Hiking Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge: Nine Mile Creek

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  Jan 6, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat trail with views of the river and 9 mile creek. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 to provide habitat for a large number of migratory waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife species threatened by commercial and industrial development, and to provide environmental education, … Continue reading Hiking Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge: Nine Mile Creek

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

Hike 52: Eagle Mountain-BWCA!

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 7 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY Moderate DATE  December 9, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Highest Point in MN, Amazing views of the BWCA Wilderness, No wind, no rain Or winters cold can stop me, 'Cause you are my goal. There ain't no mountain high enough Ain't no valley low enough Ain't no river wide enough To keep me from getting to … Continue reading Hike 52: Eagle Mountain-BWCA!

Hike 52 Adventure Part 1 – Lake Superior

"Those who have never seen Superior get an inadequate idea by hearing it spoken of as a lake Superior is a sea It breeds storms and rain and fog like a sea. It is cold, masterful, and dreaded." -Rev. George Grant, 1872 If you have been following along on the 2017 Wandering Pine journey, you … Continue reading Hike 52 Adventure Part 1 – Lake Superior

My First Winter Camping Experience aka ‘The coldest night of my life’

I was a new Scout Leader, and knew nothing about winter camping but enthusiastically volunteered to coordinate a winter overnight as a camping merit badge requirement. From there, I led my first backpacking trip the following summer without any experience.  Powered by this same enthusiasm and thirst for wilderness knowledge, we trekked to Glacier National Park.  Lots of learning and we've  survived every adventure since!

Glacier National Park | St Mary, Virginia Falls, Garden Wall and Final Trip Thoughts

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3 mi + 2 mi DIFFICULTY Easy, with a few blazing hot hills on the way out of the falls. DATE  July 6, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Two hikes in one day!  The trail to the falls follows the path of a recent forest fire, 3 miles out and back.  Several great spots for lunch and enjoying … Continue reading Glacier National Park | St Mary, Virginia Falls, Garden Wall and Final Trip Thoughts

Glacier National Park | Many Glacier

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5-10 mi DIFFICULTY Easy and flat to Grinnell Lake, then hilly on the loop back. DATE  July 5, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  The trail follows the shoreline of Swiftcurrent Lake, Lake Josephine and Grinnell Lake with views of 5 Glaciers from the Many Glacier Hotel area. No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving … Continue reading Glacier National Park | Many Glacier

Glacier National Park | Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake and Paradise Point.

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5-6 miles DIFFICULTY Easy with some elevation up to Avalanche Lake DATE  July 4, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Trail winds through towering Cedars and evergreen forest along waterfalls and rushing river to turquoise blue Avalanche Lake.  Be sure to walk to the end of the trail for the best view. Woke up before everyone again and ordered … Continue reading Glacier National Park | Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake and Paradise Point.

Glacier National Park | Whitewater Rafting

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH about 3 hours (I lost track) DIFFICULTY Easy with an awesome guide like "SOCCER MIKE"! DATE  July 3, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Amazing views of Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Woke up at 4:45am, made the hostel coffee and headed out to Brownie's front porch to enjoy the sunrise.  I get the feeling that I am … Continue reading Glacier National Park | Whitewater Rafting

Glacier National Park | Logan Pass & Hidden Lake Trail

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 4-5 mi DIFFICULTY Easy to overlook without snow, but extremely steep down to the lake.  Moderate to Difficult with snow. DATE  July 2, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Panoramic views across mountains, glacial lakes and snow fields, mountain goats. One of the benefits of adventuring with Scouts is that the Senior Patrol Leader and ASPL decide each night what time … Continue reading Glacier National Park | Logan Pass & Hidden Lake Trail

Glacier National Park | Scenic Point

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 7.9 mi (longer if you start at the visitor center) DIFFICULTY Moderate to Difficult DATE  July 1, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Beargrass, wide mountain views, Hoary Marmot and Sheep My day started at 5am.  Made a pot of coffee and relaxed on the Brownie's Hostel porch with a mountain view for a good hour or so.  Today's … Continue reading Glacier National Park | Scenic Point

WRFA-Wilderness and Remote First Aid Certification weekend!

Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR, AED certification is 18-20 hours of intense training packed into two or three days. As a leader of High Adventure treks with Scouts, I am required to take it every two years. Last weekend was my 3rd time going through the course and I learn something new every time. … Continue reading WRFA-Wilderness and Remote First Aid Certification weekend!