Colorado Trail

Colorado Trail

While living in Colorado, we had an amazing opportunity to challenge ourselves with the hike of a lifetime…

Not my idea, not my plan, not my dream, but WOW what an amazing opportunity to hike almost 60 miles over 5 days with my wonderful sweet and his friend Tyler! Talk about climbing a mountain to learn something about yourself! There are many lessons to learn on this type of trip and when you are sitting on the ground crying out to the universe “I’m not having any fun!”, you learn that it’s only up from there…literally!

A couple of tips that I learned the hard way…

  1. Don’t over pack…See that backpack I’m carrying in the video? It’s at least 45 lbs, way over what someone my size should carry! Next time I pack smarter & lighter!
  2. Food! Eat it! We packed a lot of food and hardly ate, well that’s probably due to altitude sickness BUT, we needed to be more reasonable about what food to bring and how much we eat!
  3. Make it your own experience…We may have been traveling with each other, but making the journey as your own personal growth experience is very valuable!
  4. Take more pictures & videos! If you’re going to carry that darn camera, use it!!
  5. Listen to your body! Just because you live at 5,000 feet doesn’t mean you won’t feel the altitude at 11,500 feet! Rest, fluids, oh and rest!
  6. FEET! Man, those feet are the only thing between you and the earth, take care of them, get good footwear, and don’t wait till the last minute to break in your shoes!
  7. Don’t pick the hardest sections to start your journey! We started at Molas Pass and headed south…the highest & toughest sections of the trails BUT the most beautiful!

Gosh, are we ready to go again guy?

What’s your biggest adventure? I’d love to hear your story, post in the comments!

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Crossroad State…

Crossroad State…

One of the things, for us, about living in Indiana, was the close proximity to the east coast. When we first learned that we would be moving to IN, we researched how close many attractions, states, and vacation options that were nearby. We were excited to learn that the children (step), who lived near Jacksonville NC , would only be a 12-hour drive! Road trip (or 3)!


We embarked on several road trips to see the kiddos, with the first one 2 days after arriving in IN, which meant we drove through 14 states in 8 days! We were on fire!! Our second trip was for that Xmas (’14) and the third in Feb ’15 to meet our brand-new granddaughter!

Road trips are unique experiences. Some people love them, and others chose to do without. I, myself, love road trips; however, I feel to really appreciate and enjoy them, one must embark on these journeys in the right frame of mind, correct number of junkie snacks, and with appropriate amounts of breaks between trips.

Watching the scenery go by, searching for an open Starbucks, and entertaining ourselves for that many hours wasn’t a terrible experience at all. In the moment, 750 miles felt like a long way but on the flip side, the convenience of hoping in the vehicle and being there in a day was a much easier travel day than what we currently have from the west coast. The hardest part of the trip was/is the commute home; however, it’s travelled.

Arriving in NC, going to the beach, and seeing the kiddos, made the trips worth it. The beaches of NC are amazing and despite 2 of our trips during winter, we loved spending time at the beach with the dog and kids. The trips to NC from IN were tons of fun and I wish that back then my photography and video skills were stronger. I feel I have missed some great opportunities to capture memories; however, I was able to find some content for a small video which highlights these three trips, check out my YouTube channel to view it (link below). And of course, the highlight of meeting our granddaughter!