I started this blog in the winter of 2011. There was an abundance of snow that year, and it was my second winter hiking the mountain behind my home with my trusty companion, rescued miniature poodle, Ribsy.

He gave me a purpose to walk and explore. His enthusiasm for nature reminded me of the importance of getting outside, literally, and figuratively.

My favorite season to walk is winter because everything is blanketed in snow. I find this comforting - it's like nature laid a big ol' down comforter over all of us.

Winter 2015-16, produced little snow where I live, so I walked through the forest with new eyes as spring appeared and I decided to stay until the bugs chased me out. (I usually come out in April with the last of the snow as the ticks appear.) I learned so much more, not only about mother nature, but about the nature of myself, as I walked the spring into summer forest. (The bugs never chased me out, due to a dry season.)

Spring 2017 is proving to be very different, plenty of rain, and ticks abound, so hikes have become more of a luxury and I must be suited and sprayed, which isn't all that much to my liking in the warm weather. Ribsy can't join me either since he is a tick magnet. Thankfully he loves road walks.

Walking has changed me.

Walking opens me up to explore layers of myself I normally keep hidden. Walking heals me. Maybe this is why I am finally brave enough to walk in the forest even without the blanket of snow.

I hope you enjoy my photos and stories...

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”  {Albert Einstein}