Caroline and Clark took their 8-month-old on a family trip to Italy in late 2016. They shared a few photos from the trip with us and a few travel tips, too.
~ Don’t lose your sense of humor! Traveling with an infant can add its own set of challenges, so it’s important to be able to laugh, and most importantly, laugh together.
~ Stay flexible. This is true any time you travel, but is especially true when traveling abroad with a baby!
~ Set realistic expectations. For us, it was unrealistic to think we could be sight-seeing late into the night. We were on the same page about this going in to the trip, which was great.
~ Staying organized was so important for us! Our bags allowed for easy access to things we needed on the go. Each bag is well thought and will last a lifetime. We carried an Aeronaut 45, Daylight Backpack, and various accessories.
Caroline is a Creative Stylist & Designer who tells stories by creating beautiful environments; Clark is a professional photographer who captures stories with his lens. Their home base is Nashville, Tennessee. Main photo by Cody Myers. Photos below are by Clark Brewer.
Imagine opening a big box full of colorful and intricate hand-made knitted gifts, made just for you, and in gratitude for who you are and what you do: that’s the gift a group of knitters over at the knit and crochet community Ravelry give to us each year. And it’s all coordinated and delivered by Annie, a knitter and Ravelry member local to Seattle (Annie starred in our Maker’s Bag video.)
This year’s knitted gifts were scarves, cowls and shawls — just what we needed before some unusually cold winter days here in Seattle! It’s a remarkable and inspiring act of kindness, and we hope the generosity of these knitters and crocheters inspires you as much as it does us to find opportunities to share our own acts of kindness, big or small.
Photos of each shawl and scarf — so you can enjoy them along with us — are below.
Thank you, Annie and the TOM BIHN Ravelry group!
You’ve seen Joe and Jenny’s (see their bio at the bottom of this post) photography work all over our website. They recently took a quick trip with some friends to test out and photograph The Hero’s Journey on planes, trains, and in the city. We can’t possibly fit all of the amazing photos they took on The Hero’s Journey page, so we’ve included the extras here in a photo album.
Joe and Jenny are professional photographers based out of Seattle. They are prone to taking long journeys to places both near and far but always return home because that’s where their golden retriever, Ana is.
When not behind cameras, Joe and Jenny enjoy triathlons, running, lifting heavy things and being outside doing all things outdoorsy.
During the summer, they have a large backyard garden where they do battle with slugs, squirrels and dogs who eat kale. (Looking at you, Ana.)
Joe is tall, like really tall and Jenny is short, like really short. They are at the bitter ends of the bell shaped curve for height.
They have been to five of the seven continents and aspire to knock off the final two before knocking off.
Kristian is the photographer behind the shots of our new Hero’s Journey backpack. Most of the photos were taken on hut-to-hut hiking trips in Norway and Switzerland; this essay features additional photos from those trips. – TB Crew
This is the moment. You’ve spent weeks and months researching your trip. You’ve packed your backpack more than once. You’re finally on your way. Am I the only one who spends the entire flight gazing out the window?
Since I can’t bring gas for the stove on the plane I went shopping for gas, food and other supplies in Konstanz, Germany. Both the roads and train network is highly efficient and it’s easy to get around to wherever you want.
A cup of coffee and off we go!
First stop, Seealpsee! If you listen closely you can hear the ambient sounds of cowbells and distant waterfalls. It’s such a tranquil experience to walk down these trails.
Making my way around the lake Seealpsee.
Better step aside and let the goat train pass! It’s spring, and this family were herding their goats up into higher altitudes in the Alpstein massif.
New day, new hut. This is the view of Lake Lucerne taken from the trail up to the Lidernen-hütte.
Lidernen-hütte with Lake Lucerne in the background. I learnt that this hut is also quite popular during winter for backcountry ski touring. I might have to come back!
At 1.727 meters (5.666 feet) above sea level the Lidernen-hütte is easily accessible in early spring. Everything above 6.500 feet (about 2.000 meters) is more challenging in early spring (May/June) as parts of the trail might still be covered in snow. Juli and August are high summer and a great time to visit, but I’ve heard the that the fall (September/October) is perhaps the best time to visit. Altough it’s a bit more chilly there’s a lot less haze and the views are even more spectacular.
