Rustic Sky

Morning Coffee 111: May 27th

Good morning. We’re on the interstate, on our way back home from a three day camping trip as a family. I switched to the passenger seat after we ate lunch, so I can write you this letter. I turned thirty eight a few days ago, and that has me reflecting on life in many ways. Meeting my wife four years ago, buying a home and having a daughter soon after, and now being able to work from home with them right there with me. A full circle. I start a new position at my job next week, and we also have some vacations coming up. So many things to be thankful for. As always, I hope this letter finds you well.

How to Pack

Last year, on Newsletter 64, I wrote How to Pack. This can be considered Part Two. This letter will just be a simple breakdown of how I packed for the trip. I’m a collector of bags and pouches, and I believe that’s the key to packing efficiently. Being able to bring just the right amount is always a fun challenge. This time around, I was intentional about leaving behind more than usual. Here’s a list of everything.

For a weekend trip, I packed very light. One bag. The Goruck GR1 21L. Inside of this bag was three pouches, a classic green Stanley Thermos, and a book.

  1. For my clothes, everything was inside of the Evergoods Transit Packing Cube (8L). Shirts and shorts on one side. Boxers and socks on the other.

  2. For toiletry, I used the Gravel Explorer Mini. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, cologne, and Gravel’s travel bottle.

  3. For my other gear, I used the discontinued Alpaka Pencil Case Pro. Gameboy, AirPods, phone charger, wallet, Field Notes: Expedition, and Bellroy Micro pen.


Last week I wrote about a new Gameboy, the week before that was a big recap of Kendrick v Drake. A week before that, I showed off the arcade machine we built.

  1. A Bear That Blogs
  2. Kendrick v Drake
  3. A Home Arcade
  4. An Obstacle Course
  5. Delta Is Here

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Made 100 coffees in a row. Made a gaming page with a 1989 photo of me. Released two books on Amazon. Celebrating Rose turning two. Working from home for a big company. Writing a newsletter every Monday morning. Last updated: March 7th, 2024.

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