Hiking the Indian Peaks Wilderness exceeded expectations. This is my fourth backpacking trip and I’m finally getting the hang of it. Three years ago, I carried waaaaay too much when backpacking to Sawtooth. I needed help lifting my pack to my shoulders and taking it off. I resembled Cheryl Strayed in Wild, who carried, Monster,… Continue Reading →
Backpacking takes camping to another level. Click for a hike and loads of photos of Jasper and Devil’s Thumb Lakes in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Colorado!
Last year, our 4-mile Colorado backpacking adventure turned into eight very long treacherous miles to Sawtooth Mountain and Coney Lakes in the Rocky Mountains. We made it just in time to pitch a tent and make dinner before night descended. Believe it or not, I looked forward to another. This year, the 2.4-mile hike to… Continue Reading →
When the opportunity for a backpacking adventure in the Rocky Mountains arose, my thoughts raced back in time to when I hiked with a group of friends from Snowmass right outside of Aspen. My girlfriend had pointed to the peaks way out in the distance and said, “That’s where we’re going.” I had laughed. We… Continue Reading →
Last weekend, I went backpacking and was haunted by the trees. On Monday, I started writing another creepy tale. Click for the photos that inspired me!
When we headed up to Brainard Lake for a picnic and a hike, it never occurred to me that I would make a beautiful discovery. I had to share my photos with you. The overcast skies and heavy air felt more like Wisconsin, than Colorado. Thunderstorms predicted in the afternoon didn’t stop me from grabbing… Continue Reading →
Colorado is on fire. With four fires burning, so little contained, and smoke rolling in from California, the haze has become thick. Click for photos!
I haven’t camped for a long time, so when the opportunity arose and my husband and I had a free weekend, we pulled out the camping gear, shook off the spider webs and headed for Turquoise Lake near Leadville, Colorado. This shot was taken when we camped on a regular basis, back when my kids… Continue Reading →
Although I am blessed, the holidays can be a crazy stressful time for me. There have been some years when all the decorations came right out the twenty-five boxes and were hung or placed with ease, the cards created and sent in a couple of days, and shopping finished so early, I wrapped presents and… Continue Reading →
I planned to try AT-skis (all-terrain) and backcountry ski to Francie’s Cabin, four miles from Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s one of the 10th Mountain Division huts. It would be a winter backpacking adventure in a snowstorm! Then I broke my big toe. I didn’t break it by heli-skiing, polar plunging, or backpacking in the wilderness. Nope…. Continue Reading →