Victoria Lise with dog, Styx at Blue Lake.

The Sacred Waters of Blue Lake, Colorado

Roughly 15 miles out and back through a valley appropriately named “Oh Be Joyful” lead us to questionably one of the most breathtaking alpine lakes. A single track, well-defined trail winds through fields of free range cattle, willow brush, and decomposing skunk cabbage. The valley is wide but eventually feels dome-like as you near the lake. Mountains seem to kiss the sky, a sky that felt far away but within reach, all at once. The dry summer and arrival of fall left a layer of lingering, seasonal scent. Dried foliage crunched beneath our feet, while the rhythm of our legs…

Hiking Cinnamon Mountain in Crested Butte, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Cinnamon Mountain Summit, Colorado

Late last week we made the trek to the summit of Cinnamon Mountain once again. After four trips to the peak I’ve still not grown weary of it. It sits nestled within Paradise Divide, enveloped by striking Rocky Mountains, blanketed in rich foliage and fragrant native wildflowers.  Despite the drought or perhaps because of it the flowers were in full bloom. There were no shortage of lupines, purple aster, columbines, osha, and a vast variety of paintbrushes. You may recognize Cinnamon Mountain from  Hiking Mountains at 55+ when we took my mom on her very first peak hike. What a memorable…

A Wall of Televised Truths. East Jesus Art. © Victoria Lise 2018.

Slab City and East Jesus

Some end up there because of hard times, some choose to park it there during the tolerable winter months, others prefer the outskirts of society. Veterans, snowbirds, runaways, artists, a kaleidoscope of colorful characters occupy the barren desert acreage that many would describe as post apocalyptic.

Welcome to Salvation Mountain. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Salvation Mountain, California

Happy Monday friends! It is with much excitement I share with you my long-awaited pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain. You may recognize it from the film Into The Wild when Chris McCandless’ journey led him through Slab City just outside of Niland, California. The artist, Leonard Knight, appeared in the film as well, sharing his life’s message; God is love, Love is Universal, and keep it all simple. You don’t have to be the least bit religious to be overcome by the palpable love present and enamored by Leonard’s nearly 30 years of faithful dedication. It was Leonard’s belief that no…

Jenny Rose Restaurant Sign. ©Victoria Lise 2018

Timeless Treasures from The Road

Happy Tuesday friends, trailblazers, and road runners! Over the last 12 days my crew (husband + dog) and I have been on the road, on the beach, and in the desert. It was another amazing road trip and I collected quite the treasures to share with you all. My favorite souvenirs are (surprise, surprise) photographs and while at the start of our trip I was shocked with how little I was using my camera, I did end up taking more than a fair share of snaps. Like I’ve said here before “we miss 100% of the shots we never take”. I have…