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!

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Taking Aim

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved reading about girls who went off on epic adventures.  I was really into Little House on the Prairie and the American Girl series, and thought about what it would be like to live somewhere new and do something different with my life (I guess it… Continue reading Taking Aim

Kilimanjaro

I’ve Got the Biggest (or Should I Say the Tallest?) Hiking News!

I hope everyone is sitting down, because I've got some pretty big hiking news.  Huge.  But let me start at the beginning... This summer, I turned 30 inside Yosemite National Park.  It was an incredible experience, and it reminded me that there's so many gorgeous places out there to hike.  So when I started thinking… Continue reading I’ve Got the Biggest (or Should I Say the Tallest?) Hiking News!

Rock Climbing

A Different Kind of Climbing: My 1st Indoor Rock Climb

It's no secret that I love climbing mountains.  But when winter gets too cold, dark, and full of avalanche warnings I've got to take my exercise inside sometimes.  It's really hard to hike on weekdays in the winter due to lack of daylight, so I've already started looking for a new winter activity to try. … Continue reading A Different Kind of Climbing: My 1st Indoor Rock Climb

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

HIking

Ice Ice Baby: Exploring the Byron Glacier Ice Caves

I've done some amazing, epic, and gorgeous hikes in my life.  But I think the hike out to the Byron Glacier Ice Caves wins the title of most unique hike ever! I've hiked the beginning of the Byron Glacier Trail a few times now, but we've never made it all the way out to the… Continue reading Ice Ice Baby: Exploring the Byron Glacier Ice Caves

HIking

There’s No Such Thing as A Bad Hike

I was a couple thousand feet above sea level, in 35 degree weather, gasping for air and drenched in sweat.  I felt dizzy and nauseous and cold and hot and exhausted all at the same time.  I was still under the tree line, staring at bare branches covered in frost and frozen mud under my… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as A Bad Hike

HIking

The Absolute Basic Hiking Essentials for Newbies

I don't know what it is about fall - maybe it's the crisp air, the gorgeous leaves, or the sudden realization that it's about to be winter - but people love to get out and hike as soon as fall arrives.  It has always been my favorite season, and the best way to enjoy it… Continue reading The Absolute Basic Hiking Essentials for Newbies

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 · 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