Step Into The Wild

Step Into The Wild

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir 

For 5 days and 4 nights my other half and I explored immaculate mountains ranges, waterfalls taller than buildings, and encountered wildlife up close and personal. 

Yes we slept in a tent and yes it was cold πŸ˜€

The Rockies were taller than any mountain that I had ever seen. The peaks were spotted with patches of snow and it was 75 degrees where I was standing. If that doesn’t make you realize “wow that’s a freakin’ tall mountain” I don’t know what would! 

Longs Peak 14,259′

It probably comes as a shock to people who knew me as a child that I now have a passion for the outdoors. 

I use to hate being outside. All of the bugs, the heat, the cold, I hated it all. 

But then something changed when I expierenced being alone in nature surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world. Nothing else can make your problems feels so small. 

Nature is my happy place. 

The forest, the beach, a mountain top they all silence the noise from this crazy world we are living in, it helps calm the soul. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed from anything in life I highly suggest unplugging and stepping into the wild. 

It will change your perspective on life, I’m certain of it. 

Morgan and Billy
Exploring off the trail
Alberta Falls
Panting all the way up to Emerald Lake


My Epic 2017 Road Trip Playlist: 100 Songs

My Epic 2017 Road Trip Playlist: 100 Songs

The countdown begins for our big Colorado trip (23 days!!!!!) so I decided to start making a playlist for this 12 hour drive!

I listen to a wide variety of genres so this playlist is sure to make everyone enjoy the ride!

This is my Epic Road Trip Playlist that you can also follow on Spotify by clicking HERE!

  1. Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked- Cage The Elephant
  2. Icky Thump- The White Stripes
  3. Buddy Holly- Weezer
  4. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye
  5. I Will Wait- Mumford & Sons
  6. Suit And Jacket- Judah & the Lion
  7. On Top of the World- Imagine Dragons
  8. Geronimo- Sheppard
  9. Highway to Hell- AC/DC
  10. A Thousand Miles- Vanessa Carlton
  11. Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard
  12. Born to be Wild- Steppenwolf
  13. One Headlight- The Wallflowers
  14. All Star- Smash Mouth
  15. Black Betty- Ram Jam
  16. Hotel California- Eagles
  17. Kids- MGMT
  18. 1979- The Smashing Pumpkins
  19. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers
  20. Bulls On Parade- Rage Against The Machine
  21. Dammit- blink-182
  22. My Name is Jonas- Weezer
  23. Ride- Twenty One Pilots
  24. Victorious- Panic! At The Disco
  25. Feels Like Summer- Weezer
  26. Can’t Stop- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  27. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
  28. In The End- Linkin Park
  29. One for the Road- Artic Monkeys
  30. Feel it Still- Portugal. The Man
  31. Dangerous- Big Data
  32. Car Radio- Twenty One Pilots
  33. Hard Times- Paramore
  34. Way Down We Go- Kaleo
  35. Mountain Sound- Of Monsters and Men
  36. Renegades- X Ambassadors
  37. My Body- Young the Giant
  38. Shut Up And Dance- WALK THE MOON
  39. Lisztomania- Phoenix
  40. Could Have Been Me- The Struts
  41. Free Fallin’- John Mayer
  42. Why Georgia- John Mayer
  43. Neon- John Mayer
  44. Meet Virginia- Train
  45. She’s So High- Tal Cachman
  46. Ants Marching- Dave Matthews Band
  47. No Matter Where You Are- Us The Duo
  48. Kings and Queens- Thirty Seconds To Mars
  49. I Lived- OneRepublic
  50. If I lose Myself- OneRepublic
  51. Jackie and Wilson- Hozier
  52. Makes Me Wonder- Maroon 5
  53. Seasons- Olly Murs
  54. Babel- Mumford & Sons
  55. High- Zella Day
  56. A Little More- Machine Gun Kelly
  57. Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
  58. All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
  59. These Words- Natasha Bedingfield
  60. The Remedy- Jason Mraz
  61. Fast Car- Kina Grannis
  62. Cool For The Summer- Demi Lovato
  63. Tonight Tonight- Hot Chelle Rae
  64. Real World- Matchbox Twenty
  65. Inside Out- Eve 6
  66. The Cave- Mumford & Sons
  67. Young Blood- The Naked And Famous
  68. Do I Wanna Know?0 Artic Monkeys
  69. Hallelujah- Panic! At The Disco
  70. Downtown- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  71. She Looks So Perfect- 5 Seconds of Summer
  72. Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes
  73. Everywhere- Michelle Branch
  74. Wherever I go- OneRepublic
  75. Pursuit Of Happiness- Kid Cudi, MGMT
  76. Tangerine Girl- Asher Roth
  77. Fast In My Car- Paramore
  78. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More Touch Me- Fall Out Boy
  79. Of All The Gin Joints In All The World- Fall Out Boy
  80. First Date- blink-182
  81. Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
  82. What I Got- Sublime
  83. Here’s To The Night- Eve 6
  84. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid- The Offspring
  85. crushcrushcrush- Paramore
  86. The Rock Show- blink-182
  87. Elevate- St. Lucia
  88. Love Is Mystical- Cold War Kids
  89. High- Sir Sly
  90. Sleeping With A Friend- Neon Trees
  91. Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists
  92. Blame- Bastille
  93. Human- Rag’n’Bone
  94. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Virvana
  95. What’s My Age Again?- blink-182
  96. Cold Cold Cold- Cage The Elephant
  97. Howlin’ For You- The Black Keys
  98. Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz
  99. Butterfly- Crazy Town
  100. Lonely Boy- The Black Keys

