Back Yard Adventure


I was gearing up to leave town for a week, so before I left I wanted to play one last time, with my mountain man. We decided to hike the hill behind our house and then did just that.

It has been warmer recently so in my mind I assumed the snow was melted. I’m not sure why, because its only March but I was hopeful haha. Anyways, we needed snowshoes. So we got grabbed some water, and headed outside to grab our snowshoes out of the shed. We strapped them on and were on our way.

What I love about the hike behind our house is there are not alot of defined trails, so you find a new route every time you go out. We have never run accross anyone else, so its also peaceful and a nice getaway.

There are two kinds of hiking I enjoy. Social hikes & Solitude hikes. Social hikes I enjoy going with a group of 4-6 people, I love running accross other parties on the trail and meeting new people.

Othertimes I prefer going with one other person and mostly just soaking in the quiet beauty of nature. Anyways, hiking with my man usually is a great balance of both. Hiking is mostly done in solitude, enjoying the sounds of nature, but there are times of converstaion as well.


We found our way up the hill in time for sunset. It was fun trekking through snow, rocks, hard pack and powder.



What refreshes me most!

There is one thing that brings me refreshment, makes me feel alive like nothing else! Adventure!! with at least 1 likeminded person.

For those looking in from the outside and would like to understand where I am coming from, here’s a definition.

Adventure: It Involves excitment, a certain level of danger, a physical challenge, risk, things not going as planned, spontaneous,  The outcome is not necessarily certain.

A snapshot of what this looks like:

Longs Peak  14, 259ft: Deciding to Hike last minute, so I stayed up all day already and all night and we left at 2am to start our hike.We hiked the first 6miles in the dark arriving at the keyhole for sunrise. GORGEOUS! We planned to summit but the snow was too deep for the final 1.5miles, so we sat in the notch and ate breakfast.

Coming down from the notch, after sunrise and breakfast (I’m the 3rd one):


Back in the Boulder field, heading down


Jumping Cascade: Its freezing cold- always, the water is sometimes faster moving than others, the jumps are small but the beauty, the slight risk, the challenge- mostly because of the COLD water. Its always fun and refreshing.


Hiking in a blizzard:  Summiting a peak that drops off on all sides. A blizzard moves in quickly and you become disoriented.Trying to figure out how to get off the summit is a blast! One direction  you go, cliffs out, another direction, cliffs out. Eventually you figure it out, you are soaked from the heavy wet snow, and so alive!


Spontaneous night sledding:You free, right now? Yes? Lets go! 17 degrees, not the proper clothing, sledded above durango town lights with a headlamp. The icey snow blasting our faces as we flew down the mountain on our tobbogan


Spontaneous Road trip to California to learn to surf:  Packed up the car, and left after work. 12hrs later arrived in San Clemente

Gator Surfing, we also rented real surfboards and attempted it…gator was way more fun


Wave Jumping @ sunset:


Skayaking: Being pulled behind the car, in a kayak on the snow. Attemping to dump the person or people out. 25-30mph never felt so fast in my life lol


Spontaneous carthweels: Pull the car over!!! two people jump out and frolick, and carthwheel  (I’m the one whose legs are not straight)


Night Kayaking the Animas: Whatcha doin? Grabs both kayaks and heads to the put in off 32nd street. Seeing a family of racoons washing dinner in the river, me: slamminng into rocks in the river and almost flipping over multiple times.carrying the kayaks back, via the train tracks.


These are just a few of the ways I’ve found that refresh me, make me come alive! Adventure is fully embracing with joy and excitment things gone wrong, things unexpected. A trip fully planned out and executed flawlessly is not adventure. If its fully planned to have no risk, no spontenaity, no danger, therefore no excitment.. its just a trip, even if its in the woods and the backcountry.

What makes a great Adventure Buddy:

1.Already has the same passion for adventure as you do and is living it, even when you are not around. It’s part of their DNA too. They get just as excited and pumped for things unexpected, gone wrong,detours, rediculous things that just happen etc and laugh about it.

2. Someone who is the same fitness level as you. Somomeone you do not have to worry about if they can make it or if they can handle it. Someone who can push on to explore that other mountain over there… just because you spotted it on your way to the original mountain

3. Up for absolutely anything. Easy going,goes along with whatever.  Jumping in a cold body of water, doing random cartwheels or snowangels along the way, up for grabbing pizza at a snazzy spot because all your gear and bodies are drenched from days backpacking in a storm. They are up for exploring the lake that may or may not be miles beyond what you intended to go, etc.

