Hike Eight: Goat Lake (Stanley, ID)

Believe it or not, I used to hate being out in nature. My parents were not people who enjoyed immersing themselves in the outdoors. Growing up, when my friends would all be headed into the mountains to go camping and I would inquire as to why we never went camping or hiking, my mother would…

Hike Seven: Around the Mountain (Boise, ID)

I love summer, or I love the idea of summer. Summers mean water sports, camping, hiking, biking…all the things we long to do in the winter as we snuggle under blankets with fires roaring. Then summer actually comes and temperatures in Boise and southern Idaho hit 100+ degrees, and the collective groan from everyone can…

Hike Six: Louie Lake Loop (McCall, ID)

Full disclosure: I honestly thought being out of school would provide more opportunities for me to truly sit down and write well-thought-out and engaging blog posts about our hikes, but that certainly has not been the case this last month. Last week, we didn’t get home before 9:00 p.m. every.single.night that week. It’s exhausting. Summer…

Kirkham Hot Springs (Lowman)

This weekend I turned 34-years-old. It doesn’t feel particularly different from 33, though attaching a number to it makes it a bit more real. As Emily said, you’re one year away from officially being out of your early 30’s. Thanks, hon. Given our proclivity towards winter/early spring hot springs exploration, I rallied a group of…

Hike Five: Bonneville Hot Springs (Lowman)

I would like to preface this blog post by letting you all know: I really don’t like winter. I’ve met people who get super excited at the prospect of things like snow. And cold weather. And ice. I’m not one of those people. Growing up I loved winter because I loved to ski (and it…

Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs (Ketchum)

This weekend, Emily and I celebrated our one-year anniversary. I know one year doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you’re as relationship-challenged as I am, a year is practically a lifetime. I mean, in lesbian time, we’ve been together like five years (I like to multiply the number of years lesbians have been…

Hike Four: Boise Foothills: Shane’s & Three Bears

Occasionally Emily and I get these wild ideas. For instance: what if instead of hiking one day and running the next day, we combine our five-mile run with a hike and call it a…wait for it…TRAIL RUN! Sometimes our genius astounds even us. We had a very, very lazy weekend, or probably more aptly put,…

Rocky Canyon Hot Springs…sort of…(Crouch)

Last summer, Emily and I went camping outside of Crouch, Idaho. A coworker had told me that there were several designated campgrounds, though they usually filled up quickly. However, she pointed out, there were an overabundance of places to camp along the dirt road outside of town. There were in fact several camping spots that…

Hike Three: Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas, NV)

Despite my steadfast resolution to blog in a timely manner after any of our given hikes, what I discovered this past week is that trying to blog when you are in Las Vegas—more aptly put, trying to blog while you are in Las Vegas partying and drinking—is pretty much on par with trying to exercise…

Hike Two: Cervidae Peak (Boise)

Let’s talk about this crazy winter we are having in Boise if we can for just a moment. On Friday it was 54 degrees. That’s not me fat-fingering 24 degrees and actually typing 54. It was, seriously, 54 degrees in January. I think we had all braced for another harsh winter like the one we…