Adventurer Book Club: Ebook Edition

Adventurer Book Club: Ebook Edition

Welcome to Mo on the Road’s Adventurer Ebook Club!

In today’s busy world it is so hard to find the time to weed through all of the endless book options, but look no further!

I have always loved reading, especially about other peoples travels and experiences, so I am going to share with you my favorite adventure books as well as new and popular books that I will be reading!

I find it super convenient to read ebooks on my Kindle Fire. Ebooks are usually less expensive than paperbacks, and I love that I can carry my Kindle with me anywhere and everywhere (oh yeah, there’s an iPhone app for it too!)

Here are the first 5 ebooks and paperback links to Novembers Adventurer Ebook Club! Also, three of these books also have movies available through Amazon Instant Video!

(Make sure to purchase through the provided links, it helps me out a lot. Thanks!)

  1. A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler by [Yoder, Stephanie]
  2. Into the Wild by [Krakauer, Jon]
  3. Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by [Strayed, Cheryl]
  4. Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See... Ranked by [Planet, Lonely]



-xoxo Mo


Step Into The Wild

Step Into The Wild

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir 

For 5 days and 4 nights my other half and I explored immaculate mountains ranges, waterfalls taller than buildings, and encountered wildlife up close and personal. 

Yes we slept in a tent and yes it was cold 😀

The Rockies were taller than any mountain that I had ever seen. The peaks were spotted with patches of snow and it was 75 degrees where I was standing. If that doesn’t make you realize “wow that’s a freakin’ tall mountain” I don’t know what would! 

Longs Peak 14,259′

It probably comes as a shock to people who knew me as a child that I now have a passion for the outdoors. 

I use to hate being outside. All of the bugs, the heat, the cold, I hated it all. 

But then something changed when I expierenced being alone in nature surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world. Nothing else can make your problems feels so small. 

Nature is my happy place. 

The forest, the beach, a mountain top they all silence the noise from this crazy world we are living in, it helps calm the soul. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed from anything in life I highly suggest unplugging and stepping into the wild. 

It will change your perspective on life, I’m certain of it. 

Morgan and Billy
Exploring off the trail
Alberta Falls
Panting all the way up to Emerald Lake

My Epic 2017 Road Trip Playlist: 100 Songs

My Epic 2017 Road Trip Playlist: 100 Songs

The countdown begins for our big Colorado trip (23 days!!!!!) so I decided to start making a playlist for this 12 hour drive!

I listen to a wide variety of genres so this playlist is sure to make everyone enjoy the ride!

This is my Epic Road Trip Playlist that you can also follow on Spotify by clicking HERE!

