• Outdoors

    Hiking in the Valley of Fire State Park with WANDRD

    This post is sponsored by WANDRD – that being said, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve always thought of Nevada as a state ruled by dichotomy: otherworldly outdoor spaces exist only a short drive away from cities ruled by consumerism (I’m looking at you, Vegas). The stark divisions used to drive me away, but after a short stay in the Sagebrush State I came to love how the seemingly disparate identities are able to coexist in harmony. Take one look at Vegas and you’ll get the impression that the state revolves around indulgence, but in reality Nevada is all about balance – you can live in a booming…

  • Journal

    Monthly Recap // November 2019

    What went on: Happy November everyone! October was quite a busy month for me, and I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to and update y’all on what the next stage of my life is looking like. To kick things off, John and I finished up our jobs as activity guides at Brush Creek Ranch and said goodbye to Wyoming. Our last day at the ranch actually came as a bit of a surprise – our contracts were scheduled to end on October 20th, but I asked our manager if we could leave a bit earlier and he moved our end date up to the 6th. We found out…

  • Climbing

    Climbing Devils Tower National Monument

    It got to a point where I just couldn’t wiggle up anymore. “I’m stuck!” I shouted up to John, but with the roaring wind and the 150 feet of distance between us I’m sure my quiet exclamation got lost in the wilderness.  I had studied videos of offwidth climbing technique during the five-hour long car ride to Northern Wyoming, but in that moment I couldn’t remember the difference between a chicken wing and an arm bar.  I waited for a moment with my body wedged in between two imposing columns of rock and closed my eyes. Whenever a pitch gets too difficult or seems too frightening I try to take…

  • Library

    Summer 2019 Reading List

    It’s time for me to face reality: summer is over and fall is well underway. Here in Wyoming, the aspens have already exploded in a yellow glory and shed their leaves, and the raging wind makes each cold day feel about ten degrees colder. If you read my recent monthly recap post, then you already know that this summer was full of reading for me (and by summer I mean the end of August and all of September, when I actually had time to pick up some books). I’ve been meaning to share my summer reading list for a while now, but I kept putting it off so I could…

  • Journal

    Monthly Recap // October 2019

    What went on: September started off on a high note, because my parents came to visit me in Wyoming. They stayed at Brush Creek Ranch for four days, and during that time John and I were able to do activities with them and – more importantly – eat meals with them. We kicked off their stay by hiking around the alpine lakes in Medicine Bow National Forest; I’ve hiked that trail many times during my time as an activities guide at Brush Creek Ranch, but it was really special to share the place I’ve come to know and love with my parents. My parents’ stay at the ranch was full…

  • Outdoors,  Travel

    Exploring Grand Teton National Park

    I will never forget the first time I saw the Grand Teton range pop up over a horizon of thick pine trees. I was crammed into the middle seat in the back of my friend’s old Ford. The windows were down due to the lack of AC, wind was tearing my hair in all directions, and laughter filled the car as the five of us joked around and told stories. As soon as the first shimmering peak made its appearance, however, we fell into a deep silence before erupting into cheers. We had two days off and the plan was simple: drive the five and a half hours north to…

  • Journal

    Monthly Recap // September 2019

    What went on: At times it still feels like August just started; I’m convinced that I blinked and the entire month flew by. To kick off the month, John and I explored the lakes trail in Medicine Bow National Forest together for the first time – or more accurately, the first time where we weren’t walking on three feet of snow or guiding guests. We had anticipated climbing one of the peaks in Med Bow, but the abundance of snow at the base of the route threw us off so we opted for a leisurely hike instead. No matter how many times I hike through the range I still lose…