Living in Alaska · Winter

December in Alaska

It's 2:30 pm on a Saturday in December, and I'm squinting out the windows, trying to find the Chugach mountains that are usually visible from my backyard.  They're hidden behind a wall of ice fog that has engulfed the entire city of Anchorage and has hidden the sun from view.  Which honestly doesn't matter, because… Continue reading December in Alaska

HIking · Living in Alaska

Thankful

I can't believe it's Thanksgiving again!  My turkey is thawing, my nice dishes are pulled out of the cabinet, and my hiking boots are ready for the #optoutside hike that I'm hosting on Black Friday.  And most importantly, I've got a heart full of gratitude towards so many things in my life. I'm thankful that… Continue reading Thankful

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!

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

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

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