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Elephant Rocks State Park: Hidden Missouri Gem

Elephant Rocks State Park: Hidden Missouri Gem

Elephant Rocks State Park, one of the most curious geologic formations in Missouri.

One might ask why these rocks are referred to as elephants, it is because giant boulders of ancient granite stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants.

Molten rock, called magma, accumulated deep below the earth’s surface. The magma slowly cooled, forming red granite rock. Once the granite boulders are formed, atmospheric weathering continues to modify their shapes and surfaces even today.

These are some of the oldest rocks in south-central and eastern United States – about 1.5 billion years old! Dumbo, (picture #3) is 27 feet tall, 34 feet long, 17 feet wide and tips the scales at a hefty 680 tons. Maybe he should lay off the peanuts πŸ˜‰

Most of the trails are ADA- compliant which makes them accessible for everyone!

We loaded up the hound, packed a picnic lunch, and headed on our 1.5 hour drive to the park! We decided to visit on the 4th of July weekend. It was beautiful weather, but we did not expect it to be as crowded as it was. Lots of little kiddos running around!

Overall though the park was a lot of fun and the rocks were super cool to see/climb on! We will definitely be going back!




Planning a Camping Trip: Rocky Mountain National Park

Planning a Camping Trip: Rocky Mountain National Park

“You have to find that place that brings out the human in you. the soul in you. the love in you.” -r.m. drake

This September my partner and I are driving from St. Louis, Missouri to Colorado for a week long camping trip in the mountains. There is a lot of planning to be done for a camping trip such as booking camp sites, finding the right trails to hike, and finding the  MUST see spots!

We have already booked our camp site for the week. Some camp sites are so popular that you must book them 3-6 months in advanced to reserve a spot. We chose Moraine Park Campground because of how close it is to the main park entrance. It also has a great view and tons of open sky to stargaze at night!

Our first stop will be the Fern Lake Trail. This is a moderate hike that is 7.3 miles long. I actually picked this trail because one of my friends hiked it last week and said it was amazing! I always like going on hikes that my friends have gone on because I trust their opinions the most.

Second on the list is Gem Lake Trail which is a 3.3 mile hike. This Trail is rated as a hard trail, but after I read some of the reviews it doesn’t seem to be as hard as it may seem. Both Billy and I are both experienced hikers so I am not worried about this trail being too hard for us.

Another hike we are thinking about doing is The Loch Lake Trail. It is a moderate trail that’s 5.7 miles long. I’m basing doing this trail for the awesome views it offers.

