I lived in Texas for almost 20 years before I moved to Colorado. In all that time, I never hiked. I was too busy riding horses and dancing the two-step in Texas dance halls (more about that in an upcoming blog). Hiking didn’t become my thing until I moved to Colorado. In fall 2017, I chose Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (SNA) as my first Texas hike. This is a jaw-dropping, knock-your-socks off hike in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It’s now on my list of favorite parks!
The amount of advice available on picking your base backpack weight is overwhelming. The absolute best way to decide is to go on lots of practice hikes with a full backpack, including every single thing you plan to carry. You’d be surprised how quickly the weight adds up!
July 5, 2017 – When morning came, I made a mental note to never turn up my nose at a night on a camp cot. I’d slept great. I took one look at my swollen ankle and thought Yep, I’m bailing out and heading home to Denver. Continue reading “Heading Home and Post-Hike Thoughts – Colorado Trail Day 5”
There’s an old farmhouse on Road 4, Davenport, Nebraska. Like so many other old homesteads in Nebraska, it is worn out and inhabits a quiet air of the forgotten, days gone by. Not quite dilapidated and falling down, you can see it’s getting close. You probably wouldn’t give the place a second glance as you drive by on the gravel road. And yet, it’s the single most important house in my memory.