year two: keep on keepin’ on

I am way overdue in sharing my 2014 goals. Other than confirming that My Year of Sweat would live on [as a blog] into 2014, and that new goals would be set in the early part of the year, I didn’t get specific. I’m coy that way. Well, no, not really. True, I am a cheeky monkey,…

lessons learned, one sweaty day at a time

As 2013 comes to an end, so too does my 365 day challenge. On January 1, 2013, I declared my goal to work up an intense sweat each and every day of this calendar year. With just 4 days left, I feel confident enough in my ability to finish this that I’m willing to post a…

slowing the swinging pendulum

Below is a re-blog of my guest post on Kerry’s Winding Road. I know many of you did click over to read it on Kerry’s blog, but I wanted to also re-post it here for those who may not have made it over. Please don’t feel obligated to comment or like again. I just wanted to…

the mummy returns

Or, more accurately, I return to the Mummy. On Friday, my last full day in Vegas, I challenged myself to revisit an old friend, Raintree, a 3,000 year old Bristlecone Pine, who lives on the Mummy Springs Trail. The first time I hiked Mummy Springs back in May 2013, it was my highest peak to date,…

hiking: exercise, experience…or both?

My recent act of stupidity on the Trail Canyon hike got me thinking. Why is it that I try to race up to the summit when I hike? I read the guidebooks and reviews, and note their suggested completion time. And my immediate thought is, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s just the time to beat!”. Instead…

trail canyon: mt. charleston

Pleasurable, torturous…toh-may-toh, toh-mah-toh… Brian Beffort, the author of the hiking guide-book I use, Afoot and Afield: Las Vegas and Southern Nevada: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide, described the Trail Canyon hike as follows: “Trail Canyon is a pleasurable hike onto the slopes below Mummy Mountain…” Brian is a big fat liar. Period. Full stop. I should…

eye candy – Part III: Herman Lake, CO

My massive road trip finally wrapped up late last night, but thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled blog posts, I have one last bit of eye candy to share with you. 🙂 As a reminder, if you missed Eye Candy – Part I: Fletcher Canyon – just click here, or Eye Candy – Part II: Mary Jane Falls – click here.…

eye candy – Part II: Mary Jane Falls

Well, I’m still on the road, so here is the second of my pre-scheduled, mostly wordless, hiking stories-told-through-pictures. If you missed Eye Candy – Part I: Fletcher Canyon – just click here. 🙂 The star of today’s post is the Mary Jane Falls Trail at the Spring Mountains in Southern Nevada. I hiked it on Thursday (Aug 29th), my 3rd go…

eye candy – Part I: Fletcher Canyon

Since I’m now embarking on Road Trip: The Sequel, I thought I’d schedule a couple of quick & easy posts focused on some of the hiking I’ve done this past week in Southern Nevada. These posts are light on words but heavy on [hopefully] pretty pictures. My goal is to tell you a hiking story [mostly] wordlessly. Okay, maybe just a…

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…