Solo snaps: A cold sunset, a year later

NOTE: I started this post nearly one year ago. I have not hit publish on it, because, frankly, I felt some embarrassment about some of the emotions and reactions I described. They seemed foolish upon reading, and it’s hard for me to seem foolish (even though it happens quite a lot!). But a lot hasContinue reading “Solo snaps: A cold sunset, a year later”

Throwback Thursday: Dusk hike to Grotto Falls, #hike30 of the #52hikechallenge

How far we’d come…how far I’d come in the years since we started these adventures, that I was actually planning on and really looking forward to a hike up a hill in the dark.

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”

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”

Sometimes hikes just aren’t awesome: #hike8 of the #52hikechallenge

Hang out on instagram with the hiking community enough, and you might think we all tramp around through pristine nature with artfully mussed ponytails and impeccably coordinated gear and the perfect partner. I’m here to tell you it just ain’t so, folks. Sometimes, hikes aren’t awesome. Sometimes, they almost suck. I say almost because evenContinue reading “Sometimes hikes just aren’t awesome: #hike8 of the #52hikechallenge”