My husband and I often hike near Pyramid Lake; every time we go it still takes our breath away. Pyramid Lake is about 35 miles north of Reno and, unlike the more-celebrated Lake Tahoe, is a salty desert lake. Surrounded by far more rock formations than trees, Pyramid Lake is a vast, wide-open body of cool blue water.
The sound of my alarm clock penetrated my ears, I looked over with blurred vision; the clock read: 4:30 a.m.
It feels like I just fell asleep, but it’s time to get up and get going.
I love thinking back on all the hiking and backpacking trips I have lived through. One trip that holds a very special place in my heart was our trip to Durango, CO.
Whenever my family and I are planning to celebrate a birthday or special event, we always strive to do some sort of physical activity paired with relaxation.
It was a beautiful spring morning on the valley floor. The weather was warm and it seemed like a perfect day to wear shorts and get outside. Some friends, Erik and I decided to take advantage of the warm weather and hike the Selenite Range to peak Kumiva Peak. One of the many mountains on our list to climb.
One of the first extended backpacking trips I took with my husband Erik, was to Aravaipa Canyon, AZ.
It was a trip I will never forget. Full of laughter, newness and exploration. The sunsets where majestic and the 10 mile gorge was full of greens, yellows and oranges, all at different times of the day.
It was a place I never wanted to leave. It had a mix of broadleaf riparian forest composed of cottonwood, willow, walnut, alder, and sycamore trees.
After pulling back the little metal flap, I heard swish-pop-fizz, and it sounded oh-so-good. I took a big chug off my New Castle Amber Ale and felt sweet success. Such a refreshing feeling after the hike we just had.
I was so excited when New Castle came in a can, it became part of my motivation for climb up that monstrous hill leading out of the American River Canyon.