Baby…Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle

I'm a competitive person by nature. I maintain high expectations for myself. A goal-setter. Boundary breaker. Maybe it's the Taurus in me. Maybe it's the Long Island in me. Maybe it's the "me" in me. Conversely, and more importantly, I am soothed by Nature. To be in a place away from the everyday distractions...the hustle …

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Cliff and Redfield for the Win!

"You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all.  The price is high.  The reward is great."- Maya Angelou Interesting choice of quotes to kickoff the hiking blog that rolled out my 46er finish, right?  If you've been following along with me on …

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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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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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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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