All The Way Up

All The Way Up

Have you ever had that feeling of wanting to begin something new but not knowing where to begin? Now imagine that that something is climbing a mountain and not having any knowledge of physical activity is your starting point. That was the position I was in three years...
Dairy and Apiculture Excursion

Dairy and Apiculture Excursion

On Wednesday we started the day early to head out of town to the dairy farm, La Selvatana. La Selvatana is a family farm that produces organic milk, cheese, and yogurt from cows that are able to graze the pasture. They sell their yogurt to schools throughout the...
Revisiting Myself on Montserrat

Revisiting Myself on Montserrat

Shades on, cap on, backpack on; I am ready to begin this trek. Today would be the day that I could finally say I hiked a mountain. My self-efficacy in this sense was at an all time high, and I took advantage of my optimism by transferring my mental power into physical...
Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Costa Brava translates directly to wild coast and that is an accurate description of the rocky coastline along the Mediterranean Sea; filled with small beaches, wildlife, and boat houses owned by the locals. To me, our excursion was based on hiking the coastline and...
Still Capable

Still Capable

Sports injuries are hard. Being physically unable to partake in the one thing that your life revolved around for over 10 years is hard. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the right to be angry and upset over my injuries anymore but unfortunately they are not a thing...
Living for Today

Living for Today

At home I feel overcommitted and spread too thin. My days are a continuous cycle of checking off as much as I can in a to-do list until I fall asleep only to wake up and repeat. I’m constantly squeezing as much as I can into tiny pockets of time and convincing myself...
Week 2: Drifting, Stress, and Pep!

Week 2: Drifting, Stress, and Pep!

This has been a busy, physical week as the students completed two derives and a trek of 8 miles. I think it’s safe to say that by Thursday, they were okay with not walking and being in the classroom. See my previous post to learn about derives. Unlike the...
Costa Brava and the Views

Costa Brava and the Views

I never thought my first-time hiking would be while I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I imagined my first time hiking would be at Starved Rock, a state park in Illinois. I have always wanted to go there with a group of friends; however, I never got the chance...
Nature is my therapy!

Nature is my therapy!

I love a place that feeds peace to my mind and gives wings to my heart. That place is nature for me. As a quiet person, I believe nature is a paradise. It lets me listen to the birds chirping, observe the leaves moving as the wind passes through and allows me to be in...
My Mountain

My Mountain

My restless mind tends to keep me awake into the early morning, and Sunday night was no exception. With a coffee standing outside a small shop at the base of the mountain, I took a moment to gloss over the challenge that laid before me. Montserrat steeped overhead,...
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