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.
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
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
As a perpetual vacation planner, it’s probably not terribly surprising that I started planning Colorado adventures months before our arrival in Denver. Nothing too in depth, because reality forced me to balance adventure planning with job applications and apartment hunting and the like. Nevertheless, I decided early on that we were going to spend as… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Gem Lake
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
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
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