Ode to Summer

Summer is the time to fully fall into unplanned, unscheduled days.


It is the time to bask in the glow of a rich and full sun.

It is the time to watch the rain kiss the many hues of green from a writing desk.

It is the time to hike high up in the mountains, discovering new places and drifting off to sleep under a true blanket of stars.


It is the time to wear as little clothing as possible.

It is certainly the time to say “yes” to ice cream as often as humanly possible.

It is the time to scratch mosquito bites and fall to sleep with a fan blowing.

It is the time to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance.

It is the time to abandon responsibility.


It is most definitely the time to read books that have fallen to the back of the shelf.

It is the time to  let the house get dirty.

It is the perfect opportunity to leave the backpacks packed and create everlasting memories!

Gear Hack 101


Not my new trailing running shoes. These shoes, however, do have their own story to tell. We can save that for another day!

I’ve wanted trail running shoes for aeons, but I just couldn’t wrap my mind around splurging for such a hefty price tag when I already have running shoes and hiking shoes. I know, they are different and indeed they are, but I found a way to purchase those trail runners without the pain of the price. While recently shoe shopping for my daughter, I realized that I am able to purchase shoes in the children’s section. What? When, how,  did that happen? Nonetheless, my new Salomon trail runners were on sale, in my size and a fraction of the cost had I purchased them in the “adult” section. Score!