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Last night was the shortest hike yet but my heart was beating the fastest it ever did ūüôā

My family and I enjoyed the Haunted Trail at Creepy Woods in Baltimore County.

Over the years we have explored many Haunted Trails in Baltimore and Pennsylvania.  This one was my favorite.

It was great because it was a short drive, the cost was minimal and it was quite ooky and spooky!

Apparently others have figured out the greatness of this trail because there was a 3+ hour wait to get into the forest.

The extra $10 on the speed pass was money well spent!

I love a good haunted trail but there were a couple of times during this one that I wished it was just over. ¬†ūüôā

I was tired of screaming and I was pretty sure a heart attack was on the horizon.

While we were in line waiting for our turn, there was an adult escorted out of the trail because she was just to scared to continue.

I have NEVER seen that before at a haunted trail. ¬†The organizer said that that lady was the 8th person that night to come back out of the trail and the night before they had 34 people do the same thing. ¬†It was scary but I don’t know if it was quite that scary.



With Breast Cancer awareness month upon us and just passing the 1 year mark of losing my mother to this awful disease October has been a super emotional month for me. ¬†I have been told that I am one of those people who suppresses feelings and just goes on. ¬†So maybe it is all just catching up to me? ¬†Maybe reality is just starting to hit me? ¬†Maybe all this talk about Breast Cancer is just too much? ¬†Maybe it was sick dementia’d patient I had the other day who spent her whole hour with me asking for her daughter? ¬†Or maybe it is the combination of all of these things… No matter the cause I miss my mom. ¬†Not only do I miss all of the great things that we all love about our moms but I also miss arguing with her, I miss being annoyed with her, I miss taking her to the doctors, I miss her inappropriate table manners, I miss all of the things that I thought were so awful when she was here. ¬†I spend a lot of time yelling at myself telling me that I should have appreciated those things when I had her here.

What does this have to do with hiking? ¬†Well, as it turns out… ¬†My momma was quite the fighter. ¬†She fought Breast Cancer until the last minute of her life. ¬†She taught me many lessons in the last few years of her life. ¬†Many of them come out in little nuggets when I least expect them. ¬†On those days were I feel like I just want to give up. ¬†On those days when we venture off on a hike that is a lot tougher or longer than expected my momma some times shows up in my mind. ¬†Not the cheerleader like you would expect but as the sickly lady who looked much older than she was, in her hospital bed, barely conscious but still fighting. ¬†There were several times in the last few years of her life that the odds were stacked against her. ¬†Times when the Drs. thought we might never get to take her home. ¬†Times when I had given up and started to mentally prepare myself for the loss. ¬†But all of those times (except for the last) she made it home. ¬†She fought the cancer in her body, she fought her extremely low immune system and she fought the odds that the Drs. gave her. ¬†She made it through time and time again. ¬†And if she could fight those odds why can’t I fight a little hike in the woods?

One of the things that I have not been able to do is walk or run the Breast Cancer walk. Emotionally it is just too soon and too hard for me to do at this time. ¬†However, my brother will be walking with his family. ¬†While Breast Cancer Research did not advance far enough to save my mother, my brother is hoping that by walking he can help save someone else’s mother/daughter/wife/sister/friend. ¬†Susan J Komen foundation is currently excepting donations to help this happen.

If you would like to make a small donation to my brothers team please follow the link below:

or better yet…………

If you would like to start your own team and raise money for a Susan J Komen follow this link:

The statistics show that you have or know someone who has been effected by Breast Cancer:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer

After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

We all have heard that early detection is key but did you know that in addition to mammograms there are other things that we can do to avoid being part of the statistics listed above?

Breast Cancer

What was I thinking? Who really cares what the heck I have to say?!? Ha ha!
When I had a hiking adventure to share weekly I felt like I was contributing but now I have this new disease….
I think it’s called Non-Hikingitis ūüôā
You see I injured my foot on a 10 mile walk. I was a victim of my own vanity. I knew I had a long day of walking ahead of me but I wanted to look cute in my sun dress and sandals. Big mistake!!
I have a strain, a torn ligament and bit of swelling.

