A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hell of a year. Looking back on the last 12 months, I feel like it’s all a fog – a blurry merge of months, virtual meetings and happy hours, walks past the same houses, and long, lonely days spent indoors. And unfortunately, the hopeContinue reading “A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic”

Canyoning in Sulfur Creek

Water is the lifeline of the desert. It brings vitality to dry earth, allows plants to sprout, and animals to flourish; even when temperatures reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a hiker (and a north-westerner through and through), I also love water for it’s beauty, refreshing spray, and fun trails. So while visiting CapitolContinue reading “Canyoning in Sulfur Creek”

Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

As the sun warmed our backs, its orange-red glow illuminated our path. Gravel, scree, and boulders were all we could see. From the soles of our dust-covered hiking boots to the white-wispy clouds in the sky, it never ended. We never gave up. The highest point on the African continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one ofContinue reading “Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”

Exploring the Tatoosh Range: Plummer Peak

While riding in the back seat of my dad’s Nissan Pathfinder truck up a curving road to cascade forests, all my childhood memories of hiking as a family rushed back. That amazing view from Tolmie Fire Lookout, the wildflowers and bees at Spray Park, hot afternoons, and cold camping nights. I definitely inherited the adventureContinue reading “Exploring the Tatoosh Range: Plummer Peak”

Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail

Flying around a corner, the lush coastal forest trees a blur in my peripheral vision, I locked onto the trail dipping below the horizon. I gripped the handle-bars; white-knuckles. I kicked the pedals into gear. I found my balance. I grinned wide, even with the threat of trapping bugs. And then I sailed away, downContinue reading “Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail”

Hiking My First 14er: Mt. Evans via Sawtooth Ridge

Following a bubbling spring, we scrambled and bouldered down loose rocks and past big horned sheep on cliff faces to the valley floor. From the base, I looked up from where we came and out to where we had yet to go. It looked daunting. My legs were tired from hiking all weekend and runningContinue reading “Hiking My First 14er: Mt. Evans via Sawtooth Ridge”

Ski Park City Part 3: Park City Resort

Formerly mined for silver, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) today is rich with energy and snow-fans of all ages looking to have a good time. And with a great mix of slope styles, it’s not hard to do. Early miners wear the first to hit the trails around present day PCMR in the 1880s. TheyContinue reading “Ski Park City Part 3: Park City Resort”

Sneaking through Spooky Gulch Canyon

Sometimes the best adventures are unexpected. Turning off the scenic highway 12 in Utah, I ventured down a pot-holed dirt and gravel road for 25 miles into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. No signs. No mile markers. No cell coverage. Yet in the midst of desolation – an empty desert – the sun and beauty breakContinue reading “Sneaking through Spooky Gulch Canyon”

Zion to Park City: Evergreen in Utah

My desk chair and I are currently in an argument. Its squeaky wheels and my bouncing knee fight for attention. I sit on the floor, my emails stack up. I rock in my chair, my back screams. I peek out the window, my mind races off elsewhere. Problem: I’m not good at sitting still. LuckilyContinue reading “Zion to Park City: Evergreen in Utah”

Starting the New Year on Table Mountain

I hope my first hike of the year isn’t a sign of things to come in 2014…or maybe I do? Beautiful yet grueling, Table Mountain from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead stretches your endurance along 15.8 miles of weaving paths and tests your resolve to make it to the top with 3350-feet elevation gain. With someContinue reading “Starting the New Year on Table Mountain”