How To, Lists

Backpacking 101

Well, we just officially cancelled our Memorial Day plans, and I know I'm not the only one who's had to do that. So for now, I'll be desperately clinging to the hope that things will open up enough in the next month that we can hang onto the rest of our summer camping reservations and… Continue reading Backpacking 101

About me, Lists, Travels

Handstands: the A-Z Edition

We all know I'm obsessed with lists. But present circumstances have made my travel to-do list a little depressing; it's not getting any shorter, and my 2020 list of accomplishments is not getting any longer. But then I stumbled across a handful of A-Z travel lists here on WordPress and decided to jump on the… Continue reading Handstands: the A-Z Edition

How To, Lists

A comprehensive guide to winter hiking

I never really gave any thought to winter hiking until we moved to Denver. I'd been snowshoeing twice, but that's about it. Here in Colorado, though, there are some truly stunning winter hiking opportunities, so we decided to tackle a new challenge. Before heading out for a hike in winter conditions, there are some additional considerations that aren't a typical part of summer hiking. With lots of help from other people and some of my own research, I've gradually acquired the knowledge and gear necessary to stay warm and safe while winter hiking. That's what I'd like to pass along to you today. We'll talk about necessary and optional gear, choosing an appropriate hike, and what to expect when you're on the trail.

About me, Lists

Goals for 2020: #OptToAct Challenge

I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. I've always disliked the mindset that January 1st is the only time to make a change or start developing new habits. I know the arbitrary date marking the beginning of a week, month, or year might be a good motivator for some people, but I've never been… Continue reading Goals for 2020: #OptToAct Challenge

About me, Colorado, Lists, Travels

A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019

Historically, I've wrapped up each year with a summary of our annual highlights. I'm going to do the same this year, but with a little twist. In 2019, for the first time ever, I participated in the 52 Hike Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like: the challenge of completing 52 hikes in 52… Continue reading A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019

Central America, Lists, Travels

Bucket list adventures: zip lining in Costa Rica

I don’t even remember when I first decided I wanted to go to Costa Rica. It’s been high on my list for a long time. All I know for certain is that many years ago I learned it’s possible to go zip lining through the rainforests of Costa Rica, and it’s been on my travel… Continue reading Bucket list adventures: zip lining in Costa Rica

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

A while ago, I wrapped up a seven-part series on the state parks of Connecticut. And while the parks were my most common destinations, I also explored lots of other areas of the state from time to time. So, as somewhat of a wrap-up of the 6 years I spent calling Connecticut home, here's a… Continue reading 25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

East Coast US, Lists, New England

A Taste of Connecticut: Beer Edition

I didn’t used to like beer. At all. But somewhere along the way, as everyone always told me I would, I acquired a taste for it. People keep telling me that about wine, too, but that’s not going so well. But somehow I’ve turned into a total beer person. Pat’s dad and stepmom also enjoy… Continue reading A Taste of Connecticut: Beer Edition

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Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018

People travel for many reasons, and one of the most common reasons is to experience other cultures and learn about the world. I've always said that’s one of the reasons I travel, too, but the truth is that I’d never left North America before this year. The closest I’d come to experiencing other cultures was… Continue reading Travel Lessons I Learned in 2018

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Diana’s Best of 2018

I know, I know. Another one of those pesky end-of-the-year lists. You’ve probably already read 1000 of them. But as a lover of lists and perpetual list-maker, I can’t pass up the opportunity to hop on the bandwagon once again this year. While my 2017 list was a summary of a somewhat low key travel… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2018