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    Monthly Recap // December 2019

    What went on: November was busy. Very, very busy. As the month began John and I were eager to find a place to call our own in Salt Lake City. We had spent several days living in a van that was jam packed with all of our belongings, and as the nights started to get colder and longer we knew we had to hurry up and find somewhere to live. We lucked out and found an adorable home near Liberty Park and the popular Sugarhouse district of SLC, and went in on it with two lovely humans I met on Facebook. Moving into a home with a full kitchen, bathroom,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Monthly Recap // August 2019

    What went on: Summer is finally in full swing here in Wyoming, and July was jam packed with adventures in the sunshine. To start things off, almost all of the activity guides that I work with went out on a scenic float trip together in the evening. We loaded up the giant blue inflatable raft on the bank of the North Platte River and shoved off for a leisurely booze cruise. I truly never get tired of spending time with this lovely group of individuals – both on the job and after work – so floating along the River was a wonderful way to pass the time and watch the…

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    Monthly Recap // July 2019

    What went on: June was primarily spent adjusting to life on the ranch and preparing for the upcoming season. Despite the promise of warmer weather that typically comes with the summer solstice, Wyoming frequently peppered us with out-of-the-blue snowstorms and rainy weather that brought with it chilling winds. Even though summer seems like a lifetime away, I’m trying to remind myself to cherish these colder afternoons before they are rapidly replaced with dry and dusty hot flashes. John and I tried not to let the poor weather get us down, however. We started out the month by climbing in Sinks Canyon State Park outside of Lander, Wyoming, which was unbearably…

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    Monthly Recap // June 2019

    What went on: Holy heck, May was a busy month. During the very first week John and I packed everything we owned into his van and left Tallahassee. Saying goodbye to the place that I had called home for three years and to all of the people I grew to love was incredibly hard. I recently wrote a blog post reflecting on my time in Florida’s capital, and in it I shared some of my favorite places to eat and things to do in Tallahassee – you can read it here! From Tallahassee we started driving out west towards Wyoming, and along the way we stopped in Colorado so John…