2018 Year in Review!

(6 minute read) 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. That first year, I challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, “Does this make me feel strong? Or will … Continue reading 2018 Year in Review!

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Lightweight Backpacking Tips: 5 ways I reduced my pack weight – Including packing list

FUN NEWS! Our Superior hiking Trail adventure is being featured all week as a series on the BSA Instagram page. Volunteering with our son's Boy Scout Troop has provided me with opportunities that have ignited a passion for the outdoors and empowered me to pursue adventure both inside and outside of Scouting activities. I'm grateful … Continue reading Lightweight Backpacking Tips: 5 ways I reduced my pack weight – Including packing list

Minnehaha Falls to Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles DIFFICULTY Easy but very icy today (bring ice traction) DATE  March 24, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  53 ft Minnehaha Falls and Pike Island My 18th hike of the 2018 52 Hike Challenge started at Minnehaha Falls Regional Park.   One of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river … Continue reading Minnehaha Falls to Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

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

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

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’

Glacier National Park – Day 1 & 2: Amtrak & Brownies

Welcome to the first post from last week's trip to Glacier National Park!  Last year, 18 of us went to Isle Royale, this year another group of 18 Scouts and adults to East Glacier for our Boy Scout Troop's 2017 High Adventure Trip.  We planned the trip 9 months out and held almost all of … Continue reading Glacier National Park – Day 1 & 2: Amtrak & Brownies