JMT Day 20: Crossing Woods Creek Bridge

I was up pretty early this morning after an early night, and I can already start to feel the seasons change. A short hike up to Lake Marjorie and a little bummed I didn’t make it all the way there the previous night. My campsite was pretty awesome though, but Lake Marjorie was beautiful! I started my hike around 8:45 AM and by 9 AM I was soaking in the views of Lake Marjorie.

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John Muir Trail Day 19: Thanks Ranger Sam…

Today I met Ranger Sam. Right before calling a NERO and backtracking about .5 miles from Mather Pass, I ran into Ranger Sam. Because of Ranger Sam, I hiked 12-miles today! Because of Ranger Sam, I am .6 miles from my goal for today, but since he is stationed there, and being dead ass tired- I’m camped above a lake below Lake Marjorie.

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John Muir Trail Day 18: A Big Storm at Palisade Lake

I’ve been sheltering myself from this storm for a few hours now. The long climb up to Palisade Lake didn’t make it to Upper before the thunder. Long day. Just no energy today. Really think it was because I didn’t snack.

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John Muir Trail Day 12: VVR to Bear Ridge Trail

The 8 mile climb, ok I guess it was like 6 mile climb on Bear Ridge trail back to JMT was killing me. A later start after leaving VVR, which was hard to do in the first place. Anyways, not much today but the 6 mile climb back to JMT. I knew exactly when I got back on the JMT, the trail just felt different. I stopped hiking kinda early today, found a pretty awesome site, by a creek, awesome views, but totally seen from the trail.

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John Muir Trail Day 3: First Resupply & Burritos!

After a late night up with the full moon last night, I was certain we’d miss sunrise, as we did. A slow start to our day, so I decided to get in the lake. Not for very long, and just for a quick rinse. It was our first lake on the John Muir Trail and I’d completely regret it if I didn’t at least dip my toes!

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A Little Lonely But Never Alone: Solo Backpacking

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the end of May, and the beginning of backpacking season! Winter is gone, and for the past 4 months I have sucessfully gone on one solo road trip every month this year.

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Backpacking Mineral king loop

This was the first time I’ve heard of the Mineral King Loop- a 39-mile hike that loops around some of the most pristine mountains and alpine lakes in the Sequoias! On average, this loop is usually done over 5-days, and we completed it within an extended 3-day weekend.

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Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains

Over Labor Day weekend, three friends and I took a road trip to Colorado for an extended weekend of backpacking to some of the most amazing alpine lakes in the San Juan mountains! During our trip of three days and three nights, we hiked over 15+ miles and explored 3 of the most colorful alpine lakes I had ever seen!

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Backpacking: Eastern Sierra at Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail is located in Inyo National Forest on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and is a pretty popular area known for day hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking. If you’ve been, you know exactly why! There are a total of 7 lakes that follow along the North Fork trail. With the amount of snow the Sierra received last winter, we planned to only hike to the second lake.

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Backpacking Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake

Duck Lake Trail in the John Muir Wilderness is a popular trail that consists of alpine lakes, mountain views, wildflowers and a decent climb for a day hike or even an overnight backpacking trip. A little less than 10 miles round-trip, this trail passes three alpine lakes before climbing Duck Pass to Duck Lake.

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A Happi-NessA Project

A Happi-Nessa ProjectSelf-love, Reflection, Care + Discovery The month started off a little rough. I knew I wasn’t happy. I knew I wanted to make a change. And I knew what needed to be done. So I did it. Since starting this project I’ve accomplished: re-joining and actually going to the gym, mindful eating, daily […]

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Project Happiness

December is a good month for reflection. A time to reflect on the past year and all of your accomplishments and mishaps. It is also a good month to brainstorm on what you want out of life, what to look forward to and set goals to works towards in the coming year. The month of […]

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Backpacking the Valley of Little Lakes

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 you don’t necessarily have to “work” for, although the hike is rated as “moderately strenuous” due to the elevation at the trail head,which is 10,000 ft.

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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 Adventured With An Instagram Follower

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, SEKI Wilderness

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 and it will definitely not be the last. It was the beginning of August and I so badly wanted to hike to an alpine lake and luckily, I was able to score a last-minute wilderness permit.

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Thru-Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail

 The month is April of 2016 and we are excited to finally complete the Trans-Catalina Trail, roughly 34 miles of open land crossing the entire length of Catalina Island. We allowed ourselves some time to shoot and take in the scenery and officially completed the trail within 5 days.

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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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