An inspired adventure blog

An inspired adventure blog

For the doers, the dreamers, the trekkers

Have you ever met somebody and immediately had the sense that your life was about to be forever changed?  That was the feeling that I felt when my friend Diana Dunnell first e-mailed me.  We had never met in person - she only "knew" me via my blog, and one day - on August 11, 2016 to be precise - she decided to send me an e-mail with a few questions about fitness and healthy eating.  I can't describe what I felt that day -...

“This above all, to thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare One of the coolest things about being a part of an online community of adventurers is that I get to meet the most amazing people.  I wrote a message to friend the other day and these were my exact words in the message: It's funny, but I used to hate social media - I retreated from it for so long, but I am so grateful for it now and for the opportunity to connect with such...

“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” — Isadora Duncan I am so eternally grateful that I know what it is like to feel "stuck" in my life.  At the time, I hated it.  I was miserable, unfulfilled and sleep-walking through life on autopilot.  I made decisions based on what I thought I, "should do".  I didn't listen to my heart.  I recoiled in fear at the slightest tinge of discomfort and growth.  I retreated to "stucked-ness", even though every cell in my body was...

I am a complete and utter coffee snob.  I am the person who travels with a French press, because I refuse to drink, "sub par" coffee. What am I drinking right now??  Currently, I'm sipping on J5 Emperor's Espresso Blend. J5 Coffee is THE MOST ADORABLE little coffee shop in Leavenworth, Washington.  It is owned locally by a husband and wife, who also roast their own coffee.  My husband and I found this spot on our last trip to the east side of the mountains, and it...

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces, because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” — Yogi Berra Packing for an overnight trip can be intimidating.  When I first started backpacking, I was a compulsive over-estimator of how much food I actually needed to bring.  I packed my food out of fear, and I was usually dismayed when I returned to the trailhead carrying an extra 2-3lbs of food that I didn't need. After nearly two decades of climbing and hiking and backpacking, I'd like to think that...