“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it…” ~ Confucius


Life is just full of so many delicious little distractions…



Who’s stopping you?


Take more time to do the things that make your soul happy!



Please don’t tell me you don’t have time.

It’s up to you to make the time.

Turn off your phone, computer, television…

Learn to say NO, when others take your time for granted.

Set healthy boundaries. Stop making excuses and being a victim.

“you only get to be a victim once, after that you are a volunteer! ” ~ Naomi Judd



December 31, 2017




Achy fingers, fogged up sunglasses,  and frozen toes. (At least I think I still have toes)




Took some time on this last day of 2017 to visit this frozen, sparkling, magical land.  Had a little lunch, warmed my heart and I was even able to locate my toes before the setting sun and falling temperatures reminded us that we needed leave.


Stopped in to make sure that all is good and as it should be.

It was.


My cup runneth over

Tomorrow is New Years Eve,

As I sit here reflecting on the last couple of years, I am filled with love, a little pain, and if I am honest, there are even some feelings of  anxiety. When I am still I worry if I am making the best use of my time… Will I have enough time to do the things that I want, need, and hope to do. Of course there are pieces of my life that I need to improve on. But there is also SO much for me to be humbled by and thankful for. Over all, there are not nearly enough words to express how grateful I am for my each day of this life.

What is it about this time of year that makes us start to reflect on the past and look toward the next year with renewed expectations, hopes, dreams and goals.

Why don’t we do that each month or better yet, every morning.

Today is a new day.  24 hours for me to do with as I please.  I will find something to LOVE, something that humbles me, and things to be thankful for.   I will cherish every morsel of time that I have.


~ Here is to filling each day with even more sweet memories



September 9, 2017

If I told you that this was the highlight of my weekend, I would be lying. It wasn’t just about this moment, but a whole handful of moments all rolled into one great weekend spent in the wilderness…


picking wild raspberries, learning new trails, seeing new country and tracks in the mud, cooking dinner in a dutch oven over an open fire beside a babbling creek, quality time with my 2 and 4 legged loves.


The changing of the aspens into their brilliant fall colors, the moose that Bill (the mule) was convinced was stalking us up the mountain, sleeping beneath a  brilliant star dusted sky,  serenaded by love struck bull elk…


and SO many more little (big) moments. That was the highlight of my weekend.





Labor Day Weekend (part 2)


September 4, 2017

I woke on the cot again this morning, stiff and sore, with a small white dog curled against my legs, pinning me in the sleeping bag…but you already know the rest of that story.

Today we took a trail up to where the water comes from, and then we went further, up and over, and down and around. Watched a couple of young bulls across the draw. I longed for my camera, but didn’t want to stop everyone and dig into the panniers to retrieve it. Three days in the mountains and I have only used the camera on my cell to record the abundance of beauty that surrounds us. I need to figure out a way to remedy that.

Another beautiful day enjoyed with great people. Tomorrow I head back home to get ready to return to work. But I take with me the memories of these places, recharged and refocused.

~ until next time…


Labor Day Weekend


~Panoramic sunrise~

This morning I woke up on a cot in a rustic cabin in the mountains. My hips ache, my bladder screams, I feel dusty, dry and weathered,  I really didn’t sleep that well…and I am loving every detail.

Yes, I prefer my huge, comfortable bed and morning showers. But I will give up those luxuries for the experiences that can only be found in places like these.




Finding shade



Lunch break



We came down, where?

Today we rode a trail that I have never been on. The views and occasionally the steep narrow trail were breath taking. I looked off into valleys I have never seen and some that I have traveled before. We all safely maneuvered around unseen bog holes on the top of a mountain, looked up at Franc’s Peak from a new point on the map, and repelled down a mountain side. (who knew you could repel with mules and horse 😉 but I am pretty sure we did )   Rested in a patch of trees for lunch, and filled our water bottles from the creeks before climbing back up and over a high mountain pass to return to the cabin just before dark.



and the day ends much like it started, on a cot in a rustic cabin in the mountains. My hips ache, my legs are tired, I feel dusty, dry, weathered, and a little sun burnt.  I am the kind of tired that can only be gained by time outside and plenty of fresh air… I am loving every detail and can’t wait for tomorrow…