Switzerland Trail with the hiking honeys

When you are lucky enough to live at 8000 feet, just east of the continental divide, and are gifted with a perfect fall day for a hike, you stop to admire the beauty of nature. The juxtaposition of a bluebird sky and green-turning-to-golden aspens is not to be missed. Today is Rosh Hashanah, the JewishContinue reading “Switzerland Trail with the hiking honeys”

Mad Creek Trail Hike

I love hiking in the fall. The changing colors are Mother Nature at her best. Yesterday I went on the Mad Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs, CO for a lovely hike with an amazing group of Chicago women. We hiked to a historic barn and considered taking shelter there when the skies grew dark andContinue reading “Mad Creek Trail Hike”

Follow up to Managing Physical Pain

Two weeks ago I shared my thoughts on knee and shin splint pain leading to my decision to try acupuncture. The day after my first treatment, I felt considerably less pain but no increase in stability. Still, a marked improvement, making me feel good about my decision. I continued to wear my knee brace forContinue reading “Follow up to Managing Physical Pain”

Squam Lake Writing Retreat

A weekend spent in the company of other writers is enlightening. A weekend in a serene setting with a lake and a challenging hike to beautiful views is also lovely. When you are able to combine these two into the same weekend, you’ve really done something special. It’s thrilling to have casual time with otherContinue reading “Squam Lake Writing Retreat”

Bountiful Harvest

The joy that comes from eating what you’ve grown with your own hands and hard work, planting seeds, watering them, patiently waiting to see what will grow is a primal. Our vegetable and herb garden has been truly a magical part of our summer. Some of our plants were lost to rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunksContinue reading “Bountiful Harvest”

It’s the little things

There is a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I apply to my daily life: “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” Today while walking on the dirt roads that surround my house, as always I admire the big and small beauty around me.Continue reading “It’s the little things”

Managing physical pain

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” I’ve been struggling with a knee injury since February. My ski season ended sadly on 2/21/17. Some days I’m almost pain free. Other days, no amount of Advil, arnica, Icy Hot, and rest are enough. There are days where evenContinue reading “Managing physical pain”

Ten years

Ten years ago today, in an outlet mall parking lot, I met a man. It’s been a a roller coaster ride in every way imaginable. Full disclosure: I love roller coasters! What’s special? He makes me laugh every day and he knows how important this is to me. He says things just for the purposeContinue reading “Ten years”

Solar Eclipse

The 360 view from the highest point right by my house was the perfect place to watch the eclipse. There were some clouds, which interfered marginally with seeing the the entire eclipse but didn’t interfere with my enjoyment. The exquisite shade of orange as seen through my NASA approved viewing glasses, the changing image asContinue reading “Solar Eclipse”