By Shelli on August 18, 2016
Some years ago, my husband, Jerry, and I had the idea to embark on an “epic anniversary day hike.” Every year, around our wedding anniversary, on a single day we’ll hike one mile for every year of marriage. Over the years, we have enjoyed some amazing, inspiring, fun and unforgettable anniversary day hikes. On Aug. 22, Jerry and I will celebrate […]
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By Shelli on August 11, 2009
When I step onto the summit, Iâ€™m at first at a loss for words. The sights are astounding â€“ truly awesome. I choke up, briefly, fighting back some happy tears, and I have goose bumps.
The views are beyond words. No photos or videos I capture can possibly do justice in conveying what Iâ€™m experiencing right this moment. I want for the feeling to last.
And aside from the awe-inspiring sights and resulting goose bumps, I want to explode and frolic and yell at the top of my lungs in response to our accomplishment.
By Shelli on August 8, 2009
We all agreed that the Grand Teton summit would be not be as formidable after todayâ€™s experiences. In fact, it now seems like a much smaller mountain, in mind at least, given the tests we faced, and passed, today.
Iâ€™m not sure if thatâ€™s what the guides had intended with todayâ€™s climbing instruction, but at this moment, I feel certain it will serve us well on tomorrowâ€™s Grand Teton ascent. But no doubt, we’ll need to cowboy up for the event.
By Shelli on August 7, 2009
This is Part 3 in a 6-part series about my recent Grand Teton Expedition. For previous posts, here is a pre-trip post and a recap. It is 9 am and we are headed to the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Most of us are caffeinated; all of us are awake, and our eagerness to get the show […]
By Shelli on August 5, 2009
(Click here for a pre-trip post I wrote.) I sit here today rested and showered, a little stiff and sore, and completely exhilarated. You see, yesterday I returned from my successful Grand Teton summit expedition. For some photos, click here. (BTW, thanks to Jason Kintzler and Brunton. Thanks to Brunton’s solar power and battery pack, […]
By Shelli on July 29, 2009
From Aug. 1-4, Iâ€™ll find myself on a guided expedition to summit the Grand Teton. I canâ€™t believe it, and I canâ€™t wait! The Grand Teton is a 13,770-foot-tall, rugged, beautiful peak in western Wyoming that Iâ€™ve looked at in awe many times. It is the tallest mountain in Grand Teton National Park, and the […]
By Shelli on May 6, 2009
Thanks to friend, photographer Mark Gocke, for letting me share this photo. It shows why I live in Wyoming. (BTW, my husband and I are going to (hopefully) stand on top of the Grand Teton in August.)