Catching My Breath

I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading Karen’s recent post, Snow Hiking. You know, the one about where’s she’s been and what she’s been up to these past few months? And how about her artwork? Seriously, who knew she had such talent?! Definitely not me, but I’ve totally enjoyed seeing her creations.

Just reading her post made me start thinking about my own absence from our blog and why I’ve stepped down for so long. Perhaps it’s just personal therapy, but I feel compelled to write my own account of ‘Where’s Waldo” (or is it Walda?). Maybe some will identify with me and reply with their own experiences. And maybe not. But really, the next few paragraphs are mostly for me, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

First and foremost, I haven’t been doing nothing. I’ve at least been hiking multiple times, cross-country skiing once, and an awesome day of down-hill skiing. And, with the exception of down-hill skiing, I even have a collage of pictures to prove it.

And when the snow dumped and dumped for days, with no relief in sight… we threw down our shovels, kicked it into 4WD, and headed for the middle of nowhere!

Cuz nothing beats FIRST TRACKS!


And I’ve been traveling.

A Lot.

Florida, Wisconsin, Washington, Nevada, and more visits to Phoenix than I care to count. 


Then there’s that lengthy period of soul-searching, in which I found myself immersed again and again. Not because I’m trying to find myself, mind you. That would be selfseeking, not soul-searching, right? And most of the time I’d be better off to lose myself, as the overwhelming presence of me is usually what is wrong with my life. But don’t worry, I won’t get heavy on you. Suffice it to say, I’ve been reassessing my direction in life. A course-correction, you might call it. A much-needed, and on-going one, at that.

All things considered, it’s been an awesome eight months. And I’m glad to be back!

Happy Trails!


FUTS …say what?

Tuthill Recreation area
light Training Ride
Distance: Too ashamed to say

I may be biased, but I sincerely believe we have a rockin’ trail system in this city of ours. Can I get an amen from any of my fellow Flagstaffians??

Check out these pics (all taken in, on, or immediately surrounding the Tuthill segment of the FUTS trail) and see if you agree:

(p.s. you might even see a caption or two on the photos)


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All of this within a mile or less of each other. And yes, I did get permission from everyone I took pictures of… mostly. 🙂

I may not be willing to disclose the distance of my ride, but I will tell you that I not only took pictures of the above activities, I actually rode a track at the bike park and – though not on this trip – completed this adventure course, and it was amazing! If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely try it.

Flagstaff Extreme: Click here for more info

Happy Trails!