Category: Hiking

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The Stillness

Some of you are going to read this post and know exactly what I’m talking about. The rest of you are going to think, “Yep, this chick is nuts!” But don’t write me off just yet…  Gravel crunches beneath my tires in the Hume Lake parking area. I turn off the engine and sit for a minute to squelch my frustration. Today’s adventure plan … Read More The Stillness

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That Place

On each assignment, I search for That Place. It only has a few requirements.       It must be nearby.       It must bring me closer to nature.       It must allow dogs (I do make an exception to this rule when Rocky doesn’t travel with me.)       It must center me. Sometimes I’ll be almost through … Read More That Place

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Ancient Majesty

I awake to the sound of a light rain. I feel rested–recovered from my trek across the US. And now my mind moves on to the reason I made that journey.  There are so many things here in California that I want to experience. Is there a reason I can’t start now? Grocery shopping-done Car unpacked-done Pre assignment checklist – done I grab Rocky, … Read More Ancient Majesty

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Day 6: A Short Day

I’m up, but tired.  I start my day interviewing my neighboring camp mates. No they didn’t hear anything last night. No they didn’t come down to check on me. But the creeper will not ruin my day or my trip. I set out to explore Collosal Cave Moubtain Park.  I am to see a roadrunner.  I see some sort of orange ringtail critter. A … Read More Day 6: A Short Day

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Day 5: There and Back

 I am awake. And I’m excited, not just because of the amazing sunrise or the way the sun sets the mountains behind me on fire!        I am excited because today,  for the first time, I know where I am going. Years ago I visited Collosal Cave Mountain Park and fell in love with the surrounding desert, so when I realized that I could … Read More Day 5: There and Back

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Into the Clouds of Franconia Ridge

One of the things I love about photography is the way a single image has the power to spark a memory. That’s what happened to me today when I saw a picture of Franconia Notch. Its snow covered ridge rising above the vibrant fall foliage was different from the lush summer green that I remembered. Yet it held the same power, and the memory … Read More Into the Clouds of Franconia Ridge

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Treasure of The Beehive – Acadia National Park

I’ve been practicing a new skill. I’m learning to reach out to the world around me and embrace it. Which is why, after working the overnight shift in the ER, I wasn’t napping as I waited for my friend to join me at Acadia National Park. The sound of the crashing surf drew me down the stairs to Sand Beach. My face tingled in … Read More Treasure of The Beehive – Acadia National Park