4. Someone who can have  deep meaningful conversation with,someone who asks great questions,and enjoys answering too,but also is ok with silence. Someone who can be silly and joke around, is laughable, jolly, likes to sing sometimes or dance a little even.  Sometimes I just want to soak in the beauty around me, the sounds…so a buddy who doesn’t always have to be talking.

Thankful for the people God has given me who are this! In particular this summer I got to be on a girls trip where the other 3 gals were exactly this! Favorite girls trip of my life.

Do not get me wrong. I enjoy being outdoors even if its not what I would consider an adventure. It just don’t breathe life into me like true Adventure does.


Valentines Challenge


Valentines is quickly approaching! It is a holiday I have enjoyed, since childhood. It feels whimsical, pink & red colored construction paper hearts, an array of fun candy, cute little notes that come in all shapes and sizes.

I also know it is a day many people feel is only in existance as a harsh reminder that one is single or alone in this world. I have a challenge for you!

Wheather you find yourself in the boat of, I love this holiday and I’m already buying and eating the candy I intended to give to my friends,or I’m not concerned about the day because I have a significant other or I hate this holiday….this challenge is for you!

This Valentines Day 2017, May it be a day to remind ONE person, someone cares, someone notices them, someone see’s the good in them.

We want to be people who look/live like Christ, right? So we must walk every day in and by his spirit.God uses us to show his love, to one another, but we must be attentive and then take action. When someone comes to our minds, that is HIM putting them their, so act on it. If nobody is already on your mind,  ask God to bring someone to mind that could really use this in their life right now. You may find, a few people come to mind and if your funds will allow then do something for each one.

However just come up with ONE and then continue below. Perhaps its a close friend, a classmate,someone you see every day but don’t even know, a family member, a co-worker,  someone you do not get along with, or the post office worker.

Here are some idea’s of what you could do, depending on $

Super broke, Ideas:

  1. Draw hearts on the sidewalk with words of love for strangers walking by
  2. Call or text someone in your life that needs to be reminded of how much they are loved. Do not group text, make it personal
  3. Re-purpose any piece of paper you have laying around, to write a note, then drop it off at their door, leave it on their desk, stick it in their shoe, etc.
  4. Spend the day with someone
  5. Verbally share, how much they mean to you and something you love about them
  6. Make an Orgami heart (google it)

I think I have some change laying around somewhere, Ideas:

  1. Find pink/red paper & cut into heart shape, or use pink sticky notes, or find some surface you can write on (be creative), buy an envelope and a stamp
  2.  write something you love about the person on it, seal it, mail or hand deliver
  3. Buy one little treat to put with your valentine note. Could be a single piece of chocolate, a single flower, perhaps just something you know that person enjoys…don’t forget to draw a heart or something on it :p
  4. For the cost of a stamp and envelope you get 3 free “you are loved” pins:
  5. Buy colorful or fun pattern paper: make small envelopes out of it. Inside each envelope on a little piece of paper, write Scripture truths you think would encourage the person, perhaps make up 5-7 to open one a day for a week
  6. Walmart sells a bundle of 8 heart shaped lollipops for $1, can’t beat that! That’s 8 people you can bring a smile to their face
  7. Buy a pack of delicious tea (each tea bag is individually wrapped), add that to your note

The not broke, Ideas: 

  1. Make or buy a valentine card, write something you love about the person on it
  2. Bake some delicious valentine themed goodies (brownies, cookiebars,etc) . Fun ideas: google 28 sexy brownies to spend Valentines Day with
  3. Browse the Valentines aisle at walmart or walgreen’s and pick up a few items (perhaps a stuffed animal $4.99 @ walgreen’s), etc.
  4. Buy carnations and hand them out to your friends or even strangers, $7 for a whole bunch of them at City Market
  5. Buy these pins:

**If you are mailing anything, mail it by February 8th at the latest**

What ideas do you have? Drop me a comment below, I would love to hear them


Seasonal Affective Disorder

use-this-oneThis photo was taken today…signifying a major shift in seasons. My favorite nature color has vanished (green).

It took me years to admit it, but I suffer from S.A.D. As someone who loves to be active, loves to be outdoors-playing, there is a long season up ahead. The season that begins at the later stages of fall and goes through the winter. Besides not being as active, I am affected greatly by color and temperature. When the whole world turns from lush, vibrant tones of greens into greys, whites, browns and from sunny warm days to blistery cold ones…. It typically sends me into depression. I noticed each winter I became sluggish, sad, depressed but once I realized what was going on I also discovered that if I’m pro-active, I could prevent the majority of it.

I’ve found there are some ways to combat S.A.D. I know everyone who suffers from this may be different, some of it is due to chemical imbalances in the brain (so check with your dr.) I just wanted to share what I’ve discovered, alot of it is what my husband has helped me see, and maybe it could help someone else.

