We finally got to Denver for GABF! But before heading to town we did a morning hike in the Flatirons of Boulder. We figured it would be good to get in some exercise before the days of indulgence at GABF. As much fun as this festival is, I’m glad it’s only once a year!
August is always a busy month for me, and this year was no exception. After heading out on a bunch of trips I returned to a broken backend on this website. So, instead of writing about the trips I had to fix things. This is mostly a test post to make sure things are all A-OK again, and once I have the clear I’ll start working through all those trip reports I owe you!
New Gallery Design!
Last month, the service I use to host all of my photos (SmugMug) released a great new redesign. I finally took the time to tinker with it and turned it on for my albums. I’m not 100% satisfied yet but I’m getting there, and it’s a lot better than the older style which was looking outdated. I’m really excited about what I can do with my photo albums now. So head on over there and check them out! If you see anything wonky let me know.
My love for the outdoors came from an early age, thanks to family camping trips around the Great Lakes. My best childhood memories come from these trips, and they all involve my dad. Grilling steaks, pointing out the constellations, putting up with us annoying kids when he just wanted to take a nap on the beach. Love you, Dad, and thanks for the best childhood a girl who likes to play in the dirt could ask for!
It’s only June and I’ve already managed to squeeze in two overnight backpacking trips in Yosemite. I hope this is the start of a good season! In late April I backpacked to Rancheria Falls, and this past weekend I visited Ten Lakes Basin, a good overnight destination off of Tioga Road.
The conditions this year are extremely dry, so the conditions we experienced were closer to an average July than early June. Rangers had warned that there would still be ‘plentiful snow’ and that the lakes were still iced over, but having driven by the pass already over Memorial Day weekend I strongly suspected they were exaggerating. They were. We had a beautiful visit to the lakes with just enough snow to keep the beers cold.
Chad over at Anthrophisique is a fellow Evernote Ambassador and online fitness coach. I just published a post over on his site with advice about making the leap from day hiker to backpacker. You know me – I could have rambled on for hours about this topic, but I tried to nail the most important things to think about when considering a first backpacking trip. Take a look and let me know what I missed and what tips would have helped you on your first trip!
In addition to that post, I’ve been busy with planning a bunch of upcoming trips. Naturally this includes my summer Sierra outings which should take me up a couple of new 14ers this year. The spring doesn’t look too shabby either, with some kayak camping, thoughts of Shasta in the works, crawling around caves, and some peak bagging weekends to get those legs ready for the big ones. Trip planning is always a fun experience for me so I am really enjoying the hours with my nose buried in maps. I’m getting a lot more use out of Hillmap lately, and hope that it can soon replace my old NG Topo! entirely.
This is traditionally the time of year for resolutions and goal-setting, thinking of things we want to accomplish before we turn the last page of the calendar. But a blog post that has been widely shared among my network over the past week has made me pause from my planning and goal setting to reflect on those things that I have already experienced and accomplished. It’s called the ”Reverse Bucket List“, and I decided to write one of my own.
The experience of writing this list out brought a lot of smiles and happy memories to mind, so I highly recommend that YOU write your own! You don’t have to have a blog, just write it down on a piece of paper. Take a few moments to reflect on your accomplishments and meaningful experiences. Remember, you aren’t defined by what you HAVEN’T done, you’re defined by the years you’ve already spent here on planet Earth.
In the spirit of my recent post about the mapping tools that I use in my trip planning process, I’d like to do a few posts about how I go about preparing for a trip beyond the mapping component. I’ll be talking a lot about Evernote, the most useful application in my toolbox. This isn’t an outdoor application – it’s an *everything* application. It plays a central role in my trip prep, mostly because it plays a central role in how I run my life. If you’re not familiar with it, that’s okay – I’ll share plenty about it soon enough. (But you could go check it out).
Because of my die-hard dedication to this application that acts as my second brain (or backup brain, as I like to call it), I was invited to be a brand Ambassador. Basically, us ambassadors are simply enthusiastic users. There are small business ambassadors, productivity ambassadors, student ambassadors, crafting ambassadors, etc. Me? I’m the Outdoor Travel ambassador. We’re not paid, we’re not coached to say anything good (or bad) about the product, we simply exist to share our use cases and tips with the Evernote Community, much like we share knowledge about our specific areas of expertise through our own social media channels and blogs. In fact, I’m even an example in their newest iOS release…