There are some other small hikes we have planned like the Sprague Lake Trail, which is an 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail. We will probably do this hike on a day that we want to relax a little more.

We both love taking photographs of nature and reminiscing on all of the great hikes we have done, this is why we always base our hikes on the views they have throughout. We want to see as much as we can in the short amount of time we have to see them.


As the travel date gets closer I will be posting a more in-depth itinerary- follow my blog so you don’t miss the updates!





Backpacking for Beginners: Featuring The Ozark Trail

Backpacking for Beginners: Featuring The Ozark Trail

Backpacking is somewhat of a new adventure for me.

I have been on several long hiking trips on some pretty tough trails in California, Tennessee etc. so, I thought that the trails in Southern Missouri would be nothing short of a breeze.

Backpacking comes with its own set of unique challenges that I had never encountered before on day hikes.

I spent several weeks researching and comparing different products that we would need for this trip so that we would be completely prepared for anything that might be thrown our way!

I have provided the links and reviews for all of the camping gear my group and I used throughout our backpacking trip.

Here is my advice to any backpacking newbie:

1. Drink water, more water, and then some more water

Staying hydrated while hiking is extremely crucial. Having quick easy access to water is probably the single most important thing to consider on your backpacking trip.

For this trip I used a couple of different things: A Platypus Hoser Hydration System and a Sawyer Water Filtration System.

The Platypus is hands down the best water bladder I’ve ever owned. It holds 3 Liters of water which lasted me an entire day of hiking and also through the night. It fit perfectly in my backpack with no leaks or kinks. The mouthpiece is also super easy to drink from unlike other bladders I’ve owned.

The Sawyer water filter gave us the ability to rapidly filter water out of any river, pond, or lake that we came across. It also reduced our pack weight since we didn’t have to carry extra water around with us. We have recommended this product to all of our hiking friends. 10/10 product.

2. Never underestimate the power of a good backpack

Since this was my first backpacking trip I decided to invest in a smaller/cheaper backpack to make sure this was something that I was going to stick to. It was actually overall a very stable, comfortable, reliable backpack and I will definitely be using on my next trip.

On the contrary, one of the girls in our group was using a backpack that I would assume was from a 1980’s summer camp. This thing had 2 large metal poles holding a small cloth pouch and only had one strap adjustment. She was very uncomfortable the on the whole trip and was unable to hold adequate supplies.

Moral of the story- invest where it’s necessary or it could create a huge damper on the backpacking experience.

3. If you like to eat bring a propane camp stove

For so long I used the camp fire to cook my meals. I purchased a PocketRocket Stove and it changed my life forever. It boils water in about 2 minutes, and it’s very lightweight and portable!

Instead of waiting 10-15 minutes for ashy camp fire water this camp stove gave me clean boiling water almost instantly, which is a plus since I am always starving after a hike!

I used this to cook ramen noodles, instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and the list goes on!

4. Keep the bug spray handy

I love the outdoors, but I do not love bugs. That is why I use repellant that contains deet.

I know that everyone has developed a phobia of deet, but in moderation it is going to help you more than it will hurt.

I am not quite sure where we purchased our repellant but this anything with deet will work the best!

5. Hang around in a hammock

The first thing I do after finding a camp site is set up my hammock. It is the perfect place to relax, cool down, and enjoy nature after a long hike.

We have an ENO DoubleNest Hammock and it is super comfortable, flexible, and strong enough to hold 2-3 people. They come in fun colors as well (ours is pink and orange)!

In addition to the hammock we realized after many trips that it is pretty hard to find good trees to attach to. That is why we use the ENO Atlas XL Hammock Straps, they allow us to securely support our hammock even in the most extreme of spaces.
While this is not a full list of backpacking supplies, these were the things I felt were worth noting specifically because of how well they worked for us! Our other supplies such as our tent, hiking boots, sleeping bags etc. were all purchased at second hand.
Stay tuned for more hiking tips and updates on where I’m going to next!