When Artistic License Results in Vandalism

October 22, 2014

October 22 is an inauspicious date.

It was exactly one year ago today that I wrote a post entitled Vandalism in the Backcountry, detailing the story of three Boy Scout leaders who toppled an iconic rock in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. They tried to pass it off as a “safety concern” but in reality, it was idiocy and ignorance.

Sadly, vandalism in the backcountry is still alive and well one year later. Continue Reading…


Anticlimactic Adventures

October 15, 2014

We’ve all been there: you plan a trip and read up on the fantastic must-do sights. You locate the best trails, the most beautiful scenery, and the famous historical landmarks that you studied in history books.

But what happens when you arrive and realize the crème de la crème is a disappointment?! Continue Reading…


Five Reasons Why You Should Try Camping

October 13, 2014

I spend a lot of time in tents. Big tents, small tents and everything in between- it truly doesn’t matter. As long as my version of a mobile home is parked somewhere with epic scenery, I’m a happy camper!

{My sense of humor kills me!}

Occasionally I will get asked why we choose to camp so much instead of staying in a hotel. Naturally, the question slightly horrifies me. However, I also realize that while sleeping in the dirt is my jam, it’s not for everyone….yet.

{Cue evil cackle.}

Think I can convince you to throw your pillow in a meadow for a good night’s sleep? Continue Reading…


When Misadventure Leads to Microadventure

October 8, 2014

We were off to an inauspicious start last Friday.

This past weekend, Will and I had planned a backpacking trip to see fall foliage before it withered away with the summer months. We debated our options but finally settled on the Denny Creek Trail outside of Buena Vista. According to Google Earth, there were some large groves of aspen just begging to be photographed! However, the odds were not in our favor. Continue Reading…

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Antelope Canyon 50k: The Next Adventure

October 6, 2014

Here’s the thing with baby ideas: they sit in my brain like a little kernel of information, rattling around from time to time, reminding me that they still exist. Then, one day, BAM! I simply decide to act on that kernel and help guide it into fruition.

And that’s exactly how this 50k came to be!

Run a marathon has been on my life goal list for as long as I can remember. And, I even made an attempt back in 2012 when I registered for the Rock ‘n Roll Denver marathon. I was trucking along with training and had even pushed my long runs upwards of 16 miles. However, that was when my back problems erupted and instead of running {or doing anything, for that matter}, I ended up visiting my ART doc twice per week for a solid three months. No marathon for me! Continue Reading…