I recently discovered a fascinating blog written by the intrepid female adventurer, Erin McKittrick.
Ground Truth Trekking documents the adventures and research projects of Erin and her husband, Hig, as they traverse the Alaskan wilderness and Pacific Coast on foot, canoe, and skis. Erin's posts are thorough, descriptive, and filled with breathtaking photographs. I love her grit and tenacity; though my adventures with Alex and Sage aren't nearly as hard-core as Erin's expeditions, I can identify with Erin's sentiments regarding wilderness travel --
"Expeditions are how we frame our lives. It seems like half the talk on any given expedition is spent dreaming up the next one. I feel naked without those plans—never quite comfortable until we schedule the next adventure." -- Erin McKittrick of Ground Truth Trekking
Erin's book, A Long Trek Home: 4000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski (Mountaineers Books, 2009) chronicles Erin and Hig's journey from the Puget Sound to the Bering Sea. Journey on the Wild Coast, a full-length documentary of the same 4000 mile journey, was chosen as "Best in Fest" at the 2010 Anchorage International Film Festival.
Preview for Journey on the Wild Coast
In spring 2013, while we're hiking across northern Spain, Erin, Hig, and their two preschool-age children will travel 800 miles around Alaska's Cook Inlet.
Check out Erin's blog. Amazing family, amazing adventures.