52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

Spring Hiking in Alaska

Have you ever stood in the snow while wearing a tank top?  If so, you know exactly what spring is like in Alaska.  With our extra long sunlight hours and gorgeous sunny days, spring warms up faster than the snow can melt! The last two weekends have been absolutely gorgeous in Anchorage, and I've been… Continue reading Spring Hiking in Alaska

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

A New Favorite View

Back in November, I did one of my most memorable hikes of all time - I summited Eagle River's Mt. Baldy in the dark with a group of friends under the northern lights, and it was also my 52nd hike of the year!  I loved my experience climbing Baldy in the dark, even though I… Continue reading A New Favorite View

Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

The Last Great Race: Iditarod 2018

This weekend was a fun one up here in Alaska.  The Iditarod, the 975 mile dogsled race from Willow to Nome, is called "The Last Great Race".  It's got lots of historical significance that you might remember from learning about Balto in elementary school (when dogsleds ran a diphtheria serum from Seward to Nome in… Continue reading The Last Great Race: Iditarod 2018

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend

Going to the Mountains is Going Home

It's been a little bit since I've posted on here.  Unfortunately, it's because I just spent that last few weeks dealing with a family emergency.  Everything is fine now, but my dad was in the hospital dealing with a serious medical issue and I had to fly home to Philly to be there with him… Continue reading Going to the Mountains is Going Home

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

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 · 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

HIking · Weekend

Hitting Pay Dirt with the Gold Mint Trail

Happy Labor Day weekend!  It's basically the end of summer, and in Alaska we had a pretty cold and rainy summer this year so I'm kinda not sad to see it go.  My long weekend started out with a full day of laziness, followed by a day at the Alaska State Fair where I was… Continue reading Hitting Pay Dirt with the Gold Mint Trail

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