It’s almost here.
April 15th. Tax Day. Wednesday.
My 25th birthday.
Some of you have been following me for the last couple of years. You’ve stuck around through two blogs and I thank you greatly. With Summits & Spice I hope to shed light on my indoor and outdoor escapades. I’m always open to requests and suggestions. If you know of something I should try–food (make or buy), hikes, books, gear, etc–contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’m always excited to try something new.
For my flagship S&S post and ode to turning 25, I give you a list of 25 things about me.
1. I have lived in six states.
2. I am an only child.
3. The motivation from my parents growing up resides in two words: be aggressive.
4. The first concert I ever went to was Cher.
5. I brew kombucha.
6. Hiking is my favorite thing to do outside.
7. Cooking is my favorite thing to do indoors.
8. I love making lists and checking things off of lists.
9. I love roadtrips, especially in my Subaru.
10. I always stop and buy lemonade from lemonade stands. (Hint: do this in Boulder, CO)
11. I find walking much more enjoyable than running.
12. The hike to Bass Lake (Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, seen above) was very memorable for me and was also the inspiration for my second tattoo.
13. Littering is my biggest pet peeve.
14. Almost Famous is my favorite movie, but I consistency fantasize about my life being like Out Cold.
15. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is my favorite book.
16. I have yet to break a bone.
17. IPA’s are my vice.
18. Death before decaf.
19. My favorite celebration is Oktoberfest.
20. My favorite flowers are dahlias, tulips, and Indian paintbrushes.
21. I have been to seven countries outside of the United States.
22. I say soda and pop.
23. I will not eat regular syrup.
24. I can’t live without sunscreen and chapstick.
25. I hiked my first 14er in 2014. I’m hooked.
I’ve been on quite the reading kick lately and still have a stack waiting on my nightstand. I have recently read books that are affiliated with my two most recent homes, Montana and Utah.
Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams
This is a marvelous collection of essays about Southern Utah and the magic of the red rock country. Being generally new to Utah and having just spent my first weekend in the desert a few weeks ago, I can relate and appreciate her words and descriptions of this sacred place. If you have been to this area of the country and want to revel in it, or need that little push to get you there – this book will do it for you.
Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson
Tyler Knott is a poet based in Helena, Montana. Chasers of the Light is a collection of (mostly) love poems that were typed various mediums using an antique typewriter. Poetry may not be your thing and honestly it isn’t mine, but this collection of poems was moving and emotional. Here is my favorite quote from the book:
“Will you follow me down that old dirt road and get lost inside those mountains? Will you rip up that map and dance inside the confetti? Let’s chase the horizon and find ourselves along the way. These are wandering feet and they wish for yours to join them”
Thanks again to my friend Jory for introducing me to Knott’s work.
Here are a couple of photos of my first trip to Moab two weeks ago. Needless to say, I can’t wait to get back to the desert (I never thought I would say those words).
My favorite meal and a wonderful view. There is definitely wine in there. #GoBota
I really wouldn’t mind waking up to this more often.
Cheers to 25 years young, and to everyone who has made this life so great.
2015 miles hiked to date: 38