Whimsy & Wilderness

A Colorado Adventure Blog

Introducing A New Series - Why I Wild.

I grew up in a family of travelers, which in part was due to my dad being in the military. My early childhood is sprinkled with memories of Europe, where we lived for a time, and the trips we took to surrounding countries. When we relocated stateside the scenery changed from historical sites and museums to the Grand Canyon and Disneyland. My dad eventually retired from the Army, and we found our forever home here in Colorado.  My earliest memories of the outdoors is when we'd get lunch, and drive to a picnic area in the mountains.  I'd find the stream for my barbies to cool off then join my siblings in spitting the seeds out of a slice of juicy watermelon. It was a simple, yet meaningful time. 

To be honest, I'm unsure of the catalyst for my love affair with nature to the scale it is today. I think it's invariably been there having grown in a time without electronic distractions, but this had me asking myself, "Why do I wild?". For me it's where I go to leave my troubles, to let them dissipate with every step of a trail.  It's also where I feel most connected to the earth; to be among the raw beginnings not yet ruined by humanity. The quiet requires you to be present, and let's you discover yourself even if it's uncomfortable. I keep going back because each time is never the same, as neither am I. 


In my travels I've discovered each person has a unique relationship with the outdoors. Their motivations for exploring are not the same, as individual experiences garner diverse perspectives. If it's one thing I love it's hearing these stories, and learning about the various paths. They are inspirational, and it would be selfish to keep them to myself. This is how the series "Why I Wild" was born. Each month will feature a new guest sharing their journey and love for the wilderness. I hope you are as inspired as I am by these true tales, and I can't wait to bring them to you. 

California Love

It's no secret I love California, more specifically, San Diego. It's gone from vacation destination to second home. I love it for many reasons, but mainly because it houses my chosen family, the McGuires/Kellers. When visiting shenanigans invariably ensue, laughter continually roars, and this creates everlasting memories. You can find me there every few months hanging with my lil' spirit animal niece, Devy, and lounging at the beach while eating In-N-Out Burger. On my recent trip back in February I visisted the Cabrillo National Monument. It was established to commemorate the 16th century European explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo. He was the first to lead an expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the US. (Insert the "The More You Know" logo here.) It sits on a hilltop over looking down town San Diego, and is surrounded by beautiful tide pools. Of course, my camera was at the ready, and I was lucky to have a beautiful day to capture photos. The weather was great my entire stay, and it made for a fun time shooting. Below are my faves of the weekend, enjoy!