Kissing a Camel in Jordan

30 facts about my life, mistakes, and triumphs

Warning: This is a personal post, if you’re not into that kind of stuff, pick one of my adventure inspired posts to read instead, I won’t be offended. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings It strikes me as odd that anyone would want to interview me. Yet, I’ve given two this …

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes - PHOTO: Alex Berger, Flickr

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela Fear is no fun. And learning to ski or ride for the first time, or leveling up to new a challenge, can bring it up. It doesn’t matter that a run is an easy green; if it’s new for you, …

Zion Shadow

Does life balance mean giving up my passion?

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.  ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 I’m dealing with a personal struggle. Sometimes a commitment to caring for ourselves means important things fall through the cracks. This month I’ve …

Geigerrig Packs by the Door

7 signs you’re obsessed with hiking

The first clue I had a problem was that, after two months, I hadn’t unpacked any boxes because I was waiting for a rainy day – not fully comprehending I had moved to a desert. Then there was the issue that I had no social life. After moving to Salt Lake City I noticed that, now that I had a …

Oneonta Creek Pano

Gratitude on the Triple Falls Trail, Oregon

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. ~ Albert Einstein A self-indulgent whim hit me and I hit purchase on a flight to Portland, Oregon. Thoughts of cooler temps and a visit to Columbia Sportswear’s headquarters filled my head. I’d seen photos of hikes in the Columbia River Gorge area and it looked surreal. On …