24 hour backpack trip!

At 3pm we get in the car and drive to the Angeles National Forest. We get to the parking lot by 4:45pm after a quick stop for gas and beer! Then we start the hike 5 miles down to the West Fork Campground. Don thinks it’s cool to hike in the dark, but I’m just worried that we’ll get lost. …

Rainier

I left Portland on Tuesday and headed further north. Along interstate 5 I see a sign for Mt. Rainier National Park and think, “That sounds awesome.” So I ditch the original plan to go to the Olympic National Park and take the exit for Rainier. Of course a mountain is always far away, so I drive and drive and finally …

The Ferns

After the redwoods I hiked up the beach to Fern Canyon. Unfortunately I got lost. Basically I hiked too far and missed Fern Canyon completely because I lost track of time and just kept walking into the horizon. Now I understand how easy it can be to get lost in the desert. Everything looks the same. To add to it, …

The Redwoods

Losing my mind was part of the plan. You have to find and understand the dark parts in order to feel whole. One habit I am understanding better is my need to always be doing something. My craving for activity, accomplishment and doing. Doing, doing, doing. Going, going, going. I think this stems from not being satisfied with my present moment. Specifically …

Alone but not Lonely

A day after reaching Yosemite I went to the wilderness office to find a two day hike to somewhere beautiful. The ranger helped me settle on a one way route starting at May Lake and ending in Tuolumne Meadows. Finally! My first backpacking trip since Mt. Whitney last year. I am not really a lover of hikes, but rather a …

Find the Awe in Anything

Last night Belinda came to town. We met up, had dinner, then teamed up with her urban photographer friend to wander around and shoot photos. She said she would take us to the tunnels and everyone got excited. I was excited too! “Wow there are really cool tunnels in LA that I’ve never been to,” I thought to myself. So we …

Feel the turn

“I like to practice carving. Feeling the turn out and following it.” Alan told me this. And I felt the universe pushing me forward. Enjoy the little things, it said. After my first 2 seasons of snowboarding, riding down the mountains became monotnous. Over the last 4 years, my snowboard has seen fewer and fewer days, but the el nino in …

Just live in the Present

I’m a forward thinker. Often I am thinking ahead so much that I miss out on enjoying the present. After years of trying to change this habit, I think I can finally say I am making progress. The first year, I tried gentle reminders – inscribing a mantra on my Road ID, quote magnets, etc – these didn’t really work. The …

2016

Here we go. Head first.