scenes from the tahoe rim trail

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California   posted on the outhouse wall: “God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” -John MuirRead more

Summit Canyon-Donner Pass-Tinker Knob- Coldstream Canyon

My kids have been away on vacation for two weeks, and each day apart the ache in my heart (and lately my stomach) increases. The pain is almost overwhelming, and the only thing I thought would make me feel better was a long trail run. Or, as long as I could handle, coming off of a 50 mile race last weekend. Perhaps I wasn’t quite ready yet. We started at the Summit canyon trailhead near the bottom of old HwyRead more

on tapering

my kids are back east for 2 weeks.  I am supposed to be tapering for a 50 mile run. my stress level has been at an all time high. I hate tapering, but in particular I hate it when my life is such a mess that the only way for me to stay sane involves running. Monday, I worked 8 hours then met my friend Greg for a run on the Tahoe Rim Trail at Brockway Summit.  It was a record-breakingRead more

Lava Beds National Monument

Every year on Memorial Day Weekend, the kids and I meet my brother and his family to spend a few days together. The timing falls perfectly right after their return from making maple syrup in Quebec, and before my brother’s smokejumping fire season begins (hopefully before… one year, he was flown out to Alaska immediately after we arrived). This year, JP and I packed up the kids Friday afternoon and hit the road to meet Marcel, Anne, LouLou and Lily, about halfwayRead more

Shirley Canyon Hike after school

As the days were becoming longer and trails were opening up, the kids and I started going for hikes after school was out. This particular hike is in Shirley Canyon, in Squaw Valley, very close to Stephen and Avian’s school. I took Avian and her friend Amber. We covered about 3.5 miles, an out and back (or up and down rather), with many breaks to check out the creek and waterfalls.   Afterwards, we went to Fireside Pizza in theRead more

Spring on the Tahoe Rim Trail

  a snowy run on the tahoe rim trail. 28 miles of trail, snow, some tears, a bit of laughter and the promise of new love. JP and I started the day around 11am at Tunnel Creek Road, climbing up to the Flume Trail. The Flume offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks, still tipped in white. After about 8 miles, we reached Marlette Lake, around mile 8, where the trail meets up with the Tahoe Rim Trail. The lake wasRead more

Coldstream Canyon

Coldstream Canyon to PCT and back. 16.1 miles, 2,803 ft gain. I did this solo run the morning before I left for a 2 week trip to Michigan via train, with my 7 year old twins. Felt like I needed to get some energy out before being trapped in a train for 48 hours with my super hyper children. It worked for me, although I wish I would have done the same for them! Parked at Donner State Park, followedRead more