Add 20 Years to Your Life

I often wonder if zombies can breathe under water. Being undead could be a pretty interesting superpower, minus the whole rotting body, attacking humans thing. I used to think that, given the option of any superpower, I’d choose flight or invisibility. But today I realized what my ultimate superpower would be: the ability to live without eating or sleeping.  I’ve done the math. We spend, at a minimum, 4 months a year nourishing and recharging ourselves. That’s a lot of time. Over the course of a lifetime, that adds up to more… Read More

Everyone needs a little chaos

What do you do, when passion runs a muck in your brain? When it consumes you and fuels insanity and opens doors to lands you’ve only read about in fairytales? Dance in the glitter- that’s what you do. And then dive headfirst into it, because to deny passion is to deny magic, I think.

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

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