Victoria Lise in a Rocky Mountain Wildflower Field with Styx. 2016.

Field Of Dreams Crested Butte, Colorado

Summer solstice ahh! This is probably my favorite day of the year, the celebration of the summer season. Long sun soaked days, warm balmy nights, the simple sounds made by the birds and the bugs, the contrast of bluebird skies and lush green landscapes. And then here in Crested Butte there’s the bounty of glorious wildflowers. It is truly unlike anything I’ve been witness too and keeps me longing for summers return. The feeling is relative to standing underneath a waterfall of fireworks only better because the magic isn’t manmade. No one landscaped the wild, there was no miracle grow…

Fathering Forgiveness

There were many years I didn’t speak to my father on Fathers Day. Many years I didn’t even know him or whether he was alive or dead. Most would have filed him under the deadbeat dad category never realizing the impact the judgements and assumptions had on the daughter. The daughter of a deadbeat. About 8 years ago on the eve of a humid Fathers Day we sat in a workers cabin surrounded by tulip poplars on the curve of a Delaware back road. Me, my dad, and Alex. We sat there for hours until I hit a wall emotionally….

Victoria Lise Walks Dirt Road Colorado Color

My Golden Birthday And Decade of Freedom

Today is my birthday! Not only my birthday but my golden birthday! For those who aren’t familiar with golden birthdays (I wasn’t until last year when my mother in law informed me) it is when your age and the numerical date of your birthday match. So in my case I’m 28 on the 28th! Today is also much more significant to me than just my golden birthday, though I feel it’s very sychronistic that my golden birthday falls on the day I celebrate a decade of freedom. You see, I could be celebrating that I’ve been an adult for 10…

6 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Through Sustainable Alternatives

Happy Earth Day! I am no expert on any of this by any means but I can’t deny that pollution is a problem! We all love the Earth yet we don’t always show our love through our actions. Many times we’re simply unaware of the consequences of our choices plus we live within a society that doesn’t make it easy to avoid polluting our most precious resource. We’ve also become so accustomed to lives of convenience it’s challenging for us to break away from the most common culprits of pollution. In many instances we don’t even have another option to choose…

Spring in the Colorado mountains. ©Victoria Lise.

Spring Hikes And Family Visits

My mom was visiting Colorado (from Delaware) over the last week which is why I was MIA from the blogosphere. Precious time with family takes priority over many other things especially when you see them only once or twice a year. Time with my parents is especially valuable to me and seems to increase with each passing year. We took my mom hiking up to ‘The Caves’ which happens to be the same spot as Spring Landscapes Crested Butte, Colorado though the sun was much more plentiful. It wasn’t Cinnamon Mountain but it is still has incline that takes your breath away…

Road Tripping with Dogs. ©Victoria Lise

6 Tips for Road Tripping With Dogs

You all may have noticed that we never leave the dog behind while traveling near or far. Yes, in 3 years not once have we set sail or trail without him -though to be perfectly clear he doesn’t like boats at all. It may be a challenge to comprehend why we would opt to travel with a dog who isn’t exactly mild or even well-mannered in a vehicle, it’s not that he doesn’t like the ride, although were not exactly sure what it is, perhaps excitement. However, when we rescued him he was quite the handful and we couldn’t expect anyone…