Defend Your Joy! 5 Winter Amusements to Try Before Spring!

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ― Mary Oliver "Defending My Joy" is a term I have been using for the last few years whenever I have to take action … Continue reading Defend Your Joy! 5 Winter Amusements to Try Before Spring!

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Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

...Oh girl dancing down those [snowy] and [icy] trails Take it hip to hip, rocket through the wilderness... -Roam, The B-52's Back from a Winter retreat with Thrive Women's Outdoor Adventures! We got close to a foot of snow in parts of Northern Wisconsin, played in single digit temps and had the trails to ourselves. … Continue reading Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

Crescent Moon EVA Foam Snowshoe Gear Review

As a lover of both snowshoeing and design, I have been following the development of the first EVA foam snowshoe for about a year.  They have a very different look and construction compared to a traditional metal or plastic snowshoe, and the binding is greatly simplified.   In talking to the President and co-founder of Crescent … Continue reading Crescent Moon EVA Foam Snowshoe Gear Review

Women Who Hike and Winter Snowshoeing at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of our first ever Minnesota Women Who Hike meet up: Superbowl Snowshoe Shuffle! And the Women Who Hike founder, Nicole Brown, was just featured on The Stokecast Podcast sharing her story and about how Women Who Hike became the organization that it is today. So, this post is … Continue reading Women Who Hike and Winter Snowshoeing at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

‘Instructions for Living a Life’ and Snowshoeing at Moose Lake State Park!

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 2 mile Hiking Club Trail DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  Dec 28, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Wooded loop through rolling hills, views of a Wildlife Pond You may remember my post from Moose Lake State Park last 4th of July.   Back then the park was bursting with happy campers and families celebrating their 4th of July traditions a the … Continue reading ‘Instructions for Living a Life’ and Snowshoeing at Moose Lake State Park!

Winter Camp, An Annual Holiday Tradition!

A couple of weeks ago I flooded the Wandering Pine Instagram page with snowshoeing photos after the Minnesota Monthly Magazine Feature hoping to make it snow before camp!   I'm still waiting for a good old fashioned blizzard to kick off Snowshoeing season as I write this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun outside!   … Continue reading Winter Camp, An Annual Holiday Tradition!

Snowshoe Basics: And Re-thinking Winter

Winter is here and it's the perfect time to think about staying outside and extending the hiking season!   Snowshoeing is my favorite winter activity and has been a game changer when it comes to my attitude during the colder months.   So, when Minnesota Monthly Magazine contacted me to do a quick story and photo shoot … Continue reading Snowshoe Basics: And Re-thinking Winter

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. … Continue reading Urban Snowshoeing and Tips for Getting Started!

Minneapolis Winter Festivals

There are 3 festivals converging in Minneapolis right now.   Yesterday's temps were in the 30's so there's really no darned good reason to stay inside. The Great Northern Festival City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Super Bowl VII Live   Hike n Pint Our morning started at Theo Wirth Park for a quick 3 … Continue reading Minneapolis Winter Festivals

Snowshoeing on the St Croix River

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 2.5-3 miles DIFFICULTY Easy, with caution DATE  Jan 13, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat trail on a frozen river, use caution and traction devices. I have been taught to never trust a river, whether frozen or thawed...it is wild, dangerous and a tempting treat. I think there are more rivers in my future. Today’s adventure started at … Continue reading Snowshoeing on the St Croix River

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

10 Winter Hacks to Keep You Warm

The word of the day is Bombogenesis and the headlines are all about the Cyclone Bomb that is hitting the East coast right now.   Reports are coming in that New York City is colder than Mars....and Minnesotans are still being spotted wearing shorts. In addition to my post earlier in the week The California … Continue reading 10 Winter Hacks to Keep You Warm

A California Transplant’s Guide to Winter Layers

“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” -Alfred Wainwright   It’s a new year and it’s time to start the 52 hike challenge again! If 52 hikes isn’t your thing and you needed another reason to hike today, there’s also an event led by the American State Parks in all 50 states … Continue reading A California Transplant’s Guide to Winter Layers

Winter Camping at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp

Here's a follow up to my first winter camping post a couple of weeks ago and a review of two different sleep set ups I used last weekend.  Winter camping takes more effort but refines my outdoor skills each time I do it. I traditionally help plan the Winter Campout for my Boy Scout Troop.  All … Continue reading Winter Camping at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp

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’

Getting ready for next weekend’s winter camping adventure in the BWCA to celebrate the completion of my 52nd hike of the 52 Hike Challenge.   Today it's got me thinking of how far I've come as an outdoors woman, and remembering my very first winter camping experience 6 years ago. I was a new Scout … Continue reading My First Winter Camping Experience aka ‘The coldest night of my life’

Superfog, Snow predictions and my favorite blog of the day.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields (and windshields), that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass … Continue reading Superfog, Snow predictions and my favorite blog of the day.

Luminary Loppet

This weekend is the LOPPET...this Scandinavian word, like 'Uff Dah', always brings a smile to my face.  One of my all-time favorite winter traditions is the Luminary Loppet which is held on a  frozen Lake of the Isles in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis.   The Luminary Loppet is hard to describe, it's a little like being … Continue reading Luminary Loppet