Michelle Fleuret

Outdoor Addict

Michelle Fleuret

I enjoy doing just about anything in nature. Hiking is meditation for me and taking pictures a form of self expression.

This blog is a resource as well as a connection to nature. A gentle reminder to notice the beauty all around us every day.

My soul is revived and my light shines brightest when I'm Outside!

Thanks for the read and Be Nice! It's much more Fun !!








North America » United States » California » Novato November 29th 2015

It’s day 4 of this cold, as in a head cold. My sinuses are swollen and my head congested. Today, though, my energy is sufficient and so I must move!! I’m excited to explore some local trails. The crisp air is divine on my face, the embrace of outside welcoming. I’ve been held captive by fatigue, chills and a river of snot and my movements stem from within a fog. A stoked fog no less, for I’m Outside !! Per my handy Hiking Marin book, Deer Island is a small park with a simple loop and one slice through the center. Still, I had memorized the very short route I chose ahead of time. The trail starts to climb straight away and my legs purr! The grade is moderate and so is my pace. I stop ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Sonoma November 2nd 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: November 2, 2013, SDC I’ve had a headache and earache all week so I don’t feel much like doing anything. My husband gently nudges me to get outside, knowing I can only benefit from some fresh air, so off I go. I have once again exhausted this year... read more

North America » United States » California October 28th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: 10-29-13, Sonoma Regional Park We’re off to the regional park for a little walk because after all, a short walk is better than no walk. It’s bitterly cold and windy! I just got back from LA yesterday and it was piping hot, so this is a bit of a sho... read more
In for a dip
My beloved feather gatherer

North America » United States » California » Bridgeport October 19th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: 10-18-13, Matterhorn Peak, Sawtooth Ridge, Sierras We are pretty close to our planned departure time. We’re hitting the trail at approximately 6:15a.m. It’s cold and dark so we all have our headlamps on. My breath produced such a thick mist, it’s as if I am smoldering. Passing by the Mother’s Cookie car, we take a closer look. Wow. Seeing the raw destructive power of the bear up close is humbling. ... read more
Full Moon set over the ridge
the girls!!
Gary and Layhoon by head lamp

North America » United States » California » Bridgeport October 18th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: October 18-20, 2013, Matterhorn Peak, Sawtooth Ridge, Sierras - Day One, Part I I left my house extra early for the commute to Berkeley where I’ll connect with my climbing partners, Gary and Layhoon. It’s commute time on a Friday and t... read more
Entrance to Mono Lake Village
The fabulous Gary and Layhoon!
Photo by Layhoon/Gary Ball

North America » United States » California » Sonoma October 9th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: September 9, 2013, Sonoma Developmental Center ... read more

North America » United States » California » Sonoma October 5th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! Daylight screams its last words Heat Fingers swell, knees creak People Shadows come to life Matching pace with the death of daylight Reflections Up or Down? Color and Shade Effect See them? They dance as though in romance but more likely it is for profit or coincidence Regardless, their movement is... read more
A display of power

North America » United States » California September 7th 2013

A Dose of Outside A Dose of Outside is intended to share a bit of nature with you as experienced on my local hikes and other adventures. Take a moment to look out the window or step outside and see what it is you see. What you smell. Notice what’s growing around you. Use all your senses and really get A Dose of Outside! HIKE DATE: Mount Conness Summit, September 7, 2013 There’s no feeling quite like being on top of a mountain. The perspective is unmatched. You are closer to the heavens, far from reality and the certainty of how small we are in the grand scheme of things is ever present. I sit in awe for the last moments before we need to start heading down the mountain. The smoke from the fires is ... read more
Summit View
Down one shelf, smoky. . .
the route

North America » United States » California September 7th 2013

Talk about a real life cliff hanger! Here I am, still hanging from the side of the 2ndtower on the north ridge of Mount Conness . . . Maikki rappels as far down as she can go, but contrary to what the book said, the rope is not long enough. Like a pro, she assesses the situation and calls up that she has a plan. Ok. I look forward to hearing what that is when I get down there! Now it’s my turn. I start moving my hand along the secondary rope, pulling up more rope so I can move downward. It’s much slower than I thought. You really have to pull the rope to create slack. It also may be just the way she’s having me do it since I’m a rookie, I don’t know. ... read more
Making progress. . .
What's up Sister!

North America » United States » California September 7th 2013

Mount Conness Summit Bid I arrived at the group camp site promptly at 7am. I drove down from the upper campground, figuring I’d be tired after the climb and would not want to trek the probably less than extra ¼ mile back to my space. Additionally, I wanted access to my other pair of boots in case I changed my mind about which ones to use. Steve had recommended the mountaineering boots, but I wanted to leave my options open. Wow! Things had surely changed overnight and I am thankful I decided to get my own campsite. The tents were lined up one next to each other with maybe a foot in between. Some folks were up and milling about, having coffee and starting their day. I heard that people had continued to arrive at all ... read more
Ville, Maikki and Kaius




Tot: 0.268s; Tpl: 0.013s; cc: 8; qc: 86; dbt: 0.0822s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb