I’ve come down with the OR show crud (in my case, a head cold and luckily not the flu that’s hit a lot of others), but I decided to go on a hike today anyways. It was a leisurely ~8.5 mile loop in one of my local county parks. I thought I’d check out the…

After a night at the great campsite we found between the two Cowhole Mountain ranges (and just off the Mojave Road), we backtracked to the paved Kelbaker Road and headed south to large pullout on the right side of the road. Our destination? Kelso Peak. Why Kelso? For that matter, why the Cowhole ranges the…

I usually wrap up the year with Top Gear of the Year posts. But instead I find myself reflecting back on 2012 – goals completed, the adventures I had, and the people I had them with. Here they are, my top 10 moments, good and bad, of 2012. 10: Climbing desert peaks on New Year’s…

I always love to visit Uvas Canyon after the first few rains of the winter season. The waterfalls start running, and the damp air brings out the greens, reds, and oranges in the foliage. The forest feels primitive, like I’m lost in some kind of fairy tale forest (and near the bad queen’s castle). After…

A couple of weeks ago my husband stumbled across a great SteepAndCheap.com deal – Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 kayaks for a killer price and only four available. He could ship free to his loading dock at work so before I knew it we became kayak owners. I’ve done a bunch of paddling in the past…

After Sunday’s successful climb of Basin I was a bit worried about how sore I’d feel upon waking up Monday morning. Normally this wouldn’t be a concern but I was definitely feeling my lack of exercise. Fortunately I woke feeling fairly strong and acclimated, ready to take on Mt Tom, a long time bucket list…

Day two of our Havasu adventure was set aside for exploring the area. We started off by spending the morning downstream at Mooney Falls, a side canyon, and a natural water park off the beaten track. After lunch back at the campsite we headed upstream to Hidden Falls, New Indian/New 50-Foot Falls, and New Navajo/Rock…

Checking off the bucket list The optional extension to the Columbia Sportswear event last month was a three day trip to Havasu Falls, home of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, towering red cliffs, and deep turquoise waters. It is a destination that has been on my backpacking bucket list for several years so I absolutely jumped…

Prior to the Columbia event we were asked to choose an activity for Saturday. Our options were yoga, mountain biking, or hiking of various difficulty levels. I had a moment of craziness where I thought of signing up for yoga or mountain biking (things I very much do not do), but then decided that I’d…

Who knew that a few days in Sedona and Havasu Falls with Columbia Sportswear would be such an experience? There are so many thoughts and emotions whirling around in my head right now I’m not going to try and make sense of it quite yet; I need a few days to process. It was a…