My Weekend in Moab

Last Wednesday, at approximately 2:00 PM, my divorce was finalized in the eyes of the law. It was emotional … more so than I thought it would be, as I had truly come to terms with this direction in life a long time ago. I’ve started the process of moving forward, and grieved the loss…

July

This past weekend, I flew to Seattle to drop off my kids with my mom for the next month. While I’m very excited about the solo time, it’s also very lonely. It’s amazing how you get used to the noise and the chaos, and even though it frustrates me to no end some days, I…

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last summer, I was able to hike through the Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado. I had been there many times before — as a grad student living in Denver, back in the day, RMNP was a frequent place to visit, when we needed a break, and needed to get out of the…

And Here We Are

Well. Here we are. It’s been a hot minute since I wrote, and I have so many hikes to catch up (both in posting and actual hiking) but life has been incredibly chaotic these past few months, and getting any kind of momentum has been hard to achieve. Last month, I went back to work…

52 Hike Challenge: Ute Valley (4/52)

It was a beautiful day, and as a family, we needed to get out and enjoy the glorious Colorado sunshine! I had driven by this park a couple days before, and had completely forgotten that I had hiked it last year with a group of awesome women. One of my favorite things about Colorado Springs…

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

As a mom of two boys, hiking by myself isn’t always feasible. While I do love a good few hours out in nature alone, occasionally, if I want to be OUT, I have to take the kids with me. Which is honestly, 100% fine. My two boys are 5 & 7 years old, and they…

52 Hike Challenge: Red Rocks Canyon Open Space (3/52)

This may seem like a redundant post, but as mentioned previously … we hike Red Rocks Canyon pretty often. This one was pretty special, because we were saying goodbye to friends. I have found that finding friends as an adult is especially challenging, and while our friends M & K were not in our lives for very long, we had a blast getting to know them. 

Why I’m Here

This space originally started off as something different — a place for me to vent as I transitioned into a new life. However, I quickly decided (and prying eyes forced me) that I needed to narrow down my subject matter. This space will look a little bare until I get caught up with new post…

Hiking Safety: The Ten Essentials

Too often while I’m out on the trails, I see people with a whole lot of nothing. Trail runners doing their thing. Hikers in the wrong shoes and not even carrying water. More often than not, these are on trails where I am by myself or with friends, meaning we are doing a fair distance…

52 Hike Challenge: Red Rocks Canyon Open Space (2/52)

Let me be the first to warn you — you will see Red Rocks Canyon Open Space FREQUENTLY on this site.  A local favorite here in Colorado Springs, it’s one of of the few place I feel comfortable taking my 5 & 7 year old boys. Not only do they love it, but it’s a…