Hell Hike and Raft Part I: The Hike

Hell Hike and Raft Part I: The Hike
I think my favorite part of adventuring is meeting new people.  I am fascinated by groups of people.  I studied Sociology in college and have forever been completely enthralled with the dynamics of groups.  In spite of this, I am admittedly a bit of an introvert.  I crave my alone time like I crave the ...

Colorado River Trip & Lower Antelope Canyon

Colorado River Trip & Lower Antelope Canyon
A fever for adventure… There is a little secret the Colorado River gently whispers and echos along a 16 mile segment to those who love to paddle their own crafts.  A section of the river that does not take years to secure, expert skills to navigate or a guide to take you.  It is a ...

Mt. Whitney Trail and Spreading Summit Fever

Mt. Whitney Trail and Spreading Summit Fever
Spreading summit fever… A year ago I embarked on a journey. A journey that I was aching for- my soul needed an awakening, I needed to disrupt the pattern. I desperately needed an opportunity to disconnect from everything I knew, to connect with a new world, to disconnect from any pre conceived expectations. I needed ...

Canyoneering for Treasure in the Salome Jug

Canyoneering for Treasure in the Salome Jug
In the book Eiger Dreams one of my most favorite authors Jon Krakauer had this to say about the Salome Jug:   Salome Jug ran for just a half mile from end to end, but what it lacked in scope was more than made up for by the intimacy and intensity of it’s wildness.  The ...

State of the CCC

State of the CCC
  When I initially started writing this blog I was a broken woman beginning to lace the eyelets back together with each painful step I took up this rugged mountainous terrain called life.  I had a strength and swagger that I didn’t have before.  I survived something substantial and I needed a stage.  I didn’t ...

Finding Winter & History on Mt. Humphrey’s in Flagstaff Arizona

Finding Winter & History on Mt. Humphrey's in Flagstaff Arizona
Finding Winter… This is a coming of age story about a chick who is addicted to the climb.  You may know her well or have just recently become involved with her.  Either way this is a great place to enter this circuitous journey. A month ago a challenge was presented.  One that during my health ...

My Declaration of Independence

My Declaration of Independence
I am gazing back at another year like a rugged ridgeline I just finished climbing.  Looking deep down into the gardens that were created by my labor.  I am soaking in the sunshine, glistening in the sweat. Admiring the lessons of the past while feeling the sorrow of the solitary steps I took and experiencing ...

What Are You Afraid Of? 1

What Are You Afraid Of?
FEAR.. I am celebrating today. It is the one year anniversary of my reconnection with writing by starting this blog. The one year that you have been involved with me. The one year that I have shared many of my deepest, darkest, brightest and most personal moments. The one year that you have all encouraged ...

Hey Housekeeping It’s About Time You Showed Up!

Hey Housekeeping It's About Time You Showed Up!
I am finally cleaning up the aftermath of the class 5 tornado I have put myself in the middle of over the last few months!  I am home for 3 weeks in a row for the first time in 9 months. Whoa. It is always a brilliant act of unraveling, recovering, reconnecting, and refreshing your ...

Backpacking Havasupai Falls Featuring Brian Lorrigan Photography 11

Backpacking Havasupai Falls Featuring Brian Lorrigan Photography
What can I say… Ok… yes you know I ALWAYS have something to say BUT… this has to be seen by your own eyes to truly appreciate the beauty.  A picture is worth a thousand words…  however this is an attempt not to make you feel like you have been there, but to encourage you ...