Hey there! I’m Jillian and I’m glad you’re here. Tenders & Trails is focused on promoting New England’s great outdoors and adventures. Contrary to popular belief we have more than outlets and lobsters, and I’m hoping to help change that perception article by article. We have everything from sky diving to white water rafting to ice climbing, and it’s time to share just how awesome we are. Read on and get adventuring!
Growing up, my parents taught me that you never throw anything on the ground that isn’t meant to be there. Sticks, rocks, or native biodegradable elements (for example, an apple core) were alright. Plastic, paper, or something that might make an animal sick were not alright. Both my brother and I picked up on this naturally and figure out that we shouldn’t be destroying nature at all. Later on, I learnt this… Read More
There’s this concept in some sports and activities that 10,000 hours of practice or experience makes you an expert. By this definition I am not an expert in hiking, climbing, kayaking, or even snowboarding. But, frankly – I could be at 50,000 hours for each of those and still know I am not an expert. I will always be learning, improving, and making mistakes.
I often find that I try to portray this image of myself being this knowledgeable outdoors woman. It’s not intentional, but the fact is most people rather get their information from an expert or at least someone who exudes confidence and know how. I get it. I feel the same. But, for a moment (or at least this post), I’m going to ignore my ambitions.
For a brief time in my life, I worked at an outdoor retailer. While it was a totally cool experience, I was always stunned by customers having moments of “Wow, that [insert insanely expensive piece of gear here] costs SO much. Guess I won’t be getting into [insert awesome outdoor activity here].” Needless to say, seeing customers bumming that much made me feel pretty bummed about it too. I’m on a mission to… Read More