Hiking has got to be the greatest, most underrated activity out there! When David and I went to Maui on our honeymoon we discovered our love for this underappreciated ‘sport’! Hiking is a great way to take in spectacular views, get the heart pumping and the thighs burning quickly and it lends itself naturally to good conversation! But best of all? It’s free!
When we set out to plan our summer 2017 vacation we knew that we wanted to go somewhere that was known for it’s hikes! After doing lots of research (non-zeeka destinations only, please!) Alaska quickly became the front-runner! Guys, I can’t even begin to explain to you how incredible and plentiful the hikes in Alaska were! We were in Alaska for 12 days and we hiked 8 trails! Some of them were shorter (2 hours) and others took a little longer (4 hours) but all of them were amazing!
If you’re headed to Alaska, here are the top 5 hikes we’d recommend (in no particular order):
1. Flattop Mountain Trail- 3 miles
This is a super popular hike that's only a 15 minute drive from downtown Anchorage! The trail was well marked and well travelled so we felt safe the entire time. The views from the top were incredible!
2. Exit Glacier- 1.5 miles
If you ask David about hiking in Alaska he will tell you about Exit Glacier FOR SURE! It's a great hike located just 10 minutes outside of Seward. While it didn't provide us with much of a workout (it's more of a walk than a hike) the destination was a 'wow'! The trail ends about 50ft from Exit Glacier. If you go off trail a bit (like we did) you can go right up and touch the glacier. We even drank the water that was melting off of it! SO COOL!
3. North Face Trail- 2.2 miles
This trail is located in Alyeska right near the very popular Alyeska Resort. The North Face Trail is actually a ski trail in the winter but they convert it into a very steep hike during the summer. It took us just over an hour to climb and it was a pretty intense incline the entire way up. We liked this trail because it was well marked but felt remote (we only saw one other hiker). At the top we rewarded ourselves with some well deserved treats! :)
4. Mt. Marathon Jeep Trail- 5 miles
The Mt. Marathon Jeep Trail is a 'must hike' in my books! The hike was scenic and challenging with amazing views around every corner! The terrain changed a few times- from rocks, to long grass, to a dirt path- which kept things interesting. The views from 'The Bowl' at the top of the hike were unreal!
5. Mt. Healy Trail- 5 miles
The Mt. Healy Trail was my favourite hike of the trip. It was challenging to complete, the views were spectacular and it felt scenic yet safe. Seeing two moose on our way back down was the icing on the cake!
Does anyone know of any great hikes in Ontario? Let me know in the comments!
I like new clothes. I like new people. I like new homes. I like trying new foods. I like new seasons. I like new countries. I like new opportunities, new books/podcasts, new experiences, and new jobs. ‘New’ can be so exciting! But sometimes too much ‘new’ all at once can feel overwhelming. For David and I, this Summer/Fall has been full of many great, new things. In the span of a couple weeks we bought a new house, I got a new job (full time permanent contract- WOOT WOOT!), we kicked off a new year of church programming, we watched as my siblings entered new phases of life (John is working full full time, Robert is back at McMaster and Madi is entering 4th year) and we settled into our 'new' post-summer lives!
While I’m not complaining- all of the ‘new’ in my life is positive- I would be lying if I said that there haven’t been moments in the last couple of months where I’ve felt completely in over my head! In those moments I've turned to the words found in Psalm 62:2: "He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken". I’m thankful for the rock that I have in Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that in this ever-changing, always ‘new’ life, He is constant. I'm thankful that He cares about me and that I can turn to Him when I feel overwhelmed.
Since it's the end of September, everything that felt so 'new' a month ago feels pretty 'normal' now. As a result, I thought now would be the perfect time to set some new goals for myself. One of them is to blog at least a few times a week. I want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who texted/messaged/spoke to me this past month and encouraged me to get the blog going again! Blogging is something I love to do and your support means a lot!
Here are the other goals on my list:
1. Get my butt to the gym at least 3 times a week!
2. Waste less food!
3. Invite our neighbours over for dinner before Christmas hits!
4. Do a dinner devotional with David instead of a before-bed devotional (...ha because I've dozed off half way through our devotions a few too many times)!
5. Adopt a no-added-sugar-during-the-week lifestyle!
You know when you try something on and you just KNOW that it was made for you? That’s how I felt when I tried on this peplum floral shirt for the first time! It hugs in all the right places, it’s made in a really light linen fabric- perfect for summer, I love the fun print and David said “WOW” when I walked out of the change room! Check, check, check and check!
Peplum styles usually work well on my body! I definitely have a chest and some hips, so the synched waist that peplum styles offer definitely works to my advantage- accenting my curves while making my waist look tiny! SCORE!
Here are some other peplum items I’m LOVING: **CLICK ON PIC FOR LINK TO SHOP**
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