Painting My Way West – Part 1: Idaho!

Our family recently returned from a 10 day roadtrip out West. Our last trip to Idaho to see the my Grandparents was in 2014, the kids were a lot smaller back then! This post is a memoir of our visit. Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 which will highlight our trip home through 4 National Parks and more daily watercolor paintings from the car.

Fall Camping in Iowa | Ledges State Park

Read about our trip to one of Iowa’s oldest and most popular State Parks - Ledges State park in Madrid Iowa! We followed the Fall colors, camped in the remote hike in campsites, cooked over the fire and managed to fend off some persistent and well-fed raccoons!

Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

...Oh girl dancing down those [snowy] and [icy] trails Take it hip to hip, rocket through the wilderness... -Roam, The B-52's Back from a Winter retreat with Thrive Women's Outdoor Adventures! We got close to a foot of snow in parts of Northern Wisconsin, played in single digit temps and had the trails to ourselves. … Continue reading Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

Escape to the Woods: Our North Shore Tiny House Adventure!

Im writing this on a gray Minnesota day, with a belly full of coffee and a Tobie's Cinnamon Roll as big as my head by my side.   Since returning from our Superior Hiking Trail 100 Mile Hike, I have been working on slowing down a bit and recalibrating.   Don't worry, I have some projects coming … Continue reading Escape to the Woods: Our North Shore Tiny House Adventure!

Belle Isle, Richmond Virginia

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 2 miles DIFFICULTY Easy, very accessible DATE  Jan 18, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat urban trail, accessible to all hiking and biking levels.  Sun! There’s something so lovely about witnessing the power of mother nature taking back her space with her vines, rust and ability to move just about anything she wants back into place.  I'm currently … Continue reading Belle Isle, Richmond Virginia

2017 Year in Review

On January 1st 2017, I started this blog, as a place to write about my outdoor adventures, learning experiences, failures and encourage others to get outside at any skill level. In 2017, I also challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, "Does this make me feel strong? Or will this build strength?” … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review

Live from New York, it’s Central Park!

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  October 13, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Beautiful views of the Big Apple, walking trails and happy dogs. Just got back from a quick work trip to Manhattan that included a hike through Central Park.  Being a Scout Leader and part of the 52 Hike Challenge has been such a great way to … Continue reading Live from New York, it’s Central Park!