Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three Days in Caye Caulker, Belize

If you look up “relaxing tropical island vacation” in the dictionary, it’s just a picture of Caye Caulker (Caye is pronounced “Key,” FYI). If you want to sip rum drinks, relax in a hammock, soak up the sun, or drift around in some teal blue water, look no further. Caye Caulker was so wonderful IContinue reading “Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three Days in Caye Caulker, Belize”

Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three Days in San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro is the most popular destination for Americans in Belize (to the point that you can get a protein smoothie just about anywhere). It’s a short plane ride from the main airport in Belize City, full of delicious restaurants, and great for anyone who enjoys a little hustle and bustle while on vacation. TheContinue reading “Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three Days in San Pedro, Belize”

Beginner’s guide to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling

Snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley was one of the top five coolest things I’ve ever done. It put Florida to shame. I did chicken out of “truly” experiencing Shark Ray Alley (more on that later) but snorkeling around Hol Chan was like being in an episode of Planet Earth. It’s anContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling”

The best headlamps, lanterns, and campground lighting for beginners

Not to state the obvious, but it gets pretty freaking dark when you’re out in the woods. I’m a big advocate of using what you have, but if your phone’s flashlight is no longer cutting it for you, it could be time to get a headlamp or lantern. They’re way brighter and are a prettyContinue reading “The best headlamps, lanterns, and campground lighting for beginners”

Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. I can’t even count how many times just drinking some water has taken care of feeling likeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking”

You missed the point of this blog.

When people have talked to me lately about Outdoor Beginner, I’ve noticed more and more often they say some variation of “I love your blog, but I could never do that.” Or, “I’ll never be at your level” or, “what you do is so far beyond me.” And if you think that, you’ve missed theContinue reading “You missed the point of this blog.”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Mystic Falls at Yellowstone National Park

There is no shortage of waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park, but if you’re looking for a shorter hike that’s beginner-friendly, Mystic Falls is your best bet in the southwest section of the park. The trailhead is located at Biscuit Basin, a 10-minute drive from the Old Faithful Inn. After 2.5 miles (round trip), you’ll haveContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Mystic Falls at Yellowstone National Park”

Beginner’s Campground Guide: Signal Mountain at Grand Teton National Park

Like Yellowstone, cheap hotel accommodation is not Grand Teton’s specialty. The Signal Mountain area of the park is home to both a campground and a lodge, both of which are awesome, and one of which I would consider affordable. It’s fun to splurge, but so is camping and saving some dollar bills. Signal Mountain CampgroundContinue reading “Beginner’s Campground Guide: Signal Mountain at Grand Teton National Park”