climbing up and letting go

It’s amazing that I managed to stay away from the mountains for two full days after arriving in Vegas late last Tuesday night. I chalk that up to a mild case of post-traumatic stress disorder, courtesy of fried and scrambled brains served up during the preceding 3 day road trip in the convertible. On Friday morning I…

just pay attention; that’s what he said

Thanks to Facebook, I recently read about and saw pictures of some cool hikes that my hiking guru, TJ [the hiking program director at Fitness Ridge Malibut/Biggest Loser Resort] had recently completed. They seemed pretty challenging. I told myself that I, too, was up to the challenge. Even though I wasn’t 100% sure that I was. Mr. Enthusiasm and I were…

unraveling [fears] with the mummy

I was supposed to have posted about my Mummy Spring Trail hike last Friday. As usual, time got away from me. And now I have two more posts brewing in my head, based on my 3-day mini vacation in Big Bear Lake. I see a lot of writing in my near future. Time to grab some more…

Mary Jane, Landon and I, bonding on the mountain

The first [and only other] time I attempted the Mary Jane Falls hike, in the Spring Mountains of Nevada, was in November 2011. The hike itself was beautiful, but I felt like such a failure, huffing and puffing as I struggled to make the ascent, that I guess I’ve been too afraid to try it…

get out of your head and onto that mountain

I arrived into Vegas mid-day on Wednesday this past week, but a migraine that grew progressively worse throughout my two flights knocked me flat on my back the minute I walked into the condo. My hopes for a hike on my first day back were quickly filed away for another day. Thursday came and went so…

the reluctant hiker becomes enthusiastic

A reluctant hiker no more …introducing: Mr. Enthusiasm! Apparently I touched a bit of nerve with my previous post about hiking, where I referred to my husband (and hiking partner) as “reluctant at best”. Don’t get me wrong, I am very, very grateful to have someone to hike with. And, I can tell you that…