About Me

Hello! I'm Analiese. Welcome to The Necessary Wild, where I write about my adventures and everyday life in and around Boulder, CO.

Here's a little bit more about me...

Some things I really love:

Strong coffee. Dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. The brilliant gold of leaves in autumn. Paging through cookbooks, a mug of tea in hand. Vegetable gardens. Avocados. Wildflowers. Yoga. Long hikes in new places. Mountains, forests, and lakes. Rainy afternoons spent reading or watching movies. Music, especially bluegrass and folk (and, okay, maybe a little country).  Books, books, books. Running on trails, the sun warm on my face. Laughing till my sides ache. All things handmade. The smell of pine, fir balsam, and bourbon vanilla. A good chai. Cooking nourishing meals made with real foods. Garlic and freshly-picked herbs. Watching the sun set over the mountains, a good craft beer or cider in hand. Cozy sweaters. Jeans and Frye boots. Quiet nights at home, hanging out with my husband, my dog curled up on my lap.

Some topics I'm really interested in, and tend to write about:
Outdoor adventures of all kinds. Sustainable/handmade living. Real and traditionally crafted foods. Cooking from scratch, usually (not always) of a paleo/primal sort. Art, music, and books. The simple pleasures of everyday life in Boulder, CO.

About this blog:
In early 2012, my husband and I packed our bags and followed our hearts west. We landed in Boulder, Colorado, and soon realized we'd found our version of heaven. In the wide open spaces and pine-scented trails of my newly adopted home state, I re-discovered my innate joy in the wild abundance of the natural world. The beauty of this landscape grounds me, inspires me, and reminds me daily that the greatest pleasures in life can't be bought - only fully explored.

The blog's title was inspired by a quotation from the great naturalist and writer John Muir.
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

I'm glad you're here. Grab a cup of coffee and share a story or two.

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