Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer Adventures ~ Mountains!

I love the great outdoors and there's no better 
day for me, than hanging out with those I love.

 Look who's hiking with her Mum. 

 This Mum and her daughter Ivy hike weekly.
I was lucky enough to tag along and stay paced.

 A quick trip to Lake Tahoe allowed me to catch up with Mikki.
She kept me busy: hiking  cycling and kayaking.

 A slow paced stroll took me up the Squaw Grind...

 only to soak ourselves in pools and hot tubs at the top.
Squaw Valley was home to the Winter Olympics in 1960.
A most amazing experience.

In June we travelled to Europe to visit family in Germany.
My niece, Ursula took us up the Spitzingsee another alpine hike in the German alps.
There is so much to do and so much to see.
One cannot help but loose oneself up in the alps.

 We traveled the most scenic 'GrossGlockner' alpine road in the Austrian alps.
The road is widely travelled in the summer months only,
by cyclists, motorcycles, and high powered vehicles.

 While they traveled with the car to the highest peak,
I took the hard route and climbed the last mile.

 This adventure starts at 1300 meters above sea level and brings you 
up to 3800 meters measuring to 12,000 feet.

 The High Taurern (GrossGlockner )National Park, 1833 square kilometers large,
and is the biggest national park in central Europe. 
It covers three regions, Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol, 
including the highest mountains of the eastern Alps.

 And look who crossed the border to catch up with family last week.
Yes, all her legal work is completed and she's free to come and go again.
What a wonderful hike up Mt. Thom.
The summer weather continues and adventures lie ahead.

 And today, September 8th, family members young and old
enjoyed clibing together the old famous 'Abby Grind!'
This week we're celebrating a milestone of 50!
Guess who?
So if you can't get to Europe....there are lots of hikes right here in the valley.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

I think they said it's 'Grouse Grind' next.


  1. Marg - you are such an inspiration! Your mountains are ever so beautiful as are the Alps! I can almost smell the fresh air in the Austrian Alps. What a wonderful way to spend time with your loved ones. I live in the flat lands but have been lucky enough to experience your mountains! Ivy is a doll!

  2. You've had so many mountain adventures this summer. How wonderful to be able to share this mountain top experiences with loved ones!

  3. I love how you are always up for a challenge and some adventure. Really enjoyed seeing you with your girls. Happy your sister...right?!

  4. I love the mountains, too! (Utah version for now, but I've seen some beautiful Alps) Good job being able to climb and keep up with your daughters-I know they are both really fit. I'd get left behind if I tried to do it. Your granddaughter is adorable!

  5. Do I dare guess if Cheryl is 50? Happy Birthday! Your photos are gorgeous. I love the ones in the Austrian Alps and of course the one of mom with baby is a beautiful keeper!

  6. Climb every mountain,
    Search high and low,
    Follow every byway,
    Every path you know.

    Climb every mountain,
    Ford every stream,
    Follow every rainbow,
    'Till you find your dream.

    I don't think you are about to quit climbing any time soon!

    Happy Birthday to your 50-year-old sister. I can say I knew her when she was a wee little thing. How the years fly by!

  7. Marg, you have been inspiring this summer with all your hiking. You have so much energy and it all pays off at the top! Beautiful photos.


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