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

HIking

Sometimes It Takes 3 Tries To Summit A Mountain

This summer I've been branching out and trying new trails around Anchorage, and I kept hearing that the trail up to Rendezvous Peak in Arctic Valley was easy and had awesome views at the top.  So earlier this summer I read up on the trail and set out to summit the mountain.  The drive up… Continue reading Sometimes It Takes 3 Tries To Summit A Mountain

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

Injury · Running

Introducing Mountain Maven!

If you've been following my blog, Run Away With Me, at all over the past few years you'll notice something different today:  this blog is now called Mountain Maven! Why?  Well, in the past four years of blogging a lot has changed in my life.  I ran, traveled, ran some more, moved to Alaska, ran,… Continue reading Introducing Mountain Maven!

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

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My Weekend Was A Glacier Sandwich

The weather was sunny and warm in Southcentral Alaska this weekend, so I decided to fill it it with lots of gorgeous hikes.  And what's more gorgeous than a glacier?  Two glaciers - with a glacier-free hike in the middle! On Friday I came into work extra early so that I could leave early for… Continue reading My Weekend Was A Glacier Sandwich

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