Hike 20 of the #52hikechallenge: Mount Monadnock

Two years ago, Mt. Monadnock kicked my ass. So, when a break in the heat was forecast, and with an office-mate eager to join, it only seemed fitting to try again. We set out “early” from Boston, in an effort to beat what we knew would be big crowds. We only marginally succeeded, but onContinue reading “Hike 20 of the #52hikechallenge: Mount Monadnock”

Hikes 18 & 19 of the #52hikechallenge: Dogs rule

I won’t lie – it’s getting tougher to find inspiration for the #52hikechallenge these days. I am longing for a trip where I can pack 3 or 4 hikes into a couple of days; I’m longing for a trip that takes me to canyons and mountain lakes and waterfalls. But, my work schedule and someContinue reading “Hikes 18 & 19 of the #52hikechallenge: Dogs rule”

Hikes 16 and 17 of the #52hikechallenge: Family time

A recent visit to see my new nephew, followed by a parental invasion, led to adding two more hikes to my list. Though they were far from my most challenging, of course I included them, because I got to share love of being outside with the people that matter most to me. For those whoContinue reading “Hikes 16 and 17 of the #52hikechallenge: Family time”

When you have no choice but to go slow: #hike14 of #52hike challenge

All around me, everything is changing…fast. Once spring arrives, it passes in what seems like a blink. My friends’ kids, whom I knew when they were in elementary school, are suddenly going to prom (and college, but somehow prom is more disconcerting). New jobs, new babies, new marriages, new cities, new adventures…it seems like everyone I know isContinue reading “When you have no choice but to go slow: #hike14 of #52hike challenge”

Day and Night Snorkeling…in whatever body you have

Before I left for my Hawaii trip, I did some online swimsuit shopping. One of the many companies I explored had a line of copy that stuck with me – “the best beach body is the one you have now.” What bulls#!$, I thought. That was obviously written by someone who’s only body image concernContinue reading “Day and Night Snorkeling…in whatever body you have”