Backpacking Grand Canyon National Park

  After Greg and I took 10 and 13 year breaks, respectively, from the grandest canyon on the planet, we went to bask in her presence again, “before it gets too hot”. Joke’s on us, it started snowing outside of Flagstaff and by the time we got to the South Rim it was 30°. The […]

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Big Island on a Budget

  Hawai’i is notoriously expensive but there are lots of ways to keep your trip reasonable, not limited to sleeping in your rental car, eating nothing but pb&js, and showering at public beach parks. PSYCH! Okay, we dabbled in those things. Greg and I just spent an awesome, like ready to move there, 8 days/8 […]

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Isle Royale National Park

  Far, far away, in the northwest corner of Lake Superior, lies a little-known paradise known as Isle Royale National Park. Isle Royale is the largest island in the largest lake in the world and one of our most favorite places. It’s home to birch and maple, warblers and loons, and moose and wolves, which […]

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Teton Crest Trail: North Fork Cascade out Paintbrush Canyon

Be sure to check out Death Canyon to Alaska Basin and Teton Creek to North Fork first!   Day 5: North Fork Cascade group site to String Lake Outlet trailhead, 12.3 miles, hot, cold, windy, rainy. Alarm went off at 5:00a again but no one could quite manage it. Rough morning for everyone and our […]

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Teton Crest Trail: Teton Creek to North Fork Cascade

Be sure to check out Death Canyon to Alaska Basin first!   Day 3: Teton Creek to Sunset Lake, 2.5 miles, warm and intermittent rain all day. Slept in until 7:45a, and a slow morning. I made my favorite trail meal- bacon and pancakes. We pack in pre-cooked bacon, complete pancake mix, a bit of coconut […]

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Teton Crest Trail: Death Canyon to Alaska Basin

Once upon a time, eight best friends went for a walk in the mountains. This is their story. Which I know to be true because I kept a hiking journal. And I backtraced it.   Scene: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Characters: Greg, Jamie, Ryan, Jamie (another Jamie), Sky, Jordan, Merik, and Blake   Prologue: […]

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Teton Crest Trail: Backpacking in National Parks

Before we were married Greg and I traveled around the world enjoying thirteen countries, some pretty solid friends, and each others’ constant company for nearly six months. My Mom said “That’s great! Now what the hell are you going to do for a honeymoon?” That’s easy- go hiking in Montana. We put the word out that we […]

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Acadia National Park: Blackwoods

Leftover pizza for breakfast. People always ask how we keep our food cold. Well we have a small cooler, but it becomes a hassle always finding ice for it. It’s a bit too small for a regular bag of ice so we just fill up two Nalgenes with ice at a gas station if there’s […]

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Acadia National Park: Seawall

National parks in the east are few and far between compared to the west, yet Acadia is within a day’s drive of 25% of the nation’s population. Isn’t that insane? Insanely busy. Acadia National Park was established in 1919 and encompasses only 46,000 acres, yet manages to host over two million visitors each year, mostly […]

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