I’m Helena Kotala, an outdoor adventurer, writer, photographer, and map-maker.
I grew up in rural Central Pennsylvania. I’ve loved the outdoors all my life — paddling, cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, traveling, you name it. I spent almost a year in Europe and a summer each in Denali National Park, Alaska, and the Japanese Alps, as well as lots of smaller trips during my college years. Then I decided that although I love to travel, I also really love coming home to Central PA. So here I am.
I live with my husband, Evan, and our dog Dinah. We also have 4 alpacas, a few chickens, and ponds that are full of trout. Evan is the best cyclist I know, and shares my passion for outdoor adventures and sustainable living. Relatively soon into our relationship, I moved into a camper with him, and then we lived together in a 120-square-foot cabin with no running water for the better part of a year. I think we have something pretty special.
This blog documents my adventures—whether it’s an overnight bike trip, traveling across the world, tending to my garden, or navigating love and life in a small town.
Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. So go do.