The calendar says it's spring. I'm not quite buying it yet. We had a week or so back in "winter" that was absolutely awesome, with almost 80 degree highs. But in reality, all that did was bring out the pollen and then the temps dropped again and now we are back to "spring" and it's lovely 50 degree highs and rain.

But at least it's Spring.

And with the coming of Spring, it awakens in me the wanderlust that somewhat goes dormant over the winter. It makes me want to throw on my hiking gear and explore. It makes me want to buy a really good rain jacket if the weather is going to keep up like this, but nonetheless it makes me want to hike and camp and just plan outdoorsy stuff.

But, I have one major change to my outdoorsy stuff this year. Late last year when we made an move out West, I had made the decision that all of my hiking this year would be in preparation for my birthday hike in May on the infamous Angel's Landing trail in Zion National Park. Since now in order to do that, I'd have to fly back out there, I'm thinking I need another equally awe inspiring hike to take its place this coming May.

So this will be my focus for the next little bit. I'm looking into some section hikes of the Appalachian Trail, the Natural Bridge in VA or maybe there's another great weekender hike that will fill the void that I leave of not being able to hike Angel's Landing.

Suggestions?




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The earthquake and tsunami that has caused a chain of tragic events in Japan hits me just as hard as the tragedy of 9/11 did. I consider Camp Zama Japan my "hometown", seeing as I spent the majority of my childhood there. To see the destruction that's occurred just saddens me to the core.

I have friends there who have luckily informed me that they and their families are safe although I have friends that are still waiting to hear from family and loved ones. I encourage anyone who is looking for friends or loved ones to utilize the American Red Cross's Safe and Well site.

I hope the outpouring of support and love that the United States gave to Haiti is as equally shown to Japan. Their country is a beautiful country and their people are equally beautiful, I hope their recovery can begin soon.

With all the uncertainty still hanging this is a prime time to begin giving to help them in their recovery. To help the basic needs of the people. I am choosing to give to the American Red Cross who is reaching out to assist the Japanese Red Cross.

Please visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.




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Since my old blog was hacked, I can't link back to story I blogged about losing my daughter at 21 weeks pregnant or the story I blogged about my son being born 7 weeks early and spending 15 days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

They are both long stories, one tragic and one miraculous. Both tied together by one thing.. The March of Dimes. The March of Dimes helped me cope after losing my daughter and it informed me that I wasn't the only one in the world (although I felt like it), that lost their child due to premature labor. The March of Dimes gave me hope and a goal. A goal to become a part of something bigger and better. Something that could help keep any mother from feeling that pain that I went through.

So here's my plea to you. I beg of each and every one of you who read this, please help me reach my fundraising goal - even if you donate just a dollar - to help support the research aimed at preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
If you want to take it even one step further.. start or join a team to March for Babies! Help make a difference in someone's life, like it did for me.



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