Green Lakes Wonder

12 miles of snow covered trails, wildlife, quiet, beauty and a dear companion. While my day began freaking out about this: It soon became this story: “How precious are My children who are awed by nature’s beauty; this opens them up to My holy Presence. Even before you knew Me personally, you responded to My…

When You Ask A Sister for Adventure

Sometime in the Spring my sister, Laura, started trying to convince me to spend my summer in Bend. I told her she might have to “twist my arm.” So she started sending me text messages and pictures of wine, fresh produce and cute puppies. She also promised adventures. You know how I love adventures! I…

The Good Things

Just a simple list of some good things in life. Alphabetical style.  Austria. It’s such a lovely country. Breakfast. Best meal of the day, hands down. CrossFit. Addicted. Dogs. Especially this sweet, special little girl. Espresso. Shaken with ice, please! Frozen yogurt. Duh. Especially with this little lady. Girlfriends. I have some of the best.…

Trails

Running is a funny thing. If I am not mistaken, I believe the first “long-distance runners” were hunters. And in the more recent centuries, no such thing existed. Sure they “ran” to greet someone, or to deliver news. Never was running a recreational sport. Yet, somewhere and sometime it became just that. And now we…

Adventure is a Noun (AND a Verb)

Webster’s defines adventure as ‘an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risk’ but also as ‘an exciting or remarkable experience’. It’s a noun. And it’s a verb. A verb that means to expose to danger or loss. I used to have a classification system for adventures. In my head of course. And in my opinion,…

The Important Things

With caution, I stepped on the scale. Curious more than concerned. Have I mentioned that Europe has delicious bread? And gelato. And waffles. And chocolates. Negative 4 pounds? Something must be wrong. I stepped off, and back on. Pleasantly surprised, I chalked it up to the Austrian alps and German vineyards and went back to…

My Adventure by the Numbers

Or… What To Do with Yourself When You Have 10 hours to On A Plane and Can’t Fall Asleep 42 Friends in 15 Countries 32 Trains 31 Days 28 Email Adresses (from the 42 friends) 15 Runs 9 Hikes 6 Host Homes 5 Hostels 4 Bodies of Water (that I put my feet or whole…

Childhood Dreams and Real Things

Here I sit, overlooking Lake Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland and my thoughts turn pensive and sentimental. I am about to take a train back to Barcelona – my starting and ending point. Just like the lake before me, if I merely squint, I can see the other side. The place where this adventure ends. I’ve…

Perfectly Surreal

Little town, its a quiet village. Every day, like the one before. Little town, full of little people; waking up to say….Guten Morgen! (Adapted from ‘Beauty and the Beast’) The train screeched to a halt at a small building, painted blue letters reading HALLSTATT. With an Austrian family, a Hispanic family and a couple of…

Stumble Upon

The real life “stumble upon” is much more thrilling than the online version. Especially when it involves lederhosen. After checking into my hostel in Nuremberg, I set out to explore the city. My first stumble, was upon a children’s festival, complete with games, balloons and a tattooed man in cow print pants singing “nein, nein,…