Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Writer Wednesday - Beth from 3Up Adventures

Beth is a constant source of inspiration for my adventurous spirit.  I'm pretty sure we "met" through APW, and since then, I've learned that she's just a brilliant individual with an unmatchable spirit.  Each of her posts makes me want to explore a new part of the world and myself.

The crew at 3Up Adventures: Beth, Sprocket, and F.

Who are you?  My name is Beth. I'm a chemist by trade and an adventurer in life. I hike, read, explore, and hang out with my boys. I dabble in running and being creative. I take pictures (mostly to share on the blog).

Where can you be found online?  Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work?  If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation?  I can be found online at I also tweet @3UpAdventures.

My blog is all about adventure. I think adventure can be found just about anywhere if you look and since adventure begets more adventure. Lately, we've been doing quite a bit of traveling which has really made writing the blog easier. To go along with our road trip adventures, hikes to high peaks, and jeep adventures I toss in book and movie reviews related to the outdoors, adventure, and simplicity. Occasionally, I feature a gear review or two and each Sunday, I feature an inspirational quote. There are also lots of ridiculous pictures of my dog.

I hope that reading 3Up Adventures pushes people to look for opportunities for adventure in their daily life (and that maybe it'll push some people to go beyond that!).

What inspired you to start writing/blogging?  When did it happen? I started blogging in April 2010 when we took a trip around the US with our puppy, Sprocket. I don't remember reading any blogs at the time but keeping a travelogue sounded like a good idea to me. I think F. actually suggested it; he'd kept a log of his travels on an adventure motorcycling forum in the past and thought it was a good way to record what had happened.

About a year after the trip, I revisited the idea of blogging, we'd purchased a house in December of 2010, I wanted to remind myself to keep adventure central to my life; I didn't want to lose sight of that while we remodeled our house and cabin. The name "3Up Adventures" comes from the motorcycle term "2 up," meaning two riders on one bike. At the time, we were riding our Honda quad everywhere "3 up": F., me, and the dog. I was inspired to take my blog a bit more seriously last fall, starting with the recap of our wedding and taking off on a grand adventure in our Sprinter van.

Why do you write? I write mostly to record my experiences. Sometimes I flip back through the blog and it makes me smile to see all of the things we've been up to in the past few years. It's like an online photo album. I'm hoping to do some more essay style writing in the next year; I wrote a post about America's public lands that really fired me up, I need to do more of that.
Writing the blog has also connected me to a whole bunch of awesome people. I've met people that share my passion for the outdoors. I've met seriously supportive friends through the blog and Twitter. The internet can be an awesome amazing place. I would love to figure out away to encourage more people to comment on the blog because that interaction is one of my favorite things.

Your writing inspires me.  Who inspires you?  I don't have to look far for my biggest inspirations. F. is always thinking of new adventures; he thinks in a totally different way from me so it keeps me on my toes. Sprocket has the biggest Zest For Life of any creature I've ever been around; every day is set to be the Best Day Ever.

Brandon Leonard ( is one of my absolutely favorite bloggers; his writing encompasses the feeling of adventure with the art of beautiful essays. Erin ( does an amazing job of finding adventure without traveling far from home which reminds me to do the same. Beyond the blog world, I'm a huge fan of William Least Heat Moon for his insightful travel writing about America and Tim Egan for both his non-fiction and NYT pieces.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Argentina. (I mean, my all expenses paid trip can be six to eight weeks long, right?) First, I'd go and acclimate to elevation with some hikes. Then I'd go climb Aconcagua. After successfully summiting South America's highest peak, I'd eat a ton of steak and drink delicious Argentine wine.

What is your favorite place on earth?  I can't choose just one! How about three?
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington State: I had some of my very first "adult" outdoor experiences there; you know, the kind you plan yourself. I love the wilderness coast, the crazy number of greens there are in nature, and the peaks in such close proximity to the ocean.

Beth in Hawaii
The Canyonlands of Utah: My first big trip with F. was to Moab. I'd never been to the southwest and I was totally blown away. The canyons became even closer to my heart when we decided to get married there. Each time we return, I'm excited to explore the rocks, scrambling around the slickrock, and enjoying the vistas.

The mountains of Colorado: We spent this summer in Ridgway, Colorado with more thirteen- and fourteen-thousand foot mountains around us than I can probably climb in a lifetime. The air in the high alpine meadows and atop peaks is fresh and with each one I climb I add to my knowledge of the geography, pointing out the peaks I've learned from different angles.

Anything else you'd like us to know?  You can go adventure. You may have to stop making excuses. You may have to spend your money differently (at least for some adventures). People around you may not understand. It is worth it and you can do it.


  1. Great interview! I'm glad I popped over from your blog to check it out. Your adventure to Argentina sounds awesome...hope you get to it one day!

  2. Enjoyed the interview. I think your blog must have introduced me to Wm Least Heat Moon because I recently read Blue Highways but couldn't remember how it got on my to-read list. Keep up the great reading recommendations, adventuring and writing.