Thoughts on Joy

"How wonderful is it that we laugh because out bodies cannot contain the joy?" ~Unknown The theme of Joy and defending it has been on my mind a lot in the last year.  In this time, I have worked to create a discipline of finding my joy and pressing hard into it. Even the tiniest … Continue reading Thoughts on Joy

2017 Year in Review

On January 1st 2017, I started this blog, as a place to write about my outdoor adventures, learning experiences, failures and encourage others to get outside at any skill level. In 2017, I also challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, "Does this make me feel strong? Or will this build strength?” … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review

Superior Hiking Trail | Thru Hike 2018

"It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before, to test your limits, to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Decision made, starting to plan my thru hike … Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail | Thru Hike 2018

Your One Wild and Precious Life

The Summer Day Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing … Continue reading Your One Wild and Precious Life

This is why I hike

This morning began at 5:30 am (no idea why I woke up so early), with a plethora of computer issues that probably won't be figured out for a few days.  I meant to do yoga and instead chugged through the technical issues and >Poof< a revamped Wandering Pine page!  Well, it's updated anyway. TIME TO GO OUTSIDE! … Continue reading This is why I hike

Wandering Pine

Wandering Pine is a blog resource for hiking, gear reviews, health, and adventure. I'm a Southern California native, transplanted to Minnesota.  After decades of resistance, the land of 10,000 adventures has finally won me over.  Its beauty, especially in the winter is something I have come to love.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, and basically any time … Continue reading Wandering Pine