Tripping in Oregon

After being stir crazy for a couple of months I figured it was safe to do an exploratory road trip with proper precautions. A friend had given me a Falcon Guide covering hot springs in the Pacific Northwest and I wanted to see how accurate it was. After doing a bunch of research (turns out [...]

Time for a Quarantini?

This section written last week (3/18): Monday when I picked my kiddos up from Boys and Girls Club I was told they are now limited to 50 people inside the building, 45 students and 5 staff. They are using a sign up sheet and a first-come-first-served policy for people needing child care. I opted to [...]

Stop the Insanity

I live near Seattle. Right now shit is a bit crazy. And I know normally I don't get super personal, but I'm gonna level with you guys. I am a single parent to three kids. Three beautiful daughters who have no school for six weeks. Which means six weeks of full time child care without [...]

Random Thoughts #2: Social Anxiety Meets Social Media

Other than a minute or two, I took the past few days off from social media. Yes, I did succumb to the temptation to glance a few times for a minute or two. I didn't feel like I broke any unspoken rules because it wasn't an intentional break. It was a necessary one. One that [...]

I Left My Heart at Big Heart Lake

My longest trip to date was this last summer. I had planned on two nights, visiting five different alpine lakes, and hiking around 25 miles. I had done lots of research on hikes within a few hours of my house that I could do in two and a half days, with some flexibility on length. [...]

Lookout Tower Preview

Heybrook Lookout My 40th birthday is on Monday. Let me repeat: my 40th birthday is on Monday. I thought a quick sunrise hike this morning would give me time to reflect on things and center myself a bit before celebrating for the next few days. It has finally been sunny in Washington after a very [...]

Random Thoughts #1

I'm new to this blog thing. Forgive my writing style and the composition of my pages. I'm learning. Learning how to stylize, how to compose, how to even build a blog in the first place. And I'm dusting the cobwebs off my long-unused writing skills. I'm a newbie. So I ask for patience, understanding, and [...]


I had seen on Instagram so many pictures of southern Utah and absolutely fell in love with how beautiful it seemed. I realized there are quite a few national parks all within a few hours' drive of each other and decided I HAD to figure out how to get down there and explore. Once my [...]

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