Bike · camping · Mountain Biking · Weekend

My First Bikepacking Trip: Serenity Falls Cabin

I've been working on both my mountain biking and backpacking skills all summer long, and last week I finally got the chance to combine them!  One of my more hardcore outdoorsy friends works on weekends, so months ago we planned to take a backpacking trip during the week so that she could make it.  I… Continue reading My First Bikepacking Trip: Serenity Falls Cabin

Injury · Running

Introducing Mountain Maven!

If you've been following my blog, Run Away With Me, at all over the past few years you'll notice something different today:  this blog is now called Mountain Maven! Why?  Well, in the past four years of blogging a lot has changed in my life.  I ran, traveled, ran some more, moved to Alaska, ran,… Continue reading Introducing Mountain Maven!

HIking

A Perfect Ridgeline Hike: April Bowl and Hatch Peak

Like I mentioned in my last post, this was a perfect weekend for hiking!  So we decided to try out a new hike in Hatcher Pass.  In the past, we've stuck to hikes that can be accessed from the paved, year-round road  that goes up to Independence Mine from Palmer.  But this time we decided… Continue reading A Perfect Ridgeline Hike: April Bowl and Hatch Peak

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My Weekend Was A Glacier Sandwich

The weather was sunny and warm in Southcentral Alaska this weekend, so I decided to fill it it with lots of gorgeous hikes.  And what's more gorgeous than a glacier?  Two glaciers - with a glacier-free hike in the middle! On Friday I came into work extra early so that I could leave early for… Continue reading My Weekend Was A Glacier Sandwich

Bucket List · camping · HIking · Weekend

A Beachy Backpacking Weekend at Caines Head

I just got back from Yosemite, and all I want to do was hike now that we are back in Alaska!  So last week my husband and I checked out the weather down in Seward and discovered that our favorite notoriously rainy town was going to just be cloudy for the weekend.  So we decided… Continue reading A Beachy Backpacking Weekend at Caines Head

Bucket List · HIking · National Parks · Travel

Yosemite Day Four: Exploring Yosemite Valley

For our very last day in Yosemite National Park (Go here, here, and here to read about my first three days!), we decided to spend our final few hours exploring Yosemite Valley on foot.  We decided to follow the paved bike trail that wound through the best attractions and must-see views. It was yet another… Continue reading Yosemite Day Four: Exploring Yosemite Valley

HIking · National Parks · Travel

Yosemite Day Three: Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierra

After our amazing hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite Valley, we decided to get out of the valley for our third day in Yosemite National Park.  I'd heard amazing things about Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierras, so we packed up our day packs and hit the road!  Our first stop was Olmsted… Continue reading Yosemite Day Three: Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierra

Bucket List · HIking · National Parks · Travel

Yosemite Day Two: Vernal and Nevada Falls Hike

After an epic first day in Yosemite (read all about it here!), we were ready to finally get out for a major hike.  I was honestly worried about my ability to do a hard hike at elevation, but when chatting with some people in line for the showers I learned that the hike up to… Continue reading Yosemite Day Two: Vernal and Nevada Falls Hike

Bucket List · HIking · National Parks · Travel

Yosemite Day One: Birthday Hiking and Valley Sightseeing

I'm back from my epic birthday vacation!  It was hands down the best trip ever, and it was an amazing way to celebrate turning 30! As I mentioned in my last post, I was traveling down to Seattle for a work trip and decided to extend my return ticket so that I could travel around… Continue reading Yosemite Day One: Birthday Hiking and Valley Sightseeing

Bike · Mountain Biking · Weekend

A Birthday Party on Bikes

My 30th birthday is on Friday, and I decided that I needed to celebrate it in a huge way!  My actual birthday is going to be an incredible adventure (which I'll reveal later in this post!) but it will be out of town and my friends really wanted to celebrate with me before I left.… Continue reading A Birthday Party on Bikes