Initially the thought was no hiking for 2 weeks. The MRI results showed the tear and increased that 2 weeks to 6 – 8 weeks. This news has caused an increase in the symptoms of Non-Hikingitis.

In addition to the pains in the foot …the symptoms of Non-Hikingitis include but are not limited to:

*random pity parties
*cupcake over doses
*increased emotional eating
*increased whining
*decrease in gym attendance
And ultimately a STOP in weight loss!

The treatment for Non-Hikingitis (prescribed by yours truly
*Sit down and write it down. Make it real! No more excuses!!!!
*QUIT your Sissy’ng
*find non weight bearing exercises to do
*stay away from the cupcakes
*be proud of how far you have come so far. And know that YOU can get in shape and you WILL live a healthy lifestyle.


So I did not get to hit the trail this week but I got plenty of outdoors on Saturday and Sunday.  Monday and Tuesday I managed to get in 10 miles of Urban Hiking:)

I spent Saturday and Sunday at the Calvert County Fairgrounds at my Scentsy booth raising money for END HUNGER IN CALVERT COUNTY.  They were hosting a blues festival.

Blues Festiva

I started out my weekend with the intention to get out there and sell lots and lots of Scentsy and make myself lots and lots of money.  Well as it turns out, I got there learned a bit about the cause and I have decided that I will donate my entire commission to the cause.  The great part about this organization is that it was all founded by a man named

  • Rev. Robert P. Hahn ‚Äď Founder and CEO
    Reverend Hahn was inspired to form End Hunger In Calvert County when he learned that while Calvert is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, it still suffers from rising poverty and hunger rates. Upon hearing that the majority of food pantry clients already hold full-time jobs, he was gripped by the vision of what could be accomplished if churches, schools, non-profits, businesses and other organizations joined together. His mission is to not only feed people but to get to the root causes of local hunger and help equip people to self-sufficiency.

The thing I find the most admirable about this is that he

1.  saw a need

2.  made a goal

3. set steps in action to achieve this goal.

I have accomplished steps 1 and 2 a gazillion times…. but man its that step 3 that stops me in my tracks. ¬†How many of us think this would be worthy cause and it would be great to do something to help. ¬†Then…. the next thing you know life starts happening and we keep going about our every day life and we never do anything to help. ¬†So, when I come across someone who actually makes things happen I can’t help but to admire them. ¬†One of the great things about this program is that not only do they feed people…. they also offer training programs to help unemployed and hungry people to learn a trade. ¬†They offer several options in career train, including Electrician training. ¬† ¬†I know that we can’t all start organizations but if you are looking to make a donation to help someone in need or if you are in need ¬†¬†

This was the first annual Blues Festival of Southern Maryland but they have several other events that have been very successful. ¬†I had such a great time. ¬†Who knew that I was a Blue’s music fan? ¬†I certainly did not! ¬†We got to see two beautiful sunsets as well a zebra. ¬†Yes that’s right I said a zebra…. ¬†I know how random right? ¬†And of course my favorite part about events is getting to meet lots of new people. ¬†That is actually my favorite part of my Scentsy business.

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Monday and Tuesday were not quite as fun.  I was picked to do jury duty on Monday.  I know some people groan at the thought of jury duty but I actually LOVE it.  It is guilt free time.  I read a book, drank coffee and just had some quiet time all morning long.  Not to mention I got to walk to jury duty.  It was beautiful morning.  I walked through the Inner Harbor and Downtown Baltimore.


It was a 2 mile walk each way. ¬†I walked down and back in the morning and after it was over as well as home and back for lunch. ¬†I was chosen to be on the jury so I got to go back on Tuesday. ¬†So another walk down. ¬†It was too hot to walk home afterward so I took the free calculator bus home. ¬† My jury service on Tuesday entailed arriving at 1:30pm and sitting in the jury room for about 40 minutes to be called into the courtroom and told the trail was dismissed. ¬†I get paid from my full time job from my full time job for the entire day PLUS the City of Baltimore paid me $15 a day for my time. ¬†I wish I could get jury duty every day ūüôā

Today I was feeling a bit overwhelmed! I happened across this little nugget on Instagram.
A little reminder that it will all get done eventually!