The Place I Left My Heart: The Gila Wilderness

I fell instantly in love with the Gila Wilderness, the first designated Wilderness Area in the US on my very first hike. And every day of the weeks we spent here, I fell harder and more completely in love with this place. It is a wild beauty, the Gila. Sitting in the woods watching a…

New Mexico’s National Wildlife Refuges (Part 2)

Below is a list of birds we saw in the 2 wildlife refuges we visited in New Mexico. I realize few others than birders will be interested in this list and this post isn’t exactly the kind that gets likes or reposted about. But that’s not why I’m posting. I’m not writing this for the…

New Mexico’s National Wildlife Refuges (Part 1)

In December John and I visited two national wildlife refuges that are a must visit for any avid birder. The power and beauty and wildness we stood on the fringes of cannot be captured in photos or words. It is a powerful sight to see, a thunderous place to listen. During sunrise in Bosque Del…

Rarely Is It About The Summit

One of our first hikes in New Mexico was unexpected. We intended only to hike the four miles to an alpine lake but once we realized the trail continued to the summit of New Mexico’s tallest peak, well, there was no question whether we would continue. I had packed a ridiculous amount of food and…

Reprieve

After a really crummy summer – health-wise – I seem to have gone into remission from lupus. No inflammation. Not even a twinge of arthritic pain in a knuckle. Even my blood work was perfect before we left home for this road trip. This is a first in six years. I am ecstatic of course….

Southern Utah In Late October

Oh, Utah, you always exceed expectations. This was our four visit to Utah and still she amazes us. Below is a brief recap of some of the wonder and joys and discomfort we experienced during the three weeks we traveled in southern Utah. Sleeping in late when camping at temperatures falling as low as 9F/-15C…

A Typical Day For These Two Dirtbags

John and I have been running off with our backpacks and our Toyota 4Runner for quite a few winters now, traveling around western US and once down into Baja, Mexico. (We’ve been backpackers for more than 20 years as well in Canada). We enjoy the simplicity of living outside, out of our truck, without WI-FI…

And We’re Off

It’s been a cold but wonderful week and delightful to be living again simply and near to the wilds. It’s only been a week on the road but what a week. Our first night found us at the Liard River hot springs beneath a near full moon. Late night winter visits are my favourite time…

Lupus Is A Bully

“My spirit is broken.” This is what I told my specialist the other day. Some might say that’s dramatic, especially since I appear to have such an awesome life. It’s true. I have a great life. I get to spend the majority of my time not working, playing outside instead. I paddle, hike, ski. I…

2019 NWT Paddling Trip Recap

This summer we traveled into one of Canada’s newest national parks, Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. It is a wilderness not accessible by road and because of this some have questioned its value as a national park due to its lack of accessibility. It’s true. It’s a tough place to reach. Not many will see…