Welcome 2018…I’ve Been Waiting for You.

I blinked and fall flew right by into winter. Family. Hiking. Ebbs. Flows. Birthdays. Holidays. More Ebbs. More Flows. Remembering to breathe it all in and love it all out. Because it's all gonna be alright. You know, braving the wilderness. "Braving the Wilderness" are the words Brené Brown gave to brilliantly describe this exact …

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Soaked on the Sewards

The Seward Range.  Winner for the hike with the least amount of photos taken. Reason?  The most persistent, all day downpour.  With high freezing winds and low temperatures.  Sunday, September 3rd proved to be the extreme opposite of my Santanoni hike the day before. I recognize that hiking these two ranges back-to-back may have been …

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Sunshine on the Santanoni Range

The last time I visited the Santanoni Range, it was March.  After a massive snowstorm.  That dumped a few feet of snow atop of an "already base of a few feet of snow".  We spent most of the day climbing up to Panther Peak and expending tons of energy attempting to break trail to Santanoni Peak...unsuccessfully.  …

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The Dix Range: Go Big or Go Home

"Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true." - Cheryl Strayed August 6, 2017 It had been some time since I embarked on a solo hike.  Plus, the Dix Range whispered nudgingly that we had some unfinished business to discuss.  I realized hiking all 5 peaks in the range may have …

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Big Slide Mountain via Slide Mt. Brook

We weren't planning to climb any mountains on our "hike out" day from the Johns Brook Lodge.  But the weather was lovely and Mallory hadn't hiked Big Slide so... After breakfast and packing up our gear, we hit the trail at 8:35 a.m.  There was the debate about whether to hike Big Slide with all …

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Haystack, Basin and Saddleback: A JBL Adventure

One of my favorite Mary Oliver quotes is: "That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning: Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" Yes, actually.  Almost 2 weeks ago, Mallory and I responded with answer of "alive' with a side of "heck yeah!"  On July 10th, …

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