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!
I was digging through old files last night and stumbled across an unpublished article I wrote a few years back. As Tenders & Trails will be turning three fairly soon (July), now seemed like a good time to share (with some minor edits). In essence, this is how it all started. What a ride it has been. _____________________________ “Nope. Not happening. Too steep. I’m staying right here. If you want me to… Read More
Back a few months ago, Rob and I found ourselves standing in the middle of the Nite Ize booth at the SIA Show. To say it was a tad bit overwhelming would be an understatement. Nite Ize seemed to have literally taken every single “Wouldn’t a thing that does this and that be nice” idea and made it a reality. And they were all displayed at once in an astounding wall of… Read More
Alright, folks. No April Fools pranks from Tenders & Trails today, but instead I’m going to offer up a similarly humorous topic: talking like a New Englander. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t drop all R’s or drag out our A’s, but we sure do have a unique language up here. And we know who isn’t local. Your boat shoes and “I <3 Maine” t-shirt weren’t the only dead giveaways. Let’s get started… Read More
I’m normally pretty good at admitting things out loud. For example, I know I’m not a strong climber or fast snowboarder. I know I have a tendency to ramble and get loud when I’m excited about something. I know that I’m probably a bit too obsessed with my dogs, and despite popular belief… I know they are canines and not children. So, I find it strange of all the things I can… Read More
I’ve had ice climbing on my bucket list for a long time now, and I’m stoked to say that I finally got a chance to check it off on Saturday this past weekend. After getting one heck of a phenomenal deal on LivingSocial, Rob and I made the trek up to Essex Junction, Vermont to visit the folks at Northern Lights Rock & Ice. So if you’re interested in trying ice climbing,… Read More
Over the years, I’ve determined that nothing can ruin an otherwise good day of snowboarding (or skiing) like a bad helmet and goggles. There’s a ton of reasons ranging from a completely uncomfortable fit, to miserable designs, or totally ineffective safety features. Seeing as I have a collection of roughly half a dozen helmets in my gear closet and just as many goggles, I’m starting to feel like I’ve seen and worn… Read More