Dream. Plan. Live.
It was easy to find the beauty of nature in Ashland. Outside of the sky and the wide plains, the culture of the Northern Cheyenne people created a sacredness and a sense of mystery around the plants and animals that surrounded our home. Suddenly the smell of sage and the sounds of dripping water were more than just sensations, but were a part of me.
Blogs, magazines, and podcasts are my preferred inspirational crutch when my imagination is having a slow day. Here is my go-to list:
Having done some winter mountaineering out west prior to this trip, I never thought much of it. How demanding could a mountain under half the elevation of Colorado’s highest peak be? Fairly demanding it turns out.
There is no protocol to the return of society after a month in the mountains. The transition is not easy, and never will be.
My emotions are stoic yet excited. I’m lamenting the money I dropped on this experience, but I know it will be worth it. I hope my physical capabilities will be enough to push me to the top. Mentally I am prepared, physically I have done everything in my power to be ready for this. Anticipation is killing me, and I am ready to test my limits.
I know there are a lot of haters out there so I want to set the record straight. The best time to go for a hike is when it’s cold. In most cases, the colder and the more snow the better. Sure there are exceptions; I’ve struggled to sleep at negative 20 degrees, or labored through five feet of fresh snow before. But my most active months for local trips are always January and February.
‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations and gift giving. That second part can always be hard, especially with those holidays approaching rapidly. Here at Roads Rivers and Trails, we want to make it a little bit easier for you. What do you get someone that has everything? We decided to discuss this with our staff to spark ideas for you and yours! This is what we came up with:
If you’re interested in some natural history, select tales from the AT, a scoop of entomology, a dash of Darwin and Thoreau, all blended together with provocation of how you travel through the wilds and your place in it, then this is definitely not the book for you. (Only kidding!)
I’ve stood on the edge in these places, climbed their tallest peaks, shared adventures with friends that I can never forget and because of these things, these places will forever have a special place in my heart. As always with places that are special to us, we think about their longevity and continued existence for others to enjoy.