Backpacking the Valley of Little Lakes

TRAIL OVERVIEW Trail: Little Lakes Valley Trail to Gem Lakes Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 994 ft. Location: Inyo National Forest/ John Muir Wilderness Trail head: Mosquito Flats Permits: Required for backpacking. THE STORY Trail so nice, I’ve hiked it, well.. several times this summer; twice backpacking and twice day hiking! Easy enough for beginner hikers with views that […]

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5 Life Lessons Learned on the Road

Road trips do more than just get you to your destination. A road trip is a journey, and as with any journey, there are lessons to learn and mistakes to be made. Road trips have somewhat become the norm for us. From a quick weekend getaway to Mammoth to Our Epic 24 Day Road Trip, […]

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The Day I Met an Instagram Stranger

You probably wouldn’t know that I wanted this day to happen for quite some time. As someone who is committed to the hiking community through a series of personal posts, inspirational quotes and nothing but hiking and camping photos; I sat back and kept myself from joining the large crowds and hiking groups. For years, […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 3- Washington

It was officially our third week on the road as we entered the state of Washington. Friends and family who have been to Washington told us that we’d fall in love, and they were right.  Our first stop, North Cascades National Park. This was our 9th National Park in three weeks. The moment we left Montana […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 2- Wyoming & Montana

After spending five days exploring the Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah, it was time to head on to our next destination. I was extremely excited to visit the Grand Tetons as this had been a long time bucket list destination. We considered Day 6 to be a driving only day as we made our way out of Utah […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 1- Utah and the Mighty 5

What started as an idea, grown to a dream and made into reality; I will never forget the look on his face when I told him about plans for our month long vacation.  We had joked about it before but this time it was different. This time it felt like a possibility and not just some […]

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Backpacking Eagle Lake

 Trail Overview  Trail: Eagle Lake from Mineral King Valley Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,175 ft. Location: Sequoia National Park Trail head: Eagle-Mosquito Lakes Permits: Required for backpacking only.  The Story There’s no better way to cool down in the middle of summer than hiking to and swimming in an alpine lake. This was my first alpine lake swim […]

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Thru-Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail

Trail Overview Trail: Trans- Catalina Trail (2016) Distance: 58.4 miles Elevation Gain/Loss: 9,500′ Location: Catalina Island Trail head: Avalon Permits: Required. Can obtained here. Campsite Reservations: Required. Reserve here. The Story This is a shorter version of our journey on the Trans-Catalina trail. A  detailed version can be found here.  The month is April of 2016 and we are excited to finally complete the Trans-Catalina Trail, roughly […]

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How to Plan an Epic Road Trip

Road trips should be fun and spontaneous yet, carefully researched and somewhat planned. Last year Brandon and I had the opportunity to road trip for an entire month. We spent nearly nine months planning, researching and preparing for our trip in which we drove through 9 states in 25 days. How do you prepare for […]

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