Category Archives: Hiking

Kate Spade and Pure Grit

When I opened the trunk today to organize the contents of my life in a Chevy Aveo, I saw a perfect vision of paradox. The items in my vehicle were selected carefully and with great consideration; having no known place to live when they were packed I chose the things I knew I’d use, the things that would make me feel the most comfortable anywhere I ended up, and the tools/gear I’d need to do what makes me me. Continue reading Kate Spade and Pure Grit

Chambers Lakes, Sisters Wilderness, Oregon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAugust, 2008 – Indian Paintbrush in the foreground, South Sister in the background. My first 20 mile overnight backpacking trip. Thank the gods I was with a geologer/experienced navigator. In addition to keeping us on course when no trail existed, she introduced me to the importance of triscuits and string cheese AND whiskey when backpacking in the Cascades. Shout out to you Kathryn Watts! xo!

Once Upon an Amtrak

On the Train to DC

You know by now how I love trains and planes and buses.  With a similar intensity but parallel fashion to how I love moving between spaces on my own two feet. I’m stoked right now to be on board the Amtrak, departing Richmond and destined to arrive in DC in 2 hrs 21 minutes. I’m ok if it takes longer. Continue reading Once Upon an Amtrak

Anniversary

BLACKROCK HUT, Shenandoah National Park, Appalachian Trail

It has been one year since I set out on my grand Appalachian Adventure.  It’s hardly believable that so much time has passed, and also how (in what ways) the time has passed. Continue reading Anniversary

This Hiker’s Journey – On Sacrifice, Wellness, and Genuine-ness

Right now I’m reading about the effects of nightshades on individuals with autoimmune disease or otherwise compromised immune systems. For several months a little voice has been telling me to consider the nightshade family as a culprit, but my love for all things tomato and pepper related has not allowed me to seriously allow the prospect to become even a mental possibility. Just can’t wrap my head around no more stewed tomatoes. Salsa. Stuffed peppers. Babagannoush. Did I say stewed tomatoes already? Holy hell what would I do without them?!! Continue reading This Hiker’s Journey – On Sacrifice, Wellness, and Genuine-ness

My Lover the Tulip Poplar – Rock Creek Park, DC

The Tulip Poplar’s trunk holds me from behind, like a strong man with his arms around me, giving me a safe place to relax into my connection – right here, where the trunk meets the Earth, at that place where it goes deeper; where foundation transitions to roots. I can lean all the way into him, and the embrace is so perfect that I can freely use my arms and hands to write;  I could rest my head against the bark and fall asleep; I could eat, or pray, or swat mosquitoes.  This man has no reason to restrict my movement, to make me stay or force me to leave…my body sits on the Earth and rests on her masculine, upward manifestation, this here Tulip Poplar. Continue reading My Lover the Tulip Poplar – Rock Creek Park, DC

Anxious in Oakland…Jack London Square

Oakland, California, March 12 2015

Music – Ganesha Mantra (He’s the Hindu god who removes obstacles – much needed now)

Ever since I landed in California a week ago, I have constantly had to be on the rebound from one giant obstacle or another. I kinda feel like one of the Mario brothers in one of those castles – in a full sprint and feeling awesome about tackling whatever is coming and then SLAM! A giant wall of stone falls from out of nowhere and blocks my passage with the full intent to smash me to bits. Luckily I haven’t been smushed, and the stone slabs are more like hard rubber. Hard enough leave me jarringly disoriented but rubbery enough to bounce me back and force me to keep going (when in reality I sometimes I just want to be ‘Game Over’). Continue reading Anxious in Oakland…Jack London Square

It’s Always Sunny in…Arizona

While I love that Virginia has 4 distinct seasons, each one with its own vibe and feeling both outdoors and in, the dreary East Coast winter has really got me craving some warmth. Rather than focusing on its absence and the possibility of 4 more inches of snowfall, I’ll just share some pictures from my days living in Arizona. Where it is sunny and you adventure in some part of the state for more than 300 days of the year. That kind of sun exposure overwhelmed my senses and made me a little more than manic, but the pictures from my past take the chill of my bones and my heart. Enjoy a few Sonoran views with me…(featured image is a view of Watson Lake in Prescott)

