Back to Blogging – and Some News!

Hi everyone!  It probably seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, but I’m still here!  I just stopped blogging for a while and then it got really hard to get back into it for a few reasons.  The first is that winter in Alaska starts in October and I’m usually hiking a lot less – although I did have a pretty epic fall filled with gorgeous hikes that I never got to blog about!  I also finished the 52 Hike Challenge which was really exciting.

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Jumping in front of Exit Glacier on the Harding Icefield trail
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Portage Glacier with Ridley
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Ridley and I on top the clouds on Bird Ridge, AKA the hardest hike I’ve ever done

The second thing is that a huge 7.0 earthquake hit a few miles north of Anchorage in late November.  My family and I were fine, and we had the tiniest amount of damage to our house, but it was honestly the most terrifying minute of my life.  We had thousands of aftershocks (which are basically mini earthquakes) hit us in the weeks after the main earthquake, which mean that you never really stop feeling on edge and you’re constantly wondering if you need to run for cover again.  I can’t explain what it’s like unless you’ve lived through it, and I honestly hope to never feel an earthquake like that again.  Needless to say, I wasn’t doing any hiking or blogging while I was trying to recover from that.

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My office after the earthquake.  I am so glad I wasn’t in there when it happened!

The third thing is that shortly after the earthquake I found out some huge news!  While I was in Tanzania this summer I did a bit of soul searching as I tried to answer the question, “What adventure could possibly top Kilimanjaro?”, and I realized that the answer was becoming a mom.  My husband and I talked about it once I got back, and then in early December I found out that we were expecting a little adventure buddy in August!

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Climbing Kilimanjaro was hard and I threw up a lot, but being pregnant hit me even harder!  I was completely unprepared for how massively exhausted and nauseous I would be 24/7 for the entire first trimester and beyond.  I am one of those unlucky people who throws up during their pregnancy (fun fact:  morning sickness is NOT just in the mornings) and after Kilimanjaro I swore I’d never throw up again on a hike.  So unfortunately I missed out on a few months of hiking in favor of staying home and sleeping on my sofa.  Which is fine, because growing a baby and a placenta is a lot of hard work and I needed the rest!  But luckily I’m starting to get enough energy (and breaks in vomiting) to be able to get out on the trails again, which is making me feel like myself again.

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19 week bump pic last weekend at Eagle River Nature Center

As spring finally starts in Alaska and I start feeling better, I hope to post more about what adventures and hikes I’m able to do in 2019.  My doctor said it’s fine for me to keep hiking and doing light backpacking as long as I still feel good, so I’m planning on staying active as long as I can!  Hiking and working out will help me stay mentally and physically strong through pregnancy and birth, and I definitely need all the benefits I can get.  I promise I won’t be taking any more big breaks in blogging anytime soon so get ready for lots more updates in the coming months!

Have you ever experienced a big earthquake?  If you’ve ever been pregnant, what are your tips for hiking and staying active?


20 thoughts on “Back to Blogging – and Some News!

  1. Congratulations on the baby! That’s so exciting. ☺️ I’ve woken up to small earthquakes at night and those are frightening so I can’t even imagine what you went through. Best of luck on your new adventures!

  2. Wow great news, congratulations 🙂 I was wit by a couple of big earthquakes during August when traveling through Indonesia was really really scary and I hope I don’t see myself in a situation like that never again

    1. Thank you! Oh that must have been terrifying, especially if you were traveling alone. A lot of people in Alaska needed some extra help dealing with all the fear and emotions we went through so if you ever need to talk let me know.

  3. It’s funny because I was just thinking about you a couple of days ago and wondering if you would return to blogging. Congratulations!!!! I also had horrible “morning” sickness throughout my first trimester and into about half of my second trimester but then thankfully it got better. I found smelling a freshly cut lemon helped with my nausea. I read that somewhere and tried it and it worked for me. As far as keeping active during pregnancy, as long as your doctor says everything is going well, just keep getting out there and doing what you can do. I found staying in shape during pregnancy helped me tremendously during labor and with recovery.

    1. Awww thanks! Yeah I thought about blogging a lot but then I’d go throw up so I decided to wait until I was actually feeling normal. I’m still throwing up at least once a week and I’m almost halfway done, so I’ll definitely take your lemon suggestion! My main issue is trying to brush my teeth (morning or night) so I’m trying out some different strategies from my doctor to try to keep myself from gagging. It’s good to hear that staying active throughout your pregnancy helped you during birth and beyond! It’s so hard to hike even the easiest hikes but I know it’s going to help me in the long run – and it’s helping with my mental health right now!

  4. Congrats on pregnancy. Check out our blog for moms and moms to be and join our community and conversations. Would love to hear your thoughts and advice you can share with other ladies. Comment on some of our various topics we have up and under older posts ☺️

  5. Ahh exciting news! Congratulations! I was able to stay relatively active during my pregnancy, mostly by taking it easy and listening to my body. If anything hurt, I scaled back. As other have said, best of luck with your newest adventure!! 🙂

  6. Congratulations! I am trying to get back into blogging after a similar leave of absence — baby #2 due in July, and I felt so much sicker first trimester this time around. It’s a relief on those days when you actually feel somewhat human. 🙂 Pregnancy gives me lower back problems that prevent me from walking at an incline, so my “hikes” are only walks for a while, and yoga helps. Definitely stay hydrated, and keep doing whatever you can for as long as you can! Good luck! Getting outside makes a huge difference, for sure, and it will continue to do so in those early weeks post-baby.

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