2010 brought a roller coaster of life, and many changes.
This summer was filled with nights under the stars in the Boise National Forest, soaking up the hot springs, hiking in Yellowstone National Park and breathtaking views of the Black Hills. There was actually little lack of backcountry.
As some of you may recall, I spent summer of 2009 in Northern Idaho with my Mom. It was a difficult summer, filled with chaos and a plethora of emotions. However, it is a time that I would NEVER take back. In June of this year, my Mom passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was the ultimate outdoors woman, the woman who introduced Mother Nature to me. Her passing has rested heavy on my heart. Now that some time has passed I am ready to jump back on the bandwagon!
The backcountry is in my soul, and forever will be a part of me. The outdoors is a passion, an obsession. Due to the changes in life I didn’t spend as much time with the pack strapped on, but not all was lost, just momentarily set on the back burner.
The camp director hat has been placed upon my head once again.
Two summers ago I embarked on a unique undertaking. I was the Camp Director for a Girl Scout camp in central Idaho. Once again I am about to commence on a 5 week journey filled with trials, challenges, personal growth and joy.
The quest has already begun with pre-camp planning. This year I have been given more “control” of camp happenings. I have been put in charge of hiring staff, programming and a myriad of other details. There have been moments of frustration and moments of pure excitement. I am thrilled to have several staff members return to be by my side this season, as well as welcome new faces to join in the experience.
I hope to be able to share my stories along the way. I aspire to inspire more women to take a leap, enjoy the great world with their daughters, sisters, friends and anyone else they can grab hold of!