The Importance of Good Trails

Heading into the outdoors is often not about survival situations, but instead about reconnecting with Mother Nature, enjoying the splendor of the mountains and finding peace and tranquility. Trails play a vital role in connecting communities with the outdoors in … Continued

Adventure of a Lifetime: Rafting the Grand Canyon with the Colorado Mountain Club

I couldn’t believe my luck! There was space for me and my husband, David, to join the CMC’s 2016 Grand Canyon hiking and rafting trip. You may not fully appreciate why I was so excited. These spots are hard to come by. People sign up years in advance and we snagged some of the last available spots.

The Map Diaries: A Visual Journey Around the World

When I trod the paths through nature’s greatest, I find places that eternally mark my heart, the places that change my very being and dictate the way I choose to live. They stay with me more vividly than almost any experience in the human spectrum. And the magnitude of this discovery keeps me forever plodding down Earth’s secret walkways.

So I’ve done some traveling with these two feet, and I’ve started to create a visual story using maps. Here is the beginning of my “Map Diaries”, a story I’ll keep writing for the rest of my life.

Catch a Spark, Fan the Flame: Discovering the Outdoors

Recently, a CMC member asked me how I grew to love the outdoors. After thinking about it, I replied: “I owe it to Mr. Payne, my high school cross-country coach.” That conversation got me thinking about other people who shared inspiration and encouragement: my college buddy who convinced me to go on our first backpacking trip together, a friend who invited me to go rock climbing, my supervisor at Outward Bound who challenged me to take up sea kayaking, etc. These people shared their passions with me and encouraged my life-long learning in the outdoors.

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