The lakes supplemented my desire for some time, but the inevitability of moving on to wide open spaces was certain. 2010 marked my official trade of lakes for mountains and The Big Sky, and it’ll take a lot to get me to leave. The careers I have chosen have been focused on being outdoors, and the life I have made here has been a deliberate choice; a life that I don’t need a vacation from.
My life in the Twin Cities suburbia was always a world away when I’d venture to Worland, WY every summer to visit my Grandpa’s farm–and East Rosebud to visit his sister’s cabin. From rainbow trout fishing to Badland exploring, I’d always felt at peace.
The power of that reflective time, to bring me back to the basics and forget the struggles of the “sophisticated” life humans have created, is unlike any other. Although solitude in nature is desirable, nothing is as sweet as sharing an epic experience with others. I hope to spread this desire to be outdoors, in The Rockies–and with other women.