camping · HIking · Living in Alaska · Winter

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

camping · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

A Holiday Weekend Up North

This long weekend was filled with reasons to celebrate:  Saturday was my husband's birthday, Sunday was Christmas Eve, and Monday was Christmas.  And the best way to celebrate in Alaska is to head outdoors!  For my husband's birthday, we decided to rent a public use cabin for the night up at Nancy Lake and invited… Continue reading A Holiday Weekend Up North

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!

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

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

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

camping · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend

Midnight Sun Backpacking Trip

Wednesday is the summer solstice, AKA the longest day of the year.  I always try to do something fun to celebrate by spending time outside in the sunshine, and when I saw that this weekend was going to be sunny I planned a quick backpacking trip.  The problem was that I already had a hair… Continue reading Midnight Sun Backpacking Trip

camping · Living in Alaska · Travel · Weekend · Winter

My First Solo Camping Trip

I've always been into camping ever since I was a little girl.  My dad and I spent years going to World's End State Park in Pennsylvania and camping together on a summer or fall weekend, and it's something that helped me fall in love with the outdoors. My husband isn't as big on camping as I… Continue reading My First Solo Camping Trip