For my entire life, I’ve been an indoorsy person. Not interested in any outdoor activities, not to mention anything that would make me get any exercise.
It began in 2015. It started with my friend Krystin posting photos about a journey she took down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon. I was amazed and inspired by the photos. So, I decided to take a little trip to Providence Canyon, a unique geologic attraction in southwest Georgia. Another event that spurred my new interest, was the news of a good friend who was diagnosed with a rare and terminal cancer. I became acutely aware, for the second in my life, that we don’t know when the ride will end, so we owe it to ourselves to make the most of it while we can.
So, Providence Canyon; I had visited this place once when I was a teenager, but of course I didn’t appreciate it then. I was amazed this time.
It was a very hot 4 mile hike around the rim. I thought I would die out there. The views made me feel like I had my own little Grand Canyon adventure. By the time I was halfway back to Atlanta, I wanted another adventure.
I went back a second and third time with the kiddos.
So began my stupid, ratty shoe photos. I rather liked documenting my little adventures, and I found that I became more interested in taking walks in the forests, and making best use of my phone cameras. Eventually I upgraded to the most expensive phones, simply because of their cameras.
This is the first photo, circa 2015. So innocent and clean…
Since then, I’ve gotten quite a few amazing adventures on the list, including the actual Grand Canyon, Zion’s Angel’s Landing hike, solo camping in the desert, and hiking an entire weekend on the AT (Appalachian Trail). I have many more adventures planned, which will ultimately include a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon – one which I am currently training for.
THE Grand Canyon, March 2016
Valley Of Fire, NV
Angel’s Landing, Zion
The Narrows, Zion
On the top of Bell Rock, Sedona AZ
Honey Creek Loop Trail, TN
Max Patch, the beginning of my first long hike on the AT
Los Angeles, with my work peoples!
To say that I’ve begun an evolution in my life is no exaggeration. Since I began training, I’ve lost 40 pounds, and I now have muscles I’ve never had before. I actually like exercising…sometimes. I’m amazed almost every day by what my body can do that I never thought was possible for me to do. I even think of my body as being a separate entity from the “me”.
First time hiking to Blood Mountain, 2015
I’ve posted my photos and adventures on the facebooks, and have had many people suggest I start a blog. So here I am. Enjoy the ride with me.