us could be sure of; but the unanimous opinion was that it—whatever it was—had been brought on by overwork.

“What we want is rest,” said Harris.

“Rest and a complete change,” said George. …

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The Maternal Line: Eulogy for a Beautiful Woman

A father. His daughter. His daughter’s daughter. A river. No, that’s not right. The River. Theirs is a story that began long ago. But it hasn’t ended yet. And The River flows through it.

by Tamia Nelson | May 10, 2018
Originally published in different form in different places in other years.

Absent Friends Article on Tamiasoutside.com

The girl found The River irresistible. Whenever she could, she scrambled over the cliff that rose precipitously from the swift waters. The snowmelt‑swollen spring torrents carved deep potholes in the cliff’s sheer walls, and when the floods receded, the girl sometimes found stranded trout in those dark recesses, swimming frantically in futile circles. That’s when she taught herself how to tickle trout, catching the imprisoned fish in her hands before returning them to The River. It was a difficult job, even a dangerous one at times, but seeing the trout swim free was all the reward that she asked — or wanted.

When she wasn’t climbing the cliff, the girl often dabbled in The River’s shallows, turning over cobbles to see who might be living under them. … Continue reading »

Wholesome Breakfast Pilaf in a Jar: It’s Fast Food My Way

Tamia’s go-to breakfast is a wholesome grain pilaf with fruit and avocado, which keeps the pipes open and sets her up for the day’s physical efforts. And she can dish up that breakfast in no more time than it takes to brew a pot of necessary coffee. All she has to do is pour breakfast out of a jar. And so can you.

by Tamia Nelson | May 10, 2018

Cooking Article on Tamiasoutside.com

Everyone knows that a healthy breakfast forms a solid foundation for the day’s activities, but when time presses and adventure calls, who has time to make a proper meal to start the day? Not I. Especially because my preferred breakfast these days is a wholegrain pilaf mixed with seasonal berries and a slice of avocado. Pilaf takes time to cook. The better part of an hour, in fact. I’m not up to that job at oh-dark-thirty. But last autumn I made a serendipitous discovery.

Here’s how it happened. One evening, I prepared a dinner of rice and farro pilaf to accompany roast chicken. Leftovers … Continue reading »