Trail Guide: Hiking the Byzantine Road on the Greek Islands

Maybe it’s the fact that winter has yet to make its way to Colorado, or that Billy and I went through allll of our honeymoon pictures last night, but I’m reminiscing about all of our adventures in Greece. Besides the Caldera Path in Santorini, our other big hike was the Byzantine Road on a different…

Getting traction to survive winter running and hiking

Getting outside year-round is tough. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s icy. I can’t fix daylight savings time or the thermometer, but I can help you with traction. First, my usual disclaimer about any expensive piece of outdoor gear. You don’t actually need pricey gear to be outdoorsy or enjoy the outdoors. In Denver, you can stick…

Trail Guide: Hiking the Caldera in Santorini

When you think Greek islands, you think Santorini. Your next thought may be white houses, cliffs, sunsets…but hiking? Yeah, hiking didn’t come to mind when we first decided to go to the Greek islands for our honeymoon, either, but I was really excited to find out there are some really spectacular trails. Santorini’s Caldera Path…

Gear Guide: Best lightweight gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full-swing here in Colorado. The hunt for gloves is on. I bought the North Face Women’s Etip gloves about three years ago (on sale). They’ve been a great lightweight, all-purpose glove that I can…

Why Beginner Hikers Should Consider Hiking/Trekking Poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) what even are trekking poles? 2) why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…

Trail Guide: Jud Wiebe in Telluride

The Jud Wiebe Trail is one of Telluride’s most-loved, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. A minute in, and you’re already getting some of the most spectacular panoramic views that Colorado can offer. And they somehow just keep getting better. Jud Wiebe, while not particularly long at three miles, is not for…

Trail Guide: Devils Garden at Arches National Park

I’m not going to lie, Devils Garden tested me. Not so much my physical strength, but my willingness to get out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries. The hike is absolutely doable for beginners (or it wouldn’t be so popular) but if you have a fear of heights, it will push you. That being…