Holy shit… I'm a mom. … I never thought I would ever say those words.  Since becoming a mom, I've been adapting to a new "normal."  I've been surprised at how simple this has felt in some ways, as I've gotten used to my daily routine.  On the other hand, I've also been surprised at…read more

Former Tenant Evicted

My last blog (a while ago… sorry!) addressed the massive suckage that is pregnancy.  Well, my little bundle of joy, named River, *FINALLY* arrived.  That whole birth thing was pretty brutal, but I had a wonderful, supportive husband at my side and a really kick-ass nursing staff to help me through it at the hospital….read more

Pregnancy Sucks

I’m not going to sugar coat it: being pregnant sucks.  Yes, of course I’m glad we made the decision to have a kid.  Don’t doubt that.  But I’m finding that the process of getting from point A (“Let’s have a kid!”) to point B (Actually having said kid) is kind of the worst. I’m sure…read more

Who are you and what have you done with my friend?  

Who are you and what have you done with my friend Ginny?   This is the response I’ve heard the most since telling the world I was pregnant…which makes sense.  I’ve never liked babies.  I think they are sticky, ugly and gross.  Emphasis on gross.  I tend to run away when too many toddlers congregate….read more

My Dog, the Running Buddy

Since my move, I have really missed my awesome and inspiring running buddies, Becky and Elida.  They are rock solid, fun, distracting, motivating and we have the most hilarious conversations while running.  I’m serious.  No topic is off limits with your running buddies during a 10 mile training run.  I’ve accomplished things with those two…read more

The Couple that Plays Together, Stays Together

Two weeks ago,  I got to take my first vacation since I started my new job (which I love, by the way).  IT. WAS. EPIC.  I didn’t realize how bad I needed a few days off!  Brian and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary.  Rather than getting stuff for each other, we try to go…read more


What makes a place feel like home? I’ve been watching Tiny House on HGTV and reading blogs about living in your bus, or a van and I often ponder this question.  These folks that travel so much and wander for a living… What does “home” mean anyways? I just returned to Portland, OR for my…read more

Walk Away or Try Harder?

I recently read a wonderful Op Ed, called “Will you do it later, Or will you do it now?”  In this post, author Carolyn Highland compared making tough life decisions to waking up in your tent in the middle of the night and having to pee.  This, hilariously, really struck a chord with me.  I…read more

Weekend Warrior: Three Days In Moab – Adventure Detour

Our second day, we attempted to ride Long Canyon to Gemini Bridge, which is northeast of town.  We headed out on Hwy 279, which takes off southwest along the Colorado River.  The side of the highway is littered with rock climbers, as this is one of the best climbing hubs in town.  It’s pretty amazing…read more

Weekend Warrior: Three Days in Moab – Onion Creek

I recently got to join Brian and his family on their sometimes-annual pilgrimage to Moab, UT.  Brian’s been riding motorcycles with his dad and brother since he was about 5 years old.  Moab is sort of a meet-in-the-middle destination, with his parents heading up from Arizona and his brother’s family/friends heading in from Idaho.  Moab…read more

A Long, Dirty Love Affair

A lot of folks asked me how I got involved in the outdoors. Most folks assume that I grew up with it like Brian did. If you’ve ever met my family, you’d know there is NO WAY I was genetically inclined. I was raised outside Washington, DC. Camping meant taking the RV for the weekend…read more

What’s in your pack? Hiking with the Ten Essentials

The sun is out, the snow is melting, flowers are blooming and the mud is drying. Add it all up and summer is here and it’s time to bust out those hiking boots! That means it’s time to get your gear organized, so you can grab-n-go and get out on the trail quicker! I am…read more

Sweat, Suffering and Friendship

I was an athlete for a long time. I rowed all through high school and college, with the latter being a very intense, DI program at the University of Tennessee. We trained. A lot. Amazingly, despite the fact that I graduated 13 years ago, I am still very close friends with many of my teammates….read more

Memorial Day Mountain Mistakes

I had an interesting run-in over this holiday weekend. It was a great reminder of everything you SHOULDN’T do. Travel in the wilderness, especially in high-altitude mountains, requires a certain respect for mother nature. You never know when she will turn on you and you should always be prepared for her to do so! In…read more

Gear Review: Hydro Flask 40 oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Ok – I’m a backpacker, so I’m not super picky about my water. It doesn’t need to be cold, just wet. It doesn’t need to taste like cucumbers or lemon, as long as it doesn’t taste like it’s been in the bottle for days. I picked up the mega-sized 40 oz Hydro Flask out of…read more

Gear Review: Double Time V-Tee by Title Nine

So full disclosure – I spent over 6 years working for Title Nine. Out of every piece of gear that I collected over that time (that’s a LOT of gear… my closet is stuffed!), the Double-Time V-Tee was my favorite piece. EVER. It’s the first technical shirt I’ve ever had that actually looked cute and…read more

Finding my Happy Place

This is my first foray into blogging.  I decided to call it “A Mountain Happy Place.”  Why?  Well there’s my obvious love for the mountains.  My hubby and I recently packed up our whole lives and moved away from our jobs, friends and the amazing community we had around us in Portland, OR.  We decided to go on…read more