Real Life Connections: Hell Hike and Raft

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the friendships I’ve made through social media are amazing. And it was social media that made the Hell Hike and Raft possible. It was an amazing adventure and I’m thrilled to have met everyone involved in person. Our online chatter allowed us to connect before hitting the trail but these real …

Journeys

On Monday I set off for the Hell Hike and Raft. After months of anticipation and preparation, it’s finally upon us. This type of travel is actually quite different for me and has set me out of my travel and packing comfort zone. Airline travel, backcountry hiking, and whitewater rafting are not activities I’m involved in all that much these …

The Art of Living

Dandelion in the Great Smoky Mountains

Today’s Postcard is inspired by two women I greatly admire. They both recently posted some wonderful thoughts on how they live their lives that resonated with me. They reminded me of something I often say that I feel I’ve lost sight of lately… that there’s an art to living. The important thing to remember is that art is subjective. And …

Setbacks and Denial

oregon sunset

So you know how I was feeling triumphant for having returned from The Pacific Northwest Tour sans major travel catastrophes for once. Other than feeling a little worse for wear, things went pretty smoothly considering the undertaking. The bad news is that I was wrong. I’ve been basking in a healthy dose of survival-denial in that I’ve been ignoring the …

Back in the Saddle

So the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about adventures completed and adventures to come. I’m guessing you probably won’t realize how these two intersect… and it’s not in a good way. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve been seeing my posts about getting out on the trails, upping my pack weight, and upping my distance while …

Sanctuary

Today I’m nestled in one of my favorite places in the world. It’s spring photography workshop time again at The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and I’ll be immersed in photography, the Smokies, and my Tremont friends for the next several days. I’ve written much about my time in the Smokies and this workshop in particular is a sweet …

Musings on Roadschooling…

Today I’m moonlighting over at Mommy Hiker with my thoughts on roadschooling with Fred and George. I hope you’ll go check it out and show Jen some love. She is one of my favorite outdoor moms and I’m so honored she’s allowed me to share our story with her readers. Memory lane… It’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane …

Forging Paths

I’m dipping into the deep well of Thoreau this week thinking about the paths we forge for ourselves, big and small, deliberately and inadvertently. I see the small paths as habits, the large ones as mindset. There are both positive and negative versions of these. Unfortunately, just like gaining weight is easier than losing it and spending money is easier …

The Danger of Strength

I know a lot of strong women. They’re amazing, inspiring, and downright impressive. Their example helps fuel my own strength. Most people consider me one of them. And I am, I suppose. In fact, my girlfriends call me One Tough Bitch, although I’m not sure that’s deserved. 😉 I think there’s a myth or, at the very least a misunderstanding, …

Status Quo

Camp Granola’s George turned 11 yesterday and on the heels of Wednesday’s #OutFam chat about transitions, I have to marvel at this journey. I’ve often said there’s no status quo with kids. Each stage brings its delights and challenges, none better or worse, just different. Certainly we adults have our stages and changes, but kids go through them at break-neck …