Mt. Whitney

Over the weekend we  spent two days summiting Mt Whitney. Two days of hiking all day, hanging out and eating. Now I sit in front of my computer restless, introspective and starting on my second breakfast. Briefing. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in all of the contiguous United States, standing at 14, 505ft. Saturday, we backpacked 6 miles starting at 8,500 …

Ramble Post – Burning Man

It’s time to ramble. The playa was an experience of good and bad that I will never forget. Wrapped up in all the art and frustration and tears there were also crazy dust storms and cold nights. There were also delicious meals shared by everyone at camp. It’s a wonder no one got sick. The dome was a beautiful sight …

The Burn

I went to Burning Man.  I went to Burning Man in hopes of finding an amazing and transformative experience. It was started maybe 30 some odd years ago as a popup community with no money, built on principles of non-judgment, inclusion, and gifting. Today it has evolved to be a major, organized event – allowing 70,000 people to come with …

non-surf day

A few months ago I picked up surfing and water sport thanks to my friends Carol and Mihai. Mihai, a self-proclaimed fish of the sea, and I made plans to surf this morning. 7am surf report said boring and flat conditions so we scrapped surfing for body boarding. We jump in the car and paid the parking fee only to …

Death Valley National Park, Surprise Canyon, Panamint City

Surprise Canyon This past weekend Brandon, Mihai, Albert, Trewdge, Lea and I drove up to Death Valley for a casual visit. We drove up to Novak camp at the base of the hike to Panamint City, passed out then got up the next morning for a good long hike. This time it was 5 miles but a strenuous 4,000 ft …

Escape to Lake Genevieve and Mount Baldwin

Escape! Sometimes you just need to get away, change your environment, do something new in order to move forward. What I’m finding out is that in California, a weekend trip can be like a mini vacation. Last Saturday morning Brandon, Eric, and I jumped in the car at 5am and drove up to the Inyo National Park, strapped our packs …

On Motivation

Do you ever go on a trip and when you get back you feel changed? Your perspective has widened or your ideas have turned a different direction. I took a week and drove up the PCH, hiked the Pine Ridge Trail, saw wild cormorants, and breathed the fresh Bay air. Somehow, someone, something along the trip gave me the motivation …

Cycle Oregon

Cycle Oregon was so many feelings: fear, excitement, calm, frustration, content, defensive, unsure, anxious, joyful, relaxing, sad and a little bit angry. Usually I blog about the physical challenges, times, conditions and compare myself to a previous me, but when I think of Cycle Oregon I don’t think of any of that. I think of the memories. I recount on …