My Favorite Hiking Partner

I've got the best hiking partner ever.  You may have seen him in some of my pictures:  he's cute, has dark hair, can run fast, and has four legs... This is Ridley, AKA my favorite hiking partner!  He has seemingly endless energy and a true love for rock scrambling, snow, playing fetch, and running.  I… Continue reading My Favorite Hiking Partner

Living in Alaska · Winter

December in Alaska

It's 2:30 pm on a Saturday in December, and I'm squinting out the windows, trying to find the Chugach mountains that are usually visible from my backyard.  They're hidden behind a wall of ice fog that has engulfed the entire city of Anchorage and has hidden the sun from view.  Which honestly doesn't matter, because… Continue reading December in Alaska

52 Hike Challenge · Bucket List · HIking

Finishing the 52 Hike Challenge 2017

On November 7, I hiked my 52nd hike of 2017.  As I stood on the top of Mt. Baldy under the northern lights, looking down on the city lights far below me, I felt like I had accomplished the impossible. When I signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge last year, literally everyone told me… Continue reading Finishing the 52 Hike Challenge 2017

52 Hike Challenge · HIking

Opting Outside

When I was growing up, my family used to LOVE Black Friday at the mall.  We would get up early, rush out to the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia, and spend all day shopping/waiting in line.  My dad loves getting a good deal, and I loved getting new clothes!  But as I've gotten… Continue reading Opting Outside

HIking · Living in Alaska


I can't believe it's Thanksgiving again!  My turkey is thawing, my nice dishes are pulled out of the cabinet, and my hiking boots are ready for the #optoutside hike that I'm hosting on Black Friday.  And most importantly, I've got a heart full of gratitude towards so many things in my life. I'm thankful that… Continue reading Thankful


Finding Your Hiking Tribe

Hiking is the best!  But you know what makes it even better?  Doing it with awesome people who love hiking as much as you do.  But finding those people can be tougher than it sounds.  When I first moved to Alaska, I didn't know anyone to hike with.  And as a total newbie to steep… Continue reading Finding Your Hiking Tribe


What It’s Like to Be an Outdoors Newbie

Sometimes I feel like I've been hiking all my life.  And technically, I have!  Growing up I used to hike at World's End State Park multiple times each year with my dad, and I would beg to hike as many trails as I could.  He taught me how to set up a tent, how to… Continue reading What It’s Like to Be an Outdoors Newbie

HIking · Winter

Winter Hiking is a Certain Type of Fun

The snow is here to stay in Alaska, and that means that I'll be winter hiking for the next 6 months.  There's so much I love about hiking in the winter:  snow on all the trees, brightness in the forest even when it's dark outside, gorgeous mountaintops glittering everywhere. But there's a lot that makes… Continue reading Winter Hiking is a Certain Type of Fun

HIking · Winter

A Mountain of Firsts

I dug my microspikes into the snow as hard as I could, trying not to fall backwards off the mountain.  I gasped as I heard a girl in front of me scream.  I looked up expecting to see her falling off the steep face of Baldy, but instead saw the northern lights dancing above our… Continue reading A Mountain of Firsts

camping · Living in Alaska · Winter

Welcome Back, Winter!

On Saturday afternoon we drove up to Bald Lake near Willow, AK for a chilly backpacking trip to the Bald Lake Cabin.  There was frost covering every tree in the forest as we backpacked out to the cabin.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and I was so excited to be staying out there in the public… Continue reading Welcome Back, Winter!