Love fiercely and steadily, foster curiosity, value adventure, and above all, cultivate kindness.

The backcountry is a sacred classroom for our family--- it’s where we feel invigorated, at peace, challenged, and are able to grow and bond in a significant way. I believe in nurturing with nature.

First snow of the season

First snow of the season

Every year in Utah we get this window of pure magic when the aspens are blazing gold and the snow is sparkly. It's almost a sensory overload. I'm not sure how much Huck remembers about snow (the last time he played in the snow was when he was 16 months old). We were really excited to take him to play in it. Huck loved making and tossing little snowballs, but his hands got cold quickly. It reminded me of all the preparation it takes to get kids outside in the winter. Last winter Huck and I got up in the mountains a few times a week, and we had the bundling routine DOWN. As we get ready for another season of skiing at Alta and in the backcountry, I'll share a post about what we do make sure Huck stays warm, comfortable, and safe. 

Want some lame meandering thoughts? As much as I love winter, I keep thinking about how much I love THIS MOMENT. This perfectly beautiful moment of transition between seasons. I keep thinking about this as a metaphor for life lately. Instead of reliving the glory memories of summer, and instead of anxiously waiting until I get skis on my feet, I want to be fully present and perfectly content enjoying this transitory moment between seasons. We can all get caught up in waiting for dreams and goals to be realized, but right now I'm really content to enjoy the process. If there is one thing I'm learning about transition, its that I need to be adaptable in order to be happy. And that I need to see this ability to adapt as a privilege. To ride on days that you can ride, to ski on days that you can ski, to wear T-shirts on unseasonably warm days, and to listen to The National on gloomy drizzly days. To laugh hard enough that my mascara runs when I'm with my girlfriends, and to enjoy watching 3 episodes in a row of Fixer Upper when I'm at home alone before bed. It's all about realizing what the conditions are ideal for, and capitalizing on the moment.

The day we took Huck to play in the first snow of the season was a truly perfect day of seasonal transition. Golden in every way. 

Salt Lake City Quickie: Mueller Park Trail

Salt Lake City Quickie: Mueller Park Trail

Failure?

Failure?