This past Summer, in July 2013, my parents and I went to Yosemite and hiked half dome!!! The fam and I are big Yosemite lovers, going at least once a year but when they mentioned they wanted to hike half dome I was like sure…no big. Don’t be fooled like I was, it is a pretty big deal! Honestly, one of the most grueling, challenging things I have ever accomplished – but boy howdy was I proud of myself and my parents. I encourage everyone—everyone to hike half dome! Totally, a big old check mark off the bucket list!
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
“Happy, Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running – that’s the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there.”
– Jack Kerouac The Dharma Bums
This little gem of a quote has a home on my desk. It makes me happy. It makes me smile. Can’t you just imagine that salty air filling your nostrils and whipping your hair around. Mmmm mmm I love it and I can almost close my eyes and picture myself standing on the shoreline with my toes wiggling in the sand…that’s my happy place (one of them anyway). I want to live a wild life, relatively. Just free to explore, chart my own course and be out there, outside, experiencing nature and the beauty of the outdoors.