Beginner’s Trail Guide: Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park

If you’re making a return to trip to Moab, I highly recommend blocking off a day to go to the Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park. Needles is a totally different landscape than what you see at Islands in the Sky (the main section of Canyonlands) or at Arches National Park, two of the moreContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Sunset Hike at Dead Horse Point State Park

Arches National Park may get all the love for sunsets in Moab, but I’d much rather watch the sun go down over the jaw-dropping canyons of Dead Horse Point State Park. The cheery name has just about as cheerful of a story behind it, but don’t let that keep you from going! The west sideContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Sunset Hike at Dead Horse Point State Park”

Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska

Glacier-related activities are one of the main reasons to go to Alaska, and the absolute highlight of our trip was actually hiking on one. We signed up for MICA Guides‘ Advanced Trek on Matanuska Glacier north east of Anchorage, and despite the name, the only experience you need is a healthy sense of adventure. TimeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park

This six-mile trek around Kachemak Bay State Park was the most ambitious hike of my Alaska trip. But, it wasn’t as nearly as strenuous as I thought it would be thanks to the trail being almost completely flat except for the last mile. You can do a slightly shorter hike by only hiking to GrewingkContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

The three-mile round trip hike to Exit Glacier was the most beginner-friendly trek I did during our road trip to Alaska. And don’t worry, beginner-friendly doesn’t mean you lose out on panoramic mountain views and an up-close look at a big ol’ glacier. The entire hike took me just over an hour, with plenty ofContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park”

Beginner’s guide to Kenai Fjords National Park kayaking trips

You don’t get many opportunities in life to kayak to a glacier, and it’s hard to know if those Insta-worthy photos you see are something that’s actually doable for beginners. Don’t worry – as long as you can follow basic directions and enjoy being on the water, you can do a kayaking day trip inContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Kenai Fjords National Park kayaking trips”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska

Seward was one of our favorite towns during our Alaska road trip, and I could’ve stayed a week there for the hiking alone. There were a ton of great options, and the Tonsina Trail in Caines Head Recreation Area was a fantastic way to kick off the trip. While steep in places, this 4.5-mile roundContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska”

Beginner Race Guide: Desert RATS Trail Half Marathon

So. How’d my first half marathon go? Let me back up a little bit. The second half of my training had a lot of ups and downs. Three weeks before the half marathon, I was working toward “peak week” with my highest mileage run and feeling really strong. But then I found out I wasContinue reading “Beginner Race Guide: Desert RATS Trail Half Marathon”

Beginner’s Guide to Packing for Alaska

Visiting Alaska has been at the top of my bucket list for a long time, but as someone who gets cold easily and doesn’t *love* being wet, packing was giving me a little anxiety. If nothing else, the weather is consistent in the springtime (Billy and I visited at the end of May). Almost everyContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Packing for Alaska”