View from inside the Lidernen-hütte. The two knots on the left must have been good ones.
Of all the places the Kröntenhütte was by far my favourite. After a 2-3 hour walk through rain and fog I arrived at the Kröntenhütte, and as if someone hit a switch the skies opened up, revealing the impressive 10,000 foot peaks surrounding the newly renovated hut.
After a hike there is nothing like trying out what many Swiss people consider their national dish. It’s called rösti and it’s made of grated and fried potatoes, here served with bacon and eggs.
A waterfall seen on the way down from the Kröntenhütte. A small hydro plant next to the hut utilizes the natural forces of this river and provide the hut with all it’s electricity needs year round.
The network of hiking trails in the Alps is nothing but impressive, and thankfully the signalization is equally as impressive. The trails have signposts indicating direction, name of destinations, hours left and trail type. White-red-white means it’s a mountain trail, which partly access difficult terrain.
Mountain trails can give you some magnificent views.
The sun is up. It’s a new day. Where will you go next?
Kristian Pletten is a photographer and adventurer from Bergen, Norway. When he’s not eating rösti in the Swiss alps he spends his time on his 25 feet sailboat which he plans to sail north along the Norwegian coast this fall. You can follow him on Instagram @kristianpletten or Facebook.
In celebration of the return of The Field Journal Notebook, we included a blank, self-addressed, and stamped postcard in its first production run. We asked you to draw us a doodle, write us a poem, include your favorite quote, or just send us a note. And you did! Photos of some* of the postcards we received are below, and now that we’ve taken photos of the postcards, we’ll be displaying them on a wall here at our factory and company headquarters in Seattle.
*Some of the postcards contained notes of thanks or stories that were more personal and we chose not to display those here. If that was one of your postcards, know that it was received and much appreciated by the crew here. If the postcard you sent isn’t shown below and you would like it to be, email@example.com and we’ll add it to the post!
Elisa and Craig have embarked on a month-long trip to Europe (seven countries in total!) to celebrate their one-year marriage anniversary. Here’s a few photos they sent our way as they packed their bags at the beginning of the trip. Follow their journey on Instagram at @beignetmarriesdanish and @craigmturner
Craig’s Aeronaut 45 in Black/Wasabi.
Elisa’s Aeronaut 45 in Steel/Ultraviolet.
Imagine opening a big box full of colorful and intricate hand-made knitted hats, made just for you, and in gratitude for who you are and what you do: that’s the gift a group of knitters over at the knit and crochet community Ravelry give to us each year. And it’s all coordinated and the hats are delivered by Annie, a knitter and Ravelry member local to Seattle (Annie recently starred in our Maker’s Bag video.)
At our company holiday party last Wednesday, each of us picked a number out of a Travel Tray and then chose our hat. Picture the chaos that would result if all of us rushed the table of hats at once! This year’s selection of hats was especially awesome (yeahhh Seahawks colors.)
Below are photos of the crew at the party and photos of each and every hat we received from the knitters of Ravelry. They’re all so amazing that we wanted everyone to be able to see them! (Here’s a link last year’s post w/photos.)
Ben chose a Seahawks colors hat but later traded with Irma for a different hat.
We asked the crew what kind of food everyone wanted for the party this year and that ended up being: kale salad, fried chicken, cheese plates, vegan dips, raw veggies, bread, spinach dip, greek antipasto, macaroni and cheese, Chinese food and mashed potatoes.
The Forum moderators have been busy testing, experimenting with, and photographing the recent debuts. We wanted to share some of their pictures and thoughts with you.
Feature photo: maverick coordinates his yarn with his Maker’s Bag.
tpnl: “I had never had an all Dyneema bag and I was hesitant …. well I took the plunge and I am glad to say I LOVE this bag in all Dyneema!”
Ilkyway: “This bag has so many pockets and organisational features and is so clean and unfussy on the outside—very very neat!”
