HIking · Living in Alaska · Winter

Five Reasons Why You Need To Take A Sunset Hike ASAP

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice that almost all of the pictures I've posted recently have a sunset glow going on.  The sun is almost perpetually rising or setting during the winter in Alaska, so there's basically no way around a sunset hike whenever I'm outside.  But even if the sun wasn't always… Continue reading Five Reasons Why You Need To Take A Sunset Hike ASAP

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

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 · Winter

Winter Hiking is a Certain Type of Fun

The snow is here to stay in Alaska, and that means that I'll be winter hiking for the next 6 months.  There's so much I love about hiking in the winter:  snow on all the trees, brightness in the forest even when it's dark outside, gorgeous mountaintops glittering everywhere. But there's a lot that makes… Continue reading Winter Hiking is a Certain Type of Fun

HIking · Winter

A Mountain of Firsts

I dug my microspikes into the snow as hard as I could, trying not to fall backwards off the mountain.  I gasped as I heard a girl in front of me scream.  I looked up expecting to see her falling off the steep face of Baldy, but instead saw the northern lights dancing above our… Continue reading A Mountain of Firsts

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 · Winter

Sometimes Getting Lost is Actually A Good Thing

Last week turned out to be a week of perfect hiking conditions.  Every day was sunny, cold but not too cold, and there was just enough time before sunset for me to hike out to a good spot.  So on Wednesday my friend and I attempted to do a sunset summit of Mt. Baldy in… Continue reading Sometimes Getting Lost is Actually A Good Thing

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

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