Portugal (57 of 87)

In my last post, I shared a bit about getting to, getting around, and where to stay on São Miguel Island in the Azores. But really, we all know you’re here for the good stuff – the hiking. Back when I was trying to figure out where to go this year, I only had one thing […]

Capelas Coastline

A very long time ago after a number of hilariously bad first dates, I made an actual list (yes, like on paper) of what qualities were important to me in a guy. At the very top of the list? Must be willing to travel and explore. Soon after, I met Rob… and the traveling began. […]

MerrickBackcountry (2 of 3)

For all the dog parents out there, I’m sure you can understand when I say that no two dogs are alike. My older boy, Yuri – a Siberian Husky, is a southern charmer who enjoys fluffy snow, soft grass, long hikes through the woods, ice cubes, and people food (french fries and pizza crust most of […]


For some time now I’ve tried to figure out what to do with this blog. Depending on the moment, I had contemplated everything from shuttering it altogether to entirely changing the focus. I didn’t know what to do and I was quickly running into an epic mix of burn out and writer’s block. It wasn’t […]

Gunstock Nordic

It only took 27 years, but I finally took a ski lesson this past weekend – albeit nordic instead of alpine. The world just isn’t ready for me screaming down a hill on skis, so we’ll save that for another time. This lesson was definitely a long time coming and it had to happen (seeing as […]

Franconia Ridge

I’ve mentioned before that my love of hiking is a pretty new found thing. I spent years dreading the miles due to sore legs and battered feet. I tried one pair of boots after another, but nothing could get me from “Why am I doing this?” to “When can we go again?”. On a whim and […]