Everglades

Last month, I traveled to Florida for work and we were able to bike a 15 mile loop around the Everglades called the Shark Valley Trail. We also kayaked on the Orange river, but didn’t see any Manatees. I’ll save the old Army airfield for another post- that it seems I may never get a chance to write about. I…

Charleston Light

I love lighthouses. The sea has always called to me and brings me such peace. I’ve visited lighthouses along the coast from Key West, Florida to Portland, Maine. I’ve also visited a few along the west and gulf coasts, as well. This past week, I was working in South Carolina and found myself fifteen minutes from Charleston Light, so I…

Dr. Mary’s Monkey

I finished two books in recent weeks. The most intriguing of which was, Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics. It takes place in New Orleans and the link between all of the above…

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Friend

A lot has been going on lately. I have had crazy work weeks from 60- 85 hrs in the recent months. This weekend I joked that I only worked 64 hours, not including 7 hours of drive time. I have bills to pay, so I work. I have been hiking, camping, cycling and kayaking in my “spare” time, but between…

Channels of Virginia

I finally broke down and ordered a GoPro. It arrived yesterday! I’m really excited about this. I did a 26 mile ride with Marty in the area near Pilot Mountain on Tuesday and I kept wishing I had a camera mounted on my head or at least SOMEWHERE. The views are spectacular up there and I want to remember them…

I am the Daughter of the King

And I will be a father to you. And you shall be sons and daughters to me says the Lord almighty 2 Corinthians 6:18 It’s been a good week. I hiked 5.5 miles at Pilot Mountain on Monday, rode 11.5 miles with Marty on the Salem Greenway Tuesday, rode my NordicTrack yesterday and rode 12.5 miles today on the road…

Broken Promises

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” Well, I haven’t ever broken a promise before and for the first time, I’m having to do something other than what I agreed to do. The last time I spoke to my dad, he asked me to be sure to personally bring his ashes to California for him. He…

My First Swim

I’ve been kayaking for a few years now. I had never come out of my boat until yesterday, but what a thrill! My ass and lower back are a bit bruised, but the rest of me is fine. I made it through the top of the rapid and swam at the bottom. Later in the day I was thinking about…

Work Life Balance

I am not sure that there really is such a thing as a work-life balance, but I try hard to find it. The last 4 years, I have found myself working 50-60 plus hours a week. Fitting in a life outside of work has proved to be difficult at times. I’ve become fond of the saying, “Work hard, play harder.”…