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

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

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

HIking · Living in Alaska

Sometimes You Celebrate With A Hike

Last Thursday, June 1st, was my fourth wedding anniversary!  My husband and I have been together for almost 11 years (we met sophomore year of college!) but only tied the knot 4 years ago back in Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania.  The next day we flew up to Alaska for our honeymoon, fell in… Continue reading Sometimes You Celebrate With A Hike

Bike · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

Trying (and Failing At) Some Things

This weekend was a perfect spring weekend in Alaska. The sun was up longer than it was down, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the temperatures were in the 30s. It was the perfect weekend to get outside!  On Saturday I planned on laying around and being lazy, but my friend wanted to… Continue reading Trying (and Failing At) Some Things

HIking · Living in Alaska · Travel · Weekend · Winter

A Perfect Winter Backpacking Trip

I know that it's officially spring now, but it's definitely not spring here in Alaska.  I mean, we're getting tons of sunlight (over 12 hours a day now!) and it's what Alaskans would consider warm (above freezing) pretty consistently, but there's still a lot of snow on the ground.  However, that snow makes for perfect… Continue reading A Perfect Winter Backpacking Trip