Phelps and Tabletop: Joy in the Journey

On Saturday morning, the day after I hiked Mount Marshall, I drove up to the ADK Loj for the remainder of my hiking weekend in the Adirondacks. The weather felt a bit cooler, but I honestly couldn't tell because my legs were sore from the day before, it's all I could think about. My original …

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Break the Cycle…Embrace the Grit

Focus...one's eyes fixed to the path ahead. Speed. Acceleration. Wind whipping through your hair. Well.. not exactly through your hair, since it lives under your helmet. But you get the idea. Riding a bike.  That thought alone has a plethora of catch-phrases and famous analogies. "Life is like riding a bike. (Insert phrase of choice …

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Mount Marshall: A Lovely Return to Upper Works

A few weeks ago, I attempted to hike Mount Marshall in the Adirondacks.  Unfortunately, I had to abandon my climb due to thunderstorms.  This past Friday, July 22nd, I returned to Upper Works for "Mount Marshall: Take 2." I have left home at around 7 am, and after a 4 hour drive up to Newcomb, …

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Rise. Be Brave. Repeat.

The crashing, foamy waves ebbing and flowing a melody of longing.  The descending sun sprinkling the perfect trail of glimmer to guide you, like fairy dust dancing on the water.  The cool, fine sand meandering gently through your toes...completely engrossed in the moment surrounding you when.... "Ok Everyone! Time to get in the water!" I …

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