Hi I’m Jen!  I’m so glad you’re here!  I started this space to help empower people on their adventures, advocate for the outdoors, and share the things I’m learning along the way. Welcome!

Wandering Pine is where you will find my trip reports, tips for getting outside, outdoor skills, gear reviews and more!


Where Wandering Pine began…

Wandering Pine is my trail name.  It started as a nod to my passion for exploring the outdoors and my nature-y namesake.

It’s like returning to my childhood. ’Pine’ is actually my maiden name, so when I decided to write a blog, I wanted to capture some of that playfulness. I wanted to go back to the things I loved when I was a kid.

I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Minnesota as a teenager.  I hated winter for the first 20 years and didn’t spend much time outdoors during that time.   Through our children, I learned to love the outdoors again and now I’m outside more than they are!  I’m really a Minnesotan now:  I LOVE Winter,  camp year round, make a mean tater tot hotdish, and Lake Superior is my ocean.


About me…

I am married to my college sweetheart, Bob aka #hesindoorsy.  We have two sons that are growing into pretty amazing adults, and our pup is a rescued street dog from India (she keeps us all on our toes).  When I’m not outside, I play my great great grandpa’s fiddle at church every chance I get, and I can’t read music.

I’m an optimist and joy is my super power.

Some of the coolest spots I’ve backpacked are Glacier National Park, Isle Royale and the Superior Hiking Trail. I completed the 310 mile Superior Hiking Trail in a LASH (Long Amazing Section Hike) in 23 days in 2019/20. I’m also a big advocate for taking micro adventures and and just doubled my 3rd 52 Hike Challenge (104 hikes in 12 months).

I believe in the ripple effect, that small changes can make a big difference, and that we all play a part in taking care of each other and the earth.

As a member of the Granite Gear Groundskeepers team, I’ve hauled hundreds of pounds of trash off our public waterways and lands and it’s made me more aware of my own consumption habits. I’m working on it.  Every little bit counts.

Life in community…

I believe life is better in community.   In addition to Wandering Pine,  I give back by volunteering with Women Who Hike, Boy Scouts of America/Scouts BSA, leading group hikes and teaching outdoor skills clinics at other various organizations.  I have been Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified since 2012, and have led many group treks including backpacking in Glacier National Park and Isle Royale. Completing the 310 mile Superior Hiking Trail was my biggest trip yet!  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and outdoor community!


“I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings”

-Mary Oliver

If you would like to connect or work together on a project.

Feel free to contact me here.

Happy Trails!



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