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!
For a super 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… Read More
On Saturday, Rob, our buddy Ryan, and our dogs (Yuri and Kina) decided to give the Welch Dickey Loop in the White Mountain National Forest a try. We’d read a decent amount about trail conditions and seen a variety of pictures. We figured that at 4.5 miles round trip it wouldn’t be out of our comfort zone or too much for our pups. So, how was it?
Apparently today is National Dog Day, which as a dog “parent” I find ironic. Isn’t every day Dog Day? Regardless, the idea of celebrating dogs got me thinking about things I do with my dogs… which of course led to me pondering how dog friendly my state (and region) is. I can’t say it’s perfect or the best in the US, but it could be way worse. So, in an effort to… Read More
If someone had told me when I was a little kid that someday I’d be calling total strangers I met on the internet my friends, I would have: Asked if the internet was something having to do with spiders or catching frogs. And while we’re at it, would you like to meet my frog named Thomas? Told you that was NOT how you make friends mostly because of #3. Approaching children in school… Read More
Sometimes when I receive gear to review, I often wonder if I’ll end up testing it enough. This usually leads to me being extra hard on whatever it is by (accidentally) smashing it into rocks, dropping from heights, sliding down cliffs, and lots of other fun things. Well, fun for me… maybe not the gear. However, I can finally say that I feel like I’ve tested something to the extreme and back… and neither… Read More
I’ve always known that at some point in the process of reviewing outdoor adventures I’d run into a bad experience. What I didn’t expect was that I’d end up feeling so conflicted about writing something negative, though entirely honest. Yesterday’s adventure has left me in a bit of a furious wind of “What do I do?”. Do I write a horrible review for every possible customer to find? Do I go nuts… Read More