Princess dresses and Mountaineers: Walk the Walk, See the See (part dos)

While we were in Munich, we decided that Austria was the next stop. I wanted to climb something Alp-y rather than stare longingly at the mountains as I had at Neuschwanstein. Throughout Oktoberfest, we asked a variety of our beer-table-buddies where we should go. Many of them recommended going to this sea or that sea; I chalked it up to the drunken musings of land-locked Oktoberfest goers. Two days after we arrived in Austria I realized they were saying see not sea (silly American). So, in Austria, a see is a lake. They tend to be named… Read More

Princesses Dresses and Mountaineers: Welcome to the Alps (part uno)

There is a land, that’s sort of far away – like a 12 hour plane flight to be exact – that has both princess dresses and mountain climbing. And they are both seemingly a normal part of life. And beer. So much beer. These exactly meet my criteria for a definitive “heaven on earth”. Recently, Justin (husband) and I went to Munich for Oktoberfest and to see our friend Chris. We “planned” the trip on a whim while sitting on a different friend’s couch drinking beers one night. I use quotes because planned… Read More

Strong, my kindred sister

Far more than physical, strength is in the mind. It’s the ability to push past our own boundaries, demolish the walls that scream “no you can’t”, and do more than you ever thought possible.  I love this friend-sister and hope everyone has people in their lives who inspire them 🙂  ~m.

Moab: Day 2

I don’t think there’s anything quite as satisfying as waking up in a tent to the early morning wilderness. Don’t get me wrong – marshmallows, a decent burger and cider after a long hike, and petting fluffy things are all close runners up; but there’s something more to witnessing and existing in the dawn’s ambiance. Sometimes I think that if I’m still enough, I might actually be able to hear the earth breathe, to see the ripple of its pulse move through everything around me.  I think that’s why I dig solo hiking so much: my brain finally stops… Read More

Moab: Day 1

Every weekend should be a three-day weekend. Even though its only one more day, I feel like the amount of exploring is exponentially increased and time seems to slow down (in a good way). The Mister, a friend from Florida, Mountain Man, and I headed to Moab early Friday AM. Truthfully, I wanted to disappear into the hills here in CO, but having never experienced Utah beyond ski resorts, I was game for a new adventure.  Upon returning I have one word: holyshitsticksamazingmagicwonderland. There is a connection in that place – a draw… Read More

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!