Moving to the Mountains

In April 2018, I moved to a little town called St. Regis, Montana. It’s even smaller than Monroe, Iowa (If you can believe that) and about 40 miles from the Idaho border. There are a few gas stations, a school, a post office and a whole lot of mountains, lakes and forest. The trees go…

On the Starting Line

As the temps begin to rise and my seasonal job nears, I have taken some time to evaluate where I’m at in life, if I’m going in the right direction and what I ultimately want to gain in the next 50 years. With a bachelor’s degree under my belt and wide array of experience on…

10 Reason Why You Should Winter Hike

Many of us are experiencing the “Winter Blues.” It’s gloomy, cold and we’re all dreaming of a warm, sunny beach. I, for one, have been trying many different tactics to lighten up my mood and the one that has worked out best is hiking. Hiking? Yeah, I know. Most people think warm, sunny weather with…

Baxter State Park

In October 2017, I was lucky enough to spend one of my off-hitches in Baxter State Park. Madison and I rented a cabin on Daicey Pond for two nights with the ultimate mission of getting myself up Mount Katahdin to Baxter Peak for the first time–the highest point in Maine. Baxter State Park is located…

Appalachian Trail Work

Maine is the north end of the 2,184 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Maine is home to 281.4 miles of the AT. These 281.4 miles range from 490′-5,267′ in elevation ending at Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Of all of the states the AT crosses, Maine is the most difficult, rugged and remote. This…

Bog Bridges & Tropical Storms

I can definitely call myself a professional bog bridge-er after my time in Maine. My crew and I had one hitch at Bangor Land Trust and two (almost) hitches at Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust ripping out, re-doing, and building all new bog bridges on three different trails. Now, I say “almost” because Tropical Storm Phillipe,…

Sedona Beauty

Alright…. let me tell you guys how sweet Sedona, AZ trails are. Myself, Madison and his sister Malorie set out to search for some good trail and pretty views. We’ve only hiked two trails in Sedona, but HOLY VIEWS. The red rocks are absolutely epic and the trails have some awesome terrain. First we hiked…

Rock Drills, Griphoists, & Rock Bars

While working for the Maine Conservation Corps, I spent two hitches (periods of work) in Grafton Notch State Park. Our main project here, was a huge stone staircase on the “notch” of the mountain on the Eyebrow Trail. Because we of the area we were in, we were building rock steps on slab rock. So,…

Arches National Park

In early December, I was able to visit Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. It was my first ever visit to this totally-sweet-desert-paradise and it sure won’t be the last. By the end of one-and-a-half day trip I had hiked close to 15 miles, camped with a sweet view of the mountains, canyons and arches,…

Grand Canyon Pack List

Here is my list of gear that did very well on my two-day Grand Canyon hike! Gear Hiked Down TETON Sports Scout 3400 – 55 L Pack REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Women’s Sleeping Pad Kelty 20 F ThermaPro Women’s Mummy Sleeping Bag Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow Light Fleece Blanket…

Grand Canyon Hiking

I recently ended a three-week-long road trip that took myself and my boyfriend through 13 different states. We took a huge loop starting in Iowa, going through Nebraska, stopping in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, driving through New Mexico, and making three different stops in Texas because it is unreasonably large. We then drove the rest…

Infinite Irises

As many of the blooming irises come to their end at the arboretum, I want to share with you a little bit about these unique plants and how I’ve interacted with them over the last few weeks. The Iowa Arboretum has been home to over 400 varieties of irises for the past 3 years. Breeders…