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

Sierra Buttes Hike Along The Pacific Crest Trail

I will never do it again. NEVER. EVER. That’s what I told myself a couple years ago after I hiked to the lookout tower high upon the top of the Sierra Buttes. But here I was last week, grudgely agreeing to take our friends up, up, up to the top of the mountain, along the Pacific Crest Trail in Northern California....more
After meeting those inspiring girls, I decided to do my own PCT walk, virtually, with America ...more

Always Be Prepared Like A Girl Scout

This weekend I went deep into the wilderness and it inspired me to think about being more prepared for situations in desolate areas.  Here are some things I'm going to add to my kit:...more

Apgar Lookout | Glacier National Park, MT

Apgar Lookout overlooks Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park and the views are really beautiful. The Going to the Sun Road usually opens to Logan’s Pass by July, but until then we’re going to hike some of the mountains around the lake. We’re hoping to hike Mount Brown next depending on snow and ice conditions....more

Double Dose of Hiking

I did a double dose of hiking this weekend: Windy Hill on Saturday and Garin/Dry Creek park on Sunday.  Both hikes were about 8 miles long with blue skies, sun, and temperatures in the low 70Fs just about perfect hiking weather. ...more
@HomeRearedChef  @Denise When I first came to California I had trouble recognizing poison oak. ...more

The Thrill of the Chase


Photo Excursion: Button Rock Dam path, Lyons CO

I went twic on this hike over two weekends. I love winter hiking so much.Read more here. ...more

Sure Felt Like a Climb to Me

If you read last week’s blog, you know that I committed to climb a mountain as a physical challenge for my 60th birthday. This past Sunday was “the day”.  As I learned though, Mount St. Helens is not technically a climb, but it’s so demanding that it’s referred to by many as a climber’s hike....more

Mountain Climbing Dreams

The past weekend did several small hikes in Canmore and came across several rock climbers on our journey. My littlest looked on with envy. He is always dreaming of the day that he will be climbing the side of a mountain. ...more
 @motherofnine9 I bet there are many! I know my little one has been testing his limits at the ...more