Written July 16, 2021
Traveled May 27-June 1, 2021
On May 27, I only had a HALF day of work before I could hop on a plane and visit with Justin again! After our last trip’s exciting ending (with both of us spending more time in a restroom than we would’ve liked), we were ready for a redemption trip! Our second round in Northern California was filled of quality time, lodging, food, and (of course) wine! We had a total blast and embraced every moment.
Cheers to embracing where you are with quality people. Don’t want to read the whole thing?? Jump to the end for a quick 3-day itinerary suggestion if you’re headed to Northern Cali! I’d also love to hear what we missed because we will one day return to enjoy food and drinks yet again!More
Written July 15, 2021
Traveled February 12-15, 2021
Serendipity is not only a lovely 2001 film, but also appears to be the theme of my 2020 cross-country move from West to East Coast. The signs started pointing towards a path of least resistance before I even knew I’d be moving to Boston. On a random drive to work, the local country radio station in Seattle, WA was playing commercials from Boston. “Come down to Beantown,” they exclaimed! I happened to be at a national physical therapy conference (APTA’s CSM) at the same time as the Human Resources representative I was speaking to from Boston Children’s. My coworker was able to take time off to drive cross-country with me, where Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road opened on the day we’d be there.
Once I arrived in New York on July 18, 2020, I had a pocket full of faith in the alignment of the universe and manifestations of my desires. My personal life and professional life found alignment in perfect synchronicity with all I’d imagined.
What I didn’t expect was development in relationships. I knew I’d be moving closer to loved ones and would welcome more meaningful connections into my life with the transition to the East Coast, but the surprise of finding alignment with someone else was not even something I was thinking about.
When I met up with Justin for brunch in Astoria on a Sunday in July, I thought I’d just be catching up with an old friend. Crossing paths momentarily. Seeing what we’ve been up to all these years. Little would I know how our paths had found a way to align. All our little life changes, challenges, and transitions made it possible for us to be together in New York on a beautiful day. Enjoying brunch, a long walk, a sunset, and an endless stream of conversation.
One date turned into one year, six months of distance, two trips to Northern California, and countless video chats (& shots of tequila… hehe). The gratitude I have for our alignment is palpable as Justin drives cross-country almost exactly 365 days after my road trip departure date.More
Hiked: Sunday, June 20, 2021 (Father’s Day!)
Growing up on Long Island (yes, that’s ON Long Island, not IN Long Island), I’ve known some pretty funky town names, such as Hauppauge, Massapequa, Ronkonkoma, which can be tricky to pronounce. While I’ve somewhat mastered the names of my hometown, my ability inability to correctly pronounce most other things in life is being challenged greatly by the mountains of the northeast. I have been known to incorrectly pronunciate* ‘Diablo Lake’ in Washington (one of my favorite places) and will probably never say ‘geyser’ correctly (is a boiling spring that periodically erupts, or an odd old man??).
Deciding to hike Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains had me wanting to keep my plans secret… mostly because I had absolutely no idea how to pronounce the name. Does it rhyme with “walkie talkie” or “lock”?! I thought someone would eventually correct me, so I kept switching which way I say it. I have discovered, however, this is an age-old debate with no clear resolution. The Native American name Moosilauke means “a bald place”… and does not intend to reference any antlered animals whatsoever. Just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to say Moosilauke! You can choose your own adventure: rhyme with rock or rocky! (I choose to keep remixing and switching it up for fun.)
With the Saturday weather being very rainy/thunderstormy (plus the intense need for rest & relaxation after a tough week of work), my new hiking pal and I hiked Mount Moosilauke on Sunday, June 20th via the Gorge Brook Trail! Nichole and I met on Instagram (social media can be pretty neat sometimes) and this was our first meetup. Little did I know how perfectly the views and our conversations would match each other – inspiring and limitless! The 360-degree views at the top of Moosilauke + our conversations about goals and dreams had me really pondering the limitless potential we have as humans to achieve all we desire.
Alright, alright. Enough of the sappy stuff (just kidding, you know I love it lol), here’s number FOUR/48 and the Western-most 4,000 footer – Mount Moosilauke!More
Hiked: Saturday, June 12, 2021
NH 2 & 3/48
Peakbagging is something I first discovered in Washington state, having lived amongst other mountaineers and mountain enthusiasts. When Analisa (who writes the most amazing gear and mountain adventure reviews HERE… especially for gnarly women!!) introduced me to Washington’s Bulger List on our climb of Silver Star Mountain (still one of my fav mountain days evah), I thought it’d be pretty awesome to move towards the 100 high peaks in Washington. Yet, a part of me didn’t feel like it’d be achievable. A part of me knew I’d eventually leave the PNW. (Regardless, I will one day return… there’s SO MUCH more to climb!)
With my decision to begin baggin’ peaks in the northeast, the NH48 was a no-brainer. For my second peak, I was itching for more of a view than my virgin hike on Tecumseh (and perhaps less of a staircase?). In true peakbagger spirit, I wanted an easy way to knock two peaks off the list and still be home to work on my Etsy site! Discovering I could do Mouth Osceola and East Osceola in one trip AND drive 2.5 hours (one of the closer mountains to Boston!) was a WIN. With summits separated by one mile, there are a few ways to bag both Osceolas. I opted for the longer hike, starting from Tripoli Road and hitting Mount Osceola before East Osceola.
Two more peaks bagged with numbers 2 and 3/48… donezo! Read on, mountain enthusiasts… that is if you’ve navigated back from researching peakbagging… peakbagging.com is a great place to start by the way… and there’s lists for pretty much every area across the U.S., including San Francisco area!More