• #Gear,  Food!

    My Typical Backpacking Meal Plan

    Full Disclosure… I am the WORST at stopping to eat when hiking, but my plan is always set with good intentions… I am stubborn and goal oriented, which means when I get out on the trail I tend to neglect that my body needs food and just keep hiking (much to my detriment). When I pack for backpacking/hiking I typically like to pack a few snacks that I enjoy in the hopes that I will actually want to stop and eat one of the options! We plan for the following when backpacking: Breakfast: Oatmeal is the typical breakfast. The downside to oatmeal is that you have to heat water for…

  • Catskills - NY,  Hikes

    Echo Lake, Catskills – 1st Solo Backpacking Trip

    I was SICK of being inside after the holidays, and hubby was busy, so I planned my first solo backpacking trip for the first weekend of 2019. I say solo, but I did bring my 140 lb love of a dog Nova with me. I love snowshoeing, and hadn’t gotten to go yet this 2018/2019 winter season, so when planning this trip, I wanted to aim North, like the Adirondacks. However, I knew the High Peaks had been slammed with snow and cold, and I didn’t want to subject Nova to that, nor did I want to drive that much! I decided to aim for the more southern areas of…

  • #Gear,  Dog Gear & Tips

    #Gear – Dog Sleeping Arrangement

    So, you want to go on an overnight adventure with your pup, but also want to make sure they sleep well and stay safe! This is what we take backpacking to ensure Nova is comfortable and warm enough on the overnights… Please remember Nova is 140lbs and has the body to prove it. Curled up, Nova and I take up the same space, so what works for us/her might be heavier or bulkier than what you need if you have a 40lb dog! The Gear: Bed: Z-lite sleeping pad – Chosen for a few reasons: It is foam so no matter how she sits, plops, digs or scratches she can’t pop it…

  • Adriondack 46ers & More - NY,  Hikes

    ADK – Grace Camp – The Hike

    I have another post just dedicated to Grace Camp Cabin! As with everything, nothing in life is easy… There is a funny backstory to how we arrived going to the ADK Grace Camp cabin this particular weekend… This cabin was supposed to be the location of my bachelorette party! The day before my MOH broke her foot. Even though she offered to make the 3mi hike in, we all knew that was NOT the best plan, especially since she had never gone hiking or backpacking before… Anyway, we all decided to head to Grace Camp in the fall, and booked it for November 2018. 6 humans and 1 massive Nova…

  • Adriondack 46ers & More - NY,  Hikes

    ADK46 – Table Top, Marcy, Gray, Skylight

    After our abysmal attempt over the 2016 4th of July weekend we decided to head back up to the Adirondacks over labor day, so we could check more peaks off and get closer to our goal of completing all 46 before our wedding in the fall of 2017. We wanted to check off more of the ADK 46ers. We drove up the the Adirondacks and set out to Table Top Mountain, Mt. Marcy Mt. Gray and Mt. Skylight!

  • Adriondack 46ers & More - NY,  Hikes

    ADK46 – Phelps

    We set out for 4th of July weekend 2016 to do a 3-day backpacking trip, and to mark off a chunk of the 46-ers. We even had grand plans of getting all of the 46-ers done before our wedding in Fall of 2017! We thought this was totally possible and had already proven to ourselves that we could hike 10 miles a day with full backs and no issues, so this was the plan... Sometimes being unbelievably stubborn is not the best plan, but having a sensible hiking partner sure does help!