  1. Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked- Cage The Elephant
  2. Icky Thump- The White Stripes
  3. Buddy Holly- Weezer
  4. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye
  5. I Will Wait- Mumford & Sons
  6. Suit And Jacket- Judah & the Lion
  7. On Top of the World- Imagine Dragons
  8. Geronimo- Sheppard
  9. Highway to Hell- AC/DC
  10. A Thousand Miles- Vanessa Carlton
  11. Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard
  12. Born to be Wild- Steppenwolf
  13. One Headlight- The Wallflowers
  14. All Star- Smash Mouth
  15. Black Betty- Ram Jam
  16. Hotel California- Eagles
  17. Kids- MGMT
  18. 1979- The Smashing Pumpkins
  19. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers
  20. Bulls On Parade- Rage Against The Machine
  21. Dammit- blink-182
  22. My Name is Jonas- Weezer
  23. Ride- Twenty One Pilots
  24. Victorious- Panic! At The Disco
  25. Feels Like Summer- Weezer
  26. Can’t Stop- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  27. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
  28. In The End- Linkin Park
  29. One for the Road- Artic Monkeys
  30. Feel it Still- Portugal. The Man
  31. Dangerous- Big Data
  32. Car Radio- Twenty One Pilots
  33. Hard Times- Paramore
  34. Way Down We Go- Kaleo
  35. Mountain Sound- Of Monsters and Men
  36. Renegades- X Ambassadors
  37. My Body- Young the Giant
  38. Shut Up And Dance- WALK THE MOON
  39. Lisztomania- Phoenix
  40. Could Have Been Me- The Struts
  41. Free Fallin’- John Mayer
  42. Why Georgia- John Mayer
  43. Neon- John Mayer
  44. Meet Virginia- Train
  45. She’s So High- Tal Cachman
  46. Ants Marching- Dave Matthews Band
  47. No Matter Where You Are- Us The Duo
  48. Kings and Queens- Thirty Seconds To Mars
  49. I Lived- OneRepublic
  50. If I lose Myself- OneRepublic
  51. Jackie and Wilson- Hozier
  52. Makes Me Wonder- Maroon 5
  53. Seasons- Olly Murs
  54. Babel- Mumford & Sons
  55. High- Zella Day
  56. A Little More- Machine Gun Kelly
  57. Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
  58. All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
  59. These Words- Natasha Bedingfield
  60. The Remedy- Jason Mraz
  61. Fast Car- Kina Grannis
  62. Cool For The Summer- Demi Lovato
  63. Tonight Tonight- Hot Chelle Rae
  64. Real World- Matchbox Twenty
  65. Inside Out- Eve 6
  66. The Cave- Mumford & Sons
  67. Young Blood- The Naked And Famous
  68. Do I Wanna Know?0 Artic Monkeys
  69. Hallelujah- Panic! At The Disco
  70. Downtown- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  71. She Looks So Perfect- 5 Seconds of Summer
  72. Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes
  73. Everywhere- Michelle Branch
  74. Wherever I go- OneRepublic
  75. Pursuit Of Happiness- Kid Cudi, MGMT
  76. Tangerine Girl- Asher Roth
  77. Fast In My Car- Paramore
  78. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More Touch Me- Fall Out Boy
  79. Of All The Gin Joints In All The World- Fall Out Boy
  80. First Date- blink-182
  81. Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
  82. What I Got- Sublime
  83. Here’s To The Night- Eve 6
  84. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid- The Offspring
  85. crushcrushcrush- Paramore
  86. The Rock Show- blink-182
  87. Elevate- St. Lucia
  88. Love Is Mystical- Cold War Kids
  89. High- Sir Sly
  90. Sleeping With A Friend- Neon Trees
  91. Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists
  92. Blame- Bastille
  93. Human- Rag’n’Bone
  94. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Virvana
  95. What’s My Age Again?- blink-182
  96. Cold Cold Cold- Cage The Elephant
  97. Howlin’ For You- The Black Keys
  98. Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz
  99. Butterfly- Crazy Town
  100. Lonely Boy- The Black Keys

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My Golden Year Journey

My Golden Year Journey

We have always been told that our golden birthday has a little bit of magic to it. Turning 23 on the 23rd sounds a lot more fun than just turning 23. (Nobody likes you when you’re 23 according to Blink-182)
A very unreliable source (urban dictionary) states that not all golden birthdays are considered equal. It suggests that some dates and ages hold specific types of “powers”.

Do I believe that this holds truth? Not necessarily. Coincidently my golden birthday fell on a date that ” Is an ever-shifting entity that at times holds nearly infinite levels of power. This can be dangerous and has the potential to unknown chaos’.” 

I found this out on my 23rd birthday but it just sounded like some crazy voodoo shit. 

Well I’m here to tell you, coincidence or not, 23 turned out to be one big year of chaos for me. 

I didn’t get the job, I totaled my car, I had emergency surgery, Trump became President. What a crazy year. 

But then I got to thinking, what if all of that chaos was actually the best luck I’ve ever had? 

What if I didn’t get the job because my dream job is just around the corner? What if I dodged a semi just before that car crashed into me where both of us walked away unharmed? What if the reason why I collapsed in pain on vacation in Florida was because that’s where the best surgeon for the job was located? 

I’ve held a grudge against 23 claiming it to be “the worst year of my life.” For so long I felt sorry for myself for the events that took place. 

Not anymore. What ever “power” that was out to get me this year did not succeed. I am a stronger, more thankful, and better person because of these experiences.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Bring it on 24, let’s see what you’ve got!!

Elephant Rocks State Park: Hidden Missouri Gem

Elephant Rocks State Park: Hidden Missouri Gem

Elephant Rocks State Park, one of the most curious geologic formations in Missouri.

One might ask why these rocks are referred to as elephants, it is because giant boulders of ancient granite stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants.

Molten rock, called magma, accumulated deep below the earth’s surface. The magma slowly cooled, forming red granite rock. Once the granite boulders are formed, atmospheric weathering continues to modify their shapes and surfaces even today.

These are some of the oldest rocks in south-central and eastern United States – about 1.5 billion years old! Dumbo, (picture #3) is 27 feet tall, 34 feet long, 17 feet wide and tips the scales at a hefty 680 tons. Maybe he should lay off the peanuts 😉

Most of the trails are ADA- compliant which makes them accessible for everyone!

We loaded up the hound, packed a picnic lunch, and headed on our 1.5 hour drive to the park! We decided to visit on the 4th of July weekend. It was beautiful weather, but we did not expect it to be as crowded as it was. Lots of little kiddos running around!

