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I am a midwest based outdoor/backpacking enthusiast as well as own and operate a guide company. My time is spent volunteering, exploring and helping to educate and inspire fellow outdoor lovers!

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Last summer at Boundary Waters was just 😍🌈☕️🛶🏕 #savethebwca #boundarywaters #bwca #exploremn #onlyinmn #capturemn #mnproud #kawishiwitriangle #captureminnesota #minnesotaexposure #elymn #friendsbwcaw #optoutside #minnesota #northernmn #onlyinminnesota #canoecamping #exploreminnesota #keepitwild #northwoods #thisismymn #bwcaw #experiencethebiglake #wildernessculture #summerlove #rainbow #canoe #outdoors #traillove

Does anyone else repackage their freeze dried meals like this? It definitely saves a lot of space, especially in a bear can. You can safely add boiling water to a Ziploc brand FREEZER quart bag and let sit for the usual 10/15 min to rehydrate. I am not the biggest fan of single use plastics, (I mean, is anyone?) so I only typically do this for long trips to save room. (Don’t forget to still @terracycle your empty @mtnhouse packet!) As always, pack out your trash - what you bring in with you, take it out (and more if you find anything along the way!) @Ziploc freezer bags are free of dioxins and BPAs which means they are safe to consume from. The product meets the safety and quality requirements of the FDA for toxicity, chemicals, and melting properties. You can recycle plastic bags by searching for a drop off in your area! https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/ Also, I usually bring my food bag cozy but forgot it 🙃 that helps with holding your hot food! #backpackingmeals #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #whiteblazes #whiteblaze #rocks #appalachiantrail2021 #traillove #mhambsdr21 #savortheadventure #beoutdoors

Today is my 37th birthday! I have already received so many sweet messages this morning! 🥰 I am celebrating with gluten free pizza and drafting a route for an 80 mile AT trip for early spring 😂 gotta connect those dots. I had so much fun this past weekend floating with friends and am looking forward to some family time this coming weekend 🥰 I hope you all have a great day, too! #birthday #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #tbt #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #whiteblazes #whiteblaze #rocks #appalachiantrail2021 #traillove

Missing the weekend and doin’ river rat things with my friends. 😎 ☀️ 🍻 #missouri #summer #franklinfloats #blackriver #riverhangs #creeklife #midwest #exploremissouri #letsgo #tentview #missourisummer #tentcamping #summerbreeze #goldenhour #lesterville #midwestliving #midwestadventures #blackrivermo #savortheadventure #camping #summercamping #optoutside #reflections #mhambsdr21 #ustgear #lestervillemo #ozarktrail #mo #beoutdoors #riverrat

Where are you camping this weekend?! ⛺️ #missouri #summer #franklinfloats #blackriver #riverhangs #creeklife #midwest #exploremissouri #letsgo #tentview #riverrat #tentcamping #summerbreeze #goldenhour #midwestliving #midwestadventures #summerreads #savortheadventure #camping #summercamping #optoutside #reflections #mhambsdr21 #ustgear #lesterville #ozarktrail #mo #beoutdoors

A week ago today we hobbled into Harper’s Ferry sweaty, hungry and exhausted. I thought for sure I would cry tears of disbelief walking into this historic little town that marks the Appalachian Trail’s “non-halfway halfway point” - but instead I cried in relief 😂 we both had just backpacked the most miles in the shortest amount of days we’d ever done, in 100° weather. I really thought I “Georgia’d” my feet, but it was only half as bad. (In reference to the 50 mile section I did in Georgia, also in the heat, where just the balls of my feet became so bruised and blistered from the sweat and the pounding on the rocks I couldn’t walk for days.) I’m so proud of this accomplishment and my first AT state completed. Being a section hiker is hard in a different way. I can only get out there a few times a year so with the hundreds of miles we have to drive and all the planning that goes into it, my feelings get put on the wayside. I feel a lot of things post trip. I’m really missing it today. ❤️ #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #whiteblazes #whiteblaze #rocks #appalachiantrail2021 #traillove #adventurebuddy #instagramvsreality #harpersferry #atc

