Beaver Creek Valley and Great Bluffs State Park

Trip report from a quick overnight to Beaver Creek Valley and Great Bluffs State Park to enjoy scenic Southern Minnesota and Hike the Hiking Club Trails.

Superior Hiking Trail: “Jester” Section Hiker Podcast

Earlier this Spring, I had the opportunity to talk to Julie from the "Jester" Section Hikers Podcast about my Superior Hiking Trail LASH. We had recorded an earlier session in the winter, but something happened to the audio, so we got to do it again! She was a joy to talk to and I left … Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail: “Jester” Section Hiker Podcast

Listening, Learning, Healing

My heart has been heavy and the things I would normally write about here have felt irrelevant during this time of upheaval and sorrow. The killing of George Floyd has become a catalyst for change, felt around the world, exposing systemic racism and police brutality in a way that can no longer be ignored...all in … Continue reading Listening, Learning, Healing

The SHT Blooper Video is LIVE – and other things happening this week.

It's been a full week in Wandering Pine World and I wanted to give an update and check in to see how you are all doing.  I was supposed to be backpacking the Kekekabic Trail last weekend and officially cancelled my Memorial Day Sioux Hustler Trail Boundary Waters Trip.  It was a personal decision, but … Continue reading The SHT Blooper Video is LIVE – and other things happening this week.

The North Country Trail 100 Mile Challenge

Look what came in the mail yesterday! If you have been following along here, you will know that after finishing the Superior Hiking Trail in long sections last year, I was looking for a new adventure.  2020 was going to be all about the North Country Trail and exploring Minnesota's most remote and rugged trails … Continue reading The North Country Trail 100 Mile Challenge

How to Plan a Hike…and what is a hike anyway?

This week, a friend asked "what's the difference between a walk and a hike?" I've heard this question before, but even now...when things seem to be changing on the daily...the answer is still the same "Well, that's up to you..." When I signed up for my first 52 Hike Challenge, in 2017, my personal definition … Continue reading How to Plan a Hike…and what is a hike anyway?

The 10 Essentials – What’s In My Pack

The first time I'd heard of the 10 essentials was in our son's Boy Scout Handbook.   It was this succinct list of survival items that every Scout should have on outdoor adventures in case of an emergency.  Both of our boys assembled their items, and stowed them in their packs (just in case).   Eventually, I … Continue reading The 10 Essentials – What’s In My Pack

Superior Hiking Trail Databook Review

Review of the brand new Superior Hiking Trail Databook and the tools that I used to plan my Superior Hiking Trail Thru Hike, turned Long Amazing Section Hike

From Minnesota, With Love: Supporting Local Gear Companies

Minnesota's Governor issued a two week 'Stay at Home' order that starts today.  I feel fortunate to have already been working from home for 17 days, but half of my household will continue to go out to their workplaces each day.  My last post talked about some of the ways I am staying grounded and … Continue reading From Minnesota, With Love: Supporting Local Gear Companies

Staying Grounded and Focused in Uncertain Times

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Mr. Rogers Hi.  Everybody doing ok?  I feel like I've gotten an email from every company I've ever given my email to this … Continue reading Staying Grounded and Focused in Uncertain Times

Groundskeeping Season is Here!

The great thaw is upon us here in Minnesota, which the means Winter's trash is making  it's BIG reveal and it's time to kick off Groundskeeping season!  In case you missed it, or you are new to this space...  I am part of a team of amazing humans who are committed to leaving public spaces … Continue reading Groundskeeping Season is Here!

The SHT LASH episodes are LIVE!

Ever wanted to know what hiking 310 miles in Northern MN carrying all of your stuff on your back is like?  Grab your popcorn, because all of the SHT LASH episodes officially posted on YouTube this weekend!   Are you dreaming of or planning a trip on the SHT?  Or looking for a new series … Continue reading The SHT LASH episodes are LIVE!

2020 Intentions and Updates

2019 was an amazing year.  We're 2 months into 2020 and I'm still reflecting on it with a grateful heart and a big ol' smile on my face.   Thank you for being part of it! Since my last post, I've been taking a little time to do some housekeeping around the blog and set some … Continue reading 2020 Intentions and Updates

2019 Year in Review!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Wandering Pine!   Its fun to see how things have changed and to look back on the adventures from the previous years.  Here's a throwback to my very first post!   This year, I've hiked twice as much (104 hikes) and written half as much (30 posts).  The Saturday mornings that I used … Continue reading 2019 Year in Review!

Kula Cloth Gear Review!

Say hello to the first ever, next-level pee cloth. It's not an afterthought...it's a piece of gear. The first time I saw a Kula Cloth was on an Instagram post that my friend, Kim posted last year. It was hanging on her Christmas Tree as a decoration! Then I saw a few friends proudly displaying … Continue reading Kula Cloth Gear Review!

Simple Act Has Profound Effect | Minneapolis Star Tribune Article

Hey Mom! Im in the Paper!  As a follow up to my last post, I'm sharing this nice article that the Minneapolis Star Tribune published in their Outdoors section last Friday, that highlights the Groundskeepers (and yours truly).  Read more about the work we do, what I've learned along the way and how you too can … Continue reading Simple Act Has Profound Effect | Minneapolis Star Tribune Article

Why I Pick Up Trash and Things I Learned as a Groundskeeper

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou I've put off writing this post for a while because its something that I am still sorting out.  What started as a simple challenge has become a journey to know more, do more and take a hard look … Continue reading Why I Pick Up Trash and Things I Learned as a Groundskeeper

Go Outside! How to Get Out and Stay Out

"GO OUTSIDE WITH THE REST OF THE WILD ANIMALS!!" -Mom Time to Hike! Last month at our "Unpacking Your Hiking Hesitations"  Clinic at Midwest Mountaineering, Ruth and I were asked a question: “How do you make time for hiking?” I responded almost automatically: “you make time for the things you love”.  But the minute those words … Continue reading Go Outside! How to Get Out and Stay Out

Superior Hiking Trail |Part 3: My Hike

I mean really....there was literally no good reason to wait, except my own fear and common sense. And it was fun to have a dream. Welcome to Part 3 of the adventure!  If you missed the first 310 miles, start here.  Feel free to hit subscribe or check back for updates on new content regarding things … Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail |Part 3: My Hike