about me

My name is Maria!  I am a runner, a hiker, a climber, a biker, and everything in between.  I’m likely to try anything at least once.  What I also try to be is an inspiration for others.  I want to encourage my friends and family to get outside and seek adventure.  So when I’m interested in a new sport or recreation I usually get at least one other IMG_7101person on the bandwagon with me or I ask someone who is an expert to help me!  I’m all about building relationships through interaction with nature and recreation.  I find comfort in knowing that someone is as adventurous as I am.  Whatever it is we are doing, we’re doing it together.  We come out alive with shared experiences but different reactions.  Bear with me as I share with you my experiences, I hope you enjoy the ride as much as me!  If there is one thing I’ve learned in my life its that my friendships are stronger because of the experiences that we share and endure together.

IMG_7099Grand Canyon: 4 days and 3 nights


Kaitlin and I on one of our many Phoenix hikes.
Photo by Chris Henderson


Phil and I riding in our first El Tour de Tucson. ~60 miles

It was the first year they ever had rain.


Emily and I in Arches National Park.  We found this lost tourist running low on water in the middle of the summer. Our picture before we sent him back to the entrance

Team Ale Trail


Coffee Outside Event! People from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and
Tempe ride their bikes to meet at Papago Park and make coffee outside.


Hiking with Leah and Austin just
outside of my new favorite get away city, Denver

IMG_1998Ragnar Snowmass, Colorado.
My first ragnar race and I only knew
my cousin Amanda, Emily, and Leah.
Everyone else became a new friend.


Katy, she gets me and I get her.


4 thoughts on “about me”

  1. I have started reading this when I feel unmotivated at work, because I get to see the cool things you are up to and relive some great memories.

    I’m so proud of you 🙂

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  2. I am Mountaingoatannie’s dad. Just wanted to say that you have a great blog….and I stole your Chrissie Wellington quote and sent it to Annie. Great job on your blog…and life.

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