Colorado, Travels

Colorado Day Hikes: Helms Lake

I feel very fortunate to be a member of the Colorado branch of Women Who Hike, as it’s the most active one. There are always people looking for hiking buddies and, because there are multiple ambassadors, hosted group hikes occur very frequently. I’ve been lucky enough to secure spots in a few of these hikes,… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Helms Lake

Colorado, Travels

Colorado Bucket List: Hanging Lake

There are a few things that, when you visit or live in Colorado, you just have to do. Some of them are silly and some of them are excessively popular and some of them are probably pretty cliché. But some of them are also on the must-do list for a reason. As Pat and I… Continue reading Colorado Bucket List: Hanging Lake

Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Gem Lake

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


Twelve – Hyalite Lake, Montana

Twelve. That’s the number of waterfalls we saw on the hike to Hyalite Lake. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember when I talked about Hyalite Canyon, located in the Gallatin Mountains of Montana. (And if not, you can read all about it here). From the main road up Hyalite Canyon,… Continue reading Twelve – Hyalite Lake, Montana


A Local Gem – Hyalite Canyon, Montana

I grew up in the best place. I know I’ve probably said that before, and I’m probably a little biased. But it’s true. Because just 15 minutes from my house is the entry to Hyalite Canyon. The canyon is named for hyalite, an opal-like mineral that is fairly abundant in the rocks found in the… Continue reading A Local Gem – Hyalite Canyon, Montana

Travels, US National Parks

Lots and Lots of Lakes – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part II)

There are roughly 200 miles (322 km) of hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park. I’ve hiked probably 20 of those miles. I have a loooong way to go, but I guess I have to start somewhere, right? Well if I had a choice, that somewhere would certainly be Jenny Lake. To camp at Jenny… Continue reading Lots and Lots of Lakes – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part II)


Up in the Mountains – Pine Creek Lake, Montana

Paradise Valley. Sounds like a place you’d like to be right about now, huh? I know I would. The Paradise Valley lies at the base of the towering Absaroka Mountains in southwest Montana, running most of the distance between the town of Livingston and Yellowstone National Park. Fun way to determine if someone grew up in southwest… Continue reading Up in the Mountains – Pine Creek Lake, Montana


Changing Times – Day hikes around southwest Montana

The summer of 2007 was a time of change for our family. My parents split up, so a family road trip wasn’t high on our priority list. Also, I was getting ready to head off to college so instead of a big two-week excursion, our summer was dotted with shorter trips – day hikes with… Continue reading Changing Times – Day hikes around southwest Montana

Canada, Travels

Vancouver Island, British Columbia (part I)

August of 2006 meant only one thing…time for our annual family summer vacation! This year’s destination was guided by the fact that I was considering college on the west coast and wanted to check out some schools. None of them were in Canada, so I’m not sure how my dad ended up choosing Vancouver Island.… Continue reading Vancouver Island, British Columbia (part I)