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Fasting To Feed the Local Hungry

Today I fast for 24 hours. This is my sixth week of weekly fasting. I promised updates when I started this project. I am sorry I’m so tardy in providing them. Thanks for your support!

Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

It has been a generous summer for me in terms of how much time I’ve had in the high country of my back yard, Wyoming’s Wind River Range. For the last six weeks, I’ve gone on six epic day hikes.
On July 12, my husband, Jerry, and I hiked a 25.5-mile roundtrip hike that took us [...]

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Last Thursday, my husband, Jerry, and I left Lander at (gasp) 3:45 am. It was a two-hour drive to the Big Sandy Opening trailhead, and our plans for the day were ambitious: to climb Mitchell Peak and get back to Lander in time for our middle son’s 5:30 pm baseball game.
We made the drive under [...]

Stalking Big Foot in Wyoming

Our three young sons, Wolf, Hayden and Fin, ages almost-12, 10 and almost-5, are producing a video reality show series called STALKING BIG FOOT IN WYOMING. So far, they’ve published 7 episodes. (Watch for a new episode every Saturday). I’m biased, I know. But. Still… The shows are funny. Please check ‘em out, and share [...]

Epic Adventure – and Longing

Epic Adventure – and Longing

Hi. My name is Shelli. I’m 43 years old. I have been married to Jerry for almost 20 years and we have three young sons, Wolf, 11, Hayden, 9, and Finis, 4.

This is a post about a wife and mother’s longing. It is also [...]

To Win, Back Yourself Against a Cliff

I am a goal-oriented person. I always am working on a goal, or ten.
From time to time, I refer to the goals I set as Ulysses pacts. A Ulysses pact, or contract, is a self-made decision that binds one to the future. The term refers to the pact Ulysses (Odysseus) made with his men as [...]

My Brooks Range People Made Me Better

My Brooks Range People Made Me Better

This is Post 2 in a series about my recent Alaska Brooks Range backpacking course.
It was Aug. 6, the afternoon before the start of my NOLS Brooks Range Hiking course. I was in Alaska, enjoying the comforts of the Ah, Rose Marie Bed & Breakfast, in Fairbanks, while waiting for others enrolled in the course [...]

My NOLS Brooks Range Hiking Course: Not a Vacation or Guided Tour

My NOLS Brooks Range Hiking Course: Not a Vacation or Guided Tour

Greetings from my beloved Frontier of Wyoming. I am re-entering upon returning from my National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course in Alaska’s remote Brooks Range and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
For two weeks, I backpacked a country that is so big and unending and wild and spectacular that there is no way I can adequately communicate [...]

Alaska’s Brooks Range or Bust

I leave you with this video blog as I depart for my NOLS course in the remote Brooks Range and Arctic tundra of Alaska.

Cyclone Pass “Prize” Makes Shoshone Lake Hike (Grunt) Worthwhile

Cyclone Pass “Prize” Makes Shoshone Lake Hike (Grunt) Worthwhile

Shoshone Lake is a big lake that is in my backyard. Tucked in the foothills of Wyoming’s southern Wind River Range, the lake is situated at about 10,000′, and in the Shoshone National Forest.
My husband, Jerry, a friend, Kathy Swanson, of Casper, WY, and I hiked to Shoshone Lake and beyond on July 8. The [...]