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Author: Jennie Flaming

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

Olympic Coast Backpacking at Second Beach: Excellent for Beginners

Even though it’s a long drive from Seattle, Olympic Coast backpacking at Second Beach in Olympic National Park is an excellent first backpacking trip for beginners as well as a fun and relaxing trip for those with more experience. The best way to experience one of the best beaches...

How to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

I can think of a handful of experiences that just can’t be captured in a photo, video or writing. One of those is seeing the Northern Lights. No matter how many photos you’ve seen, or even videos, this is not even close to the experience of seeing and feeling...

Why March is the Best Time to Visit Fairbanks Alaska

But isn’t it cold?? But shouldn’t I visit in the summer? I might be the only person to tell you that March is the best time to visit Fairbanks Alaska but it’s ABSOLUTELY TRUE. Stay with me here and remember that I lived in Fairbanks for four years before...

Weekend in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula

A weekend in Port Angeles is a change of pace and scenery from Seattle and approachable at an hour and a half drive plus a ferry ride. Port Angeles is the biggest gateway community for Olympic National Park and a hub of economic activity on the Olympic Peninsula. This...

Why you should visit Kootenay National Park in Canada

Most travelers have heard of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and the crowds there reflect their popularity! Often people have not heard of their close neighbor, Kootenay National Park which is absolutely incredible. Yoho National Park is another nearby winner, but that’s for another post. If you’re...

Best Places to Eat in Alaska by Alaskans

If you’re planning a visit to Alaska, then you’ll want to know where to find the best food! Alaska excels at bakeries and seafood so make sure to fit in as many bakeries and as much seafood as possible during your trip! Pizza and beer is another frequent option...

How to Hike all Winter

You likely know, dear reader, that I believe it getting outside as much as possible! Ordinary Adventures is all about keeping it low key so that you can get out more! Previously I’ve talked about how to start hiking as well as how to hike more often. One way...

Best Things to do in Alaska by Alaskans

I am so excited to share this post about the BEST things to do in Alaska because all these ideas are from Alaskans! These are rounded up from lots of friends in different parts of Alaska as well as my own favorites. These are all places loved by locals...

Best Rainy Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Don’t let the rain keep you away from Olympic National Park! This is a place world famous for it’s rain, it’s lush green forests, rushing waterfalls and remote beaches! Olympic National Park also has hikes with sweeping mountain views, but those are not as good for rainy days. In...