Conquering Mt. Whitney...in a Day

Bob, my brother, and I made it to the top of Mt Whitney at 1:15 p.m. August 30, 2011.  We got up at 2:00 a.m. and were on the trail at 2:30 a.m.  We hiked for around 3 and 1/2 hours in the dark.  It was a bit surreal to be hiking with just the light of our headlamps showing the trail.  It was just a lot of uphill hiking without the benefit of wonderful views.  We did hear lots of water and had to cross several streams on logs and by rock hopping.  It was nice when the sun finally rose and we could put away the headlamps....more
Great trip report - I do alpine starts before dawn all of the time in winter in New Hmapshire to ...more

Hiking in the Alps...Part 1

Another installment from my trip to Europe!! I hope you are enjoying all of my adventures!!This was another amazing day in Switzerland, and probably one of my favorite!! This was the last day before Jake's parents arrived, so we wanted to take advantage of the amazingly beautiful weather and go on a hike. The plan was to be dropped off almost at the end of the valley by the canton of Uri. ...more
I love your pictures of Zurich! It makes me want to go back and relive my youth! I think my ...more

Yosemite Deaths Shows Danger in Ignorance

The tragic deaths of three young hikers in Yosemite this week illustrate an unbelievably tired point: Humans? Not always so smart. Despite record snowfall resulting in torrential water flow, these folks were determined to have their photos taken at a picturesque point 25 feet from the edge of Vernall Falls....more

Yes, of course, it must be said. Death is unavoidable for all of us but must we invite it? Only ...more

Camping in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Two years ago, I went on my first camping trip around this time. I still remember the day we drove to Upnorth Michigan and camped at Brimley state park(my first blog post @ http://ahappycampersblog.blogspot.com/ ). The nights were so cold and frankly, I felt its just not my type. Over the last two years, we visited and camped at few national and state parks. Each time, I realized camping is the best way to enjoy nature’s rugged beauty..I liked it even more!...more

Early Hiking to Calm My Restless Menopausal Spirit

At 6:25 a.m. the alarm goes off, and my hubby and I reluctantly get out of bed, still somewhat groggy, and tired from last night’s chest and abdominal workout. But neither wants to be the one to suggest skipping the morning’s hike/walk for sleeping in another glorious 45 minutes. So we get changed into proper walking gear, and in no-time-flat are out the door, stepping into very crisp air. Burrr!...more

Father's Day: For My Dad

You were never much of a hunter. Pheasants, yes. Squirrels and chipmunks, I suppose, when you were younger. But you never came home from a weekend away with a buck in the bed of your truck, because you never had much interest in deer opener and you owned a sedan. I imagine some people from other places can hardly conceive of a Midwestern man without a shotgun over his mantle, a closet full of blaze-orange jackets, a copy of Field and Stream next to the john. And yet when I think of you, I do see an outdoorsman. I see you paying attention to landscapes, to the clouds. I see you teaching me to love the world....more

And thank YOU for commenting, Sigridmaria. Be well!more

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Throwing caution to the wind and hiking a trail that is 2,179 miles long is not something you do lightly. The Appalachian Trail was conceived of by Benton MacKaye in 1921, finally completed in 1937 and is now the narrowest national park in the United States. ...more
I want to do this so bad!  My husband and I have decided that when our kids are older we will ...more

Songs from the Wood

Three lefts are all it took to get to Gideon Woods from my house.  I probably could've made it in fifteen minutes.  Maybe even ten. But there was so much to see and do.  It wasn't like I had A.D.H.D....more

My rapture-filled weekend, and a sundog to boot

Every now and then we get a little glimpse at a simpler life. This weekend was entirely made up of moments like that. I was just about to pack up my bags on Friday at the office, jump on the bus and head home. But the phone rang and the BF said he had picked up the boys from my mom and would be out to get me shortly. Fantastic. He's picked me up alone before, and met me for dinner. He's even sat through the tedium of local council meetings with me, just because. But on Friday, he brought the boys....more

My Life Viewed Thru Rose-Colored Menopausal Glasses

Living with menopause is not unlike living with a dual personality, everyday tells a story, but every telling has two sides. Imagine life lived in two versions—one personality goes in as the other goes out…a daily adventure of in-an’-out repeats and déjà vu’s. Why, it’s enough to drive anyone loony toons!...more
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