heliolatry.

[hee-lee-ol–uh-tree] noun worship of the sun. After leaving a highly air conditioned restaurant, I went outside, stood in the sun, and closed my eyes and savored how the sun felt as my goosebumps diminished. I then checked the Word of the Day and laughed when I read the meaning. The weather in Colorado has been so lovely; theContinue reading “heliolatry.”

saxicoline.

[sak-sik–uh-lin, -lahyn] adjective, Botany, Zoology living or growing among rocks. I sat in the sunshine at a coffee shop called The Daily Dose in Crested Butte and enjoyed about half my daily dose of caffeine. I shared a campsite with a father and his son last night and I could not have enjoyed myself more. The campground was full and theyContinue reading “saxicoline.”

nabob.

[ney-bob] noun any very wealthy, influential, or powerful person. Also, nawab. a person, especially a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East. I was fortunate to be accepted back at the Outfitters to work a couple months while I was home meeting my amazing nephew, Jack. While I was folding a bright pink Patagonia t-shirt, a customer sauntered in and asked his friend, my manager, “Have you ever been to Ketchum, Idaho?”Continue reading “nabob.”

accouterment.

or (especially British) accoutrement [uh–koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-] noun personal clothing, accessories, etc. the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier. I loaded up Sangria Kia with accouterment galore, including wool base layers, bamboo leggings, my coffee maker, and hats full of buttons. I put an “Asheville” sticker on Sangria’s dupa and she seemed to be glowing, knowing an adventure was on the horizon. There’s not much IContinue reading “accouterment.”

tenderfoot.

[ten-der-foo t] noun, plural tenderfoots, tenderfeet [ten-der-feet]  1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice. 2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships. Idaho was covered in mountains which were covered in evergreens which were covered in snow. It looked like Narnia from the comfort of my heated Kia. We stayed inContinue reading “tenderfoot.”

logy.

[loh-gee] adjective, logier, logiest. lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic. I have had a logy heaviness lately. I think it started in Denver due to allergies and traffic and what was left of my energy faded away with every mile on the drive to Oklahoma City. My stay there was lovely, though I wish I had been more entertaining to myContinue reading “logy.”

rhapsodic.

[rap-sod-ik] adjective extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic. pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody. While driving through the Smoky Mountains to get to Asheville, green overwhelmed me until I was utterly rhapsodic. There were so many different shades, I took my sunglasses off to make sure I was seeing it right. Highlighter green, deep kale green, Ninja Turtle green–it was overwhelming compared to the everContinue reading “rhapsodic.”

sang-froid.

[French sahn–frwa] noun coolness of mind; calmness; composure: An hour ago, I applied to be one of Backpacker Magazine’s National Park Scouts. I’d travel around for a year to find adventure, test out new gear, meet folks visiting the parks, and then write about it. I was allotted 100 words to convince the hiring team that I’m their gal, thatContinue reading “sang-froid.”

Must see, must read, must sip list: hikes, bookstores, and coffee shops in Estes Park, CO

Estes Park, CO houses all you could ever want and you might start looking for real estate. Estes (pronounced “Est-is”, not “Est-ees”) has the rockiest mountains, Colorado’s largest collection of whiskey, the strongest coffee, and the friendliest folks (though I’m here in April and not during the summer tourist overload; the friendliness might decrease by July). TheContinue reading “Must see, must read, must sip list: hikes, bookstores, and coffee shops in Estes Park, CO”