Cue Western Whistle, you know that theme music from every spaghetti western you’ve ever seen where there’s tumbleweed blowing down the main street and there’s two outlaws drawing their guns at each other while some weathered drunks and a scrawny dog watch on from the saloon doors? I felt like we were characters in a movie set the 3 days I spent in this strange and beautiful landscape.Continue reading Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah
It doesn’t get any better than camping by a lake in the San Juan mountains at the peak of leaf peeping season! It was such a lovely spot, I stayed 6 nights.Continue reading Molas Lake, Colorado
What a quaint little mountain town! Dubbed the Switzerland of America, this town is nestled in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado. I spent 4 wonderful days here and loved every second.Continue reading Ouray, Colorado
I got a great spot on Rabbit Ears Pass at Dumont Lake. The site was set back from the lake overlooking a large meadow of willows, brush and pine trees. Really peaceful spot in a small and well spaced-out Forest Service campground.Continue reading Dumont Lake, Colorado
I couldn’t have found a more perfect spot to unwind for a week than Steamboat Lake State Park. My campsite sat on a grassy hill overlooking the lake in one direction and Hahns Peak in the other. The only interruption to that tranquil setting was the occasional fishing boat or kayaker passing by.Continue reading Steamboat Lake, Colorado
I’m back! Or should I say, we’re back! Atlas and I but also a new addition to the family, my 4-month old daughter, Millie. We’re setting off in an RV for 3 months to see the Western US.Continue reading A New Adventure Begins!
THE LAST 130 MILES OF THE TRAIL!
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness impresses. Rugged mountains, high passes, alpine lakes, vibrant wildflowers… and NO thunderstorms! Definitely one of the most scenic stretches of trail I’ve hiked.
Another CDT section down. A spectacular detour up Mt Elbert. Atlas celebrates his 2nd birthday on Colorado’s highest peak. A BIG realization. A surprise rest day in Twin Lakes.
A washed out bridge, an abandoned trail, an awful lightning storm. Are Atlas and I in the Hunger Games? Made it to the WY/CO state-line! 4 states down, just Colorado to finish off! Finally, a cinnamon roll! Continue reading Rawlins, WY to Steamboat, CO
100 miles in 5 days. Crossing an endorheic basin. Expansive prairie views. Wild horses and wild flowers. Atlas and I had an incredible time crossing the Great Divide Basin.
3 days and 48 miles. Cruisy walking. Atlas meets cows. Atlas doesn’t meet cayotes. Walking the cusp of the Wind River Range and Great Basin Divide. Bill Hoge gets best trail magic award. A glimpse at my next stretch of trail…
Back on the CDT! Atlas’ first long-distance hiking adventure. 90 miles of incredible beauty. Massive vistas of granite peaks, seas of wildflowers and pristine lakes. Dramatic sunrises, sunsets and thunderstorms. Crossing Knapsack Col and Texas Pass were highlights. The Wind River Range is unlike any place I’ve been, put it on your bucket list!
A quick overnight trip. Endless lakes, wildflowers, birds chirping, dry trail, blue sky… it was the perfect overnighter. Atlas loves these adventures; so do I!
Atlas’ first multi-day backpacking adventure! 22 miles in 3 days. Camping at Kermsuh and Amethyst Lakes. How do you cross a swift moving stream with a dog? The always breathtaking High Uinta Wilderness didn’t disappoint.
Atlas’ first backpacking trip! A look back at his first 8 months of socialization and training. Summer is coming and we have lots of adventures planned. Warning, cute picture overload!
40 miles in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. My first East Coast backpacking trip. Appalachian Trail beauty. Bears, centipedes, a snake and an endangered lizard. Lush dense forests and cascading waterfalls.
24 miles in 24 hours. A great ridge-top camp. If lady beetles have a mothership, I camped on it. A gorgeous sunrise and sunset. This tri-canyon traverse along the Great Western Trail (GWT) is a great workout with epic views.
30 miles of adventure, dropping into and climbing out of countless canyons. Expansive rim-top views. Squeezing through a slot canyon. Did I take a wrong turn? This canyon wonderland doesn’t disappoint!
A fun-filled 25 miles in the heart of Capitol Reef National Park linking Cohab Canyon, Frying Pan Trail, Grand Wash Trail, Lower Spring Canyon and the Sulphur Creek Route. This loop had a bit of everything: hiking ridgelines with massive vistas, walking dry creek-beds beneath towering sandstone walls, and splashing my way down a creek through a tight red rock gorge. Don’t forget to click on the image albums for bigger photos, there’s some beautiful shots from this trip.
My last days on the CDT for the year. Mixed emotions. One last bodily ailment. Celebration and reflection in Silver City. Thank you for your support. Elevated, over and out.
Road walking, road walking, road walking. IT band issues. The *spectacular* Middle Fork of the Gila River. Water walking, water walking, water walking. Busted in the buff! Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Picking my way through a giant lava flow. Camping at cliff’s edge on a mesa. Lots of road walking. Uber can’t beat 50c for 20 miles. A pie-eating, crazy-averting and very quirky experience in Pie Town.
100 miles through breathtaking desert landscapes. Water has become a scarce commodity. Summiting Mount Taylor. It’s hot and the spiders are big!
A short 50 mile stretch through the Rio Chama and San Pedro Wilderness areas. My first tarantula. A serene morning camped in a meadow. Do they breed dinosaurs in Cuba?