My Assignment (do the legwork first then the legwork)

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A siesta in Carrizo Canyon

I have to begin by saying that my recent assignment from the Greater Palm Springs CVB, is one that I have embraced (bear hug style) with both arms and my soon to be sore legs. I’m wholeheartedly stoked and ready for an adventure (assignment)! After all, my busy (favorite part) (husband, 3 children) personal life, is not the most conducive to early mornings and late evenings on the trails.

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Something about rock stacks…so whimsical!

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The I made it to the top moment! Mecca Hills

The assignment of 7 hikes 7 days, came quickly, so much so that I had to scramble to figure out the basics (journalism aside) like what to wear!  A search at the bottom of my drawers for appropriate (cute) attire was 3/4s the battle. It meant a shopping assignment first…oh poor me, wink.  This job (all the parts of it) may sound like a lot of leg work, it is but it’s certainly a job that won’t feel like one!

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Here I am contemplating the climb

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About age 5 with my mom in the Indian Canyons

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About age 7 on a hike/picnic with my dad

I grew up hiking the mountains of the Coachella Valley. The mountains have helped shape my intellect, extreme appreciation of nature and yes, my wild imagination. Growing up here in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s there wasn’t too much going on. For me, the desert mountains had it going on.  My parents would pack a sack of citrus, pb&j and water, we would cross the washes and head up the slopes. My little legs ached, my young heart pounded and I was hooked. Some of my first and best memories were from the tops of the local mountains trying to spy my house and swimming pool down below.

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This guy…the mysterious genius behind the camera

I have always LOVED hiking so I truly couldn’t wait to head out the door, become reacquainted with my mountains and document my adventure for others to enjoy.

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Watching the sunrise on Homestead Trail

Happy Trails!

 

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