Start planning ahead.

As fall begins it is a gorgeous season, deep blue sky’s, sunshine, colorful leaves, but before you know it, the sun starts setting sooner, the sky’s produce more cloudy days and the leaves turn to brown and shrivel. The days begin to get colder…

Here is a list of things that have helped me. The number one difference maker is my #1 on the list.

  1. Exercise: If you have a routine, continue it even if it is an outdoor one like running.You can run in the winter, just learn to dress properly for it. If you do not have a routine, start one. Get moving, get some cardio going now. If you wait until its too late you’ll be too depressed to get off the couch.
  2. Take Vitamin D (lack of sunshine does deplete your vitamin D stores)
  3. Play: Snowshoeing is my go to because it is free. There is also cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, ice-skating, hot springs, ice-climbing. Gather a friend or two and go night sledding with headlamps.
  4. Create a winter bucket list so you have fun things to look forward to
  5. Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
  6. Get adequate sleep but do not oversleep. We all need differing amounts of sleep but if you find yourself sleeping 10+hrs every night, start setting your alarm for earlier. Oversleeping makes you feel more sluggish
  7. Find a new indoor hobby. Perhaps teaching yourself guitar, how to knit, how to create websites, learn spanish. What’s a skill you think would be fun to have? or useful even?
  8. Buy some bright flowers to put on your table, carnations are cheap and last forever and are quite cheery. Diffuse orange or other citrus essential oils, it brightens the mood in the home

What have you found to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder? Share your thoughts with me below

Backcountry Birthday

I’ve always wanted to wake up in the mountains on my actual Birthday, this year my amazing husband made that happen.

Thursday evening we drove north towards Clear Lake. Thinking of an easy dinner that also includes tradition, we decided to order a pizza from our favorite ‘olde school house cafe’ and pick it up on our way to the mountains.

We arrived up at clear lake and quickly found a perfect spot to set up for the night, not many sleep here because it’s @ 12,000ft.  It was a very clear evening, so we set up the tent (without the rain fly) and set up our chairs before settling in to enjoy our pizza.

After pizza, we celebrated with a hostess cupcake and sparkler before mike gave me his gift on “Birthday Eve”. His gift to me was an actual medical book on high altitude medicine! How awesome! We spend a lot of time in high altitudes in Colorado and around the globe, so knowing more has always been an interest.

Before long the sun set and the stars starting to show themselves. I love the night sky, but this was seriously one of the best night sky’s I’ve ever seen. The milky way was very clear, the black outline of mountains on all sides and a sky FULL of stars. It was quite chilly at this point so I got in my sleeping bag and laid on my camping pad, looking up at the stars. I spotted 5 shooting stars and my man saw 8.

The next morning, we both woke up early and walked down to the lake for some incredible reflections! Then we ate our bagels, cream cheese and cold-brew coffee. I had asked for Birthday snail mail with wisdom, scriptures, promises for my next year, so I collected all my mail and brought it up to read on my birthday morning.

After soaking in the gorgeous morning, we packed up camp and got ready to hike the ridge.The trail is straight up the mountainside, so not far but incredibly exhuasting as you climb over 1,000ft in .25miles.

We summited and took it all in. No one else was on the ridge, just the wind and beauty! Coming back down was interesting as well with the steepness factor, but all in all it wasn’t bad.

Perfect start to my Birthday!!


Escape the crowds

The longer you spend in the backcountry, the more you crave solitude. While some favorite  hikes have become overpopulated, we look for places less traveled. A big part of refreshment comes from being alone in nature, no one else around.

I found this hike online, but found that it is not heavily traveled. We set out and found that it was quite difficult, finding the trail head. Once we found it, it was our own private hike the rest of the day.

We neared tree line and the clouds started rolling in thicker and heavier. Though we did not make our destination, we enjoyed the quiet beauty of mountains looming above and valleys full of wildflowers.

Perfect date day, if I do say so myself. Once the school year returns, I’m really going to miss these times, however I’ve been soaking them up this summer and very thankful for the time we’ve had.

What do you like to do for date days? Do you prefer populated trails or solitude when you hike?

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Vallecito Fireworks

Vallecito has always been known for their fireworks show, a day or two before the 4th. In the nearly 10yrs I have lived here, I never made it up that way. Now that we live in that direction, it was time!

Being a newb, I totally picked the wrong side of the lake to be on, however there were hardly any people and it was a very peaceful spot. Because of our location, the fireworks were not impressive, however just laying in the hammock together made for a perfect evening.

Perfect Spot
Love just being together
Amazing Fog from the earlier storm
It does not get much more peaceful than this
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The show