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Two and a half months in

Two months plus change on the road. In some respects, it was about what I expected in my dreams leading up to the momentous change. In a lot of other respects, not at all. So far, I’ve adventured all around the West, mainly sticking to sunny Las Vegas, balmy Southern California, frigid Iowa, and recently snowy […]

Taking off!

Getting Out The Door

The hardest part of any adventure is the first step. I can’t tell you how many times I have planned a climb or hike, done meticulous research about what to expect on the trail, and bought and poured over maps in preparation.  But then when I get to the trailhead and throw my pack on, […]

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A terribly grand time on the Wonderland Trail, Sept 14-15th 2013

The Wonderland Trail.  Since I moved to Washington, this has been the one goal that was most important to me.  I had climbed Rainier a few years before and encircling the mountain seemed absolutely impossible.  Yet, still, the thought lingered.  Initially I thought I might do it in four days, with a dedicated support crew. […]

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Chasing The Wonder, The Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier, you sexy gal. Living and working in the Seattle/Tacoma area, it seems I am constantly turning around only to run into you sitting there staring back at me.  You surprise me, but don’t say anything, just tempting me to come say hello.  From the very first time you caught my eye in 2008 […]

We broke $20,000!

Unbelievable!  Almost two months since the start of RAGBRAI, we have broken the $20,000 threshold.  In fact, the actual amount sits at $20,139.  At the beginning of this adventure, I never would have imagined we could raise this amount of money to help support the Iowa Veterans Home.  It was an incredible journey and I […]