friends + feelings

Accepting Reality // I Can Fix This…Probably. Not.

As I pull my phone from my ear + thumb over the red "hang up" button my mind is overwhelmed. For myself + more so for my friend. Ideas pumped through my mind, already full of possible worst case scenarios. Was my advice worthy of his situation? Did I say the right thing? Was I leading him astray with my own interpretation of the situation? Life was really doing a great job of punching him in the throat with one reality check after another. I knew he could handle it, but it still didn't seem fair. There has to be a way to make this better. Easier. Simpler. Yes, yes, I know! This problem is also not...my problem. The drama is not...my drama. Yet I want to help. I want to make a difference in the life of the friend I was just chatting with. There has to be a way for me to fix everything. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Desert Bound + Ditching Domestic Endeavors

I'm headed off to chase some sunshine around the Utah desert. On Friday I'll be driving out to Moab to volunteer at the Moab 200 Mile Ultra race + the Mad Moose Events Canyonlands Other Half race for a long weekend of sand + sun. After I recoup from the sleepless nights + a long run of sweeping the Moab 200 course I'm headed further west. My destination is Capital Reef, for another long weekend of arches + pillars in the middle of the desert.

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By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Volunteer Exchange // WorkAway vs HelpX vs WWOOF

My first bout of nomadic living came as a bit of a surprise, to everyone. Myself included. I didn't spend years saving up for travel. This meant my bank account was far from prepared for my voluntary stint of unemployment. However, everything else in my life was screaming "go, go, go". So I went. I didn't want to turn down the opportunity to see the world because it came unexpectedly. I decided I would just get really creative with my budgeting + travel plans. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Oh, Hey There…Winter?!

Looks like winter has arrived...sort of? I don't remember when snow first showed up last season, but I do know I was hiking well above 11,000 feet in November wearing a tank top on a nearly snow-free trail! Maybe winter is actually arriving early this year?! Because it's here! Of course, it won't stick around as it's already melting, but we got a nice little taste of winter this weekend...right after we soaked up miles of fall. We're in the midst of one of Mother Nature's full-blown mood swings! Don't believe me? Here's a peek at the last four days here in Silverthorne... (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago