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Author Archives: Inga

I’m a travel writer and photographer who loves to get out there and experience the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip or a journey to far-flung lands. I'm an adventurer and nature lover who appreciates food & wine and loves to explore Pacific Rim regions.

Wild Planet tuna packets for backpacking

Tuna packets are a popular foundation for backpacker lunches, providing needed calories and protein. The Mylar packages are relatively convenient in the backcountry, being single serve and shelf stable. I’ve regarded them as a treat due to their weight but as I’ve tired of other lunch options they have become a more important component for … Continue reading »

CamelBak Sequoia 22 Hiking Pack

As a person who hikes most days of the week doing trail patrol, leading hikes and volunteering at our local state parks in Sonoma, I need a technical pack. It has to have a lot of pockets and places to stash maps, snacks, first aid kit, trash bags and emergency gear. The Sequoia 22 hiking … Continue reading »

Three days in Alsace, France

The Alsace Region,  nestled between Switzerland and Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France, is known for its aromatic white wines and charming villages. I visited the southern part of Alsace, known as Haute-Rhin, or Upper Rhine, on a recent trip that originated in Geneva. Since it was only a 3-hour drive from Geneva it … Continue reading »

Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder

I wasn’t looking for protein powder, but when Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder, made by Organic Valley, landed on my doorstep, I discovered that I liked it. The flavor is good, it doesn’t have a chalky taste and adds needed protein to my backpacking diet. Protein powder is one of those products that never hit … Continue reading »

Packing for a hut to hut Tour of Mont Blanc

The Tour of Mont Blanc, a 110-mile hike through the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland, meanders through villages and is connected by an extensive system of refuges (huts), hostels and inns. Though some carry full backpacking gear for a mountain expedition, many carry daypacks and take advantage of the many shelters. Once the decision … Continue reading »