Pancakes

A few weeks ago, we hiked to Pancake Rocks. Located about 45 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs on the west side of Pikes Peak. It was a beautiful day with few people on the trail, but we still carried our masks in our pockets to throw on as we approached other groups. The trail started…… Continue reading Pancakes

Hermit Trail

I tried to sleep at the trailhead after parking at 3 am, but all I could think of was whether or not there were mountain lions in the Grand Canyon. Sitting in my car, waiting in the darkness, I remembered that best practice was to never hike alone. I remembered that if you chose to…… Continue reading Hermit Trail

Ice…And Tequila?

Alternative titles, “The Big Ditch” or “The Grand Canyon”. Our trip down the Colorado River was years in the making, starting with a dream and a group of men, who were once boys at Colorado Mountain College together. As a kid, I got the chance to go on a couple of raft trips. The first…… Continue reading Ice…And Tequila?

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Home to dust, cacti, and rocks. Capitol Reef National Park is a little know plot of land stuck between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Canyonlands National Park. Southern Utah is filled with a collection of canyons and desert and starry night skies. This was our destination as we hit I-70 early one Saturday morning to…… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Escapades at the Polar Star Inn

Touch the sky.

We started off strong at the trailhead; packs strapped to our backs, skins on our skis, boots locked in. With one foot in front of the other we glided along the road, slowly climbed up into the trees and away from the car. The weather was prime, not too cold-not too hot, with the sun…… Continue reading Escapades at the Polar Star Inn

Max Patch Mountain

When I first realized that I wouldn’t be spending Thanksgiving with my family I decided I wanted to go camping. Lately, I’ve been using Instagram to inspire all of my adventures and I had seen pictures of this place called Max Patch. Not only does the name sound fun, but the photos people were posting were…… Continue reading Max Patch Mountain

Utah

We went to Utah for the mountains. Well, we got em’. Mountains were something that I could behold on a daily basis, they seemed incredibly normal and comforting to me, so it was cool to hear Madi and Haley comment on the magnificent glory of these silent giants. The way they seem to come up suddenly…… Continue reading Utah

20% Chance

On Sunday, Leah and I went hiking. We packed our bags with water, sunscreen, and bug spray. A quick check of the weather report revealed only a 20% chance of rain.   20% my ass.  We drove to the East Palsides Trailhead at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, paid the $3 for parking, and…… Continue reading 20% Chance