The way is always up…the Tour du Mont Blanc

It was evident by morning #3. We would get up in unison, as multiple Garmins and phones chimed, every morning at 6am. Breakfast was normally at 7am, which in France always consists of fresh baked bread, apricot jam and so much butter. Then we would look for the route. It doesn’t take long to realize …

Continue reading The way is always up…the Tour du Mont Blanc

Can I really call myself a runner? (and how I found my mantra)

My love of running began several years ago when I finally found the right stride and strike that worked for my body. Everything changed that year, and running was no longer something that brought me pain and shame, but something that brought me freedom and opportunity. The freedom to get out on an open road, …

Continue reading Can I really call myself a runner? (and how I found my mantra)

And so the tradition begins…the Wreath Workshop with Twig & Vine

The Christmas wreath is rich in history, yet above all, it is universally known as a symbol of welcome, warmth and guaranteed hospitality. Displayed on the front door, or perhaps even above the hearth, it is a traditional centerpiece that brings a sense of sentimental reassurance each time our gaze falls upon it. From pine, …

Continue reading And so the tradition begins…the Wreath Workshop with Twig & Vine

Emergency preparation for EVERY hike

Being a 911 dispatcher gives a raw view on life, as we are presented with every kind of unexpected and terrifying situation a person can find themselves in.  One of the more common calls we get, especially in the Pacific Northwest which is abundant in extraordinary mountainous terrain, is for Search and Rescue. Sometimes its young hikers who are …

Continue reading Emergency preparation for EVERY hike

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Off the coast of southern Oregon, near the town of Florence, the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse continues to shine her brilliant golden light on the big blue beyond.  Despite being unnecessary due to modern advances in navigation, she still persists, every night, reminding us of a simpler, although certainly not easier, way of life. I love light houses. I didn't realize …

Continue reading Heceta Head Lighthouse