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Conquering the Cooper River Bridge Run

I grew up an only child, and I was very much a girly-girl. My cousins would all tease me when we played baseball or basketball at family get-togethers. I was tall, lanky, scared of the ball, and very uncoordinated for the first 19 years of my life. In junior high and high school, I was a cheerleader, which didn’t require much exercise other than stretching. At the age of 15, I picked up golf and made all my dad’s dreams come true. He was an avid golfer my whole life, and he had always wanted me to play. I realized that I had finally found a sport in which the ball was sitting still instead of flying at my face, so I decided to give it a try.


It's Good to be Back, Charleston SC

I’m new to South Carolina, but South Carolina’s not new to me. Growing up a Louisiana girl, my family vacationed here almost every summer for six years. My parents surprised me with my first car on Edisto Island a few months before my sixteenth birthday. I saw a waterfall for the first time on Lake Keowee, which is also where I made my first, and last, attempt at water skiing. I took my first official college visit at Furman University. I fell in love with King Street shopping early on, and it still makes my heart race at twenty-two. I surfed in Charleston, played golf in Hilton Head, and sank in the pluff mud in Beaufort.



Charleston Ice Capades


There was quite a build up to the last 36 hours of wintry wonder here in the Lowcountry. Gas tanks were filled. Folks checked their stock of batteries and bought firewood, bottled water, bread, and milk (though I've never understood why one buys milk when they expect the power is going to go out). Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel arrived. Social media went nuts. People created hashtags like #Snowmageddon, #SnowMyGosh, and #SnO-M-G, when really ones like #IceIceBaby would have been more appropriate. Charleston closed schools before the first drop of precipitation arrived and sent her workers home early. And then we waited. It was probably a good idea.


A Different Set of Shoes

I always imagined snowshoeing to be a difficult thing. I pictured wicker baskets tied to my feet and frequent face planting. This being my first winter in Colorado, I have a lot to learn. I’m working at a gear store that functions as a bike shop during the warmer months and transforms into a ski shop in the winter. I understand bikes, but the looming transformation to the ski world was intimidating. People stop in the store frequently just wanting trail info-we should put a tip jar out for all the tips we give to travelers. I could talk the talk when it came to hiking or mountain biking advice, but I've had to listen in on my coworker's conversations to learn the way of the winter wanderer. I've learned that Denny Creek to Brown’s Pass is the go-to recommendation for snowshoeing around here. I think I once advised some cross country skiers to give it a try. Oops.

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