When I was growing up, my family used to LOVE Black Friday at the mall. We would get up early, rush out to the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia, and spend all day shopping/waiting in line. My dad loves getting a good deal, and I loved getting new clothes! But as I’ve gotten … More Opting Outside
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 … More Thankful
Hiking is the best! But you know what makes it even better? Doing it with awesome people who love hiking as much as you do. But finding those people can be tougher than it sounds. When I first moved to Alaska, I didn’t know anyone to hike with. And as a total newbie to steep … More Finding Your Hiking Tribe
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been hiking all my life. And technically, I have! Growing up I used to hike at World’s End State Park multiple times each year with my dad, and I would beg to hike as many trails as I could. He taught me how to set up a tent, how to … More What It’s Like to Be an Outdoors Newbie
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 … More Winter Hiking is a Certain Type of Fun
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 … More A Mountain of Firsts
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 … More Welcome Back, Winter!
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 … More Taking Aim