Badger: “It’s the perfect size for what I tend to carry on most days. I really like that it’s not too stodgy or business-like, but I feel like I could take it into a meeting without being mistaken for the intern (at least not because of my bag).”
Ilkyway‘s Maker’s Bag set up as a camera bag. See a ton more of her bag photos and usage ideas here.
Badger‘s black and white writing necessities in the Maker’s Bag. See it packed as an overnight bag here.
Ilkyway‘s Second Aid Pouch, ready to assist.
tpnl‘s Second Aid Pouch, geek edition.
Badger: “In the right conditions, the Citizen Canine + Side Pockets could be used as a one-bag hiking solution.”
moriond: “I really think the Citizen Canine, especially with the two side pockets, would make a great disaster preparedness kit, because everything fits handily around your waist.”
Badger‘s Citizen Canine Side Pockets hold doggie treasure. Read the review here.
Ilkyway models the Citizen Canine + Side Pockets. See the other ways she can wear it here.
maverick‘s Citizen Canine in Verde, and vegan broccoli soup in Almost Verde. Get his recipe here.
In Badger‘s hands, the Tool / Pen Wrap is a Pen(cil) / Tool Wrap. See the review.
The Tool / Pen Wrap is the perfect home for Ilkyway‘s cosmetic brushes.
moriond: “This is the kind of bag that I would take along if I were staying somewhere (like Paris!, the Moveable Feast in question), where I wanted to do market shopping during my stay. You can flat pack the bag by folding it into thirds.”
Ilkyway‘s Moveable Feast (in Navy) buddies up with her Maker’s Bag (in Aubergine). Her review is here.
Ilkyway: “They put a shelf, yes a SHELF in there. You can have heavy cans or what have you underneath, and then put that SHELF down and put your tomatoes on.” In this case, the SHELF holds three persimmons.
The Moveable Feast, as modeled by Ilkyway (height: 6′ 2″).
The Moveable Feast, modeled by Titus (height: 1′ 5″).
We wanted to see the classic sights of Yellowstone and we wanted to be touristy. We wanted to see the Fall colors in the Tetons. We wanted to stay in a nice place a night or two and camp a night or three in the midst of the park among the animals, waking up to cold air and an immediate sky. Some days we wanted to go from sight to sight; others, we imagined, could be spent in one place exploring on foot or even watching the same group of bison or pronghorn for hours.
We got what we wanted; all of it was grand. Some of our experiences tested us (two solid days of rain and camping in that rain at 32 degrees) and others awed us (two wolf packs and a grizzly bear in one day). At the end of six days when no one wants to go home, you know it’s been a good trip.
On this trip, we tested the new Yeoman Duffle (as our checked luggage, it packed our tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and Skeletool) and a new backpack design for kids aged 4-10. We made Packing Cubes out of sleeping bag fabric that held our jackets and served as pillows on the nights we camped. The Yeoman Duffle is now available for everyone to try out for themselves; the new backpack for kids may debut this year or next. (It’s so cool we might just make a version with longer straps for us adults too.) As for the sleeping bag fabric packing cube/pillow: we just made these for our trip, but if you think you’d want to use them too, let us know and we might just make more and offer them to everyone.
Shout-outs to our favorite places and people on the trip: The Wild Side Tours (wildlife watching tours in Yellowstone; our excellent guide was Bonnie), Yellowstone Grill (Gardiner MT), K-Bar Pizza (Gardiner MT), Lotus Cafe (Jackson WY), Old Faithful Lodge (Yellowstone National Park), and the Slough Creek campground in the Lamar Valley (Yellowstone National Park).
We posted a very early heads-up on our March 1st, 2019 (roughly 6%) price increase in the Forums along with news of Shop Bags in 210d ballistic nylon.
Ben Brooks has published a review of Nik’s Minimalist Wallets and @everydaycommentary posted about his every day carry step up (hint: it includes a Minimalist Wallet!)
Our 2018 Holiday Schedule is up. Check it out for important shipping deadlines and our holiday hours. P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the rare Saturday on December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm Pacific Time.
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