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-footΒ cabin with no running water for the better part of a year. I think we have something pretty special.


Man & dog.
Man & dog.
The cabin.

When I’m not riding my bike, I’m writing about bikes as the web editor of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines.

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.


12 Replies to “About”

  1. I just started following your blog!! I can relate, I broke my elbow last summer while hiking with my husband at North Park. Unfortunately I just broke my shoulder on the 4th of July while cycling with my hubby 😦
    Like you my husband is an outdoor enthusiast and I try to tag along a bit! He has a blog and writes about all his adventures in skiing & cycling etc. I look forward to reading your blog as well! I am trying to get fit and enjoy the journey but these set backs are no fun. It does make one appreciate all the healthy feeling good day’s and look forward to seeing them again, soon I hope!
    Take Care and God Bless


  2. Thanks for following my blog and giving me a glimpse into yours! I love your tiny little cabin. I’ve worked on many farms, chased many chickens, and kept many a garden but for a while now my feet haven’t touched down long enough to focus on all that self sufficiency stuff. Such is life, I suppose. Cheers on a striking a balance between finding home and adventure.


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