We Don't Know Enough to Worry

Terence McKenna once said: “Don’t worry. You don’t know enough to worry. . . Who do you think you are that you should worry, for cryin’ out loud. It’s a total waste of time. It presupposes such a knowledge of the situation that it is, in fact, a form of hubris.” Regardless of whether you agree with his views on psychedelic drugs and human evolution, this quote is one we can all learn from - to free ourselves from anguish and anxiety. Let's break it down.

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Explore and Expand: An Ode to Asheville, NC

I'll never forget my first trip to Asheville, NC. It was spring break of my freshmen year at Clemson University, and I had arranged to spend a few days with my parents in this town nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. I'd heard great things about Asheville - incredibly specific sentiments such as "it's amazing you have to go there" - so we booked a hotel and researched no further.

This would turn out to be one of the most important trips of my life.

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Mini Vacation in Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah is a funky little town. My parents and I spent a long weekend there, exploring the eclectic local culture and the unique national and state parks that are nearby. If you're in Denver, I'd highly recommend making the drive (about 6 hours) across I-70 W to visit this spectacular region of Utah.

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Rocky Mountain Loop Hike

A few weekends ago, my hiking crew and I tackled a beautiful 13 mile loop through the diverse landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked around Bear Lake, over Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak, down Andrew's Glacier to Andrew's Tarn, and by The Loch, Dream Lake, and Nymph Lake. If you haven't been to RMNP before, this is a great way to see some of the park's best hidden gems.

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Fourth of July in the Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons is an absolutely stunning national park - there's just no other way to describe it. The Teton mountains are dramatic. The alpine lakes - Jenny, String, Leigh, and Jackson - are pristinely clear. The evergreen forests, the massive skies, the river crossings - everything is so strikingly beautiful. With a four day weekend for Independence Day, we made the trek from Denver up to this wilderness gold mine in northwestern Wyoming. 

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Solo Backpacking Trip: Eagles Nest Wilderness

I've really gotten in to backpacking over the past few months. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of car camping trips throughout Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, so I'm not surprised I've developed a love of sleeping in the great outdoors. At the end of June, I embarked on my first solo backpacking trip - and it was a transcendent experience.

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On the Warner Route: Black Canyon Backpacking Trip

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of the newest national parks, established in 1999. It is also one of the lesser visited of the parks - only about 240,000 visitors in 2016 compared to Yellowstone's and Yosemite's 4-5 million visitors. Black Canyon is so called because the steepness prevents the sun from striking the canyon walls, but we didn't let that stop us.

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