Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

I don’t know when I first heard about Iceland’s most popular hiking trail, but it had been on my travel wish list for some time. It’s just under 51 miles long, and the FI (Ferðafélag Íslands, or the Iceland Touring Foundation) maintains five huts conveniently located within 7-9 miles of each other along the way. There […]

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Iceland on a Budget!

  Hahaha just kidding. Iceland is not a budget destination, so just put that out of your head now. But… there are ways around the high price tag if you’re flexible and have a sense of adventure! It’s ironic, you can fly on WOW air from the States for $99 each way, but you’ll pay $150/night […]

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Lizard Head Loop: Valentine Lake to Big Sandy Trailhead

Be sure to check out Parts One and Two first!   Day 5: Valentine Lake to Hooker Valley, 6.0 miles We seemed to have hit the jackpot with weather in the Winds. We met several groups of hikers who told us this was the best time to be there, just after school started and before […]

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Lizard Head Loop: Cirque of the Towers to Valentine Lake

Be sure to check out Part One first! Day 3: Day hike to Texas Pass and around Lonesome Lake, 5.72 miles We awoke our third day to brilliant blue skies. Seriously, we could not have paid for better weather. We made pancakes and bacon and drank our coffee and Earl Grey in the sun. We […]

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Lizard Head Loop: Big Sandy to Cirque of the Towers

My mother spent her formidable years in Wyoming, between Riverton and Dubois. If you’ve ever been to that part of the state you know how utterly gorgeous it is- rivers and buttes and peaks and grizzlies. Mom’s parents had a cabin built on the east side of the Wind River Range, with a picture window […]

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Mini Retirement 2016

  Time for the Warckens to move away from employment and onto their next adventure(s) (and for everyone to ask how the hell we can afford to do it). Greg’s dad told us we’re like a military family, only without the military. Gregory and I are like two peas in a pod. I’m so very […]

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Backpacking for Beginners: Other Pertinent Gear

  There’s a bunch of other stuff we love to take backpacking, aside from our sleeping and cooking gear, and clothing. This is where weight really starts making a difference because food, shelter, and clothing are necessities, whereas all this stuff could be considered luxuries. For starters we both carry bear spray when we’re hiking in bear […]

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Backpacking for Beginners: Clothing

  Clothing is obviously a very personal choice, so I’m just here to share what we wear and love. It doesn’t matter what the weather report says; if we’re going out for a night or more we pack clothes for all temperatures and conditions. The number one clothing item you pack should be a waterproof […]

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Backpacking for Beginners: Food and Water

  Typically when Greg and I hike he carries all the gear and I carry all the food. I’m just a girl and I’ve got a bad shoulder so I can’t load up like that mule can. For this particular trip into the Winds we packed for ten days. Whatever length of trip we go […]

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Backpacking for Beginners: Tent, Sleeping Bags, and Packs

  Greg and I love backpacking. We are at our marital best when we’re on the trail (not always, sometimes we hike too far for too long or my shoulder hurts or we try and rush or I spill the eggs at breakfast or don’t help set up the tent in the rain because I’d […]

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