A DREAM FULFILLED (Almost)*

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." Amelia Earhart Diane has a dream. Her dream is to travel the length of the Yellowstone River. We have climbed Younts Peak, visiting the headwaters of the Yellowstone. We have kayaked Yellowstone Lake—Diane has kayaked the entire circumference while I’ve done most of it. And now, we have kayaked the …

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Death-Defying Craziness on the Pacific Crest Trail

This post is a series of journal entries from 7 days hiking the Pacific Crest Trail recently. July 6-12, 2019 Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass, Pacific Crest Trai The plan was to try to finish the approximately 780 miles that I had left of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), to hike from Tuolumne Meadows to …

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A Yellowstone Meander

"Our remnants of wilderness will yield bigger values to the nation’s character and health than they will to its pocketbook, and to destroy them will be to admit that the latter are the only values that interest us." Aldo Leopole Yesterday dawned clear. The weather promised to be sunny through at least early afternoon with …

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One of Those Days

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”  Animika Mishra You know those days. Days when you wake with anticipation. Look out the window. Call in sick (well). Cancel the dentist appointment. Days when you must, just must, get outside. On skis. Days of sun and blue skies. Days of perfect snow when crust cruising …

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The Best of Winter

"In every ski with nature one receives far more than he seeks."  adapted from  John Muir Expecting cold windy conditions, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself stripping layers within a mile of leaving the trailhead for our backcountry ski-trek. Sun shone between clouds and the forecast winds did not materialize. White, wind-swept snow created …

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Skiing is Living 2019

"But we who do not aspire to competitions, we who may still be struggling with the snowplow or the stem turn or perhaps something a bit more ambitious, we amateurs; who shall say we do not share, and deeply, the joy of flight on skis? Do you remember the first time you rode down a …

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Traveling Inner and Outer Wilderness

From Yandara to Yellowstone, Mexico to Montana, wilderness occupies my heart. With the definition of wilderness as ‘an empty or pathless area or region’, wilderness becomes a metaphor for life. My path through each of life’s stages is uncharted. No trail markers guide my way, though I can see faint trails where others have walked …

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