should I stay or should I go?

Life is all about choices. We face countless decisions every day. Some of them are trivial. At a wedding reception: will it be chicken or fish; red or white? At the gym: will you take a group class or do your own thing? Others may have a bit more consequence. In a rush hour traffic jam: do you stay…

antelope canyon, az

Moments after Mr. Enthusiasm joined me in the parking lot at the Bright Angel Lodge, we departed for Lake Powell. I was hungry and cranky after my 19 mile trek from the South Rim down to the Colorado River and back, but he suggested we just suck it up and push on so we could…

climbing up and letting go

It’s Thursday and I’m in the throes of a crazy Rim to River (and back) day hike at the Grand Canyon.  In preparation for today’s madness hike I did a training hike at Mt. Charleston this past Monday – Memorial Day. I scrolled through old posts to see if I had written about hiking this trail before –…

have I mentioned how much I hate snakes?

Sunday should have been a great day. I had just accepted an offer from my new employer, making Sunday the last day of my life of leisure, and wanted to celebrate by doing something fun. I planned a trip to Cathedral Gorge State Park. It should have been a great day. The Snake had other plans. I wrote, in Monday’s post, about how…

turtlehead peak: red rock canyon / round 2

Long-time readers may recall the first – and only other – time I hiked Turtlehead Peak back in March 2013. This hike is generally thought of as the most difficult at Red Rock Canyon due to both the terrain and the elevation gain. I vaguely remembered how challenging the hike was, but couldn’t really recall the…

the beauty and fury of mother nature

The Saturday before Christmas started out beautifully. The air was crisp, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Just cold enough to bring that rosy glow to your cheeks, the kind that makeup just can’t reproduce. Local weather teams had been forecasting ‘the ice storm to end all ice storms’. Best estimates had it hitting the Toronto…

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,…