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When I started van life I had aspirations of doing much more writing than I have been. I also thought it would be fun to document all of my travels on video and share them with my friends and family and even strangers who are just curious about the lifestyle. I discovered very quickly that since I’m working a full-time job, often times 50 or more hours a week, staring at a… Read More

I’ve had this rattling around in my brain for quite a while now, and today I felt the need to write it down and share. Maybe you can relate, maybe not. Regardless, it’s been too long since I wrote in my blog and this seemed like too many thoughts to put into a social media post, so here goes nothing. I recently had someone reaching out asking me to share “the good… Read More

Because comes from the Middle English: from the phrase by cause, influenced by Old French par cause de ‘by reason of’ Why? This seems to be the quintessential question we all get asked… Every ultra-trail runner has heard it. Why trail run? Aren’t you afraid of tripping? Ultra what? Why go so far? Why would you do that alone? Why DO that to yourself? I even ask myself these very same questions…. Read More

There are endless loops in Mt Rainier National Park that will allow you some challenging day runs/treks and boast fabulous views. This 13.5 mile loop doesn’t warrant a long entry, but is certainly worth mentioning, and showing off a few photos of the lovely views that pop up here and there! The best route to take is clockwise, starting at the Kautz Creek trailhead. There is 4,000 feet of elevation gain on… Read More

Once again, we had multiple options for this day’s excursion. We had high hopes for a scenic loop in Mt Rainier National Park, but the weather seemed sketchy and we weren’t in the mood for the early morning rise that was needed to ensure we would have the time needed for the drive to and from the park. A closer option with fewer miles was a 13 mile loop that would take… Read More

We went round and round about this trip. Forty miles in two days along the magnificent Rogue River in Oregon… The last time I completed a long back-to-back trip was on the Eastern Loop on Mt Rainier, and I ended up injured for two months post-adventure. I had struggled with our previous trip on Silver Star (see previous post), and I hadn’t been able to train much due to my work being… Read More

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be able to test my technical skills over a mere 6 miles of the extensive Silver Star Scenic Area in southern Washington. Not only trail running skills, but driving skills as well! I’ve seen warnings written in trail reviews before regarding road conditions to the trail head, and I believe this is the first time I felt they were understated. I certainly put… Read More

Pensée: a thought or reflection put into literary form; an aphorism. I seem to have a lot of these type of thoughts lately. I am a 36 year old woman, live alone, have no children, and don’t even have a pet to care for. I love adventure running, backpacking, biking, healthy food and craft beer. There are many reasons for my current lifestyle, but that is a story to be told in… Read More

My last installment was speaking to my love for trail running, how it helps me on so many levels, and that I was curious how I would do in a half marathon I was considering to run in February. Two months later I’ve made time to write about that run, and what I learned from it. I purposefully didn’t sign up for the half marathon ahead of time because I really wasn’t… Read More

Nascent: just beginning, budding, developing, growing, embryonic, incipient, young, fledgling, evolving, emergent, dawning, burgeoning. This is the perfect word for me this past year. Yesterday’s run made me realize more than ever how far I’ve grown, developed, evolved, etc… etc… Not only physically, but as a human being overall. Sunday morning I was wondering… curious about how far I could run now. I’ve traveled some miles this past year (the most being 21 miles… Read More