Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gertrude Jekyll

Flipping through The Garden Book this morning, and was taken aback at the majestic wintery beauty of this image:

The garden designer was Gertrude Jekyll and I'm not able to find a photo credit. The location is Munstead Wood, a renowned garden in England. Such a soothing palette of cool blues & greys.. so dreamy

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side

Listening to Lou Reed this chilly New York morning. "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side," he sings. You know what Lou, I will!

During the summers when I was 15 & 16, I went hiking, rock-climbing, & white water rafting on the Appalachian Trail along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. That experience lit a tiny spark and the dream was born - I would hike the entire trail.

I am setting out in late March on Springer Mountain in Georgia and will hike 2,175 miles to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I will carry a pack on my back with everything I need to survive, and aim to keep my pack weight under 25 lbs. I will wake with the sun, walk all day, and set up camp again when I'm tired.

Incredible challenges await me, but as I strive to do in all aspects of my life, I will seek to find the joy & beauty (and hopefully some humor) in the situation.

Happy trails!