Friday, February 3, 2017

Yosemite Birthday Backpacking - Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne

Yosemite mountains

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. - John Muir

I decided this past year that for my Birthday I was going to celebrate by taking a kick-ass solo backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite places in the world and also where my ex took me on my very first backpacking trip for my Birthday a few years back that pretty much changed my life. I kinda decided to just drive up there last minute and figure out what route I was going to take whenever I got there or at least close.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NOLS and What It Meant to Me

This quote is one of my all-time favorites, from one of my all-time favorite movies and never did I feel its meaning so much as when I went on my NOLS course. As I explained in my Roadtrip to NOLS post I had completely changed the direction my life was headed and decided that leading backpacking/outdoor trips was the new trail in life that I wanted to blaze and one of my first benchmarks on that trail was attending a NOLS Outdoor Educator course for Backpacking and Rock Climbing. Doing this course was for me a journey, an adventure, a learning process, a growing ladder, a challenge, and a reward all rolled into one. I learned so much more than I thought possible; about the outdoors, the industry itself, about being a teacher, being a student, being a leader, being an active follower, and above all, just being. Throughout the course I also not only gained 15 new amazing friends that were/are on a similar journey of life that I am, but I also gained a better understanding of myself, and those two things alone made this course priceless.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mt. Whitney In One Long, Glorious Day

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. 
- John Muir

I felt like I was doing just that. I had arrived in the Whitney Portal area a couple days before and managed to get in a few wonderful, mind-cleansing hikes up to Kearsarge Pass and even up the Mt. Whitney trail a little to Lone Pine Lake before I was going to do 'the big one'. But the time had finally arrived, tomorrow was the day and the feeling in the stomach I'm sure is familiar to you; the day before visiting Disneyland, the day before starting a new job, the day before moving to a new city, etc… Whether it's from nervousness, excitement, fear, adrenaline, anticipation, energy, or a big ball of all of the above, the butterflies are there and they are having a party in my belly. I was going to hike to the highest point in the Continental United States (14,505ft.) tomorrow, and return all in one day, and it was kind of a big deal. Thirty thousand people attempt to get to the top of Mt. Whitney every year. Only 10,000 make it. I was determined to be one of the 10,000.
Mt. Whitney In One Long, Glorious Day - Pancakes -
Carbing up with the obligatory pancakes from the Whitney Portal Store
I had decided a year before that I wanted to hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney and I 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Roadtrip to NOLS

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis #fuel4play
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis
A while ago I decided to embark on a journey; a journey unlike any other I had done in my life. I decided that I wanted to take an Outdoor Educator course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). But this actually wasn't just a new adventure for me, it was truly a new direction in my life, and my career. Deciding to do this course was like turning around 180 degrees and walking on a completely different path, and it was scary, but hey, at least this one was dirt! 

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir

You see, I had previously been in the fashion industry, and that was my life. Fashion was what I knew, what I went to school for, what I moved to Los Angeles for, what was my passion, and what I thought I would be spending the rest of my life doing, that is, until I got my first tantalizing taste of the outdoors. My life went from fashion flash to a granola stash and the philosophy that all you need is less, and I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

11 Goal-Getter Tips for the New Year

Push yourself "11 Goal-Getter Tips for the New Year"
If you never push yourself you will never be better than you are today
It’s that time of year again; the New Year. A time where a lot of people around you, and possibly yourself included, will be making New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time to start powder fresh. A time of sparkly new beginnings, and also a time of ends to some hairy things we may want to forget, or at least push under the rug for a while. I really do love this time of year, to reflect on what I accomplished throughout the year, and also a very good practice to look back on things that I thought that I was going to accomplish and didn’t. Why didn’t it happen? Looking back at our failures we can sometimes learn even more than from our successes, and then
fix what didn’t work.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Believed I Could, So I Did

Sometimes the day that you push yourself to go harder and go farther than you have ever gone before is even better than the day you started.  For me it's such a glorious feeling so I really like to bask in it and roll around in it like a little puppy and let the feeling accompany me for at least the next few workouts if I can.  It happened to me today on my run, not so ironically after I had gone through so many motivational fitness posters on Pinterest last night that I was about ready to puke out rainbows with "you can do it!" blazed upon them.  I was looking and pinning away for so long that even I was tired of reading some of the same things over and over again and began to think that I could actually write these darn things.  I believed I could, so I did.  Bam.
"I believed I could, so I did"
I believed I could, so I did

Those words are so simple, but yet so strong and powerful and I was trying to think about them as I was reluctantly lacing my shoes to go on my run.  I had put it off till it was almost sunset……like I do a lot.  I think it's part due to the fact that I

Sunday, August 3, 2014

It doesn't matter how fast or how strong you go, just go!

It doesn't matter how fast or how strong you go, just go!
Just go!
Playing with food, fun, fitness and adventure,

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