Tag Archives: Hiking

“Wilderness. The word itself is music.” ~ Edward Abbey

  REI’s #OptOutside campaign is brilliant. It’s brilliant because regardless of how individuals ultimately decide to spend Black Friday, it aims a spotlight on the value of the natural world to our well-being, both personally and as a collective. It’s brilliant because it’s authentic. I … Continue reading

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An introvert’s reflection on replenishment

Maybe we should bail on our hike I said to Rob Saturday afternoon. I was tired, have been tired, weary of too many plans, being on the go all the time, and it’s all good, but I was feeling cranky … Continue reading

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My Moab

The alarm went off but we moved closer together before leaving bed. A 4 a.m. rising is never easy, but it is easier when you are responsible for helping someone, and that someone is your significant other. I moved as … Continue reading

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Why We are Here: Two Weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park

The following essay was derived from my Artist-in-Residency in Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer of 2012. “Why We Are Here” has been entered into the park’s permanent collection and can be viewed at Moraine Park Visitor Center. Extraordinary experiences often … Continue reading

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Detour to Sprague Lake on a Tuesday afternoon: Looking for and finding Inspiration

  This post is a random rambling or glimmers of a gift I gave to myself yesterday. I was in need of inspiration and so I went out to find it. I thought I’d share with you, my fellow creative … Continue reading

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Why jump?*

There was no rule that said jumping was necessary. The jump was an additional adventure, a reward after a hike through the jungle. There were three ways into the mountain stream fed pool below: Zip line that dropped you into … Continue reading

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Bluebird day meanderings

We know spring will come again; it always does, but sometimes we need a day like today to provide proof positive. I woke this morning and thought I’d go on my usual trails for a run, but while walking the … Continue reading

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Emotional health and the outdoors: Words not necessary

Today the snow was packed underfoot and when we set out the sky was cloudy, but by the time we began to huff and puff our way up the hill, the sun was out. The air had that moist winter … Continue reading

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A few words about trees

I have a framed image in my bathroom that Janet gave me when I moved. The picture is black and white and it is of a single tree; the simplicity of the color and object saying, “I am truth.” Trees … Continue reading

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Nothing extraordinary…just waves galloping over ice and a bit of time travel

I watched waves gallop over the ice at Mills Lake on a late fall hike in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday. I listened to the wind, like giants rolling in the sky, moving so quickly that when I stood up … Continue reading

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