Gearing Up for a Long Backpacking Trip: My Approach to Trail Readiness

In less than a week, I’ll be starting my first backpacking trip to the West Coast Trail. I am planning to hike all 75km in 3 days, by myself. It’s an ambitious plan for me, and not one to be undertaken lightly. To give myself the best chance of success, I’ve been doing lots of prep and training...

Gearing Up for a Long Backpacking Trip: My Approach to Trail Readiness

In less than a week, I’ll be starting my first backpacking trip to the West Coast Trail. I am planning to hike all 75km in 3 days, by myself. It’s an ambitious plan for me, and not one to be undertaken lightly. To give myself the best chance of success, I’ve been doing lots of prep and training...

South Baker Lake Trail: An Ideal Entry Level Backpacking Route

With my solo backpacking trip on the West Coast Trail coming up, I wanted to get in one overnight backpacking trip to test out all my new gear, get some practice doing my tarp set-up, and figure out any potential issues with pieces I had chosen. The South Baker Lake Trail was my location of choice.

South Baker Lake Trail: An Ideal Entry Level Backpacking Route

With my solo backpacking trip on the West Coast Trail coming up, I wanted to get in one overnight backpacking trip to test out all my new gear, get some practice doing my tarp set-up, and figure out any potential issues with pieces I had chosen. The South Baker Lake Trail was my location of choice.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 3: Exploring the South

In my last two blog posts, I described our outdoor adventures on our Oregon coast road trip on the north and central areas. As we left the Oregon dunes area and headed south, we were treated to even more awe-inspiring views on the coast and even a little inland.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 3: Exploring the South

In my last two blog posts, I described our outdoor adventures on our Oregon coast road trip on the north and central areas. As we left the Oregon dunes area and headed south, we were treated to even more awe-inspiring views on the coast and even a little inland.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 2: Exploring the Central Coast

In my last blog post, I talked about [our road trip adventures on the north end of the Oregon coast. As we pulled out of Fort Stevens soggy and wet from an endless, unforgiving rain, we headed south on highway 101, hoping we were heading in the direction of better weather.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 2: Exploring the Central Coast

In my last blog post, I talked about [our road trip adventures on the north end of the Oregon coast. As we pulled out of Fort Stevens soggy and wet from an endless, unforgiving rain, we headed south on highway 101, hoping we were heading in the direction of better weather.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 1: Exploring the North

Last week, Chris and I finally got to cross one more item off our west coast trip list, which was touring the Oregon coast by car, camping at some of the many amazing campgrounds, north to south. We decided to do this trip in the spring, hoping to avoid the massive summer crowds.

Oregon Coast Road Trip Part 1: Exploring the North

Last week, Chris and I finally got to cross one more item off our west coast trip list, which was touring the Oregon coast by car, camping at some of the many amazing campgrounds, north to south. We decided to do this trip in the spring, hoping to avoid the massive summer crowds.

The North Shore’s Fisherman’s Trail: An Easy Longer Trail for Recovery Days

I wanted to go on a long bike on a sunny spring day, but the only person up for it was nursing a tight back. He agreed to go as long as it wasn’t too physically demanding a hiking trail. I went to work online to seek out one such trail that I hadn’t yet hiked already and found the Fisherman’s Trail

The North Shore’s Fisherman’s Trail: An Easy Longer Trail for Recovery Days

I wanted to go on a long bike on a sunny spring day, but the only person up for it was nursing a tight back. He agreed to go as long as it wasn’t too physically demanding a hiking trail. I went to work online to seek out one such trail that I hadn’t yet hiked already and found the Fisherman’s Trail

Arizona’s Gold Strike Canyon Trail - We Chose... Wisely.

On our third and final day of outdoor adventuring, we had narrowed our hiking plan down to one of two hikes: the Arizona Hot Spring Trail and the Gold Strike Canyon Trail.

Arizona’s Gold Strike Canyon Trail - We Chose... Wisely.

On our third and final day of outdoor adventuring, we had narrowed our hiking plan down to one of two hikes: the Arizona Hot Spring Trail and the Gold Strike Canyon Trail.

Willow Beach Campground - A Desert Camping Experience Near Las Vegas

On my recent week-long trip to the Vegas area with Chris, we decided to allot 3 full days to outdoor adventuring in the surrounding area. During this time, we stayed at the Willow Beach Campground near the Colorado River south of Hoover Dam.

Willow Beach Campground - A Desert Camping Experience Near Las Vegas

On my recent week-long trip to the Vegas area with Chris, we decided to allot 3 full days to outdoor adventuring in the surrounding area. During this time, we stayed at the Willow Beach Campground near the Colorado River south of Hoover Dam.

Red Rock Canyon Natural Conservation Area: Two Hikes Worth Braving the Desert Heat For

After one full day in downtown Las Vegas, my husband and I were ready to ditch the city and recharge in nature after all the stimulation. Our first stop was the nearby Red Rock Canyon Natural Conservation Area, only 45 minutes drive from the city, where we went on 2 gorgeous hikes.

Red Rock Canyon Natural Conservation Area: Two Hikes Worth Braving the Desert Heat For

After one full day in downtown Las Vegas, my husband and I were ready to ditch the city and recharge in nature after all the stimulation. Our first stop was the nearby Red Rock Canyon Natural Conservation Area, only 45 minutes drive from the city, where we went on 2 gorgeous hikes.

“Hiking” the Coquitlam Crunch: An Urban Trail for Locals

My husband and I wanted to squeeze in a hike before hitting up a class at Tactical Fighting, a martial arts school we frequent in Coquitlam. Since I had to also pick up a new pair of trail running shoes at the Coquitlam Centre Mall, we decided to try out the nearby Coquitlam Crunch.

“Hiking” the Coquitlam Crunch: An Urban Trail for Locals

My husband and I wanted to squeeze in a hike before hitting up a class at Tactical Fighting, a martial arts school we frequent in Coquitlam. Since I had to also pick up a new pair of trail running shoes at the Coquitlam Centre Mall, we decided to try out the nearby Coquitlam Crunch.


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