I am a slug paced nomad. I have a tendency to move a lot, here, there, anywhere. In everyday life my goal is maximum efficiently.

In nature, my goal is simply being, rather than going and doing. The wild places I visit bring me back to a state of presence, infusing my life with appreciation and adventure.

The Face of Slug Pace

I grew up in the Bay Area, surrounded by mountains, valleys, and the ocean. I fell in love with nature when I was 15. It is a love affair that has taken me along the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Colorado Trail, Israel Trail, as well as hundreds of national parks and other wild places. I remain madly in love, finding her amongst soaring trees, trickling springs, and salty tides.

Writing about my journey helps me remember them and bring that beauty into my life.

I hope you enjoy my blog and find inspiration to move towards a less sterilized way of life,

Yehudah “Slug” Rice

Backpacking Butano State Park

Backpacking Butano State Park

I woke up in a forest embedded in the University California Santa Cruz campus. By the time the sun set last night we opted for stealth camping in the wooded campus instead of seeking out a far-off campsite. We parked at the northern parameter parking lot and after some wandering around in the dark, navigating…

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Colorado Trail

From Copper Mountain Back to California

[July 4 – 13, CT Sections 9-3 Copper Mountain] After a night of distant rumbling died down we scuttled down Copper Mountain to the resort below. 100 feet off trail an unassuming hiker can stumble into a mini-golf course, Starbucks, and even a roller coaster. As we walked through the desolate winter town that morning…

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Flowers On The Hillside (Kokomo Pass)

[June 27- July 3, CT Sections 10-12 (Kokomo Pass)] After our first full week on trail we returned to Twin Lakes, this time headed north. A painfully long two-hour hitch out of Buena Vista ended when we were picked up by some fellow hikers. The relief of getting the ride almost outweighed the sweaty two…

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