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Sonoran Sunset…from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
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Sunny mood inspiring St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum. Flagstaff
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Devil’s Bridge. Sedona
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Prickly Poppy, Argemone mexicana. Agua Fria
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View of Weaver’s Needle from Peralta Canyon
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View of Oak Flat and canyon area from a nearby ridge.
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View of some river delta…from a tiny Cesna airplane on the way to Lake Havasu
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Saguaro and the Valley of the Sun, view from the Hieroglyph Trail in the Superstition Wilderness

Working Adventures

Yesterday I got to go to Roanoke, VA for work. I love that town. Really and truly love it. I think the people there are the nicest people in Virginia! It’s about 3 hours from Richmond, situated very close to the Appalachian trail, and as I drove the freeways to get there it was quite a nostalgic trip seeing signs for the trail towns I stopped in. Glasgow, Troutville, Daleville…I let my mind go back to those places and the very specific memories I have of each one. Scotto’s Pizza in Glasgow, taking a shower at the fire station in Troutville, buying new insoles and getting free coffee in Daleville. Just thinking about those days I can smell the smells, see the faces, retrace my steps. What an incredible journey I had. What an incredibly lucky human I am to have had that journey. I don’t know if I will ever be able to fully express the gratitude I have to everyone and everything that made it possible for me. Continue reading Working Adventures

Love the Appalachian Mountains? Love the Earth? Get Involved!

*Press Release from Richmond People’s Climate March – Please share on social media!*

Hello friends and earth activists,

Please save the date of February 23, 2015 for the Richmond People’s Climate March!  As the Virginia General Assembly begins to wind down, we want to meet our legislators bright and early to “Sound the Alarm” on climate change in the Commonwealth! We want them to know that we are awake and watching their responses to climate change!

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At a time when the world’s leading scientists have repeatedly stated that we must phase out fossil fuels within the next 15 years in order to mitigate rising sea levels and other effects of climate change, Virginia is doing less than the bare minimum to move us toward a sustainable future. With Dominion’s political influence at an all-time high, Virginia communities from the coasts to the mountain valleys are taking the brunt of Dominion’s greed and inaction.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will tear through generations of family homes and history, will increase the likelihood of soil and water contamination, gas explosions, and will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, our coastal communities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore are second only to Louisiana in vulnerability to sea level rise, and now may face the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling.

In the spirit of love, justice, and stewardship of our Earth, Richmond People’s Climate March is calling for leaders of our local faith communities to join us on Monday February 23 at 7am at the Virginia Capitol to sound the alarm on climate change and pray for the wisdom of our elected officials as they finalize legislation during the 2015 General Assembly session. In response to the growing global movement for climate and environmental justice, we must empower each other to create the changes we need. We are the joyous resistance!

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At 7 a.m. we will gather at the Capitol Bell Tower and then hold a multi-cultural, inter-faith prayer circle, inviting Virginia State legislators to attend as they arrive for work. We will then sound the alarm on climate change with the help of  indigenous drum circle, War Paint of Lumberton, NC as well as other cultural performances. Directly following the climate alarm, we will unveil to our governor and legislators,  “The People’s Preferred Energy Plan” calling for utility-scale renewable infrastructure, phasing out of dirty coal, and opposing fracked gas and oil drilling in our future.  We will then take a short march in the vicinity of the capitol to spread the message of climate awareness to the city.

2015 is poised to be the year that we collectively change the conversation on climate chaos. Last September, 400,000 people marched in New York City, carrying with them a wave of momentum that continues to this day. This is the momentum necessary to turn the tide, in Virginia and across the South. Please join us!

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Please forward to your network of activists and supporters. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Since its so early we are offering places to stay for out of town folks. Let me know if you need accommodations.  Hope to see ya there!

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In solidarity,

Richmond People’s Climate March