Colorado Trail Planning Guide

Planning a trip on the Colorado Trail can be daunting, particularly if you are new to backpacking like I was. I spent weeks learning about the Colorado Trail; figuring out how much of the trail to tackle at once; and testing options for food and gear. Now that I’ve done part of the trail, and backpacked for the first time, I’ve learned a ton! Here’s a step-by-step Colorado Trail planning guide for your own trip.

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Farts and Fens – Whidbey Island Halloween Weekend Days 2 & 3

Mist Langley

A foggy, overcast day greeted Trudi and me on day 2 of our Whidbey Island weekend. Our AirBnB, Kate’s Cottage, was right on Maxwelton Beach. Even though the fog completely obscured our view of Puget Sound, we were excited to venture out and explore more of Whidbey Island.

Day two brought a tour of Langley, a quaint seaside village on the southeast side of Whidbey Island, with seafood eating and wine tasting. We hiked around a Buddhist retreat where we got our Zen on and pondered the complexities of farts. Wrapping up the day with drinking wine on the beach, we headed home on day 3 after exploring Maxwelton Beach.

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Forts and Forest Wizards – Whidbey Island Halloween Weekend Day 1

Fort Casey Whidbey Island

My buddy, Trudi, moved to Washington last year. Whidbey Island, 30 miles north of Seattle, has long been on our bucket list. So, I flew up from Denver to spend a 3-day weekend with her on Whidbey Island, right before Halloween. As usual, we succeeded in cramming in as much in as possible and having a blast! We’d forgotten that it was Halloween weekend, and still ended up having the best Halloween ever.

On day 1 of our Whidbey Island weekend, we explored the dark corridors of a spooky old fort, the perfect Halloween haunted house. Then we stumbled upon a local brewery with great food, brews, and ambiance where a surreal Halloween party was underway. We attempted to communicate with an inebriated forest wizard over beer and watched a parade of elaborately costumed local folks dance to rockabilly.

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A Few of My Favorite Texas Hill Country Things

Wildseed Farms Texas Hill Country Getaway

Spending Christmas with my mom in Kerrville, I got to reminiscing about all of the times I’ve been to the Texas Hill Country, my favorite part of my home state.

I grew up in Texas and lived there for almost 20 years. It’s a big state and I’ve been in just about every corner of it (except down by Big Bend National Park and that’s on my list for 2018)! Listening to live music at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. In San Antonio, eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas on the Riverwalk, getting splashed by whales at Seaworld, and touring the Alamo. Visiting the Houston Underground and the Dallas World Trade Center.

While these cities and sites are definitely worth visiting, I’m a small town country girl at heart. I’m so glad my mom lives in Kerrville, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Hill Country is a great alternative to the big city scene. Surrounded by the beautiful and rugged Texas countryside, with outdoor activities, live music, great food, wine country, small town vibes, historic dance halls, and the Guadalupe river, going there is tons of fun. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the Texas Hill Country.

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