get out of your head and onto that mountain

Originally posted May 13, 2013 – edited The mountains were calling. Mr. Enthusiasm suggested we check out an area just outside the Red Rock Canyon state park, an area called Calico Basin. I cautioned that my hiking guidebook didn’t list any trails for that area, so we’d be going in blind. He shrugged and told me to live a…

10k isn’t THAT far, right?

Saturday November 16, 2013 was a big day for me. It was my first time: my first ever 5k race. The experience was significant for me. <– No, that’s a gross understatement. Running that 5k had a profound impact on my psyche. The truth is, for my whole life I believed I couldn’t run. I actually believed I was physically…

calico tanks: red rock canyon

The moment I realized I would actually meet my goal of 365 days of sweat in 2013, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate. I would return to Calico Tanks, at Red Rock Canyon, on the first day of 2014. This is the place where I kicked off My Year of Sweat on Jan 1, 2013. I couldn’t have written a…

owning it

After a long travel day Tuesday, I awoke bright and early Wednesday morning to start my 47th year at my home away from home in Vegas. When Mr. Enthusiasm asked what I felt like doing for the day, my immediate response was HIKING! With the whole government shut-down nonsense still going on, Red Rock Canyon…

hello 47!

Happy birthday to me! Today I enter my 47th year on this planet, and as I enthusiastically wave goodbye to 46, I share with you 46 random thoughts. Some are lessons I’ve learned along the way, some are things I hope to do for the first time [or more consistently] during my 47th year. And some are, well… just…

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…