Back to Basics

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…
John Muir

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Photo is original and taken by me 

Hi there. I know it’s been almost two years since my last post, but I think I’m finally in a place that will allow me to breathe some life into this blog.

I live in Colorado now, Denver to be exact. The place of my birth. At the risk of sounding hippie or crazy-lady-new-age, it feels like a piece of me never left. The mountains are my home. We give each other weekend hugs, and promise to write or grab coffee during the week. I’d like to see more of them, or better yet earn my living mountain-bound, and am working on making that a reality.

I’m most passionate about exploring. I love getting lost because I never really feel lost. But I also rock climb, “bag” 14ers, backpack, road ride, camp, jeep occasionally, trail run (really it’s more of a run, then hike, then run, possibly puke, continue to run pattern…), snowshoe, and snowboard.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving to Colorado it’s this: keep it simple. Not to say the state of Colorado has that mindset, but rather it has had that impact on me. I’ve realized more than ever that life isn’t about living up to expectations…it’s just about living. It’s experiencing these few moments we are allotted on this planet to see and do and be.

But I have two caveats: 1. One person’s experience of life shouldn’t negatively impact another’s. 2. How a person chooses to experience their life shouldn’t be judged by another. While these may seem obvious and basic, I’ve found those are the things in life hardest to achieve.

And so my adventure begins (or continues)- one simpler and hopefully fuller of life.

~m.

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