Taking care of your feet while hiking

What started out as a fun hike ended in pain for me. Last weekend, some friends and I decided to go to Cress Creek Nature Trail. Here is a link to the directions.

The group



It wasn’t a physically challenging hike, but my shoes got wet (I was pushed into Cress Creek by my roommate) causing me to get terribly painful blisters on the bottoms of my feet.

The bottom of your feet is a terrible place to get blisters, especially when you are a woman and you decide to wear heels to church the next day. To make a long story short, I ended up walking home and taking my shoes off from the pain. I ended up burning the bottom of my heels (and my blisters) on the concrete resulting in a lot of pain for me.

I was going to include a picture, but I realized how disgusting that was while I was taking the picture.

There are some positive aspects of this whole burned foot situation. It has required me to plan ahead and be more careful as I’m hiking. I’ve had to be extra careful with my feet, and I wish I would’ve done more things to prevent this foot pain in the first place.

I discovered a website with a lot of good information on preventative care that I’m going to reference from, and where I got most of my information.

  1. Be Prepared Physically for the Hike:

You’ve got to walk before you can run. Prepare adequately before going on a 13-mile hike.  Robert Richardson from offgridsurvival.com suggests: “Before setting out, start taking short hikes.”

2. Make Sure Your Shoes Fit Right: 

“Your boots or hiking shoes are probably the most important part of keeping your feet feeling good.  Hiking socks are often thicker than normal socks; so before trying on new boots at the store, make sure that you’re wearing the same socks that you’ll be wearing out on the trail. A good fit is essential, and should never be overlooked.” You should also make sure that you’re not wearing brand new shoes. Give yourself sometime to break them in.

3. Wear the Right Socks:

Don’t wear cotton socks. Robert Richardson suggests moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks to keep your feet dry on the trail. Also stay out of the water so that your socks don’t give you blisters!

4. Take Care of Your Blisters:

As soon as you feel a blister developing, stop what you are doing and treat it. It’s only going to get worse and so the sooner you can treat it the better.

5. Take Care of Your Feet:

This should be a no-brainer, but keep them clean! And this is also a little gross, but trim your toe nails before hiking. Your feet will thank you, I promise.

As long as you play it safe and take care of your feet, you will have a better hiking experience.




Report #2

The whole group

Another successful week in the books! According to my plan, this weekend we were going to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and go hiking.

But Mother Nature had different plans and the weather was looking a little too cold for this weekend in Jackson Hole. My group of friends and I spontaneously chose instead to go to see the lower Mesa Falls.

Mesa Falls on a sunny day

Mesa Falls is located approximately 40 miles from Rexburg, near Ashton, Idaho. I found some detailed directions here. It’s about a forty-five to sixty minute scenic drive that will take you through Grand Targhee Forest.

Beautiful scenery on the drive up

Before going, I found this website with basic facts about Mesa Falls. I’m attaching that picture right here with the link.

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Basic Information on Mesa Falls

Mesa Falls isn’t a real physically challenging hike. It’s a paved trail and I think we walked it as a group in about fifteen minutes.

There was a fence around the little trail when we reached the top that prevented us from getting a closer look. My daredevil best friend decided it would be a good idea to hop the fence and walk out onto a rock ledge to get a better view.

A Better View

Then she called out to me to get me to come out onto the rock. And being the intelligent person I am, followed her out there.

Don’t try this at home, kids

As I hopped the fence, I remembered that I was afraid of heights. And suddenly the waterfall that didn’t look too tall before began to look like the ten-story waterfall that it was.

That was a little too close to the edge for me, and so I made my way back over the fence into safety.

I would definitely recommend Mesa Falls to anyone living close by – especially students living in Rexburg. It’s a beautiful sight to see and it’s not a challenging hike.

Safe zone
Mesa Falls


Scenic sunset on the way home

Report #1


The past two weeks have been awesome. I’ve stuck to my plan and have gone to do something outdoors both of these past two weekends.


Last weekend, I went on a field trip with my natural disasters class. We left bright and early at 7:30 am and came home around 4:00 pm. We saw the Teton Dam, Hebgen Lake, and parts of West Yellowstone. The weather wasn’t too great, and it rained/snowed on us a little bit. But it was so nice to get out there in the mountains and breathe in that fresh mountain air.

It was cool seeing all the things we had been talking about all semester. Nature is so powerful and amazing.

Hebgen Lake

I really enjoyed Hebgen Lake. The Great Yellowstone Earthquake of 1959 created a landslide that blocked the Madison river creating this lake. It happened in the middle of the night causing 28 fatalities and nearly $11 million dollars in damages. The landslide pushed homes into the water and they’ve stayed here ever since.

This picture has a cool story behind it. Apparently, the woman that lived in this home barely escaped with her life during the earthquake. She jumped out through the window as the slide pushed it down into the water.

Hebgen Lake
A Hillside in Bannack Ghost Town, Montana

This weekend I went on a field trip to Bannack Ghost Town in Montana with my Digital Imaging class. We had nicer weather this time and I really enjoyed taking pictures. This town also has a colorful past and it was fun capturing that in my photos. The only downside of this field trip was I got a super bad sunburn! But it was worth it and I can’t wait to go back.

Bannack Ghost Town

I’m excited to continue my plan to explore. I feel so refreshed and relaxed after taking my weekends off.

My Plan

Like I promised last week, I am posting my plan for what I’m going to do this month and next month.

I originally said that I was going to go out of town every weekend, but my 15 credit load is currently getting the best of me. I’ve been sticking to my homework plan, but I have more homework than I anticipated.

However, I am still going to make definite plans for exploring this semester– it’s just not going to be a weekly thing.

