Wonderfully White Winter in Washington!

I couldn’t pick a favorite photo from my adventure to Eastern Washington and up through Leavenworth, Washington this past week, so I thought I’d ask you (whoever you are): which of these is your favorite?

Frozen Snow - Rustic - Country - Snow Landscape - Winter Landscape - Pacific Northwest - Winter - Snow on Barbed Wire - Rustic Winter

Barn - Winter - Rustic - Washington - Columbia River - Snowscape - Landscape

Snoqualmie Summit - Washington State - Pacific Northwest - Trees - Winter Landscape

Snowscape - Winter - Snow on Trees - Winter - Washington - Eastern Washington - Spokane - Love Winter - Landscape

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

While everyone was taking the chance to #optoutside – something I do every Black Friday due to my extreme dislike of large crowds of insane people – I decided to check out a local Wildlife Refuge just down the road from my place.

IMG_20151127_160237 Continue reading

Oh, the Wonders of Wyoming!

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir

Landscape - Hike - Hiking - Scrambling - Grand Teton - National Park - Mountain - Mountains - Delta Lake - Lake - Glacial Lake - Turquoise - Water Continue reading

Utah: Mighty Moab

Back when I was a recalcitrant teenager living in southern California – I was angry having had to move in the middle of my Junior year from the lush, green and mountainous terrain of Washington to the brown…very brown valley of Temecula – I held a hatred of all things desert in my heart and mind.  All I saw was varying shades of brown.  In the mind’s eye of my teenage self, brown was a shade of evil and annoyance.  I did not see the amazing shades that could be cast across those browns and tans and reds by a rising or setting sun.  I did not see the power of the desert or the power of Mother Nature in a desert storm; in the survival of plant and animal life in something seemingly barren.  Oh, yes.  I was the angsty teenager who failed to see the beauty of the universe. Well, Universe, thank you for proving just how wrong that snotty teen was.

Dead Horse Point State Park - Canyon - Landscape - Photo - Photography - Utah - Moab Continue reading

Colorado: Two Hikes and a Setback

Dirt Road off the forestry road to White River National Forest - Vail Colorado - Painting - photo looks like a painting - nature - landscape

Colorado is beautiful, amazing, fantastic, gorgeous, and amazeballs (to steal the young people’s terminology). Continue reading

South Dakota: The Badlands are Bad Ass!

Just in case the title of this post wasn’t clear; I totally dug the Badlands!

Badlands, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, Off Path, Notch Trail, Off Trail, HIke, Hiking, Scramble, Scrambling, Explore, Exploring South Dakota Continue reading

When the Universe Trumps Your Wishes: Minnesota

I got trumped by the universe.  And that’s OK!

Baptism River, Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota, Fall, Sunlight, Outdoors, Hike, Explore, Solo Travel
Continue reading

September: A Change of Season in Line with a Change in Life

Moving to WA

By the time the Autumnal Equinox (aka: Autumn/Fall) begins on 23 September this year, I will be well on my way to Washington State! Continue reading