Quotes to Live By


“If you don’t GO AFTER what you want, you’ll never have it.

If you don’t ASK, the answer is always no.

If you don’t STEP Forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Unknown


Hiking Tip – Layers

When hiking with a friend last week, she recommended I complete a post on hiking layers.  So this post is based on her inspiration.  Thanks girl!


Now that the weather is turning chilly (I love it) knowing how to layer is key to making the most of your outdoor experience.

The top:

T-Shirt – Long Sleeve – Fleece – Jacket

The bottom:

Long hiking pants that zip off – wool socks (my favorite) – for super cold weather, wear a base layer under your pants and upgrade to warmer hiking pants.  Always wear proper hiking boots when on the trail.

Never leave home without:

Sunglasses, a scarf or a Buff, gloves and a hat!

Happy trails!

Our Favorite…


Switzerland is gorgeous.  I still drool a bit whenever I am in the Alps, even after all these years.  If asked what my favorite spot is in the mountains, I know my answer almost immediately.

To me, a favorite indicates a place I can identify with.  A location that fills me with a warmth and a sense of gratitude that tends to linger long after I have retreated back home.  I have come to realize that I feel drawn to green, lush landscapes and may never find myself truly happy or at peace in arid terrain.  I find such a haven in the Berner Oberland area of Switzerland.  The hikes, the colors, the mountains all speak to me and I feel most at ease and happy in that location.

That is not to say that all of Switzerland is not worthy of my attention, however, given the choice to own a cow shack anywhere, it would have to be that area or perhaps, along the shores of Lake Lucerne.


One Final Look – Summer


Checklist for summer

Days rich with nature

Lots of natural sunlight


Sleeping a bit more than normal

Ice Cream and lots of it

Frogs, salamanders, alpine newts and fish

Lakes, rivers and oceans

Time together as a family

Leaving routines behind

Slowing down

Hitting lots of new trails


Waking up in new places

Trying new things

Spending time with friends

Staying up late

Watching the sun rise and the sun set






“This summer, put your phone away for a few days and make some memories that no-one knows about.” – Unknown

Hiking Tip – Views


Here is a very basic hiking tip for you, one I am certain most of those who hike are already aware of, but for those of you just starting out, take note.  Some of the absolute best views in this world require a great deal of effort.  But my gosh, once you reach the peak, the landscape will indeed reward you!

Thank you for the exposure to a gorgeous new location Robert and for making my special day so memorable.

Happy trails!

“Effort will release it’s reward only after you refuse to quit.” – Unknown