Overcoming Challenges!

Why in the world would a 59-year old woman (non-hiker) choose to climb Pikes Peak on an absolutely perfectly beautiful day? For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of heights, rocks, loose stones, uneven surfaces and anything athletic.  Those fears have...

The Power of “Yes”!

September 9th was a momentous day as my team and I climbed to the top of Pikes Peak – – – 14,000’ starting from 6,000’ feet – – –  over 13 miles.  The beginning couple of miles are quite steep, but I had been training at a 125...

From “Special” Shoes to Hiking Shoes

In grade school, I had to wear “special” shoes.  I had weak ankles and was continually spraining them, so the doctor told my parents that “special” shoes were what I needed then and probably the rest of my life.  I remember the embarrassment of wearing those clunkers...

A Glimpse of the Future

During my late 40s I was running a large wellness clinic in Denver, Colorado.  I was pretty good at helping people with their health challenges. However, I began to notice that women in their 50s and 60s didn’t look very good.  In fact most of them were stooped over,...

Mud . . . From Tears to Joy!

On a cold, rainy day, I was coming home from school on the bus.  I was in second or third grade.  As is stepped of that bottom step, I slid into a mud puddle and landed flat on my behind in front of all the kids on the bus and my family. Of course everyone thought it...

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