Ask Liz / Do you just do day trips or do you spend the night in the woods?

THE SIMPLE ANSWER: Both. I go on day trips or spend the nights in the woods, depending on what I'm feeling up for.


Here's the full question: "Hi Liz! Long time listener, first time caller... Seriously tho. Do you do just day trips or do we spend the night?"

First of all, whoever you are, you CRACKED ME UP. Thank you for that.

Well First Time Caller, I do day trips if I don't feel like spending the night outside, but still need some wilderness rejuvenation. Sometimes even hiking a couple miles will satiate me. But if I want some extended time in the quiet, away from technology and away from the voice of comparison that invades my head when I hop on social media, then I go backpacking. I spend the night in the woods. I can usually tell when I really need to go.

Honestly, it's way easier to just stay at home where there's a comfy bed already set up, running potable water available at a flick of my wrist, and no pack on my sweaty back that I'm carrying for miles. (And often times, I prefer it.) But I think some deep part of us knows we want -- no, we need -- the challenge of carrying a pack, hiking miles and miles, and immersing ourselves deep in the wilderness. Our souls need it.

I'm curious First Time Caller, what inspired your question? 


Question / What are those patterns on dead wood?

Q: Have you seen this kind of pattern on tree branches or trunks? What are they called?

A: These patterns are called an insect gallery. The trails are created as larvae eat their way through the cambium layer of the tree. The normal passerby will likely see these galleries on dead branches and trunks of trees. They're absolutely gorgeous, and somehow, they also give me a bit of the shivers.