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White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit

“White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit” is an expression used when people are sitting around a campfire. It is used to get the smoke out of one’s face and by repeating these words, the smoke will change direction. The concept is that the smoke is made up of hundreds of minuscule white rabbits. They only… Continue Reading »

Proverb for How to Approach Different Kinds of Bears

[The subject is MSt. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] MSt: If it’s black, attack; if it’s brown, lie down; if it’s white, good night. ME: Could you explain that for me? MSt: Alright, so when you’re, like, in the backcountry, you see a bear, there’s different, like, responses that you should have depending… Continue Reading »

Bears and Menstruation

My mother grew up in rural California. She spent a lot of her time outside and hiking. When she was a Girl Scout, she heard that when you are on your period you should avoid going in the great outdoors. JE:”I always heard growing up that it wasn’t safe to hike or go camping while… Continue Reading »

Sespe Ouija Ghost

TO is a student at the University of Southern California, and current president of SC Outfitters, the student-run outdoors club. TO shared an Ouija board encounter with me that took place on her first retreat: “We were backpacking for our first guide retreat in the Sespe Wilderness near Ojai, and someone decided to bring an Ouija… Continue Reading »