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October 2016: Have I Been Gone This Long?

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Dear Blog,

I’m sorry for neglecting you.  I got caught up in the thing called life.  Forgive me?

Sweet – so a catch-up is in order because my last posting was last year… like, the last quarter of last year, haha!

All is well!  Life is relatively grand.  I spent the holidays with my new family and learned many, many British Christmas traditions while introducing them to some of my American ones.  I’ll throw something up on that later, though as I’m sure most of you don’t care all that much.

I promised photos from Stourhead National Park which I visited with my partner during my time off that week in October, so here they are!

P.S. If it looks familiar, it’s because it was used for a few scenes in Pride & Prejudice.

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An Unplanned Adventure: Mount Baker

I had this great plan for getting up super early, pre-dawn-style, hopping a ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and adventuring through a trail system along a lake.  That didn’t so much happen.

Nature is Awesome - Tree Semi-circle - Mt Baker - Snoqualmie 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
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The Joy in Trail Names: A Hike Through Cunningham Falls State Park

In general, one can pretty much assume what kind of hike/climb/trek they’re going to have when they read the name of the trail they’ll be venturing along – at least within the States.  In this case, we chose Old Misery Trail.  Mmhm.Old Misery Trail at Cunningham Falls State Park - Maryland Continue reading

Angry Muscles, Three States in One Day, Brews, and More White Stuff

Sun reflecting off a creek in the forest of Bull Run Marina State Park, Virginia

Somehow I convinced myself that 45 minutes on the bike shouldn’t affect my morning hike on Saturday. I was very, very wrong. Continue reading

A Trail and Some Wildlife: C&O Canal National Historical Park (aka: the Maryland-side of Great Falls)

Billy Goat A Trail at C&O Canal Park

Billy Goat A Trail at C&O Canal Park

I’d like to give a wee shout out to the Tattooed Lady for her most stellar recommendation to hike Billy Goat Trail.  Ice, snow, a bit of a breeze, a mother load of rocks to scramble over, and one might just call this a killer day. Continue reading

Weather Forecasts Suck: Hike Through Bull Run Mountains

Ullr - Norse God of Skiing, archery, hunting, etc., etc.

Ullr – Norse God of Skiing, archery, hunting, etc., etc.

I was originally hoping to title this, “Snow Hike Through Bull Run Mountains”, but alas, the snow that we were promised failed to arrive Saturday, and what rolled through Sunday could be replicated by a five-year old throwing a handful of confetti.  Therefore, sad face 😦 Continue reading

Great Falls Hike (Mud, Heights, Weird Animal Likenesses in the Trees, and More!)

From the first overlook at Great Falls Park

From the first overlook at Great Falls Park

Finally!  After nine years -gag me with a spoon: cannot believe I’ve been in VA that long- I made it out to Great Falls Park for a hike/scramble/walk.  I’ve had people telling me it was beautiful, awesome, magnificent, etc.  I’m so glad they weren’t full of crap! Continue reading