May 27th – 30th – Field Trip

This next weekend, I am actually going on a field trip to West Yellowstone, Teton Dam Island Park Caldera, Henry’s Lake hazards, and Hebgen Avalanche Fault Scarp.

Island Park Caldera

It’s a field trip for my natural disasters class and so it’s a little different than what my future trips are going to be, but I figured that I should include it on my schedule.

Since it is also Memorial Day weekend, I decided with some friends to go to Yellowstone on Monday.

June 10th – 12th – Hiking in Jackson Hole

On June 11th, some friends and I are planning on going hiking in Jackson Hole. I’ve never been to Jackson Hole before, but it’s only an 1 hour and 40 minutes away.

We found this awesome website called the Outbound Collective that has detailed directions on nearby hikes and scenic locations.

Jackson Hole

“The four mile out-and-back trail begins at the Death Canyon trailhead. You’ll start on a one mile hike on a well-maintained dirt trail through scenic views of the Tetons, which will lead you to the Phelps Lake Overlook with views of the lake as well as Jackson Hole Valley. There you will begin your one-mile descent to Phelps Lake. The entire hike gains only about 500 feet of elevation.”

June 24th – 26th – Camp on the Clarks’ Fork of the Yellowstone River


Clarks’ Fork of the Yellowstone River


My brother and I have been talking about going camping around here and I found this location on outbound.com. There’s apparently there’s a lot of bears close by.

“Once you drop back down into Wyoming and pass the Fox Creek campground on your left, start looking for the small break in the trees on your left. There is a clearing and turn in on your right as well. You may pass it the first time, I always do!

Once you find it, turn in and you’ll see the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone right in front of you! There’s a fantastic campsite and pull in right there on your right. Great fishing, swimming, and camping await! If you walk down the trail a little, you’ll get to see a beautiful cascade waterfall.”

So that is my plan so for May through June! I’ll take a lot pictures and report on my experiences.

Without a plan it’s just a wish


I’ve always been a spontaneous person and enjoy living life in the moment. Taking the time to sit down and physically set plans used to bore me to tears.

However, recently I’ve learned a valuable lesson: things (usually) go better when you plan it out before. Why it’s taken me 21 years to learn that simple fact, is baffling, I know.

Albert Einstein once said: “Insanity [is] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I’ve realized that if I don’t give myself the time to do my homework, it probably will never happen. This new goal I talked about in my last post will never happen if I keep doing the same things over and over again.

I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m going to become a planner.

As a college student, I already have limited time. To help others who want to travel but are on a time crunch, I’m going to write what I’m going to do/plan in order to accomplish my goals and dreams.

I read an article by an author named Vanessa Van Edwards called: “The Science of Goals.” In that article she shared a study on the importance of writing down the steps that you need to take to achieve your goal.

“Researchers wanted to see if they could get more students to get their tetanus vaccinations. So they printed up two different leaflets and measured the success of each one. The first had scientific explanations on why students should get vaccinated. The second had gruesome pictures of the effects of tetanus. Neither worked.

They made one more trial. They added a map to the leaflet showing the location of the campus’ health center and its opening hours. THIS trial worked like magic. Why? The researchers added process and steps on exactly how to get the desired outcome.

I applied this point to myself – my own personal situation, and I encourage you to do the same.

How I scheduled the steps into my life:

  • I made a detailed calendar of all of my assignment due dates.
  • I made a second calendar of when I would complete all of the assignments. I organized all of my assignments in a way that would leave my weekends free to get out there and explore.
  • I made a plan for where I would go each weekend. I invited friends so that I could be more accountable.

I’ll post my plan next week and report on my first trip that I take.

In the meantime, I encourage everybody to join the movement! Get your affairs in order so that you can see something amazing this weekend.


“I swear I lived”

86,400 seconds. 1,440 minutes. 24 hours. 1 day. Time is the great equalizer.

The days turn into months, the months turn into years, and the years turn into a lifetime. When my time is up, when my years have turned into a lifetime, how will I feel about how my time has been spent?

27,993,600 seconds. 466,560 minutes. 7,776 hours. 324 days. That is the amount of time that I have spent in college thus far.

During these past 324 days, I have often thought that I don’t even have enough time to do my homework, let alone take the time to get out of the house and do something meaningful.

But considering my time crunch, how often have I found myself in front of the TV watching Netflix for hours? More time than I’d care to admit.

Turns out I’m not the only one. In an article by Time Magazine, I found this quote:

“[Netflix] members streamed 42.5 billion hours worth of programming in 2015, up from 29 billion hours in 2014…Using these metrics, we can derive that each individual subscriber spent 568 hours watching Netflix in 2015 on average. That’s 1 hour, 33 minutes per day of streaming.” 

42.5 billion hours. Holy moly. Really brings meaning to the subtitle of the article: “It’s taking over more and more of our free time.”

I remember reading a quote in middle school by Bernard Berenson. It didn’t make much sense to me then, but I think I understand it better now. He said: “I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.”

I wish I could take back all of my wasted hours that I have spent mindlessly watching Netflix. When I am lying on my deathbed, reminiscing about good times, am I going to remember all the times I binge-watched my favorite shows?

I’m sure that that’s the farthest thing from what I will be thinking about in that moment. I’m going to be reminiscing on the more meaningful moments of my life.

This video explains why I’m changing the way I’m living my life. I don’t want to experience life from my living room couch.

I want to get out and explore.

I want to live life in the moment and experience all that life has to offer.

That’s what this blog is about. It’s about a personal journey to experience all the beauty this world has to offer and live a meaningful life.

I’m hoping that by writing about my experience as a college student exploring and doing something other than Netflix for fun, I can inspire students and others to do the same.

At the end of my life I want to be able to say I owned every second that I was given. So I’m going to start with the last ~48,540 seconds left in this day.