Happy Feet! Foot Care on the Trail Part 2

This two part post covers foot care tips for hiking, backpacking and off the trail. Check out Part 1 for pre-hike foot care tips. Topics covered in part two: my journey to finding the right footwear, daily foot prep, foot first aid kit and a list of my favorite foot gear. Our feet can take us wonderful places, but without proper care, they can be a real pain. So let's start with some things I learned the hard way, so hopefully you don't have to!

Treat Your Feet! Foot Care for the Trail: Part 1

This two part post covers hiking and backpacking foot care tips for both on and off the trail. Topics covered: selecting footwear, prepping your feet, checking your gear and my favorite foot gear. Our feet can take us wonderful places, here are a few ways I keep mine happy! Happy hiking!

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

WRFA/CPR/AED-Wilderness First Aid and Rule #1 for Staying Safe in the Wild.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR/AED certification is 18 hours of intense training packed into two or three days. As a leader of High Adventure Treks with Scouts and as a Women Who Hike Ambassador, I am required to take it every two years. Last weekend was my 4th time going through the course and I … Continue reading WRFA/CPR/AED-Wilderness First Aid and Rule #1 for Staying Safe in the Wild.

Update on Hikers Rash and More Thru Hike Prep

The last two weeks have been busy, balancing work, family, making new gear, dehydrating food and a final shakedown on the Superior Hiking Trail with an amazing group of women. I plan to post on our trip prep soon, but am starting with an update on my previous post about Hiker's rash.  It's neck and neck … Continue reading Update on Hikers Rash and More Thru Hike Prep

Wheal n’ Flare!  My Dance with Hiker’s Rash.

First, let me state what you should already know.   I AM NOT A DOCTOR and ANYTHING that I share here is only based on my personal experience and you should consult your physician for ANY medical issue….NOT this blog. The being said, let’s talk about Hikers Rash aka Disney Rash, Golfers Vasculitis and Exercise Induced … Continue reading Wheal n’ Flare!  My Dance with Hiker’s Rash.

5 Things I Learned This Week

I usually write about trails and parks I've visited, but this week, I'm highlighting a few useful things that I learned off the trail.  Each of these could probably be a post on their own. Last week I met the one and only Keith Myrmel, gave a Boy Scout a tampon to stick up his nose, … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned This Week

Crow Hassan Regional Park Group Hike

TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 17 miles of trails, we did 11.5 DIFFICULTY Easy, flat, sandy soil DATE  July 7, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Horse trails, sunny prairies, forest, lake and river views. I'm experimenting with posting from my phone (via backyard hammock) for the first time so we'll see how this goes. Today's hike started early at Crow Hassan Regional Park … Continue reading Crow Hassan Regional Park Group Hike

Lake Louise and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks| Part 1

LAKE LOUISE STATE PARK TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 1.3 mile hiking club trail DIFFICULTY Easy and flat DATE  June 22, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Iowa River and Lake Louise-blood thirsty mosquitoes     I left work a little early on Friday to hike my 37th Minnesota Hiking Club trail and get a head start on meeting the Scouts at Forestville Mystery … Continue reading Lake Louise and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks| Part 1

Shakedown #1 and Tarptent Saddle 2

Shakedown hikes and backpacking trips are the best way you can train yourself to become a confident backpacker or day hiker. They provide a low pressure setting for you to practice new skills, learn how to use your gear, plan a hike, and develop the physical fitness required to hike all day with a backpack. -Section … Continue reading Shakedown #1 and Tarptent Saddle 2

Stillwater Stair Challenge + The Stillwater Bridge

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3-8 miles DIFFICULTY 500 + Steep stairs with lots of flat paved sections in between. DATE  May 19, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Historic town of Stillwater with beautiful views of the St Croix River. My 26th hike of the 2018 52 Hike Challenge started at 6am at the base of the Chilkoot Stairs on Main Street in … Continue reading Stillwater Stair Challenge + The Stillwater Bridge

Backpacking and Day Hiking on the North Shore – Part 2: Split Rock, Palisade Head and George Crosby Manitou State Park.

How do you describe the beauty of a place where heaven and earth join seamlessly?   Or the mind trap of telling yourself over and over again that this massive body is not the ocean or an endless sea?  Or the magnetic-siren-pull of her waters that make you want to jump in and crash like … Continue reading Backpacking and Day Hiking on the North Shore – Part 2: Split Rock, Palisade Head and George Crosby Manitou State Park.

Backpacking on the North Shore – Part 1: Testing My New Pack and SHT Packing List!

I'm still mentally and spiritually unpacking my trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior.   It was so beautiful, I'm at a bit of a loss for words, but they will eventually come.  So, lucky for you, this will be a two part post! One of the first things I did when I decided … Continue reading Backpacking on the North Shore – Part 1: Testing My New Pack and SHT Packing List!

Urban Snowshoeing and Tips for Getting Started!

Snowshoeing is my favorite winter activity because of the access it brings.   Unlike hiking or skiing, I can walk right off the trail, alone into the woods and feel strong and confident.   I don’t feel this same desire to venture off trail in the summer when the woods are thick, shaded and full of obstacles. I also don’t hike at night in the warmer months, but a moonlit snowshoe stomp is one of my favorite things.   I feel a unique combination of safety and freedom when I am snowshoeing in the open woods, on an empty trail bathed in winter’s blue light.

Moarrr Gearrr… and my new favorite backpacking book!

"Fear is heavy..." -Hiking Dude In my quest for updating to lightweight gear without breaking the bank for next year's SHT Thru hike, I've been selling or giving away the older stuff and picking up new gear at gear swaps or sales.  See last week's post on 10 ways to rock an REI Garage sale! … Continue reading Moarrr Gearrr… and my new favorite backpacking book!

Fall Hiking in Interstate Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles DIFFICULTY Easy with some elevation DATE  October 8, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Glacial Potholes, River Bluffs, St Croix River, Fall Foliage, Climbing Interstate Park is on the Western terminus of the 1,200 mile long Ice Age Trail. It gets it name from being located on both the shores of WI and MN, joined by the St … Continue reading Fall Hiking in Interstate Park

Mile 1 | Superior Hiking Trail

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu Or in my case, the journey of 310 miles...   Last week feels like I walked my first mile on the trail.   Making the decision to go, working on a plan to get there, nerding out on gear excel grids - trying … Continue reading Mile 1 | Superior Hiking Trail

CureSearch Ultimate Hike – Superior Hiking Trail

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.       … Continue reading CureSearch Ultimate Hike – Superior Hiking Trail

Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 4-8 miles (we did 4 miles in each park) DIFFICULTY Accessible for all abilities (Kinnickinnic), Hills!  (Willow River) DATE  May 13, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Views of the St Croix River and a Waterfall/Swimming Hole Together again...Las Hermanas del Pino!  Hikes # 20 & 21 for the year started at Kinninckinnic State Park, just 10-15 scenic miles off of Hwy 94 … Continue reading Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

Theodore Wirth Park: Quaking Bog

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5 miles DIFFICULTY Accessible for all abilities with a few hills DATE  April 23, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Quaking Bog and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Here's another local gem, Theodore Wirth Park's Quaking Bog and Eloise Butler Trail!  This section of the park also has a pretty rad single track bike trail and commuter/road bike paved … Continue reading Theodore Wirth Park: Quaking Bog