Product Review: GoMacro Energy Bars

When GoMacro shared  their "GoMacro Fuel Your Fitness Challenge." I was like, hmmmm.     I am not the typical "lean, mean, kick ass, outdoor energy bar" spokesperson. I am a middle aged, semi chunky, outdoor loving, stage IV cancer thriver.    And,  I need good fuel for my body too. However, I am not … Continue reading Product Review: GoMacro Energy Bars

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Hiking, Cancer Advocacy and saying NO!

I started my hiking/backpacking adventures as well as my cancer advocacy right about the same time in 2014. When I first started hiking  .....I did it because I wanted to.  I saw a mountain....I wanted to climb it and I knew that getting outdoors in nature would help, as I healed and learned to live … Continue reading Hiking, Cancer Advocacy and saying NO!

Hip pain, a ladybug and a Climb for Heroes.

The past three months have been a whirlwind of travel for Mike and I.... from Oregon to Italy and then Hawaii, it is good to have my feet back on the ground..... Hiking. I started having pain in my hip right before we left for Europe in April.  I didn't really think about it too … Continue reading Hip pain, a ladybug and a Climb for Heroes.

Climb for a Cure 2.0

The wonderful organization, Living Beyond Breast Cancer is running a campaign this week,  called #stage4lifer, and they asked me if I would contribute a blog post on my advocacy role in living with metastatic breast cancer. I am honored to have been a part of their 2015 Hear My Voice Outreach team, and I encourage … Continue reading Climb for a Cure 2.0

{25 years} and a 6 mile….oops, 9 mile hike.

25 years!!! We made it.....to our silver anniversary. Who would'a thought it? I guess I did, come on, or I would not have gotten married in the first place. I could write and reminisce about all the ups and downs but I don't want to....sometimes its good to not relive all the tough times you … Continue reading {25 years} and a 6 mile….oops, 9 mile hike.

Countdown to Havasupai – {10 days}

I am sitting here, literally "dripping" in sweat. In 10 days, myself and four friends will be driving down to Arizona, to backpack  to one of the most beautiful places here in the United States. Havasupai.  And if you know anything about getting reservations to get down there, is nothing short of a little miracle.   … Continue reading Countdown to Havasupai – {10 days}

Take A Hike: Los Pinos Peak

No hiking for me today.  Besides a bum knee, (from a stupid fall, while walking the dog)  I am also dealing with a shoulder injury that I am currently in physical therapy for.   Oh FUN!!  I am not supposed to pack any weight for a month.  So unless I want to re-injure it, I … Continue reading Take A Hike: Los Pinos Peak

My Year of 12 – January Review/February Forward 

One month in to my year of 12 (twelve).      Here's a quick summary of my word or rather number choice for 2016.  Every year for about 12 years now I've picked a word that has helped me focus my intentions, goals and decisions of yes and no. My word for 2015 was MUST. … Continue reading My Year of 12 – January Review/February Forward 

Take a Hike: West Fork National Recreation Trail

Level - easy Mileage- 8 miles (but can make be adjusted shorter or longer) Hours 4.5 includes a stop for lunch and enjoying the views Location: off the 210 at Azusa Ave.  13 miles up San Gabriel Canyon Road. Dogs:  yes Need adventure pass Wonderful early morning walk alongside the West Fork San Gabriel River. … Continue reading Take a Hike: West Fork National Recreation Trail