Havasu Falls

We had the unique opportunity to visit what I believe to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited in my entire life in March 2017… Havasu Falls which is an area of land that has been owned and managed by the Havasupai American Indian tribe for the last 800 years. Prior to our visit…

Backpacking the Loowit Trail

Don’t do it. Just don’t. Just kidding but for reals, there’s truth in every joke. The Loowit trail is a 35-mile hike circumnavigating the base of Mount St. Helens. We hiked it over Memorial Day at the end of May 2016 and it was NOT my ideal way to spend a holiday weekend. Here is…

Backpacking the Timberline Trail

I actually  have very few negative things to say about this hike (shocking, I know). My expectations were misaligned (meaning, I get stressed out when I KNOW we should cover 14 miles in a day and we only cover 10) but overall I found this hike to be thoroughly enjoyable (all complaining aside). We parked…

Intro to backpacking…

My first ever backpacking excursion was a 4-day, 3-night hike in Patagonia called “The W”. It was 2013 and I was 31 and the longest I’d ever hiked prior to that was maybe 7 miles in beautiful sunny Hawaii. We rented gear and overpacked and it was COLD. I rented hiking boots which was a…

Packing for your Epic Adventure…

I’ve had a few opportunities in the recent past to go adventuring with the Bearshield (aka my hubs) and I’ve learning a few things along the way. First and foremost – he packs all the necessities aside from my clothing and toiletries and if he didn’t, we’d be screwed. Like, epically screwed. I wasn’t even thinking about needing things like a can opener, towels, or a handheld air pump until they magically appeared in my camp.