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Rookie in the Saddle Overcoming My Horse Riding Fear

September 12, 2019 2 Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Sherry Spitsnaugle. Sherry has written for me before, so I’m thrilled to have her back to tell this story about her first horse riding experience. I can certainly relate to horse riding fear, I was bucked off […]

A Walking Safari Isn’t About the Animals

August 2, 2019 1 Comment »

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The safari jeep pulled away and we were all just standing there. On the ground. With no transportation. My heart raced. I quickly realized I had a whole different perspective doing a walking safari. I suddenly felt what it was like to be an animal living in this tall grass – wondering what predator was […]

Snowmobiling in Quebec as a Beginner

April 10, 2019 4 Comments »

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The world moves pretty fast. I am often stunned when I think of all of the changes we’ve gone through in the last 12 years since I’ve started traveling. Smart phones, social media, smart watches, Airbnb, ride sharing apps, and streaming television all appeared spearheaded by computer-based change. Technology seems to move at the speed […]

Want Snow? Try These Winter Activities in Quebec

March 21, 2019 2 Comments »

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“I’m sorry folks, but we are unable to land because the runway needs to be cleared off. We’ll be diverting to Montreal until they can get the snow cleared and will try again,” our pilot explained. My trip to Quebec actually started by getting delayed by the snow. I was tired and sad as my […]

Experiencing Sisterhood on a Surf and Yoga Retreat

February 13, 2019 4 Comments »

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I bobbed in the ocean, sitting on my board, breathing heavy from the paddle out past the break. I already felt like giving up, but my eyes were zeroed in on the horizon, squinting away the sunrise. My brain was on overdrive. This one? Too big. This one? No, wait…maybe…no. This one? No, I can’t […]

The Difference Between Cruising and UnCruising

January 18, 2019 12 Comments »

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I’m not a person who cruises. However, I am a person who uncruises. I know what you are thinking – “she’s lost her mind – there is not such thing as uncruising – she’s resorted to making up words!” un·cruis·ing /ˈənˈkro͞oziNG/ noun: uncruising – the action of engaging, connecting, and exploring unique places, oneself, and […]

Colorado Dog Sledding and Winter Adventures

January 16, 2019 No Comments »

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As we drove down the switchbacks of Berthoud Pass I pointed out Winter Park ski hill to my friend Lynn. We both looked at the little ant-like people coming down the runs and kept driving. Even though Colorado has had one of their best early snow seasons that had everyone flocking to the slopes in […]

How to do No Trace Hiking and Camping

October 4, 2018 3 Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and outdoor adventurer Ben.  I was excited to have him write about No-trace hiking and camping! After all, I spend a lot of time outdoors and if we want this outdoor playground to have a long life, […]

Leave Your Burdens Behind on Saint Olav Ways

July 31, 2018 7 Comments »

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Burdens…we all carry many with us. What if you could just choose some to leave some behind? That’s what I was thinking about as I slowly and steadily climbed up the Dovre mountain plateau along the Saint Olav Ways Gudbrandsdalen path. And even though I didn’t have a very heavy pack, I always have heavy […]

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