Walking in the Petrified Forest


“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No…

Being Present on a Peaceful Trail Ride


At the beginning of this year, on January 1st, I went on a trail hike with my friend Adrienne. We talked about the goals we had for the year and what things we wanted to try. Among the many activities I had hoped to do, horseback riding was one. I’ve never been horseback riding and…

Five skills I learned while training to be a Whitewater Rafting Guide


This experience has helped me to relax, calm down, and just breath. Because there’s nothing like floating along and seeing waves as fun. The first few times I looked at those waves, I was terrified. I thought I’d surely fall out of this kayak and then never get back in and have to ask for help.  But that didn’t happen. In fact, I was surprised at how forgiving the kayak was, and at myself, for doing this. I was kayaking in whitewater!

Austin Adventures, Part 3: Facing Fear


Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. When I started traveling earlier this year, I decided that each trip would include something that pushes me past self-limiting beliefs. This is the third part in my Austin Adventures series, check out Part 1 &…

Denver Experience, Part 1


“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” As I walked on the gravel trail through City Park in Denver, I thought about how I got here, to this amazing and vibrant city. The air was different in Denver, and I was different, I was so excited on the plane because I knew I’d meet…

Discovering Adventure & Strength while Kayaking in the Susquehanna River


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca It started as a calm, breezy Sunday evening. After a very productive weekend of household chores, writing, and journaling, I wanted to enjoy the remaining few hours of the weekend out on the river with a friend, relaxing in a kayak on the…

Learning History on Gravity Trail


“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” ― Seneca On my 30-something birthday I continued the tradition I started last year, to get outside and go for a hike. Unlike last year, this time I went hiking alone. I traveled to Gravity…