Warrior Mom, Mountain Climber

I slept for almost 13 hours last night after climbing 4.2 miles and 4,300 feet up to the summit of Mt Washington for Climb Out of the Darkness yesterday. 13 glorious hours. And as I massage my sore muscles, I am struck by the fact that I just accomplished an amazing feat....more

Hiking Mt. Pisgah

  Last week Ben and I finally got a chance to hike Mt. Pisgah. This was one of the only places in Eugene we had not had a chance to hike yet. We took one of the easier trails since we were just going for a leisurely hike. ...more

Where I am Me

When I was in college, I started spending my spring break with my oldest brother. We went on backpacking trips in Southern Utah. I had never backpacked before, so it was a completely new experience for me. Our first backpacking trip was to a place called Davis Gulch. It was a great trip, with lots of hiking, a few terrifying moments (for me) on the edge of severe drop offs, and some amazingly gorgeous scenery....more
I'm another who feels like me when I'm outdoors hiking.  Although I'm more of a day hiker than a ...more

Dawn to Dusk Pilgrimage

I did it.  Finally walked a marathon distance of 26 miles in a day, clearly not focused on speed.  I completed the distance in 10 hours....more

Hiking for Clarity

For me, hiking has become a way to connect back to myself and to nature.  When I feel stressed, I find myself yearning to get on a trail to have quiet time to think and re-group.For me, hiking necessary to find peace.My last hike was in Dickerson, MD at Sugarloaf Mountain.  I didn’t even know this place existed, but I’m thrilled to know that I could get there in about 40 minutes.  ...more

Take a Hike!

Today, November 17, was National Take a Hike Day. So I did just that--went for a hike. For the first time, I visited St. Mary's River State Park, in Southern, Maryland. I enjoyed the non-strenuous, 7.5 mile hike around the lake. The trail was very peaceful, undulating through the forest. I look forward to hiking here again this winter....more

Hiking with Kids- how to make it work!

  Don’t expect too much! Most kids won’t be able to do a 12 mile hike!...more

A Slightly Scary Story

A Slightly Scary Story…...more

A hike in the woods

Walking revitalizes me.  After one day on the trail I become different from the way I am at home.  I am in touch with the seasons, the weather, the varied hours of each day.  I see more keenly.  I am aware of the details.~ Marilyn Doan...more

Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman's Pass

After a successful first day hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2 loomed ahead as menacing as the name of the high elevation pass we would hike up to for most of the day: Dead Woman’s Pass....more