Just a Gut Reaction

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir Simply put: mamma nature knows what we need, and being active outdoors is just plain good for us. I recently read an article on Huffington Post that touches on the health and mental benefits of hiking (scroll to the end of the post for the link). Based on the social media reaction to the story, I think it resonated with many-an-outdoorsman – myself included. And why shouldn’t… Read More

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness backpacking

I expected this past weekend to be a truly wet and rainy backpacking experience, but the weather gods smiled and treated us to a few sprinkles – nothing more. This was my first hike through the area and I loved every beautiful minute. The season is getting late so there’s a bit more brown in the color mix, however there are still a decent number of stubborn wildflowers in it for the long haul.  The Trail Description: We started at the Rich Creek TH and wandered up Tumble Creek Trail. It connects up to Rich… Read More

Video: hike with me to Roger’s Pass

  I finally got around to editing the video from last weekend 🙂 As I head out this morning to do some backpacking with the Colorado Mountain Club, I’ll leave you with this. Happy weekend folks!   ~m. 

Backpacking: Round 1.5 (or Haven’t We Been Here Before?)

“…it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.” ― Ryel Kestenbaum I first learned to backcountry backpack when I was 18, as a gift from my parents. I went with Outward Bound to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado for three glorious weeks of natural freedom. The trip itself was the very definition of a love/hate relationship. I loathed my frozen boots and the daily hauling of water. At sixty percent of my body weight, the packs were heavy. But every morning, without fail, the hills… Read More

Quick Camp on Lake Granby

Several of my friends met up last weekend for a birthday jet ski and paddle board sesh on Lake Granby. I was late to the party, but still got to see their pretty faces and sit around a campfire (which are two of the things I require in life). Anyway, below are a few snaps of the evening. I need to start bringing my “real” (DSLR) to some of these car camping events. The stars and milky way were beyond incredible! 

Trail “Running”

Colorado trails harbor Flash-like athletes who have speed and agility like I had never seen until I actually lived here. I call them Trail Gazelles, and I aspire to be one.  I’m no stranger to jogging (read yogging). I grew up running at 5AM with my parents. Even though the sun wasn’t up, we’d slog through 80 degrees of heat and humidity, emerging with a feeling of accomplishment. And despite my living in Florida for 24 years, I’m also no stranger to hiking. I spent many of my summers tromping around the Appalachians or visiting Colorado to snag a 14er…. Read More

Weekend Exploration: Heart Lake

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing – Barry Finlay The Trail Description: Interested in hiking to this beautiful lake?  Its about 8.7 miles RT, pretty gradual elevation gain (total of about 2,000 ft) – but because of the length I would still say it is an intermediate level.  Love this hike because it has a large parking area, the trail is well maintained, and there are oh-so-many beautiful camping opportunities (non-developed sites) just at tree line at Roger’s Peak Lake and streams. Also, waterfalls. waterfalls waterfalls waterfalls. This trail is… Read More