Camping on the Isle of Skye

After our experience hiking the West Highland Way, we wanted to go see the Isle of Skye (or, as we couldn’t resist, the “Isle of Skyle”), so we took a bus up to Portree, the largest city in Skye. Its population is 2,491. Because we were mostly winging this trip (something I do not recommendContinue reading “Camping on the Isle of Skye”

Hiking the West Highland Way, part 4

This is part of a series. For the rest of the series, click on the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Day 6 – Friday, 8 miles The midges came out again this morning, resulting in an early departure. Austin and I ate breakfast on the way, eating bananas and peanutContinue reading “Hiking the West Highland Way, part 4”

Hiking the West Highland Way, part 3

This is part of a series. For the rest of the series, click on the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Day 5 – Thursday, 20 miles You know how people disdain discussing the weather as conversation material? This became our whole lives. Every person we met on the trail, fromContinue reading “Hiking the West Highland Way, part 3”

Hiking the West Highland Way, part 1

This is part of a series. For the rest of the series, click on the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Siddown, I’m going to tell you a story about the best worst time of my life. July, 2016. After spending the summer in Germany for Austin’s internship, we wanted toContinue reading “Hiking the West Highland Way, part 1”

The 5 best exercises that make my knees love me

I’ve had knee problems since I was 20 – and of COURSE it comes from being stupidly competitive in a game of family kickball. No, it can’t be from me running from a bear or rescuing a baby from a runaway horse, no, it comes from overconfidence and under-competence. Fun times! But now that I’veContinue reading “The 5 best exercises that make my knees love me”

Solo hiking to Donut Falls

A couple of weeks ago I hiked to Donut Falls. THERE WERE NO DONUTS. So disappointing. I’ve done solo hiking before, but it was always on trails I’ve already done. This one was completely new to me and honestly driving out there through the canyon was the most terrifying part of it – everyone andContinue reading “Solo hiking to Donut Falls”

3 snags you hit when you start running

Pardon the pun, but beginning running always has a few hurdles to overcome. I think that figuring out how to breathe is one of the biggest, but here are a few others that might trip you up: 1. Not the bee’s knees –¬†Ever notice how much you love and cherish your knees when they hurt?Continue reading “3 snags you hit when you start running”

Winter hiking 101: do’s and don’ts of snowshoeing

Do spell it “snowshoeing.” Not snowshoeng, snoshooing, or snowshuing. Think of Boeing. All those vowels together. It…it makes more sense in my head. Don’t use snowshoes on well-trafficked terrain. I mean, you can if you want. But this is a waste of perfectly good snowshoes and is much slower. If you plan to go onContinue reading “Winter hiking 101: do’s and don’ts of snowshoeing”