HIking

Ice Ice Baby: Exploring the Byron Glacier Ice Caves

I've done some amazing, epic, and gorgeous hikes in my life.  But I think the hike out to the Byron Glacier Ice Caves wins the title of most unique hike ever! I've hiked the beginning of the Byron Glacier Trail a few times now, but we've never made it all the way out to the… Continue reading Ice Ice Baby: Exploring the Byron Glacier Ice Caves

HIking

There’s No Such Thing as A Bad Hike

I was a couple thousand feet above sea level, in 35 degree weather, gasping for air and drenched in sweat.  I felt dizzy and nauseous and cold and hot and exhausted all at the same time.  I was still under the tree line, staring at bare branches covered in frost and frozen mud under my… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as A Bad Hike

HIking

The Absolute Basic Hiking Essentials for Newbies

I don't know what it is about fall - maybe it's the crisp air, the gorgeous leaves, or the sudden realization that it's about to be winter - but people love to get out and hike as soon as fall arrives.  It has always been my favorite season, and the best way to enjoy it… Continue reading The Absolute Basic Hiking Essentials for Newbies

HIking · Weekend

Billions of Boulders

This weekend I got the chance to hike on two of my favorite trails, both of which have boulder fields at the end!  My first hike was a 14.5 mile easy hike to Eagle and Symphony Lakes. I absolutely love this trail.  It starts at the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead.  The parking lot can… Continue reading Billions of Boulders

HIking · Living in Alaska

What Fall Means to an Alaskan

Fall has always been my favorite season.  Back in Philadelphia, fall arrived in late October and brought bright red, orange, yellow, and brown leaves to the hills and valleys.  We carved pumpkins before Halloween and put them out on our porches until trick or treating was over.  We wore cute little hats and gloves that… Continue reading What Fall Means to an Alaskan

HIking · Living in Alaska

Hiking Through Portage Pass

We've had such a cold, rainy summer and fall here in Anchorage so whenever the sun comes out it seems like everyone drops everything and goes outside!  I was definitely one of those people on Saturday.  It was sunny and warm, so we chose to drive down to the town of Whittier to hike the… Continue reading Hiking Through Portage Pass

Bike · Bucket List · Living in Alaska

A Bike Tour of Anchorage

When I moved into my house last summer, I was super excited about the fact that we now live only one block away from one of the main paved bike trails that goes through Anchorage.  I'm able to bike from my driveway down to the Westchester Lagoon, which is one of my favorite parks in… Continue reading A Bike Tour of Anchorage

Bucket List · camping · Living in Alaska · National Parks

Denali Road Lottery 2017

On Friday I had the super rare opportunity to drive my car into Denali National Park during the Denali Road Lottery!  To visit Denali National Park, people usually have to take a shuttle bus into the park instead of driving their own car.  It's something they do to prevent humans from having too much impact… Continue reading Denali Road Lottery 2017

HIking · Weekend

A Fall Hike on the Twin Peaks Trail

Do you ever feel like it's hard to find other girls to hike with?  Alaska seems to be filled with awesome women hikers, but none of us seem to know how to find each other.  So earlier this year I joined a group called Girls Who Hike, which has local chapters in all 50 states.… Continue reading A Fall Hike on the Twin Peaks Trail

Living in Alaska

Fear Isn’t All That Scary

"Do you ever get anxious or nervous out there?" I asked, holding my breath while I waited for the answer.  I was standing in front of Leighan, the special guest at REI's "Force of Nature" movie screening event.  I had shown up to support Girls on the Run - I'm on the board of directors… Continue reading Fear Isn’t All That Scary