52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

Spring Hiking in Alaska

Have you ever stood in the snow while wearing a tank top?  If so, you know exactly what spring is like in Alaska.  With our extra long sunlight hours and gorgeous sunny days, spring warms up faster than the snow can melt! The last two weekends have been absolutely gorgeous in Anchorage, and I've been… Continue reading Spring Hiking in Alaska

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

A New Favorite View

Back in November, I did one of my most memorable hikes of all time - I summited Eagle River's Mt. Baldy in the dark with a group of friends under the northern lights, and it was also my 52nd hike of the year!  I loved my experience climbing Baldy in the dark, even though I… Continue reading A New Favorite View

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Hiking to Ice, on Ice: Winter Hiking to Portage Glacier

I'm pretty obsessed with hikes that lead to glaciers.  Maybe it's the fact that we don't have any of those where I grew up, or the fact that they're melting so fast in Alaska that I'm paranoid that I won't get to see them all before they disappear.  Or maybe it's simply the fact that… Continue reading Hiking to Ice, on Ice: Winter Hiking to Portage Glacier

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The Weekend I Became an Outdoors Woman

I've always loved spending time in the outdoors and would consider myself a very outdoorsy person.  But loving the outdoors is only the first step - you've also got to know what you're doing out there in order to really enjoy yourself outdoors.  So what's a girl to do when she's never been taught how… Continue reading The Weekend I Became an Outdoors Woman

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Just One of Those Hikes

Tonight's hike was just one of those hikes...you know, where technically it was a great hike and you're proud of yourself for doing it, but you also feel like a complete hot mess the whole time. You might remember my post about being an outdoors newbie, and also the fact that I'm climbing Kilimanjaro in… Continue reading Just One of Those Hikes

Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

The Last Great Race: Iditarod 2018

This weekend was a fun one up here in Alaska.  The Iditarod, the 975 mile dogsled race from Willow to Nome, is called "The Last Great Race".  It's got lots of historical significance that you might remember from learning about Balto in elementary school (when dogsleds ran a diphtheria serum from Seward to Nome in… Continue reading The Last Great Race: Iditarod 2018

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A Winter Weekend in Sitka

As you probably noticed from my last post, I recently spent a weekend down in Sitka, Alaska on a work trip.  Before my trip I was googling like crazy trying to figure out what to do and where to hike while I was there, and information about visiting in the winter was hard to find. … Continue reading A Winter Weekend in Sitka

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My First Solo Summit

I stepped into a thigh-deep hole in the snow just big enough for my foot and paused to catch my breath, looking up a the towering trees around me.  I was the last one up this mountain, and I still had a long way to go.  And I was completely alone. Last weekend I flew… Continue reading My First Solo Summit

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend

Going to the Mountains is Going Home

It's been a little bit since I've posted on here.  Unfortunately, it's because I just spent that last few weeks dealing with a family emergency.  Everything is fine now, but my dad was in the hospital dealing with a serious medical issue and I had to fly home to Philly to be there with him… Continue reading Going to the Mountains is Going Home

HIking · Living in Alaska · Winter

Five Reasons Why You Need To Take A Sunset Hike ASAP

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice that almost all of the pictures I've posted recently have a sunset glow going on.  The sun is almost perpetually rising or setting during the winter in Alaska, so there's basically no way around a sunset hike whenever I'm outside.  But even if the sun wasn't always… Continue reading Five Reasons Why You Need To Take A Sunset Hike ASAP