Hi everyone! It probably seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, but I’m still here! I just stopped blogging for a while and then it got really hard to get back into it for a few reasons. The first is that winter in Alaska starts in October and I’m usually hiking a lot less – although I did have a pretty epic fall filled with gorgeous hikes that I never got to blog about! I also finished the 52 Hike Challenge which was really exciting.
The second thing is that a huge 7.0 earthquake hit a few miles north of Anchorage in late November. My family and I were fine, and we had the tiniest amount of damage to our house, but it was honestly the most terrifying minute of my life. We had thousands of aftershocks (which are basically mini earthquakes) hit us in the weeks after the main earthquake, which mean that you never really stop feeling on edge and you’re constantly wondering if you need to run for cover again. I can’t explain what it’s like unless you’ve lived through it, and I honestly hope to never feel an earthquake like that again. Needless to say, I wasn’t doing any hiking or blogging while I was trying to recover from that.
The third thing is that shortly after the earthquake I found out some huge news! While I was in Tanzania this summer I did a bit of soul searching as I tried to answer the question, “What adventure could possibly top Kilimanjaro?”, and I realized that the answer was becoming a mom. My husband and I talked about it once I got back, and then in early December I found out that we were expecting a little adventure buddy in August!
Climbing Kilimanjaro was hard and I threw up a lot, but being pregnant hit me even harder! I was completely unprepared for how massively exhausted and nauseous I would be 24/7 for the entire first trimester and beyond. I am one of those unlucky people who throws up during their pregnancy (fun fact: morning sickness is NOT just in the mornings) and after Kilimanjaro I swore I’d never throw up again on a hike. So unfortunately I missed out on a few months of hiking in favor of staying home and sleeping on my sofa. Which is fine, because growing a baby and a placenta is a lot of hard work and I needed the rest! But luckily I’m starting to get enough energy (and breaks in vomiting) to be able to get out on the trails again, which is making me feel like myself again.
As spring finally starts in Alaska and I start feeling better, I hope to post more about what adventures and hikes I’m able to do in 2019. My doctor said it’s fine for me to keep hiking and doing light backpacking as long as I still feel good, so I’m planning on staying active as long as I can! Hiking and working out will help me stay mentally and physically strong through pregnancy and birth, and I definitely need all the benefits I can get. I promise I won’t be taking any more big breaks in blogging anytime soon so get ready for lots more updates in the coming months!
Have you ever experienced a big earthquake? If you’ve ever been pregnant, what are your tips for hiking and staying active?