The Hut Experience {McNamara Hut}

Its been three weeks…but I have a few more things to share about our hut trip. Mostly a rather entertaining video of me freaking out about birds, but also some general impressions from our trip. I am no expert, by any means, but I do want to share a bit about what we learned on the trip…stuff I wish I had been able to read about before we headed out on our first hut trip. Heads Up: If you really just want to see my squeak around birds skip to the bottom! When we were first asked if we were interested in the hut trip I was saying yes before I even knew the dates. I was excited…this was going to be awesome! I read about Heather’s trip last year and looked at every photo with a twinge of jealousy … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Ice Luge Sledding + Snowy Leaps {McNamara Hut}

The hardest part of the hut trip was actually getting to the hut. And from what I’ve heard this was an easy, peasy, lemon squeezy hike in…this meant the rest of our mountain vacation would be extra awesome, right? As soon as we got into the hut we unpacked our sleeping bags, warmed up by the fire and then put our layers right back on to try out the sledding hill just off the porch. A few guys had packed in two sleds – one foam one and one traditional plastic toboggan. Someone was stupid enough to take the first run down and restructuring immediately began. I have no photos but we looked like a chain gang – everyone shoveling snow or packing it down. We were engineers…making the already dangerous slope into a suicidal ice luge. There were many … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Our First Hut Trip {McNamara Hut}

Last week at this time we were starting out on our very first hut trip – to the McNamara Hut, part of the 10th Mountain Division hut system. A hut trip is basically a luxurious winter backpacking excursion – instead of freezing in a tent we got to “rough it” in one fancy pants hut that had every basic life necessity except running water. Maybe its just the small town Wisconsin farm girl in me, but I thought the hut was pretty awesome and it had far more than I expected! We headed up with Heather and a bunch of her friends. When she asked if we were interested I said yes before I got any of the details. I’d read her posts about it last year and I was all over an opportunity to check out another aspect of … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Just Be

Well, we survived our first hut trip! Not only did we survive, we had fun…and just might do it again some time! At the moment I’m playing catch up with life. Let’s just say being completely disconnected was amazing! We got to “just be” for three whole days. No worries about emails or blogging or doing laundry or eating or anything. We played cards, jumped in the snow and made one hell of a sled luge! It was fabulous! If only I could put my phone on “airplane mode” and use it solely for relatively good quality photos every week. I think this would be a pretty great way to use that time… …the hike in… …the hut… …snowshoe hike, just for fun… …slow, powdery snowboarding… …extreme sledding… …the hike out… In short, it was fan-freaking-awesome-tastic! The weather was fantastic, … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Quality time…in the mountains!

Things are looking…up? I want to say organized but that would be a complete lie. However, some areas of life are a bit more organized! And the lasagna is at least layered together and hanging out in the freezer just a short 90 minutes away from consumption! Our apartment before I attempted to organize… …not even kind of pictured, it was terrifying. Our living after I organized all the gear… …I divided the TV stand up……mine, ours, his… The packs almost set to go… …his pack, my pack and the bag of stuff we’ll need at the hotel/while hiking… In the coming week or two it is safe to say that my internet presence is going to be minimal. And for good reasons! We’ll be tromping around the mountains with just snowshoes, the pack on our backs and a bunch … [Click Here For the Full Story]