I wish you could hear the commentary behind this photo on Day 2 of our hike 🤣 Brian: “Do you wanna come stand by me and put your feet in this picture!?” Me: “NO” 😭 *walks over anyway* Me: “I’m hoooot I want to be doneeeee.” Brian: 🙄 *both walk away* Brian: “Did you see why I wanted you to stand by me? Look...” Me: “AWWW THAT’S CUTE WHY DIDN’T I GET MY FEET IN BETTER?!” Brian again: 🙄 #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #whiteblazes #whiteblaze #rocks #appalachiantrail2021 #traillove #adventurebuddy #behindthescenes #instagramvsreality

The trail in Maryland really do be trying to break your ankles 🙃 yep, that’s the trail! Up, up and away on the rocks out of #PenMarPark #iykyk #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #whiteblazes #whiteblaze #rocks #appalachiantrail2021 #traillove

Nothing better than a tent and a campfire at the end of a long day. 🏕 #appalachiantrailmaryland #cramptongap #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #ust #ustgear #camp #campfire #summercamping #tentcamping #highlandertent #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger #rei #optoutside

I am breaking my blog hiatus and composing a detailed entry about our 40 mile section hike through Maryland from PenMar Park ➡️ Harper’s Ferry. I have had lots of questions and inquiries on Facebook and thought I’d check here if there’s any questions I can try to answer in my blog post! Lay ‘em on me! ⬇️ What would you like to know about this section!? www.Jennythetrailhead.com #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac #marylandisbeautiful #outdoorblogger

Today, 4 miles before we finished our 40 mile section hike from PenMar Park to Harper’s Ferry. I cried a few times out of frustration and discomfort on this trip, it was so unbearably hot. The humidity was extreme. Ugh. Minus that element, the last few days on trail were perfection. Really, really hard. But absolute perfection. Maryland is a phenomenal section. I haven’t had time to really process it all yet but I’ll release a blog post when I do. Because while I was trying to research this section of trail I couldn’t find ANYTHING, as far as what to expect or trail reports so I thought I’d put my experience out in the universe. Anyway; I’m exhausted and just wanted to share a picture of me so happy but so tired and so hurty. Miss you already AT. ❤️ See you soon. #appalachiantrailmaryland #applachiantrail #withguthook #sectionhiker #backpacking #camping #hiker #hikertrash #marylandat #marylandhikers #allwomenalltrails #hikeitout #letsgo #thetrek #athiker #atsectionhiker #backpacker #wevertoncliffs #potomac

Today’s 4th of July was spent in one of my favorite places, Gettysburg PA. We watched a tense reenactment of the Wheatfield battle. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t moved. Somewhere in my 30s I became a Civil War nerd. This has been on my bucket list for years and I’m so stoked I was able to come to Gettysburg twice this year, and experience a battle reenactment. This place is something, truly. I can feel the energy it holds. Photos in order: 1. Sutler Camp @ Daniel Lady Farm 2. Union soldiers march forward into the Wheatfield (for the win!) 3. Confederate Cavalry 4. The view from Devil’s Den up to Little Round Top. Today was amazing. Tomorrow bright and early, we hop on the AT SOBO for the next 3 days. 🇺🇸 Have a safe holiday! #gettysburg #reenactment #civilwar #1863 #gettysburgpa #danielladyfarm #unionsoldiers #gettysnerd #gettysgeek #nps #littleroundtop #pennsylvania #sutler #thewheatfield

Cheers to another awesome summer weekend at the lake! @lakeoftheozarks #loto #lakeoftheozarks #lakelife #ust #ustgear #cheers #summer #summerliving #midwestliving #mainchannel #summatime #daydrinks #adventure #roadtrip #ozarks #ozarknationalforest #boats #cancerseason #letsgo #maxumboats #motorboat #blue #lake #lakehair

Missouri summer & dinner with a view. ☀️⛺️🛶 I don’t think it got below 80° last night in my tent. 🥵 #missouri #summer #bassriverresort #blackriver #riverhangs #creeklife #midwest #exploremissouri #letsgo #tentview #riverrat #tentcamping #summerbreeze #goldenhour #midwestliving #midwestadventures #summerreads #savortheadventure #camping #summercamping #optoutside #reflections #mhambsdr21 #ustgear #ozarktrail #mo

Couldn’t imagine a better afternoon. Good reads, my little pup and river sits. #missouri #summer #bassriverresort #blackriver #riverhangs #creeklife #midwest #exploremissouri #letsgo #campingwithdogs #tentcamping #summerbreeze #goldenhour #midwestliving #midwestadventures #summerreads #bookclub #pomeranian #camping #summercamping #optoutside #reflections #puppylove #ozarktrail #mo

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