Overall though the park was a lot of fun and the rocks were super cool to see/climb on! We will definitely be going back!



5 Easy Campfire Meals You Have to Try This Summer

5 Easy Campfire Meals You Have to Try This Summer

I think we can all agree that campfire food tastes better than regular food. There’s just something about cooking and eating outside that makes it taste so much better.

Here are 5 fun, easy, & delicious recipes you HAVE to try at your next campfire!

1. Campfire Nachos


Um.. Hello! These nachos are better than any Mexican restaurants by far.

Ingredients/Tools: Tortilla chips, shredded cheese, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 can of black beans, green onions, cilantro, avocado, lime juice, cast iron skillet or frying pan.

Instructions:  Heat pan over fire or grill, pour in oil to coat the pan, and then… Throw it all in and watch it melt to perfection!

2. Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Hotdogs


What could possibly make hotdogs on a warm summer day taste even better?! Cheese and bacon, that’s what!

Ingredients/Tools: Hot dogs, mozzarella cheese sticks, bacon, bread buns, condiments, toothpicks.

Instructions:  Slice an opening in the middle of hotdog, stuff cheese into opening, wrap hotdog in 1-2 pieces of bacon and secure with toothpicks, cook directly on grill or frying pan, place on bun… or don’t!

3. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls with Marshmallow Icing



Ok, I know your mouth is watering over this one.

Ingredients/Tools: Package of cinnamon rolls, marshmallows, roasting sticks.

Instructions: First wrap the cinnamon roll dough onto roasting sticks, place over heat on fire, once the dough is almost fully cooked place a marshmallow (or 3) on the end of the stick and let it melt onto your cinnamon roll. Eat right from the stick for easy cleanup!

4. Walking S’mores


A fun twist on regular S’mores!

Ingredients: Individual packages of Teddy Grahams (honey flavor), marshmallows, chocolate chips.

Instructions: Roast 1-2 marshmallows over fire or grill, throw a handful of chocolate chips into Teddy Grahams bag, once marshmallows are how you like them stick them into the bag as well, close bag and shake for 1 minute, eat with a fork…or your hands! 😀

5. Campfire Pizza Pockets



This has got to be the best idea in pizza history!

Ingredients/Tools: Pita pockets, shredded cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms, and any other pizza toppings you like, frying pan or grill.

Instructions: Stuff pita with all ingredients, heat over fire or grill. Eat and say cheese!





Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything You Need to Know

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything You Need to Know

“If you have an opportunity to see this—take it. You will not be disappointed.” – Alex Young, Solar Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

For the first time in 99 years North America will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This is when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. Everyone on the continent will be able to see a solar eclipse, but anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – where day will completely turn into night.

The total solar eclipse will appear over a 70-mile wide path that will race across the country at a speed of 1,500 mph. It will start in Oregon and take less than 3 hours to reach South Carolina. The longest amount of time the eclipse will be visible is about 2 minutes, so make sure to check out this interactive map, provided by NASA, to find the time of the eclipse in your area!

The eclipse can cause temperatures to drop as much as 25 degrees. Bright stars and planets will become visible. GPS, communication systems, and even power grids can be messed with. Scientists say even some animals may react to the eclipse by behaving in a confused or strange manor.

Humans, on the other hand, are very excited. Those in its path are hosting events, parties, and concerts in honor of this rare event. Some small towns in the total solar eclipse path are expected to have hundreds to thousands of people flooding into them to watch this 2 minute rarity. Even if you’re not able to physically see this total solar eclipse, due to location etc., you will be able to watch it live from space and from the ground on NASA’s website.

I am lucky enough to be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse here in St. Louis, Missouri. The last time we had a total solar eclipse was in 1442 (not a typo). Missouri ranks #1 in the states with 3.4 million of its residents living directly in the path of totality.  St. Louis has 1.6 million residents living within the path of totality and is tied with Nashville for the most number of residents living directly within the path.

I will be spending Monday, August 21st in Forest Park eagerly waiting to be in awe. Click here to find events in your area!

I encourage everyone in the States to go outside and witness this event.  It is estimated that total solar eclipses recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years, so this might be your only chance to see it.

Don’t forget, you should never look directly into the sun, and if so always use protective eyewear. Here are different ways to view the solar eclipse in a safe way.

“The hair on the back of your neck is going to stand up and you are going to feel different things as the eclipse reaches totality. It’s been described as peaceful, spiritual,
exhilarating, shocking. If you’re feeling these things, don’t worry, you’re experiencing the total eclipse of the sun!”

– Brian Carlstrom, Deputy Associate Director of the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate